|USCIS changes interpretation of authorized travel by individuals with TPS|
|August 26, 2022|
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has updated its policy regarding whether travel while on TPS is an admission and inspection for purposes of adjustment of status. Previously, USCIS had a policy in place under Matter of Z-R-Z-C-, which stated that if a TPS beneficiary travelled with advance parole, they were not “inspected and admitted” upon return for the purposes of adjustment of status. However, USCIS will now issue a new TPS travel authorization document, rather than an advance parole document, which will allow TPS beneficiaries to travel abroad and return to the United States. Upon return with this new document, they will be considered to have been “inspected and admitted” for the purposes of adjustment of status. In some instances, individuals who previously travelled with advance parole while the Matter of Z-R-Z-C- policy was in place, may be eligible for adjustment of status as well.
Read full policy memorandum here.
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