All immigrants except for US Citizens are required to notify USCIS about their change of address within 10 days of their address change. This requirement also applies to lawful permanent residents (green card holders).
Most individuals can change their address in two ways:
- Through their existing USCIS online account; or
- Filing Form AR-11, Alien's Change of Address Card, online.
Filing Form AR-11 online will update your address on all pending applications, petitions, or requests that you include on the form.
You do not need to mail a paper Form AR-11 if you use the change of address webpage unless you are a victim of domestic violence, trafficking, and other crimes, or if you have previously filed a Form I-751 abuse waiver. For more information on these special situations in which you must file a paper Form AR-11, see USCIS Change of Address webpage.
Post office address change is not enough
Changing your address with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will not change your address with USCIS, or the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) if you have an active or pending immigration court case. You must also update your address EOIR if you are in immigration proceedings.
- How do I notify USCIS about my address change online?
You can change your address online at the USCIS website here.
- What is the fee to change my address with the USCIS?
There is no USCIS fee to change your address.
- How do I change my address with the immigration court?
To notify the court about your new address, you must file Form EOIR-33 within 5 working days of your move. There is no fee for this form, it cannot be done online.
- When do I have to notify USCIS or Immigration Court about my address change?
You must notify USCIS about your new address within 10 days of your move.
You must notify Immigration Court (EOIR) within 5 working days of your move.
- I moved but I did not notify USCIS about my new address – what are the consequences?
In most cases there will not be any consequences of your failure to notify USCIS about your new address. However, if you have an active case with USCIS, you must check if there has not been any correspondence sent to you. It is possible that your case was denied for your failure to respond because the notice may have been mailed to your old address.
You are still required to notify USCIS about your new address even if you are late.
- I moved but I did not notify the immigration court about my new address – what are the consequences?
You should consult with an immigration attorney. If your case is currently pending you must first check if you did not miss any hearings or any correspondence that may have been sent to you by the court. You are still required to notify the Immigration Court about your new address even if you are late.
- I am a naturalized US citizen – am I required to notify USCIS about my new address?
No. However, if you are sponsoring someone for a green card or have a case pending with USCIS, you should notify USCIS about your new address.