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How long does it take USCIS to issue advance parole?

I am currently working in the U.S. under H-4 EAD. My husband and I applied for EB-5 and our I-485 is currently pending. I applied for an I-131 Advance Parole in July 2018 and received the approval notice for I-131 on August. It has been more than 3 months and I still have not received my travel document. I have followed up several time with USCIS. Last week I received an email from USCIS saying that they would send me the travel document or request a biometrics appointment within next 90 days. This is very confusing. Before applying for the I-131 I was told no biometrics was needed. Why does USCIS ask for it now? Also, why does it take so long for USCIS to issue an advance parole?

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Do not equate the two I-131 applications as the agency may be vetting your case for one reason or the other. Your inquiry should attempt to ascertain why the application was taking so long rather than comparing the two applications. Such an inquiry may provide you with more information than presumptions about why one application has been approved and why the second has not. Generally, a request about a biometrics appointment is rather an unusual. Try to schedule an Infopass meeting at the nearest USCIS office where you can meet and talk to the USCIS official(s) about your case.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    The length of time it takes to issue an advance parole that you applied for on Form I-131 simply depends upon the backlog in the regional office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and a variety of subjective matters. In theory, it could be issued on the date you apply for it, but as a practical matter it normally takes at least four months and it can take much longer. It depends upon the time you are filing.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    Biometrics is required for adjustment of status. Usually, the biometrics is taken about 30 days after filing, but EAD and AP are taking longer than they used to. In the past, it was pretty much 90 days or less like clockwork, but now I have seen them take up to five months, and I have seen situations where one family member is approved and other one is still waiting several weeks or more longer. I know it's hard, but please try to be patient.

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    Mitch Wexler

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    It is 90 to 120 days.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Employment authorization (EAD) and travel permit (advance parole) will not be issued without the biometrics being done. Part of the $1,225 filing fee paid to the USCIS for I-485 filing includes an $85 biometric fee. USCIS contracts out the ASC appointment process and they have not been very good with sending out notices or keeping track of who has had the biometrics done. Because the ASC appointment should have issued within a month of filing, if you have not been issued such an appointment letter, your lawyer should contact USCIS and ask for the appointment ASAP. Your advance parole and EAD card should be issued within 90 days of biometrics being done.

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    Belma Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You can use the 512 letter as the advance parole document.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You should do an InfoPass appointment with your local USCIS office. Something is amiss here. If I-131 is approved, you should have received the card in the mail within weeks (not months) and biometrics should've already been processed before I-131 is adjudicated, not after approval.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    Call USCIS to inquire as to where it was sent, as it usually comes within a couple of days of the approval.

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