CHANGE OF ADDRESS
The Department of Homeland Security requires that all foreign nationals inform them of any change of address. As different rules apply to different immigration categories, please follow carefully the directions below as they apply to you:
- Active F-1 Students and F-1 Students in OPT Status should inform the International Student Office (ISO) of any address change within 10 days by selecting the “I would like to request an address change” in the Student Support Network and choose “International Student Inquiry” under report type.
- All other Foreign National Employees(H-1B, E-3, TN and all other immigrant and non-immigrant categories including Lawful Permanent Residents) must notify the Department of Homeland Security directly of any changes of address within 10 days of moving using Form AR-11, which may be submitted either via paper or electronically.
If you fail to comply with the requirement…
- Failure to comply may affect your ability to remain in the U.S. and your ability to re-enter the U.S. after travel abroad.
- Almost all nonimmigrants, including all those in F, J, H, O or TN status — as well as permanent residents of the US — are required to notify DHS of a change of residential address within 10 days of the change.
- Noncompliance may also be criminally punishable as a misdemeanor with a fine not to exceed $200 and/or imprisonment of no more than 30 days.
- In addition, unless you can prove that your failure to report was “reasonably excusable or was not willful,” the law directs the Attorney General to take you into custody and deport you from the United States.
Can I use a post office box address?
No, the law requires you to report to DHS the address in the U.S. where you actually reside.