How long does it take to approve Form I-131A?


USCIS has indicated that they have a processing goal of two weeks for Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation). Processing times may vary depending on the workload and each particular case.

However, you may be able to expedite Form I-131A if you require urgent travel.

  1. When you file Form I-131 at a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate, have of your application and supporting evidence in order. Missing information and documents is the biggest delay for applications.
  2. Provide evidence of your urgent travel requirements. In addition to printed tickets or e-tickets, bring evidence that you must be in the United States. Examples of events that may justify expedited processing include a sick relative or an important a business event.

USCIS may, at its discretion, expedite certain applications that have provided evidence of an urgent need to travel.

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The U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate where you filed will notify you that the decision has been made by contacting you at the contact information you have provided on Form I-131A. Therefore, make sure to provide accurate information where you can be contacted.

Source: USCIS


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