Hi, my USC husband and I filed I-130 and I-485 at the same time in Jan 2018 in Los Angeles County, CA. We are still waiting on the interview. Based on the processing time on USCIS website, it might take up to 34 months to get the card after filed date, which means we might have to wait about 2 more years.
I found a job with good salary in Kern County, CA, where I could also attend nursing program at the local Community College. I also found a entry-level position in the nursing field in Atlanta, GA, where I could gain experience in the field.
Can I move to either location without disturbing my immigration case? Thank you very much.
Yes, you will just need to file a change of address with USCIS. The only time it causes a delay is if the case has already been sent to a local office and then you change addresses. Then the case has to go back to the service center to be sent to a different local office.
There is no prohibition against a couple moving to a new address, even in another state, after the filing of a marriage-based adjustment of status case. Please keep in mind that until you eventually may become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you will continue to be required to notify the USCIS of any new residential address within 10 days of moving. Notification is made through filing a Form AR-11, and that should be completed both generally and in connection with each pending application.
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A person with a pending I-485 cannot move to another USCIS district office location jurisdiction without disturbing the immigration case to move the filing to the other office. But, it might be good to do.
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People do move during the processing of their green card, because of legitimate reasons such as a job offer. And you can change your address while your case is pending.
Any change of address must be submitted on form AR-11. That form can actually be submitted electronically, and the web address is:
A few things to note:
1. Remember that you and your spouse each have separate petitions / applications before USCIS. The I-130 is the Petitioner's, and the I-485 is the Beneficiary's. So a separate AR-11 should be submitted for each form.
2. You will need the receipt numbers from the top of the receipt notices that were sent to you, in order to process the AR-11's. The I-130 and the I-485 should each have their own receipts.
3. Make sure to print out the confirmation pages as proof that you filed the appropriate changes of address, and also the emails that you receive that confirm that the AR-11's were submitted.
4. It is a good idea to follow up with USCIS shortly after the AR-11's are filed, to make sure that these changes were entered into the system.
So yes, it is possible to change your address while your case is pending, but you should be pro-active both with filing the AR-11's and with making sure everything goes through.
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