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1st March 2011

It recently came to this blogger’s attention that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will be changing their procedures in matters pertaining to address changes. To quote directly from the website of the Division of International Services NIH Office of Research Services:

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced new mailing addresses for submitting the Form AR-11. The form must now be mailed to an office in Kentucky, and not to the USCIS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Forms submitted via the U.S. Postal Service should be sent to:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Change of Address
P.O. Box 7134
London, KY 40742-7134

Forms submitted via commercial overnight or freight services should be sent to:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Change of Address
1084-I South Laurel Road
London, KY 40744

Any forms previously mailed to the USCIS Headquarters will be forwarded to the Kentucky office. A new version of the Form AR-11, which includes the new mailing addresses, has been issued and is now available on the usCIS website (click here to download a copy of the form). Additional information on the change of address is available here on the USCIS website.

The administration of this blog highly recommends that readers click on the above link to read the full announcement.

This issue could be of particular importance for those who have recently filed a petition for immigration benefits and subsequently moved their place of residence. Also, those who enter the United States of America in K-1 visa status (the categorical name for the US fiance visa) should take note of the above announcements as K-1 visa holders are required to submit an application for adjustment of status in order to be granted lawful permanent residence in the USA. In some cases, a bi-national couple may find that they need to change their address while the adjustment of status is pending. Failure to advise the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) of such a change could result in processing delays or a situation in which a couple is not notified of an upcoming adjustment of status interview. This could result in the couple missing said interview and the K-1 fiancee falling out of status due to a deficient adjustment. For these reasons, keeping USCIS abreast of one’s address while a petition is pending is very prudent.

In a recent posting on this blog it was also noted that the USCIS has recently changed their policy regarding employment authorization and advance parole. The service is apparently issuing advance parole on the same document that grants employment authorization prior to adjustment. Advance parole is a benefit that can be granted to those holding K-1 visa status which allows the visa holder to leave the country while an adjustment is pending. Failure to obtain advance parole prior to leaving the USA could result in the K-1 visa beneficiary falling out of status and thereby requiring the process to be restarted all over again.

For related information please: K1 Visa Thailand.

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14th January 2011

Those who may have had the opportunity to read this blog in the past may have noticed that the administration routinely posts the holiday closing schedules of some of the various US Missions in Asia. This is done in an effort to forestall needless trips to a US Embassy or US consulate abroad only to find them closed in observance of either an American or foreign holiday. The following is quoted directly from the official website of the United States Embassy in Sri Lanka (with jurisdiction over the Maldives):

The American Embassy will observe the following American and local holidays in 2011.

Date Event Type
January  14 (Friday) In Lieu of Tamil Thai Pongal Day Local
January 17 (Monday) Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. American
February 04 (Friday) National Day Local
February 16 (Wednesday) Holy Prophet’s Birthday Local
February 21 (Monday) Washington’s Birthday American
April 13 (Wednesday) Day Prior to Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day Local
April 14 (Thursday) Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day Local
May 2 (Monday) In Lieu of May Day Local
May 17 (Tuesday) Wesak Full Moon Poya Day Local
May 30 (Monday) Memorial Day American
June 15 (Wednesday) Poson Full Moon Poya Day American
July 4 (Monday) Independence Day American
July 14 (Thursday) Esala Full Moon Poya Day Local
September 05 (Monday) Labor Day American
October 10 (Monday) Columbus Day American
October 11 (Tuesday) Vap Full Moon Poya Day Local
November 11 (Friday) Veteran’s Day American
November 24 (Thursday) Thanksgiving Day American
December 20 (Monday) Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day Local
December 26 (Monday) In Lieu of Christmas Day American

Those seeking services which can only be provided by an American Citizen Services Section of a US Post abroad (such as: US Passport issuance, Consular Report of Birth Abroad issuance, etc) are well advised to attempt, if possible, to make an appointment online with the Post prior to arrival as doing so can greatly streamline the processing of requests.

To visit the official homepage of the United States Embassy in Sri Lanka please click HERE.

Those seeking visas such as the US B-2 Tourist Visa or the US F-1 Student Visa are likely to process their application through a Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) Unit at a US Embassy or US Consulate abroad. Those seeking non-immigrant visa benefits are likely to have their application scrutinized pursuant to section 214(b) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.

Those seeking travel documents such as a CR-1 visa or an IR-1 visa for a foreign family member who wishes to travel to the USA to take up Lawful Permanent Residence are likely to process their application through an Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit abroad. For processing purposes the K-1 visa, a non-immigrant US fiance visa category, is treated in much the same way as the immigrant visa categories.

Those seeking travel documents such as the EB-5 Visa or the L-1 visa which pertain to business or investment are likely to only see their visa application processed after the adjudication of an immigration petition in the USA.

For related information please see: US Visa Sri Lanka.

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