What is a re-entry permit?

A re-entry permit allows a permanent resident or conditional resident to apply for admission to the U.S. upon returning from abroad during the permit’s validity, without having to obtain a returning resident visa from a U.S. Embassy or consulate.
Permanent or conditional residents should apply for a re-entry permit if they will be outside the United States for one year or more.

How do I get a re-entry permit?

If you want a re-entry permit, file Form I-131, Application for Travel Document.
You should file this application well in advance of your planned trip abroad. You not only need to file the application while in the U.S., but you also need to remain in the U.S. until after your biometrics appointment is completed.

When do I file for a re-entry permit?

You should file Form I-131, Application for Travel Document well in advance of your planned trip. You not only need to file the application while in the U.S., but you also need to remain in the U.S. until after your biometrics appointment is completed.

What is the different between advance parole and a re-entry permit?

Advance parole is issued solely to authorize the temporary parole of a person into the United States. Permanent residents do not require advance parole but may need to obtain a re-entry permit. A re-entry permit allows a permanent resident or conditional resident to apply for admission to the U.S. upon returning from abroad during the permit’s validity, without having to obtain a returning resident visa from a U.S. Embassy or consulate.
You use the same form to apply for these benefits. Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, is used to apply for three different types of travel documents:
  • Advance Parole
  • Refugee Travel Document
  • Re-Entry Permit