Re-Entering The U.S. After Travel
Aliens who wish to re-enter the U.S. after traveling abroad may apply for travel documents, of which two types are available: an advance parole and a re-entry permit.
Through the advance parole document, eligible aliens are allowed to re-enter the U.S. after traveling internationally without obtaining a visa. Such foreign nationals must be approved for advance parole before departing from the U.S.; otherwise, the alien will not be able to re-enter the U.S. without obtaining a visa.
Re-entry permits are issued to permanent residents or conditional permanent residents wishing to remain abroad for a prolonged period of time. Re-entry permits serve two primary functions. First, the permits allow permanent U.S. residents to re-enter after being away for a period greater than one year but less than two years. The re-entry permit is designed to solve the problem of a permanent resident being denied re-admission on the grounds of abandoning his or her permanent resident status. Secondly, a re-entry permit may serve as a passport to a permanent resident if they cannot obtain it from their native country.
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