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New USCIS “Travel Document” to Replace Reentry Permits and Refugee Travel Documents

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.

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