International Student Contact Information Updates
International students in F-1 and J-1 status must maintain accurate local and permanent addresses in their SEVIS records at all times. This includes international students currently enrolled at UIC and alumni on periods of authorized practical training.
The local address refers to where you physically reside in the U.S. and cannot be a departmental address or P.O. Box. The permanent address is your international address outside the U.S. If either your local or permanent international address changes, you must notify OIS within ten days of the change so that we may update your SEVIS record accordingly. Failure to update your address in a timely manner could result in a loss of status.
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FAQs Heading link
Here are some frequently asked questions about international student contact information updates.
What should I do if I do not have a permanent address outside the U.S.?
The F-1 and J-1 visas are non-immigrant visas which means the intention of the visa-holder is to depart the U.S. after the period of study plus any post-completion training is complete. By maintaining a permanent address outside the U.S. in your SEVIS record, you demonstrate that you continue to have ties to your home country. For some students, the permanent address is a parent’s or other family member’s home. For others, it is the address where you stay while visiting your home country during school breaks.
Can I list my UIC department or a P.O. box as my local U.S. address?
No, your local U.S. address must reflect the address where you physically reside. It cannot be your department or advisor’s address nor can it be a P.O. box.