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HOW TO APPLY FOR A U.S. REFUGEE TRAVEL DOCUMENT (FORM I-571)? (UNITED STATES)

APPLYING FOR A REFUGEE TRAVEL DOCUMENT (UNITED STATES) 

If you want to travel internationally, You will need a passport. A refugee travel document is basically the equivalent of a passport for asylee who need to travel outside of the United States temporarily. 

If you are a U.S. asylee or obtained a Lawful Permanent Residence as a result of having been an asylee then you must apply for a refugee travel document before you leave the United States. 


ALWAYS BE REMINDED: YOU SHOULD NEVER TRAVEL TO THE COUNTRY FROM WHICH YOU CLAIMED PERSECUTION IN YOUR ASYLUM. 

HOW TO FILE FORM I-131 & SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS 

In order to apply for a U.S. Refugee Travel Document, You must file Form I-131, Application for Travel Document with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Go to Form I-131 page of www.uscis.gov to download the most recent form for free. 

PICTURED: FORM I-131, APPLICATION FOR A U.S REFUGEE TRAVEL DOCUMENT. 
You must submit the following supporting documents with your application: 

- Proof of asylee status. 

- A copy of an official photo identity document(For example, a valid driver's license, State ID or a foreign passport). 

- A statement explaining the reason for a "yes" response to any question in Part 6.

- The appropriate filing fee (and a biometrics fee if you are between the age of 14 and 79). The U.S. Refugee Travel Document cost $135 + $85 biometric fee  totaling $220.00. 

DON'T FORGET TO SIGN YOUR FORM-131! USCIS WILL REJECT ANY UNSIGNED FORM.  

Because most asylees escaped persecution from the country that issues their passport, many choose not to travel as a national of that country as you are availing yourself to the protections of that country. In addition, having a U.S. Refugee Travel Document might make your travels much easier. 

Some countries require you to have a visa if you are travelling using the passport from your home country, but they do not always required it if you have a U.S. Passport or a U.S. Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571). 

In addition, having a U.S. Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571) will make it easier to travel on some airlines. But if you plan to stay abroad for more than one year, you should obtain another form of travel document before leaving (Although it is called a "reentry permit", You can use the Form I-131 to apply for it. 


Complied By: Tennyson Watson-Joyner, The Professional's Asylee Travel Guide

Tennyson Watson-Joyner is a U.S. Legal Asylee, read for a Bachelors of Science Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a major in Travel, Tourism and Entertainment Management. Future aspirations to work in the Travel/Airline Industry. 

The Professional's Asylee Travel Guide is an online resource dedicated to making all things asylee simple especially travel with a U.S. Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)with the slogan: "ALL THINGS ASYLEE, IMAGING TRAVEL DIFFERENTLY" 


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