09 Aug Application for Lost Travel Document New Form I-131A
By Atty. Crispin Caday Lozano
USCIS has published Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation), a new form that allows lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to apply for a travel document (carrier documentation) if they:
- Are returning from temporary overseas travel of less than one year, and their Green Card has been lost, stolen or destroyed, or
- Are returning from temporary overseas travel of less than two years, and their Reentry Permit has been lost, stolen or destroyed.
The length of the absence will be measured from the time the LPR departed the U.S. to the time he or she pays the Form I-131A fee.
Q. How do I Apply for Carrier Documentation?
A. To file Form I-131A, LPRs must pay the required fee online and then apply in person at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The embassy or consulate will generally issue the carrier documentation within two weeks. The LPR should present the carrier documentation, which may be a boarding foil (similar to a visa) or transportation letter, to a transportation carrier instead of their Green Card or Reentry Permit.
The carrier documentation allows an LPR to prove to a transportation carrier only that they are authorized to travel to a United States port of entry to apply for admission to the United States. It is not a guarantee of admission or parole into the United States. CBP will conduct all required inspections when the LPR arrives at a United States port of entry and will make the final determination of whether to admit or parole the LPR to the United States.
Q. What is the Filing Fee?
A. The filing fee for Form I-131A is $360. There is no biometric services fee. The fee for this form must be paid online using a credit or debit card or U.S. bank account through our online payment system.
Q. Where do I File Form I-131A?
A. Before appearing at a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate to file Form I-131A, LPRs must submit the filing fee on the USCIS website. When appearing in person at a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate to file Form I-131A, they must bring evidence that they paid the fee. Please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate or visit its website to verify that they can process the Form I-131A and to read instructions on how to file.
Note: This is not a legal advice. You should seek the advice of an experienced immigration lawyer about your specific circumstances.
- On July 18, 2017, we received an approval of green card at the U.S. Embassy Manila for the family of a client who was granted a waiver of misrepresentation. His wife and children were approved after the court granted the waiver.
- On July 7, 2017, we received an approval for Naturalization of an old woman who has difficulty in reading and writing English.
- On June 28, 2017, we received a withdrawal of inadmissibility and removability charges from the Customs and Border Enforcement for a client who was charged with drug case while he was entering San Francisco Airport from the Philippines. The case was withdrawn after we have expunged the drug case in Criminal Court.
- In June 2017, we received three approvals of naturalization applications.
- In June 2017, we received two approvals of adjustment of status based on marriage
- On May 25, 2017, we received an approval of Form I-140 for a caregiver from the Philippines.
- On April 28, 2017, we received an approval of N-400 for a client who was under Removal Proceedings before.
- On April 21, 2017, we received an approval of I-601A Provisional Waiver for a client who was denied I-601A before from a previous lawyer.
- On March 22, 2017, we received an Immigrant Visa approval for a child of Permanent Resident who is already 25 years of age but classified as minor under CSPA.
- On March 8, 2017, we received an approval of Provisional Waiver from USCIS for a seaman client.
If you have immigration problems the Law Offices of Crispin C. Lozano can help you find a solution before your problem gets worse which could lead to deportation and family separation.
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