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How can I file the I-829 without a permanent U.S. address?

When filing the I-829, will my attorney ask for my permanent U.S. address? What if I do not have one? Can I give out the address of my friend in the United States? I also saw from the information sheet that I need to do a change of address, but how would I do this if I do not have one?

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    J Bruce Weinman

    Immigration Attorney
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    An I-526 petition is an immigrant visa petition. When it was approved, you applied for permanent residence in the United States. To keep your permanent resident status, before and after applying for the removal of conditions, you must actually reside in the United States. You need to file taxes here, keep an address here, etcetera. Extended absences from the United States are likely to cause problems as well. How long have you been out of the country? Where is your permanent address? Are you temporarily outside of the United States with intent to return (permanently)? You should sit down with an immigration lawyer to make sure that you do not lose your permanent resident status.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    Since you are a conditional lawful permanent resident, you should maintain the intention to permanently reside in the United States. One of the ways to show that intention is to have a residence or at least an address in the United States. If you do not actually live in the United States, then maybe you do not need a green card. On the other hand, if you are in the process of transitioning to the United States and looking for a residence, maybe you should apply for a reentry permit. This may allow you to keep your green card during the time you are transitioning to move here. Also, you are required to have a U.S. address and to notify the USICS within 10 days of any change of address (on Form AR-11).

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    Oliver Huiyue Qiu

    Immigration Attorney
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    You have had the conditional green card for 1 year and 9 months, and are now ready to file the I-829: Petition to Remove Conditions, but you do not have a permanent address in the United States? Not even a mailing address? It is strange. But, for the purpose of filing the I-829, you may still proceed by using your friend's home as your mailing address.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    When you obtain a permanent residency, even conditional, it is intended that you will in fact establish a permanent residency by leasing or buying a place to live, enrolling your children in schools, etc. If you have not done so, where have been living? Have you entered the United States at least once a year so that it is not deemed that you had abandoned your residency? You should consult with your attorney to explain why you do not have a U.S. address and make sure that you have not inadvertently triggered some violations before submitting your I-829.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    As a conditional permanent resident, you should have begun to establish your actual permanent residency in the United States, including owning or renting a residence, establishing U.S. bank accounts, paying U.S. taxes, etc. If you obtained CPR and did not actually reside in the United States, there may be major issues.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You could probably use your friend's address or if the investment is through a regional center, ask them if they can provide you with an address.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    You will need a U.S. address for mail. It can be c/o of your friend if they will reliably pass on the mail to you promptly.

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    Yevgeny Samokhleb

    Immigration Attorney
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    You may use somebody else's address in care of you. Your attorney's address is the safest choice.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    You can use a friend's address or lawyers', but should have a mailing address in the United States, and a reentry permit if you have to be out.

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