What Should I Do If My Address Changes While My Asylum Application Is Being Processed?

Notifying USCIS of an asylum applicant change of address.

Question

I submitted an application for asylum to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), but recently moved because I couldn’t afford to live in the city anymore. How can I change my address? Is there anything else I need to do?

 

Answer

The first thing you should do is go online to the USCIS website and complete the  electronic Form AR-11, Alien’s Change of Address Card. You will need your receipt number from your pending asylum application in order to successfully notify USCIS of your change of address. If you haven’t yet received a receipt notice, you can instead call USCIS Customer Service toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 in order to report your new address.

If you are moving far away and you have already received a date and location for your asylum interview, you must also submit a request to reschedule your interview at an asylum office that is closer to you. You can do this by mailing a letter to the asylum office or field office where your interview is scheduled, explaining that your address has changed and requesting an interview date at a USCIS asylum office or field office that is more convenient.

The address for the asylum office handling your case should be located on your interview notice. Online, you can find both a  list of asylum offices  and a  list of field offices. You should make sure that your rescheduling request is received prior to your interview date. If that is impossible, you must make the request no later than 15 days after or else you risk the denial of your application.

 

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