All non-U.S. citizens who are present in the United States for more than 29 days are required to notify the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of any change in their U.S. address within 10 days of the change. This includes lawful permanent residents of the U.S.
If you are in F1 or J1 status, you must report address information to your school or J program sponsor which will be reported to DHS on your behalf. In addition to a current U.S. address, F-1 students are also required to maintain home country address information. Those who are not in F or J status must report address information to DHS directly.
See below for guidance on how to report address changes to fulfill DHS reporting requirements. If you are on University payroll, you should also notify your department administrator to be sure that your payroll records are updated as well. Academic and immigration records are maintained separately from payroll records.
Updating Your Address
- Currently enrolled F-1 Students and J-1 Exchange Students (Shepherd University DS-2019) Contact International Student Affairs to update your SEVIS record and login into RAIL to update your University record.
- F-1 or J-1 Students who have graduated from Shepherd University and are on post-completion OPT or Academic Training. Contact International Student Affairs to update your SEVIS record and to verify the name, address and start dates for your current employment.
- J-1 Visiting Scholar (Shepherd University DS-2019). Contact the Office of International Initiatives to update your SEVIS record.
- J-1 Exchange Student or Visiting Scholar (non-Shepherd University DS-2019) Your DS-2019 was NOT issued by Shepherd University, but by another sponsoring agency, for example, Fulbright, IREX, etc. You should follow the address updating guidelines of the organization that issued your DS-2019. You should also be sure to maintain current address information in your Shepherd University student and/or employee record, if applicable.