Report Your Change of Address to USCIS

As a Green Card holder, it is required that you report your change of address to USCIS. It is also important to do so timely during the Green Card application process. Read below and understand detailed regulations for each category of status.

While USCIS has granted a Green Card, it is important that all addresses be updated. This will not only allow for the USCIS to send official notices to the Green Card holder, but it is also important to follow as it is part of your duties as a Green Card holder. Furthermore, if a Green Card holder fails to update their address properly, it can not only lead to unnecessary delays in the immigration process, but the USCIS imposing fines, criminal charges or even begin removal proceedings.


I. What are the timeframes for reporting change of address to USCIS?

There are many foreign nationals that are required to update their address with the USCIS. Depending on your status within the United States, the time frame required will differ.

Address Change Reporting to USCIS

Category of StatusTimeframe
Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders)
  • 10 days from change of address
  • Same for CR1 and IR1
Temporary Visa Holders
  • 10 days from change of address
U.S. Citizen Sponsors
  • 30 days from change of address
  • No legal requirements, but could face delays in marriage-based Green Card application

II. Is anyone exempt from updating their change of address?

There are classes of individuals that are exempt from the requirements of updating their new address to the USCIS. Although not an exhaustive list, the following classes are generally exempt from this requirement under certain circumstances:

  1. Foreign diplomats
  2. Foreign government officials
  3. Nonimmigrant tourists or temporary visitors with a visa waiver

III. Can I report the USCIS change of address online?

Form AR-11 (Alien’s Change of Address Card) can be filed several ways. It is recommended that the change of address be filed online for the quickest turn around. However, if circumstances apply, the change of address can be done in other ways.

Methods of Reporting Change of Address

Category of StatusMethods to Change Address
U.S. Citizens
  • Apply online through USCIS Change of Address
  • Change by phone by calling USCIS
  • Main Sponsors can file Form I-865 (Sponsor’s Notice of Change of Address) through mail
Non U.S. Citizens
  • Apply online through USCIS Change of Address
  • Apply online through USCIS account
  • Apply through mail (May be required to update for each filing, rather than just once online)
U.S. Citizen Sponsors
  • 30 days from change of address
  • No legal requirements, but could face delays in marriage-based Green Card application