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    I have heard that the DOJ/INS is strictly enforcing an archaic regulation that mandates EVERY alien to report his/her change of address within ten days. I bet there are millions of permanent residents who never cared to report such address changes as it was never known to have been enforced. In light of the new alert, most of them may want to report immediately. What would happen to those who want to comply NOW after months or even years of their address change? Can they be deported? How should they approach this situation?

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    I have heard that the DOJ/INS is strictly enforcing an archaic regulation that mandates EVERY alien to report his/her change of address within ten days. I bet there are millions of permanent residents who never cared to report such address changes as it was never known to have been enforced. In light of the new alert, most of them may want to report immediately. What would happen to those who want to comply NOW after months or even years of their address change? Can they be deported? How should they approach this situation?

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    • #3
      you only need the address change if you are an immigrant with papers filed with the INS. Of course if you have pending case(s) with INS, then you definitely need to inform them of your address so they can reach you. Otherwise, all the other immigrants who don't have any business with the INS don't have a need to inform INS of any address change maybe because they are not going for AOS or naturalization and therefore not waiting for any kind of notice, or they are still "illegal" and don't want to be found.

      It doesn't even have to be enforced. Those who need to maintain contact with the INS will update their info on their own and those who are trying to avoid contact will remain incommunicado with the service.

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      • #4
        Simon:

        Thanks for your thoughts.

        Essentially, you are saying that ONLY those who have applications pending with the INS that need to report a change of address within ten days, right?

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        • #5
          No that is not right... All non citizen residents of the United States must file an AR-11 Change of address form - not just those waiting for paperwork to be processed. That means the INS will have to deal with change of address forms from over 9 Million people (+ technically 9 million illegals). That should really speed things up at the processing centers.

          Get the INS form and file it even if you moved years ago. There is no fee (yet). Technically if they want to it is a cause for deportation. Even if you have had a Green Card for years.

          Just what we all needed - more stupid processes with the INS. By the way - this is nothing new. It is only because they want to use it a reason to deport certain individuals that they have no other case against. Now, technically, if they apply it to 1 person, they must apply it to all people otherwise it will not stand up in court. So all of this because they want to deport 1 person from Pakistan all other non-citizens are going to get screwed. Including those of us who are not moving - that is becasue everyone who is working our cases will now be dealing with Change of Address Forms...

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          • #6
            ARQU is right. I filled out a form today and mailed it in.

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