Informing USCIS of your change of address is required by law for all Legal Permanent Residents and those with cases pending. You must inform them of any permanent or temporary changes within ten days of moving.
To register a change of address with USCIS, you will need to submit form AR-11. This can be found on their website and can be sent either electronically or through the mail. You will need to know your "A" number, receipt number and date of last entry into the USA.
The AR-11 does not generate a NOA receipt so if you submit the form electronically, make sure to print out a copy for your records. If you submit a paper copy, send it by trackable mail.
If your case is at the NVC, be sure to call them instead as form AR-11 will not apply.
In addition, if you have a case pending with USCIS, you may want to consider the following actions:
- Send a copy of AR-11 to any local or district offices where you might have a file pending. Include a letter stating you are changing your address.
- Send a copy of AR-11 to any Service Center where you might have a file pending. Include a letter saying stating you are changing your address.
- Make a phone call to the National Customer Service Center (currently 800-375-5283) with the request to change your address.
- File form I-865 for the USC Sponsor as required by law. You may get a NOA for this one and it will hopefully change the Sponsor's mailing address.
- File a change of address form with USPS and begin the mail forwarding service.
- (note: an unfortunate side effect of this service is that the Post Office sells your new address to bulk mailers and you are now back on many junk mailing lists.)
30 Days Later
- Make a follow up phone call to the National Customer Service Center to see if your address change has captured.
- Keep an eye on processing times and when you expect to be contacted. Don't let it go for too long in case your AR-11 was never dealt with.
- Additionally, some people have sent notification to the old AND new District Office, to prompt their attention.