How long does it take to approve Form I-131A?

Form I-131A Processing Time

USCIS has indicated that they have a processing goal of two weeks for Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation). However, the Form I-131A processing time may vary depending on the USCIS workload and the specific U.S. embassy or consulate where you filed. In many cases, consular office is able to issue you the travel document sooner.

The best way to get your Form I-131A approved quickly is to prepare the application accurately and get it filed correctly. Mistakes and omissions will cause delays in the process.

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You must file Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation), in person, at a U.S. embassy or consulate nearest you. Before appearing at the U.S. embassy or consulate, you must submit the filing fee on the USCIS website. Print your payment confirmation page (or email confirmation). When filing Form I-131A, you’ll need evidence that you paid the fee.

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Expediting Form I-131A

You may be able to expedite the Form I-131A processing time if you require urgent travel. USCIS may, at its discretion, expedite certain applications that have provided evidence of an urgent need to travel.

  • When you file Form I-131A at a U.S. embassy or consulate, have of your application and supporting evidence in order. Missing information and documents is the biggest delay for applications.
  • Provide evidence of your urgent travel requirements. In addition to printed tickets or e-tickets, bring evidence that you must be in the United States. Examples of events that may justify expedited processing include a sick relative or an important a business event.

What Happens After Form I-131A Approval

The U.S. embassy or consulate will notify you that the decision has been made by contacting you at the contact information you have provided on Form I-131A. Therefore, provide accurate information where the embassy may contact you.

Source: USCIS