Importance Of Notifying INS Of Change Of Address
The events of September 11, 2001 have resulted in far-reaching impacts and extremely heightened scrutiny on people seeking entry to the U.S. and foreign nationals in the U.S. One long overlooked provision is that noncitizens must notify the Immigration and Naturalization Service (“INS”) of a change of address within 10 days after moving to a new residence.
It is reported that the INS recently has begun strictly enforcing the requirement. Failure to notify the INS of a change of address can result in a $200 fine and 30 days in jail. What can be a more significant consequence is that it also can result in deportation and a bar from reentry to the United States. Some persons have recently been jailed and placed in deportation proceedings for failure to notify the INS of address changes.
The change of address form (“AR-11”) can be downloaded and should be sent to the INS Headquarters and to the INS office at which the person last filed any application or petitions. The form is required for the primary beneficiary as well as family members. The Headquarters address is on the form.
Please notify persons who may need to be aware of this provision, and contact our office if you have questions.
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