Last month, we came to US using our Advance Parole. I had a paper version of Advance Parole and Aditi had the new card version -- which is both EAD and Advance Parole.
This is the second time we are entering in Advance Parole. We got out of the plane and we in the line for immigration at DFW -- Dallas Fort Worth international airport. When our turn came, I wished the officer and gave our documents. He asked us to do the finger prints and took our picture and took us to secondary inspection area. He asked us to sit in waiting area and he gave our papers to one of officers there and left. There were about 25 people waiting there along with us. After some time, one the officers called my name, we went there and he just gave us the papers. No questions. I opened the advance parole paper and saw it had a stamp with last date in advance parole as the validity date. Both our passports where stamped. We are good to go.
Last time when we entered via EWR, the officer stamped one of the AP papers and didn't stamp the other one. But, he gave both to me. This time in DFW, he stamped both the AP papers and he kept one to himself and gave the other to me.
The inconvenience in DFW compared to EWR was the time it took. It took about 2 hours in the immigration line and about 1 hour in the secondary inspection There were only about 5 officers in the CBP area and 2 officers in the secondary inspection side.
As many know, Congress is working on the sequestration, to avoid budget cuts at this point. According to Capitol Immigration Lawgroup website, if the deal is not reached, it will affect the CBP area -- which will mean even less number of CBP officers at the port of entry and more wait time. Typically, USCIS is run through the funds it receives from application fees, it won't be affected by federal cuts.
To read more on this from Capitol Immigration Lawgroup -- Please click here