There are many matters that immigrants, as well as U.S. citizens, should consider prior to travel. At times, domestic travel is complicated by new security measures or state and local laws requiring the ability to prove lawful status. Travel abroad raises other concerns for immigrants living in the United States, whether permanently or temporarily. Travel can be fairly routine in certain circumstances, but at other times travel may be risky and ill advised. Still other situations necessitate departure from the United States to set one’s status right.

Seeking advice about travel from one’s immigration attorney prior to departure is recommended. There are certain travel documents, such as advance parole and reentry permits, which must be requested before departure. Considerations for travel depend in large part on one’s immigration status. A permanent resident must consider the impact of extended travel upon his/her status, as well as on the eligibility for naturalization to U.S. citizenship. One in temporary, nonimmigrant status must consider the likely need of a visa for reentry, and the risks inherent in applying for a visa. There are many other matters related to travel that should be carefully considered prior to making nonrefundable reservations.

How We Can Help You

The Murthy Law Firm can provide guidance regarding requirements for travel and reentry to the United States. We prepare and file requests for travel documents, such as advance parole and reentry permits. We represent foreign nationals in connection with both immigrant and nonimmigrant visa matters at U.S. consulates abroad. If appropriate, we pursue the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), as related to certain cases. The Murthy Law Firm’s affiliate, Murthy Immigration Services, Pvt. Ltd. provides assistance on a variety of visa matters within India.

Port of Entry Assistance

The Murthy Law Firm provides advice and assistance, answering questions on actual or potential problems with admission into the United States for a variety of reasons, including matters of inadmissibility. We assist individuals in obtaining corrected I-94 cards from CBP when their initial I-94s have been issued incorrectly. Our attorneys represent and may accompany individuals to deferred inspection appointments conducted by CBP at airports and Ports of Entry (POEs) across the United States. Find more on our POE assistance page.