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Can An Undocumented Person Fly Within The United States?

Undocumented individuals living in the United States must consider whether it’s worth the risk to fly within the United States. In the United States, undocumented immigrants are allowed to fly within the country, but they must use their foreign passport as identification. This is because the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires all passengers to show a valid government-issued ID with a photo in order to board a plane. Undocumented immigrants do not have a valid U.S. passport or driver’s license, so they must use their foreign passport instead.

It is important to note that undocumented immigrants who fly within the United States are still at risk of being detained by immigration officials. If an undocumented immigrant is stopped by immigration officials at an airport, they may be questioned about their immigration status and may be placed in removal proceedings.

Undocumented Immigrants and Domestic Air Travel

There are a few things that undocumented immigrants can do to reduce the risk of being detained by immigration officials when flying within the United States:

  • Travel with a valid foreign passport.
  • Be prepared to show proof of their legal presence in the United States, such as a work permit or a visa.
  • Be polite and cooperative with immigration officials.
  • If detained, contact an immigration attorney immediately.

It is also important to note that undocumented immigrants who have been granted deferred action or who are in the process of applying for asylum may be able to travel within the United States without using their foreign passport. However, it is always best to check with an experienced immigration attorney before traveling, as the rules and regulations can change at any time.

If you are an undocumented immigrant who is planning to fly within the United States, it is important to weigh the risks and benefits before making a decision. While it is possible to fly within the country without being detained, there is always a risk that you may be stopped by immigration officials. If you are concerned about your immigration status, it is best to consult with an immigration attorney before traveling.

Domestic Travel and Real ID

The new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is May 7, 2025.  Only identification documents and driver’s licenses in the REAL ID format will be accepted.

Are You Worried About Your Immigration Status and Travel?

If you are undocumented and have a question about immigration, contact Mario Godoy and the immigration attorneys at Godoy Law Office at 630-912-0322.

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