My Dad immigrated to the US in October, 2015. I lived at address A when I filed his case, and address A was used on his Visa application. I moved shortly after his interview, and when he arrived he came to my new address, B. I did an AR-11 Change of Address in early November 2015, and also updated the USPS with the new address. Eight months late, in June 2016, USCIS sent my Dad's I-551 to address A. It was not forwarded to us, and was not returned to the Post Office. I filed an I-90 to replace the green card, but did not pay the replacement fee because I do not believe that USCIS set the card "to us". They sent it to an address that had been updated 8 months earlier, and was consequently lost due to USCIS's failure to update the address database. USCIS rejected the I-90, saying they had already provided the benefit of an I-551, and that to provide ANOTHER I-551 was a duplication of benefits. I propose that they never provided the I-551 to my Father in the first place, because they sent it to address A, when I had already updated that address to B EIGHT MONTHS EARLIER. Is there any requirement that USCIS send green cards to valid addresses?
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You might contact the CIS ombudsman to see if that office can assist you.
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