San Francisco, CA asked in Immigration Law for California

Q: Green Card / residency requirements

My Green Card (first 10 years) is due for a renewal in a few months. Am I allowed to keep residency/drivers license in CA, but change my mailing address to another state (c/o relatives)? Do I have to "register" in that state for immigration purposes, change my DMV and SS address? Thank you!

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Kelli Y Allen

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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Charlotte, NC

A: USCIS requires you to keep it notified of your current residence (where you are actually living). If you just want to have mail sent to a relative's address but are still physically living in CA, there's no need to notify USCIS. If you are having mailing issues, you can update with a separate mailing address. To my knowledge, no state has a "registration" requirement in order to have mail to to an address in that state.

Allen C. Ladd agrees with this answer

Allen C. Ladd

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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Greenville, SC

A: I agree with attorney Kelli Allen. You might also consider getting a P.O. box address in your state of residency, California, and use it as your mailing address.

Hector E. Quiroga

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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: You will want to notify USCIS that you have updated your mailing address. That is only so USCIS can send you important information.

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