Change of U.S. Address
Information for Students
the DHS of an Address Change – Students and their Dependents
F-1 Students and
You are required by DHS to inform Boston University (BU) within
10 days of any change to your physical residence in the U.S. You
must do so by updating your Immigration-U.S. Address
online through the Student
Link. The changes will then be reported electronically to DHS
through the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
The Immigration-U.S. Address will be used
to report to DHS your physical residence only. Your
physical residence is defined as where you live, not your school,
lab, or a P.O. Box. You may report a separate mailing address
for use by Boston University using the Local Address or
Home Address fields in the Student Link.
F-2 and J-2 Dependents
If you continue to live at the same location as the F-1 or J-1 spouse
or parent of whom you are a dependent, then your address will be
updated through SEVIS when the F-1 or J-1 visa holder reports the
change. However, if you move to an address different than that of
the primary F-1 or J-1 visa holder, you must then follow the same
reporting procedure as stated below for “Individuals in immigration
classifications other then F or J”.
J-1 Students who
possess a DS-2019 NOT issued by Boston University
You must report an address change to the institution or organization
that issued your DS-2019 in order to comply with DHS regulations.
You should also update your Immigration-U.S. Address
in the Student Link to ensure the ISSO has the most accurate contact
information for you.
Students in immigration
classifications other than F or J
If your address has changed since the last time you were issued
a Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record (the little white card in your
passport), you must report your change in US address to the USCIS
directly within 10 days of your move in order to satisfy the notification
Effective January 2007,
you may report
your change of address electronically via the USCIS website.
The ISSO recommends that students and their dependents report their
address change electronically whenever possible.
Alternatively, the paper
format of the Form
AR-11 can be downloaded from the USCIS website. Lastly, a paper
version of Form AR-11 is available at the ISSO if you are not able
to complete it electronically or download and print it from the
links provided above.
If you have been selected for Special Registration through the National
Security Entry/Exit System (NSEERS), you must file Form AR -11SR
in paper format. There is no electronic notification method
at this time for persons selected for Special Registration. The
can be downloaded and printed from the USCIS website. Alternatively,
a paper version of the AR-11SR is available for pickup at the ISSO.
The paper form must be completed, printed and then mailed to the
If you complete the electronic
notification, the ISSO recommends that you print, sign and date
a paper copy of the electronic sumbmission and keep it for your
records. If you complete the paper version of the AR-11 or AR-11SR,
the ISSO recommends that you make a copy of your completed form
for your records before you mail it. Use Certified Mail and request
a Return Receipt from the U.S. Postal Service. When you receive
the Return Receipt, attach it to your copy of the form. This will
provide evidence that you sent notification of your change of address
in case there is a discrepancy with DHS records. You should also
update your Immigration-U.S. Address in
the Student Link to ensure the ISSO has the most accurate contact
information for you.
Notifications that Do Not Constitute Compliance with Federal
Address Reporting Requirement
Filing a forwarding address
with the U.S. Postal Service will not satisfy the federal reporting
requirement . Mail from the U.S. government will not be forwarded
by the Post Office and will be returned to the issuing government
agency as undeliverable.
If You Have an Application Currently Pending with a DHS
If you have filed an application and it is pending with
a DHS Service Center or other field office (e.g. for work authorization
or petition for Permanent Residence) updating the Student Link or
filing the AR-11 (or AR-11SR) WILL NOT update your address with
the respective DHS office. You must inform the appropriate DHS office
separately in order to update your application address and ensure
that you will receive notifications regarding your petition. Contact
your advisor at the ISSO for instructions on the best way to
inform these offices of your change of address.