How to Keep your Address Updated with USCIS
After you acquire an immigration status, such as Legal Permanent Residency, you are required to keep your residential address updated with USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service). If you move, they need to know. This responsibility only ends once you become a United States Citizen.
How To Update USCIS with a New AddressA foreign national is required to update their change of address with USCIS within 10 days of having moved to the new address. The form you need is called AR-11. You can find it online at USCIS.gov. The physical form itself is simple and short, only a page long. It essentially asks for your identifying information, and then you list both your most recent previous address, and then your present address. If you use the physical form, it's a good idea to send it confirmation of delivery, so you have a means of proving that you sent the address update. USCIS will not send you any confirmation that they received your change of address form.
You can also update your address information online at https://egov.uscis.gov/coa/displayCOAForm.do. This is my preferred means of updating the address. USICS asks that if you are updating your address online, that you not also send in a physical copy. So, either mail in the paper form AR-11, or do it via the uscis.gov website application, but not both.
What Can Happen if You Don't keep Your Address Up to DateUSCIS states that there could be penalties for failing to comply with the requirement to report a change of address within 10 days. These penalties could be as severe as:
(i.) Being charged with a misdemeanor crime.
(ii.) Being fined up to $200 or imprisoned up to 30 days, or both.
(iii.) Being subject to removal from the United States under INA ? 266(b).
While these penalties are severe, practically speaking, failure to timely update a change in address is not a rare occurrence. By and large, failure to update one's change of address within the 10 day window is remedied by updating one's address at the soonest possible opportunity and without any of the above listed penalties becoming enforced.