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Change Of Address - Frequently Asked Questions


What are the regulations on change of address for the purpose of immigration?

All non-U.S. citizens (foreign nationals) who are required to be registered are also required to keep the USCIS informed of their current address. This is particularly important when you have filed an application or petition for a benefit under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and expect notification of a decision on that application. In addition, the USCIS may need to contact you to provide other issued documents or return original copies of evidence you submitted.


What is the regulation on change of address for special immigrants?

It is also mandatory for any foreign national who has been designated as a ‘Special Registrant’ under 8 CFR § 264.1(f) (as amended by 67 Federal Register 52585 (August 12, 2002) to inform the USCIS whenever he or she has a change of address, employment or school. The Special Registrant rule is effective as of September 11, 2002.

Note: In the past, the USCIS required every alien in the U.S. to report his or her address annually, in January. They eliminated this requirement in 1980 and no longer require annual reporting. However, the USCIS still requires reporting of any address change within 10 days of the change.

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Who must comply with the INS change of address regulations?

All foreign nationals in the U.S. who are required to be registered under the law (INA § 262 and 261) must keep the USCIS informed of their changes of address. The only aliens exempt from this change of address requirement are diplomats (visa status A), official government representatives to an international organization (visa status G), and certain nonimmigrants who do not possess a visa and who are in the U.S. for fewer than 30 days (INA § 263).

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