An Improvement to USCIS Processes
On September 28, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched an Enterprise Change of Address (E-COA) self-service tool. This online tool allows customers to update their addresses for pending applications, petitions, or requests in a single place. With the integration of the E-COA tool, the need for visiting a USCIS Field or Asylum Office and updating addresses in multiple locations, including the filling out of paper AR-11 Alien’s Change of Address Cards, is eliminated for many people.
The E-COA tool can be accessed through a USCIS online account, irrespective of the submission method (online or mail) of a pending case. USCIS also encourages users to update their addresses with both USCIS and USPS to avoid potential delays in their case processing.
Click here to read the official USCIS announcement regarding the E-COA tool.
Tool Accessibility and Eligibility
The E-COA tool is also accessible to customers without pending applications, petitions, or requests. Therefore, if you have an obligation to inform USCIS about any changes in your residential address, you may be able to use the new E-COA tool to fulfill this requirement. However, the tool is currently only available in English, limiting its reach.
During the initial roll-out, the E-COA will not be available for those protected under 8 USC 1367. This includes people with pending or approved applications or petitioners for:
- Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) benefits,
- T nonimmigrant status,
- U nonimmigrant status,
- Any beneficiaries or derivatives of the above.
For those with VAWA-, T-, or U-related cases, and who are therefore not eligible to use the tool, you have a couple of options for submitting your change of address:
- If you have legal representation, your attorney can email the appropriate address listed under the USCIS "Inquiries for VAWA, T, and U Filings" tab.
- If you do not have legal representation, you must follow the instructions outlined by USCIS here.
Additionally, those who are requesting parole for an Afghan national will need to follow the USCIS instructions located on USCIS' Information for Afghan Nationals page.
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