It’s common for lawful permanent residents (LPR) to move around, whether they move homes in a nearby area or move across the country for a work-related opportunity. However, it is vital that lawful permanent residents inform the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) when they change their address. Failing to do so could result in serious consequences.
What Happens If I Forget to Inform the USCIS of My Move?
All non-U.S. citizens are required by law to inform the USCIS of their new address at least ten days within moving. It is important to note that you can’t simply change your address with the U.S. postal service; you must notify the USCIS directly. Failing to notify the USCIS of your new address can have serious repercussions.
Non-U.S. citizens who intentionally fail to notify the USCIS of their address change can face misdemeanor charges. The misdemeanor can be punishable by up to 30 days in jail and $200 in fines. Not only may you face jail time, but you can also get deported. Lawful permanent residents can be removed from the United States unless they can prove that the failure to report the change of address was “reasonably excusable” or that the failure was not willfully done.
How Can I Notify the USCIS of My New Address?
Notifying the USCIS of your new address is not difficult. You can submit a change of address online or by contacting the USCIS’s contact number (800-375-5283). You can also complete Form AR-11 and mail in the form to the USCIS. In some cases, mailing in your notice is the only option when the USCIS website isn’t functioning properly.
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If you failed to notify the USCIS of your address change and now you are facing penalties, you should contact our team at Yekrangi & Associates. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to help you remain in the country. Our team can analyze your situation and help you achieve your desired outcome.
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