Travel Guidelines

After Aug. 15, 2012, if you travel outside of the United States before USCIS has determined whether to defer action in your case, you will not be considered for deferred action under this process. If USCIS defers action in your case, you will be permitted to travel outside of the United States only if you apply for and receive advance parole from USCIS.

Any travel outside of the United States that occurred on or after June 15, 2007, but before Aug. 15, 2012, will be assessed by USCIS to determine whether the travel qualifies as brief, casual and innocent. (See below.)

You should be aware that if you have been ordered deported or removed, and you then leave the United States, your departure will likely result in your being considered deported or removed, with potentially serious future immigration consequences.

 

Travel DatesType of TravelDoes it Affect Continuous Residence
On or after June 15, 2007, but before Aug. 15, 2012

Brief, casual and innocent

No

For an extended time

Because of an order of exclusion, deportation, or removal

To participate in criminal activity

Yes
After Aug. 15, 2012, and before you have requested deferred action

Any

Yes. You cannot travel while your request is under review. You cannot apply for advance parole unless and until DHS has determined whether to defer action in your case.

In addition, if you have previously been ordered deported and removed and you depart the United States without taking additional steps to address your removal proceedings, your departure will likely result in your being considered deported or removed, with potentially serious future immigration consequences.

After Aug. 15, 2012, and after you have requested deferred action

Any