F-1 Student’s Change of Name and/or Address

If an F-1 student legally changes their name or address, the student must inform the Designated School Official (DSO) and the USCIS, within 10 days of the change, in the manner prescribed by the school’s International Office. A student enrolled at a SEVIS school can notify the USCIS by providing a notice of a change of address, form AR-11, within 10 days to the DSO, who in turn shall enter the information in SEVIS within 21 days of notification by the student.

Exceptions to this requirement are observed for those students who cannot receive mail where he or she resides. For these instances, the address provided by the student must be the actual physical location where the student resides rather than a mailing address. In cases where a student provides a mailing address, the school must maintain a record of, and must provide upon request from the USCIS, the actual physical location where the student resides.

For more information about F-1 visas, please click on one of the following links:

Application Requirements for an F-1 Visa
Gaining F-1 status after obtaining an F-1 visa
Changing to F-1 Status While in the United States
Eligibility Requirements for a Change of Status to F-1 Status in the United States
Maintaining valid F-1 status
F-1 Student’s Change of Name and/or Address
Transfer of School
Transfer of Major
Time limitation of F-1 Status
Extension of F-1 Status
Grace Period
F-1 Status reinstatement
Employment Opportunities That Do Not Require Explicit USCIS Approval
Employment Opportunities That Require Explicit USCIS approval
Optional Practical Training
Curricular Practical Training
Change of Status from F-1 to H-1B
Adjustment of Status from F-1 to Immigrant Status
The Spouse and/or Children of an F-1 Student
Attorney and filing fees
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about F-1 Visas/Statuses
The Impact of I-140 Filing on F-1 Students
Special Rules for Certain Border Commuter Students


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