All students in F-1 or J-1 status MUST update their physical address (place of residence) in the United States (no Post Office Boxes) within 10 days of any move (this includes temporary moves for the summer, if residing in the U.S.). The University of North Carolina allows you to do this address reporting online through ConnectCarolina. Step by step instructions on how to do this are located here. (Note: J-1 students must report their change in address in ConnectCarolina and also via email to the ISSS office).
There are multiple address fields for international students:
- The “Imm Rprt Addr“field is the SEVIS Immigration Reporting Address field which will be used for reporting an address change to SEVIS.
- The “Foreign Addr” field is the SEVIS Foreign Address field which is used for your address in your home country. This address is also reported to SEVIS.
ISSS is connected to the University’s System for SEVIS reporting, and will report the address listed in ConnectCarolina under “SEVIS Immigration Reporting Address” as your current address. Students who have graduated (or who are no longer enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill) and are on F-1 Optional Practical Training or J-1 Academic Training are also required to report changes in address in ConnectCarolina so the change can be updated in SEVIS.
Failure to report a change in your address via ConnectCarolina within 10 days of moving will be considered a violation of your immigration status. It is very important that all students in F-1 or J-1 status comply with reporting requirements. Updating the local or mailing address fields will not trigger our office to report to SEVIS so this will not be considered complying with the reporting requirements. Any questions about reporting address changes should be directed to the ISSS office.
Email Address Reporting
Students must also ensure they have an updated email address in ConnectCarolina. This is especially important for students who have graduated since ISSS needs to contact students while on Optional Practical Training (OPT). Please make sure you put a non-UNC email address as your personal email address . Once you graduate, you might also want your non-UNC email address to be your preferred email so you would need to check the preferred box.