USCIS has announced that a new “travel document” will replace reentry permits and refugee travel documents. The USCIS’ purpose is to have a document more secure against tampering, counterfeiting, and fraud. The new document went into production on Oct. 24, 2019.
- Reentry permits: Lawful permanent residents use the Form I-327, Permit to Reenter the United States, to return from temporary travel outside of the United States and, in some cases, may use a Reentry Permit for travel in place of a passport
- Refugee travel documents: Those with refugee or asylum status use a Form I-571, Refugee Travel Document, if they wish to temporarily travel outside of the United States and, in some cases, may use a Refugee Travel Document for travel in place of a passport.
Previously issued reentry permits and refugee travel documents will remain valid until their expiration date.
For more, see our Guide to Reentry Permits.