Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Foreign Travel

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has created a process to allow certain DACA recipients to travel internationally. The process is called Advance Parole and USCIS can approve it for humanitarian, educational, or employment purposes.

Most people who have contacted me seek Advance Parole for humanitarian reasons. This often means the person needs to visit a sick family member or attend the funeral of a family member. But Advance Parole is also available for students who want to study abroad or workers who need to travel abroad as part of their job.

If approved, you must carefully follow the instructions on the Advance Parole document since the failure to travel during the allowed times can affect your DACA renewal in the future. There are afew others risks as well, so I strongly recommend that DACA recipients meet with an experienced immigration attorney before applying for Advance Parole. 

If it works for you, though, Advance Parole can provide an important opportunity to be with your family during a major life event or it can help enrich with your educational or work experiences.