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Updating Your Address

Under US immigration regulations, international students and scholars are required to update their US address information with the US government within 10 days of any change. Failure to update your address may have significant immigration consequences. Address updating methods can be done in various ways; however, updating your address with the US Post Office by itself is not enough for immigration purposes. For address updating instructions, select the visa type and situation that applies to you.

Instructions by Visa Type and Status

Currently-enrolled F-1 / J-1 students should update their US residential address and contact information in SIS (Student Information System).

  • If you are staying in a Tufts residence hall, your US address will be updated automatically once you move in to your room - do not attempt to update the address yourself
    • However, you may need to do a manual update if you move to an off-campus address
    • If you update your US address manually, enter your US residential address in the "Current Address" field - your "Home Address" should by your non-US international address
  • Enter or update a US phone number in your phone contact information
  • Update your emergency contact information, if necessary

Refer to this Instructions for Maintaining your Address in SIS.

If you are outside the US for a short-term, temporary period you do not need to update your US current address. However, update your US address within ten days of returning to the US if you are moving to a new address.

>> Log into SIS


If you are an F-1 student on post-completion Optional Practical Training (including the 24-month STEM Extension of OPT), you do not need to update your current US address in SIS. Instead, update your contact information through the International Center Portal. Once your updated address information is received, the International Center will update your SEVIS record.

Log into International Center Portal.

If you are a J-1 scholar sponsored by Tufts, please update your address directly with the International Center.

Click to access the User's Guide for Address Updates using the International Center Portal.

In addition, if you are employed by Tufts, you should also update your Tufts employee records through Employee Self-Service to ensure that your most recent address is on file with the University.


  • If you are a J-1 scholar sponsored by an outside organization such as IIE, AMIDEAST or LASPAU, you must provide your new address directly to your J-1 sponsor in addition to the International Center.

If you are in H-1B, TN, or other non-immigrant status, you must notify the Department of Homeland Security directly of your new address within ten days of any move.

  • Update your address with the Department of Homeland Security by completing USCIS Form AR-11

In addition, you should update your address in your Tufts employee records through Employee Self-Service.