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Filing and receipting procedures.
Although any alien who is physically present in the United States and who believes he/she is a refugee may
for a refugee travel document, only aliens who establish that they meet the standards set forth in law and regulations may be
an RTD. Aliens who are in the United States for a brief period of time, such as crewmen or aliens in transit, are generally not eligible to receive refugee travel documents. A refugee travel document should be issued only to an alien who is lawfully present in the United States, unless compelling reasons of national security or public order dictate otherwise.
A request for the issuance of a refugee travel document is filed on a Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. (This form is also used for requests for the issuance of reentry permits and requests for advanced parole – See AFM
and AFM Chapter 54, resp.) With two exceptions, all applications should be filed with USINS, Nebraska Service Center, P.O. Box 87131, Lincoln, NE 68501-7131. The first exception allows an application to be filed at a local
office in circumstances warranting expedited processing; the second allows an application to be filed at a port of entry or an overseas DHS office if the alien failed to apply for an RTD prior to his/her departure from the United States. Both exceptions are discussed under Special Considerations in
The applicant must submit the appropriate fee in accordance with
8 CFR 103.7(b)
and two photographs meeting the specifications in the instructions to the form.