In order to make it simpler for consumers to update their address with USCIS, US Citizenship and Immigration Services has introduced the Enterprise Change of Address (E-COA) self-service tool. Customers of USCIS will experience a considerable improvement in process speed and effectiveness when updating their address with USCIS thanks to E-COA.
Most people who have a USCIS online account can use E-COA to update their mailing and physical addresses with USCIS for pending applications, petitions, or requests in one location rather than having to fill out paper AR-11, Alien’s Change of Address Cards, call the Contact Center, or go to a USCIS Field or Asylum Office. For practically all form types, E-COA will automate address changes (the exceptions are noted at uscis.gov/addresschange).
E-COA is not used during the initial phase for those protected by 8 USC 1367 (individuals with pending or authorized applications or petitions for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) benefits, T nonimmigrant status, or U nonimmigrant status, and their beneficiaries or descendants). The designated mailbox under the Inquiries for VAWA, T, and U Filings section is where represented applicants or petitioners with cases involving VAWA, T, or U can email to request a change of address. Unrepresented parties with VAWA, T, or U cases may submit a request for a change of address by following the directions on the webpage under “How to Change Your Address.” By adhering to the guidelines on the Information for Afghan Nationals portal, anyone who sought parole for an Afghan national may seek a change of address for beneficiaries who have migrated outside of Afghanistan.
Individuals must have a USCIS online account, provide their last name, date of birth, and new physical and mailing addresses in order to utilize the E-COA service. People are also urged to add details about any applications, petitions, or requests that are still open.
Changing your address with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will not change your address with USCIS. Please update your information with both USCIS and USPS. Address changes made through E-COA will not affect Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or Privacy Act (PA) requests. If you need to change your address for a FOIA or PA request, please email [email protected].
This article, under no circumstances, acts as legal advice; therefore, for any immigration questions, please contact your Attorney or the Ahluwalia Law Offices, P.C. (Team ALO).