The Change of Address form with USCIS is very similar to USPS’s Change of Address form. Updating your address with USCIS is mandatory for pending filings and for many non-U.S. Citizen immigration statuses.
You will need the old address, new address, your name, and an A Number (also known as USCIS Number). However, as a fun fact, most people forget to update their address with USCIS within 10 days after a move.
You are able to change your address with USCIS online or through paper filing. The cost is free, and in my personal opinion, the online form is quick and can be completed in minutes. Plus, the online form gives instant results, a successful filing notice, and a copy of the form filed. If you are in need of changing your address, visit the USCIS Website and complete form AR-11.
Below is a Youtube Video by Fickey Martinez Law Firm, P.L.L.C. It was created to answer the basic question of how to generally update USCIS of an Address Change.
Consequences of Failing to Update USCIS
Failure to Update USCIS of a Change of Address can have the following results:
- Denial of a pending application
- Missing vital USCIS Appointment
- Great Delays in processing time
- Fine up to $200
- Imprisonment up to 30 days
- Tarnish an Immigrant’s Immigration Record
Some may ask how USCIS will know. If USCIS receives a “non delivered” mail from USPS, USCIS will place that note in your file.
Many forget this “change of address” requirement. However, the above results are very real and some are commonly seen by immigration attorneys. Since a picture speaks a thousand words, hopefully the below image will be better remembered.
You may ask yourself, “Can USCIS really deny my filing for not updating my address? That seems funny since I paid hundreds or thousands of dollars!” Here is my answer to that question:
AR-11 Explanation Video
All to often, my past clients will call for clarification of this form. I hope this video will be helpful. Enjoy!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Fickey Martinez Law Firm at (910) 526-0066 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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