Form I-865, everything you should know

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When you become a immigrant sponsor by filing Form I-864, you assume a series of responsibilities. Among them is keeping the USCIS updated about your physical address. Thus, you can use Form I-865 to notify the USCIS whenever you change your address. Here we give you a short guide about I-865 Form. 

Note: Form I-864 is the affidavit of support that most sponsors (petitioners) must file on behalf of an immigrant. Form I-865 is the form for change of address of the sponsor. Don’t confuse the two!

What is the USCIS Form I-865? 

Form I-865 should be used when you change your physical address within 30 days of your change. You should use it only if you are a visa sponsor, not a visa holder or immigrant. (Immigrants must also file to report any address changes by filing Form AR-11, and do so within 10 days of their move, not 30 days. And if the immigrant is in removal proceedings, a Form EOIR-33/IC must be filed with the immigration court. And if the immigrant has a case before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the form to file for change of address is Form EOIR-33/BIA.) Any legal or natural person that has filed a Form I-864 (affidavit of support for an applicant) and has sponsored an immigrant must file the USCIS form I 865 within the stated period. Yet, this is only required if the sponsorship is in force. 

However, if you are unsure about the sponsorship agreement’s validity, it is better to file one to be sure. Why? Because if you do not file an I-865 to notify the USCIS, you might be liable for a civil penalty. Thus, it is a risk you do not want to take. 

Form I-865 instructions 

First, download the form here. You can also check the official USCIS instructions here. Now, the first you should do is write your name and alien registration number (ARN, if any) at the top of all pages with black ink. If a section does not apply to you, write N/A

Part 1: Here, you will need to provide your name, birth date, place of birth, ARN, SSN (if applicable), if you are a US citizen or LPR, new physical and mailing address, and phone number. 

Part 2: You need to provide the following info about the immigrants you have sponsored: 

  • Full name 
  • ARN 

Part 3: Sign and write down the date of your Form I-865. This part should have a statement and certification. If you do not sign your Form I-865, USCIS will return it as incomplete, so be careful. 

Part 4: If you used an interpreter, they must write their personal info and sign. 

Part 5: If someone helped you complete the form, they must write their personal info and sign. 

Part 6: Additional info 

Where to file?

The filing address depends on your new address. You can check all filing addresses on the USCIS website here. Yet, you can also notify the USCIS of your change of address online. Go to the USCIS Change of Address website for an immediate email confirmation. You will also receive a physical confirmation within 15 days. Also, you can notify by phone by calling USCIS at 1-800-375-5283. If you are an LPR and not a citizen, you will still  need to file a Form I-865. 

Before you file, make sure to keep a copy of the completed form, with your signature, and proof of how you filed it. It is best to send it by priority mail or certified mail if you are filing by mail. 

Lastly, you should know the Form I-865 does not have a filing fee. 

At HMA Law Firm, we can help you sponsor immigrants and with all necessary procedures. Fill out our contact form, and we will get in touch with you. Don’t let an unnecessary mistake delay your case! 

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