It can be difficult to obtain a travel document on an emergency basis. It's always best to apply for a travel document well in advance of travel, whenever possible. However, when there is a need, there are steps applicants should take to improve their chances of having such requests approved.
USCIS will expedite an Application for Travel Document (Form I-131), in certain situations, which may include:
- Severe financial loss to company or person;
- Emergency situations;
- Humanitarian reasons;
- Nonprofit organization whose request is in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the United States;
- Department of Defense or National Interest Situation (Note: The request must come from an official U.S. Government entity and state that delay will be detrimental to the Government.);
- USCIS error; or
- Compelling interest of USCIS.
It is necessary to have documentation to prove that there is a true emergency. Generally, this means matters of life and death. It can also cover business-related travel emergencies. USCIS is very unlikely to approve an expedited or emergency Advance Parole for self-created emergencies and events, such as weddings, where the need to travel could have been anticipated.
Most true emergency-travel needs involve a dire medical situation or a death in the family. As mentioned above, there can also be consideration for business emergencies. Detailed documentation evidencing the existence and extent of the emergency should be provided to USCIS at the time the emergency Advance Parole request is made, when possible.