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If we move to my husband's parents' house right after applying for green card, what will happen?

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I am married to an American citizen and I am currently on F-1 visa, but we are going to apply for green card this month or next month, depending on when my parents in law get their income tax return. However, due to financial reason, we are thinking of moving to my husband's parents' house who is our joint sponsor in another state. (I'm thinking about taking a leave of absence this August.) My questions are: 1. Is it ok to move/change address before receiving NOA? (We want to apply before moving because we have a lot of proof that we are living here, but if we apply from my husband's parents' house we won't have lease or bills with our names.) 2. If we move, will we still need to establish proof that we are living in the parents' house and if so what can we prepare in our case?

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Use all the proof you gathered for the old address and a letter form your PIL confirming you now live at a new address plus whatever other utility bills with the now change address you will still have - cellphone and all. Do not forget to file AR11.

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You and your husband are free to live whereever you wish.

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(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.

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It does not matter where you and your spouse lives as long as you can prove that you are living together as husband and wife.

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