USCIS generally does not require you to use a cover letter when filing Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. However, a cover letter can be helpful if have unusual circumstances or need to clarify the details of your case. We’ve included several different versions of a sample I-131 cover letter for your use.
Always keep your cover letter short and simple. Include the vital information such as your name and alien registration number. Be concise when explaining the purpose of the letter.
Sample I-131 Cover Letter
CitizenPath has created a sample I-131 cover letter for several situations. There for four cover letter samples below. Select the one that most closely matches your need and modify it for your use.
Sample Cover Letter for Advance Parole
If you’ve already submitted your adjustment of status application without a request for advance parole, you may do so while it is still pending.
As an adjustment applicant, it is generally unnecessary to “justify” the purposes of your travel. Provided USCIS has granted an advance parole document, you may make temporary trips (ideally less than 90 days) outside the United States to see family and friends, vacation, or conduct business. However, other statuses (e.g. DACA) may require more extensive justification and supporting evidence to obtain advance parole.
If you plan to request a combo card (combined EAD and AP one a single card), review this article for an additional sample cover letter for combo card requests.
Sample Cover Letter for Reentry Permit
Use these sample cover letters for Form I-131 as a guide. Do not submit any of these letters without updating them to fit your specific situation. It’s not mandatory to submit a cover letter when you file Form I-131, but a cover letter can help to clarify the purpose of the application and why your application may require special attention.
Where to Address Your Cover Letter
Your I-131 cover letter should be addressed to the same USCIS office that will receive your application package. Filing addresses for Form I-131 vary based on the type of application (advance parole, reentry permit or refugee travel document). After you have prepared your Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, you can refer to the custom filing instructions from CitizenPath for the USCIS mailing address, filing fee and additional documents to submit.