I-131, Application for Travel Document

Purpose of Form

To apply for a re-entry permit, refugee travel document or advance parole travel document, to include parole into the U.S. for humanitarian reasons.

Number of Pages

Form 5; Instructions 15.

Edition Date

05/03/16. We will also accept the 01/22/16 and 03/22/13 edition. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the Form and Instructions.

Where to File

Please check the Filing Addresses for Form I-131 for information on where to mail your application.

Additional Information for Completing Your Form:

If you submit Form I-131 on paper: Be sure to sign the form at Part 8, Item Number 1.a., Signature of Applicant. The fillable version of Form I-131 now includes “Don’t forget to sign!” messages and an arrow pointing to the signature box as reminders for when you print the completed form for mailing. USCIS rejects any unsigned Form I-131. Having to return it to you for a signature will delay processing of your application.

Filing Fee

See Special Instructions and Form Instructions

Special Instructions

Note: If you are filing Form I-131 Application Type B or D, you filed a Form I-485 on/after July 30, 2007, with a fee, and the Form I-485 is still pending, then no additional fee is due for Form I-131.

I am applying for a re-entry permit (Application Type A) and I am:Form FeeBiometric ServicesTotal
13 or younger$360$0$360
80 or older$360$0


I am applying for a refugee travel document (Application Types B and C) and I am:Form FeeBiometric ServicesTotal
13 or younger$105$0$105
14 or 15$105$85$190
16 to 79$135$85$220
80 or older$135$0$135
I am applying for an advance parole document (Application Types D, E, and F):Form FeeBiometric ServicesTotal

Advance Parole – Type D (pending I-Form I-485; pending Form I-821; or approved Form I-821D)




Advance Parole – Type E (humanitarian parole)




Advance Parole – Type F (humanitarian parole)




If you are filing your application at a USCIS Lockbox facility:

  • We recommend reading our Lockbox Filing Tips.
  • To receive an e-Notification when your Form I-131 has been accepted, complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance and clip it to the front of your application.
  • To ensure your application is accepted:
    • Sign your form
    • Submit the correct fee
    • Complete the entire form. The form will be rejected if any of these required fields are missing:
      • Part 1, Family Name
      • Part 1, Address
      • Part 1, Date of Birth
      • Part 2, Application Type
      • Part 2, Family Name and Address (if filing for an Advance Parole Document for a person outside of the United States, Application Type “F”)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: You cannot apply for advance parole while your request for deferred action is still pending. If you leave the United States while your request for consideration of deferred action is pending, your deferred action request will be denied.

Once USCIS approves your request for consideration of deferred action, you may file Form I-131 to request advance parole to travel outside of the United States. If you travel outside the United States without first receiving advance parole, USCIS will automatically terminate your deferred action. You must submit Form I-131 with specific documentation depending on the agency that deferred action in your case. If USCIS deferred action in your case, submit a copy of your Form I-797, Notice of Action. If U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deferred action in your case, submit a copy of the ICE order, notice, or letter. USCIS will only grant advance parole if your travel abroad will be for educational, employment, or humanitarian purposes. You must indicate the purpose on the Form I-131 as described below:

  • Educational purposes, such as semester abroad programs or academic research;
  • Employment purposes, such as overseas assignments, interviews, conferences, training, or meetings with clients; or
  • Humanitarian purposes, such as travel to obtain medical treatment, attend funeral services for a family member, or visit an ailing relative.

Travel for vacation is not a valid purpose.

You may not file Form I-131 online. Please check the Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-131 for information on where to mail your application.

For additional information about travel outside the United States and filing for advance parole, read Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Travel Documents.

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