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Which change of address method should I use?

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My wife came here on a K1 and she already passed interview almost a year ago, has her permanent resident card (I think its conditional?), and already has been working for 6+ months. On the USCIS website it has different ways to change an address and I am not sure which one to do. We have not done our 2 year interview yet. I am not sure if we have an cases pending since we have not done the 2 year interview. here is the USCIS website to change an address.

http://www.uscis.gov/addresschange

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My wife came here on a K1 and she already passed interview almost a year ago, has her permanent resident card (I think its conditional?), and already has been working for 6+ months. On the USCIS website it has different ways to change an address and I am not sure which one to do. We have not done our 2 year interview yet. I am not sure if we have an cases pending since we have not done the 2 year interview. here is the USCIS website to change an address.

http://www.uscis.gov/addresschange

Thank you!

Anyone on a non-immigrant or immigrant visa and all permanent residents have to file an AR-11 form within 10 days of moving. That's all you need to do to meet the legal requirement.

If you have cases pending, you need to update your case through the USCIS website (I'm not really sure how to do this). If you don't have any ongoing cases, then there's nothing to update.

So you definitely have to file an AR-11, but I'm not sure about the 2 year interview... it doesn't sound like you have a pending case since you haven't filed for Removal of Conditions yet... had you already filed and then moved, then you'd have to update your case file.


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Moving to General Immigration-related Discussion

She will need to complete AR-11, either online or by mail. You (the sponsor) will also need to complete form I-865.

She doesn't have a pending case until she submits form I-751 to remove conditions, up to 90 days prior to the expiration date on her green card. As an aside, very few people have an interview at that stage.

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I recommend doing the change of address online. When my wife and I moved 2.5 years ago, she had a pending I-751. After doing the online version of the AR-11 it will ask if you have any pending receipt numbers with USCIS (unless the system has change, make sure you write down the AR-11 confirmation number and/or print out the filled-in version). We did the change on a Saturday night. On the following Tuesday we receive the case status update that the I-751 was approved. We contacted USCIS early on Friday morning (3 days after the approval), and the Tier 2 officer said the address in the master database was the new address and that is the address that the I-751 approval and GC were going to. We officially moved later in the day (still Friday) and the first thing in the mailbox at the new place was the approval letter of the I-751. The next day (Saturday, one week after filing the AR-11 online) the 10 Year GC arrived in the mail at the new place.

To be on the safe side we did file forwarding request with the local post office (we moved within the same zip code) and I personally spoke with the mailman that delivered the mail at the old place and explained to him that my wife's GC might be coming. He said that he knows what the envelope looks like, because he is an immigrant also he told me, and would make sure it gets to her if it went to the old address.

I neglected to file my I-865 till about two months later. I sent mine priority mail to the Vermont Service Center (since we live in MD) to have proof that I sent it. Even though there is no charge to file an I-865, I still got a receipt notice in the mail that the I-865 had been received and address updated.


Here is the information regarding the cases for my in-laws (wife, their daughter, is the petitioner under the IR-5 category, Parents of a USC):

Submit I-130 (2 petitions) to USCIS on May 30, 2013

USCIS approved the cases on March 10, 2014.

Received notice online from USCIS the cases were sent to NVC on March 17, 2014.

NVC received the cases on March 28, 2014

The case numbers were created on Monday, April 28.

We received the numbers by phone on Friday, May 2.

DS-261 became available on both cases late in the evening on Friday, May 2. Both DS-261 filed on Saturday, May 3.

Received emails to my wife regarding AOS at around 8am on Wednesday, May 7. At the same time received emails that were cc of letters sent to my in-laws. However, the date of all of the letters was Monday, May 5.

Received emails regarding the Immigrant Visa Fee at around 11:15am on Wednesday, May 7. IV fees became available online at around 1pm on Wednesday, May 7. Date of invoice was Tuesday, May 8.

Paid all the fees on Wednesday, May 7 at around 1:15pm.

All fees marked as paid and DS-260 become available sometime late on Friday, May 9.

Dropped off IV and AOS packages (in two different envelopes - 1 for AOS and 1 for IV documents) at the local post office at around 2pm on Saturday, May 10.

Submitted DS-260 (for both cases) around 10am on Sunday, May 11.

Both document packages received by NVC on Monday, May 12 (according to Post Office Tracking - one around 1pm and the other around 4pm. Don't know why they got separated.)

Received checklist email for both cases at 4pm on Thursday, June 12 regarding the IV civil documents

Wife called NVC in the afternoon of Friday, June 13 to inquire about the checklist. Told by a representative they are normal and automatic and not to worry. AOS under review. Call back after Tuesday, June 24.
Received a checklist for my father-in-law on Monday, June 16. NVC reviewed his AOS paperwork, but waiting for the documents the requested the week before.

Wife called NVC in the morning of Tuesday, June 17. Told by the agent they don't have the document requested for dad, and they don't have the AOS package for her mom.

Put in a request with our Senator to get more information. Response was mother-in-law is documentary complete and father-in-law was in document review for the military document.

Wife called NVC on the morning of Tuesday, July 1 and spoke with a supervisor regarding her dad's military document. Supervisor said she would look into it.

Supervisor called us and left a voicemail on the morning of Wednesday, July 9 and stated they have located my father-in-law's military documents. Case sent back to document review.

Per conversation with an agent, the expedited request originally requested by email on July 7, was sent to the Embassy on Thursday, July 10.

Received by postal mail on Thursday, August 21 from our Senator regarding the response of another inquiry. Still the same.

Early in the morning on Friday, August 22:

Wife calls the Embassy and was told the IV section doesn't accept calls, and was given a number in the states that turned out to be scheduling assistance for NIV interviews.

Called NVC as soon as they opened and was told the Embassy denied the expedite request, but the case was completed by NVC on Monday, August 18. Wife inquired about interview scheduling, and was given some good information.

At 5 PM on Thursday, September 11, received the interview letters. Interview is scheduled for the morning of October 9.

Mother-in-law approved. Father-in-law placed in Administrative Processing due to follow-up TB test.

CEAC stated ISSUED for my mother-in-law on October 15. DHL had the package for pick up on October 17 but called the wrong number. Package picked up on October 27.

On December 11 mother-in-law received a phone call from the Embassy that the medical is back for my father-in-law and to DHL his passport to them. Passport sent on December 12.

On December 18 CEAC updated to ISSUED for my father-in-law. My wife is happy!!!! Embassy said they gave it to DHL on December 19

Due to a DHL delay the package did not become available for pick up until December 24. USCIS Immigrant Fee paid the same day.

POE: JFK Terminal 1 - December 26, 2014 - They are finally here!!!

Took them to a local SSA office to get SSN on January 6, 2015. Cards received on January 10, 2015.

Green Cards received by priority mail on January 23, 2015 (four weeks after arrival).

Both went to motor vehicles and got state issued ID cards on April 11, 2015.

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