The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched an innovative self-service tool designed to streamline the process of updating addresses for customers with pending applications, petitions, or requests. The E-COA tool is a game-changer in terms of efficiency and convenience.
Effortless Address Updates with E-COA
E-COA simplifies the address update process for individuals with a USCIS online account, offering a centralized platform to modify both their mailing and physical addresses for pending applications, petitions, or requests.
This eliminates the need for redundant updates in multiple places, the completion of a paper AR-11 (Alien’s Change of Address Card), contacting the Contact Center, or visiting a USCIS Field or Asylum Office.
E-COA automates address changes for nearly all form types, with exceptions listed at uscis.gov/addresschange.
Fulfilling Address Change Requirements
Even those without pending applications, petitions, or requests can use the E-COA tool to fulfil the obligation of notifying USCIS about a change of address.
Please note that the E-COA tool is available in English only and can be accessed through a USCIS online account, regardless of whether a pending case was submitted online or by mail.
Who’s Exempt from Using E-COA at First
If you’re covered by 8 USC 1367, including those with pending or approved applications or petitioners for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) benefits, T nonimmigrant status, or U nonimmigrant status, along with their beneficiaries or derivatives, you don’t need to use E-COA initially.
What to Do If You’re in This Group and Need an Address Change:
- If you’re represented in VAWA, T, or U cases, simply send an email to the designated mailbox under the Inquiries for VAWA, T, and U Filings section to request an address change.
- If you’re not represented and have VAWA, T, or U-related cases, follow the instructions provided on the How to Change Your Address webpage.
Special Address Change Instructions for Afghan Nationals:
If you requested parole for an Afghan national, and the beneficiaries have moved outside Afghanistan, follow the guidelines on the Information for Afghan Nationals webpage to request an address change.
How to Use E-COA
To utilize the E-COA tool, individuals must have a USCIS online account and provide their last name, date of birth, and new physical and mailing addresses. It is also recommended to include information about their pending application, petition, or request.
Dual Address Updates with USCIS and USPS
It’s important to note that changing your address with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will not automatically update your address with USCIS. To ensure your address is current with both USCIS and USPS, please update your information in both places.
Address changes made through E-COA will not impact Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or Privacy Act (PA) requests.