Form AR-11 is the Alien’s Change of Address Card. It is used to file a change of address with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Most foreign nationals are required by law to report a change of address to USCIS within 10 days.
If you fail to report a change of address to USCIS, you could face fines, imprisonment, and even removal from the United States.
Who Has to File a Form AR-11?
The requirement to file a Form AR-11 extends to virtually all foreign nationals residing in the US.
- Nonimmigrant visa holders (such as H1 and L1 visa holders, and B1/B2 visa holders present in the US for more than 29 days)
- Permanent residents (Green Card holders)
The only exceptions to the requirement are A and G visa holders, who are diplomats, ambassadors, and officers of international organizations, their families and employees. US citizens who have not filed an I-864 Affidavit of Support and asylees are also exempt from filing an AR-11.
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How Do You File a Form AR-11?
What If I Have Pending USCIS Applications or Petitions?
It is important to note that if you already have pending applications or petitions with USCIS, filing an AR-11 will not update the address information on them. If you need to file an AR-11 after already submitting a USCIS petition or application, call their customer service line at 1-800-375-5283 to update the address on your pending applications/petitions.
It is also important to note that updating your address with USCIS will not update your address with the United States Postal Service (USPS). You will need to fill out a USPS change of address form either online or at your local postal office separately to ensure your mail arrives at your new address.
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