Why to Always Update the USCIS With Contact Information

24 Sep 2019

“My wife in Nicaragua changed her cell phone number. Do we need to inform the USCIS?”

Yes, it is highly recommended that you update any and all information as soon as it changes. Especially the cell phone number. The reason being is because the consulate sends text messages. Basically, you filled out a form that informs the USCIS, the National Visa Center, and the Embassy on how to contact you. You can do that online with the AR-ll.

If it’s at the National Visa Center stage you would contact the NVC. If it’s at the Embassy stage you’ll have the opportunity to fill out the online visa form, the DS-160 or the DS-260. You will also have an interview, and they’ll ask all this information again but, you’ll have several opportunities to update this. You should update it immediately, because if you don’t, communications will come, and you don’t know when they’re coming, who they’re coming from, and where they’re going. Make sure your addresses are up to date, make sure your phone numbers are up to date, make sure they have the correct email address. All this is very important because we’ve heard too many cases where an applicant stated, “Well, I didn’t receive the communication or text or email or the interview packet at my home address.” We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to update this information and update it immediately.

Disclaimer: The contents of this post were accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Immigration is constantly changing, and old information often becomes outdated, including procedures, timelines, prices, and more. Take note of the publish date. For archival purposes, these posts will remain published, even if new information renders them obsolete. Do not make important life decisions based on this content. No part of this post should be considered legal advice, as RapidVisa is not a law firm. This content is provided free of charge for informational purposes only. If anything herein conflicts with an official government website, the official government website shall prevail.

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