Lesson 1, Topic 1
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AR-11 | Alien’s Change of Address Card

Joe May 27, 2020

The following is an insert of the United States Code of Federal Regulations Title 8 and The Department of Homeland Security.

§ 265.1 Reporting change of address.

Except for those exempted by section 263(b) of the Act, all aliens in the United States required to register under section 262 of the Act must report each change of address and new address within 10 days of such change in accordance with instructions provided by USCIS.[76 FR 53796, Aug. 29, 2011]

Simply put, just about everyone who is not a citizen of the United States must report a change of address within 10 days of such change to USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security. This includes people in the United States with visas, and even United States Citizens who have signed and are sponsors, substitute sponsor, or joint sponsor under an affidavit of support, and any household member’s support obligation under an affidavit of support attachment, all begin when the immigration officer or the immigration judge grants the intending immigrant’s application for admission as an immigrant or for adjustment of status on the basis of an application for admission or adjustment that included the affidavit of support or an affidavit of support attachment.

Purpose: For Immigration Form AR-11 is: For aliens in the United States and those listed above to report a change of address.

Most individuals can change their address in two ways:

  • Through an existing USCIS online account; or  
  • Filing Form AR-11, Alien’s Change of Address Card or AR-11 Online.

Filing Form AR-11 online will update the address on all pending applications, petitions, or requests that you include on the form.

You do not need to mail a paper Form AR-11 if you use the change of address webpage unless the client is a victim of domestic violence, trafficking, and other crimes, or if they have previously filed a Form I-751 abuse waiver.

Changing an address with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will not change the address with USCIS, or the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) if the client has an active or pending court case. Please update the address with both USCIS and USPS (and EOIR if you are in immigration proceedings).

Go to the AR-11 | Alien’s Change of Address Card within the 1st Choice Agent Portal for more information on this form.

Download a form AR-11 below and review it as part and objective of this section.

As you can see this form is a simple two page form. There is no filing fee from USCIS for form AR-11. So your facilitating fee is the only fee your clients will have to pay. In some cases this form can be a bait to meet new clients if used as a free service you are offering to your community.

The form itself is pretty straight forward.

In the Information about you section: This is information about your client. The clients Last Name, First Name and Middle Name (if applicable). In this case applicable means, if the client has a middle name, then disclose the middle name. Note: The name must match exactly as it appears on their current immigration document.

Furthermore, the form is asking for the current immigration status. They want to know if your client is a Visitor, a Student, a Permanent Resident or Other. They also want to know the country of current citizenship and date of birth. Again, all of these are your clients, not yours.

At the end of the Information About You section they ask for the A- Number. This is the Alien Registration Number. More than likely if they are in the United States legally, they will have an A – Number.

The second part of the form is asking for the clients current Street Address and the clients previous address.

At the end of the form you will have the client verify that all of the information on the form is correct and have then sign it where it says, “Your Signature”. Again this is the clients signature not yours.

This completes the AR-11 Form explanation. Please continue to the next Topic.