Forgot to change address on USCIS website - now applying for Green Card
While completing the I-485 I noticed USCIS asks for all addresses for the past 5 years.
Only in 2018 I found out I had to notify USCIS of all address changes. So during 2016 and 2017 USCIS did not have my correct addresses on file.
Could this be a problem and grounds for USCIS to deny me a GC and deport me? I never violated my status in any way (except for failing to notify them of address changes due to ignorance)
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USCIS will not deny your green card on this basis. Technically you must report a change of address within 10 days. But as a practical matter I have never seen any case denied on that basis. The real risk is that if things go bad in an immigration process and the government has the wrong address, they may try to deport someone and he/she does not even know to show up at his deportation hearing (and then gets deported in his/her absence). Good luck with your I-485!
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Generally, we would have the address history updated before filing.
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