This page does not constitute legal advice regarding your case. Everyone in immigration court proceedings should consult with an attorney about their individual case and circumstances.
Whether you are moving across the street or across the country, it is necessary to update your address with the immigration court. Below, we give instructions about how to change your address with the immigration court, as well as information you need to know about changing your address.
Do you also need to change your address with USCIS? Visit USCIS’s website to learn more about their change of address requirements and forms.
You must change your address within five days of moving.
Changing your address with the immigration court is necessary, but it does not automatically move your court dates to a new immigration court in (or near) the new city where you will live. You must also file a Motion to Change Venue. Click here to learn more about motions to change venue.
If a judge does not grant your Motion to Change Venue, you will still be responsible for attending court hearings in the court closest to where you used to live. For example, if you moved to Virginia from New York City, you will be responsible for attending court hearings in New York until a judge grants your motion. Call EOIR at 1-800-898-7180 (English and Spanish) or check your case status online (English and Spanish) to find out which court your next hearing will be at.
When you change your address with the court, you will also need to send a copy of the form to the ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) (the prosecutors in immigration court). The instructions below provide information about this as well.
How to Change Your Address with the Immigration Court
- Visit EOIR’s website and download Form E-33 (only available in English). This page lists each immigration court across the country. Pick the immigration court where your hearings are currently held (not in the court responsible for the city you are moving to).
- Print out and fill out three (3) copies of this form. You will send one copy to the court, one copy to ICE, and keep one copy for your records.
- Fill out the form with your name, A number (alien number), old address, and new address.
- Not sure what your A number is? Click here for a helpful guide in English on how to find your A number. You will also need your A number to check your case status with EOIR.
- At the bottom for the “Proof of Service,” you need to tell the immigration court when you send this form to ICE. Write and sign the date that you mail this to ICE. You must mail this to ICE on the date that you say you mail it to them.
- Mail one copy to the immigration court where your hearings are currently held. Click here for a complete list of immigration courts across the country including addresses.
- Mail one copy to the ICE OPLA (Office of the Principal Legal Advisor) office responsible for where your hearings are currently held. Click here for a list of all ICE OPLA offices.
- Keep one copy for your records to show that you did change your address with the court.
Resources for Changing Your Address
Click here for a link to a guide created by the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (Maine). This guide includes information in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Click here for a scan of information provided at the Immigration Court in Spanish of how to change your address and change the court where your hearings are held.