Update on USCIS Practice of Denying Pending Forms I-131 for Abandonment Due to International Travel

On November 16, 2018, USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna spoke briefly on the USCIS policy to deny pending Forms I-131, Application for Travel Document when an applicant travels overseas. Based on feedback from the CIS Ombudsman and other stakeholders, Director Cissna indicated that USCIS will end the practice of denying pending I-131 applications when an applicant travels overseas. Though he did not provide a timeline for this change, he indicated that policy on this would be forthcoming.

This is finally a bit of good news.  We will post more information as it becomes available.

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