F-1/J-1 Student: Address Format Update FAQs

Recent changes in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) require particular attention to the format in which you report your US residential address in myUChicago or Booth Portal.

If you are a current F-1 or J-1 Student sponsored by the University, we ask you to update your US address along the guidelines provided below and to do so by December 1, 2015.

These changes only apply to your U.S. residential address.  You do not need to update your permanent foreign address unless it has changed.

Please see below for answers to frequently asked questions about this process.

The required update will make you change your address to a very specific format. Make sure to review ALL of the information below BEFORE making any changes!

What do I need to do?

If you are currently in F-1 or J-1 Student status that is sponsored by the University, you must update the format of your U.S. address in the University system.  Scroll down for detailed instructions about how and where to make the updates.

You are required to make this formatting change even if the location of your U.S. address has not changed.

Who needs to update the address?

If you are an F-1 or J-1 Student currently sponsored by UChicago (including any segment of post-completion OPT or AT), you are required to update the format of your address. 

If your F-1/J-1 status is currrently 'Completed' or 'Terminated', you do not need to make the address update.

Why do I need to update my address?

Recent changes in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) require particular attention to the format in which you report your US residential address in myUChicago or Booth Intranet. If the format of your address is incorrect, SEVIS will not accept any updates to your record. Failing to update the address according to the new format can cause problems with your F-1/J-1 record and will jeopardize your status.

What if I have already graduated or am on OPT/AT?

If you are currently in F-1/J-1 status (including post-completion OPT or AT), you are required to update your address, even if you have already graduated.  To update your address while on post-completion OPT or Academic Training, fill out an OPT Update Form or J-1 AT Address Update Form.

If your F-1/J-1 Student status has ended and you are not on post-completion OPT/AT, you do not need to update your address. If your F-1/J-1 status is currrently 'Terminated', you do not need to make the address update.

Where do I need to update my address?

These instructions are for current students only.  If you are on post-completion OPT or Academic Training, fill out an OPT Update Form or J-1 AT Address Update Form to make the update.

All students [Excpect those in Booth School of Business]:

Please access myUChicago and then:

  1. Click on the "Services" tab.
  2. Click on "My Addresses & Contact".
  3. Click on "Permanent Foreign & U.S. Addresses" (see screenshot)

Please note that there are several address options available in the myUChicago portal.  It is important that you select the correct tab and the only address you need to –and must- update for SEVIS purposes is the US address on the “Permanent Foreign and &U.S. Address” tab (below).

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Note: These changes only apply to your U.S. residential address.  You do not need to update your permanent foreign address unless it has changed.

Students on OPT/AT: To update your address while on post-completion OPT or Academic Training, fill out an OPT Update Form or J-1 AT Address Update Form.

All students in Booth School of Business:

For students at Booth: go to the Booth Intranet and click on Community Directory at the top of the screen. In the Community Directory, go to My Account -> Contact ->Addresses and edit your Home address (type). Make sure to check the box for “current address” and hit the Save button at the top or bottom of the page. Questions on updating your contact information should be directed to the Booth Academic Services Office. Visual instructions for Booth address update.

Note: These changes only apply to your U.S. residential address.  You do not need to update your permanent foreign address unless it has changed.

Students on OPT/AT: To update your address while on post-completion OPT or Academic Training, fill out an OPT Update Form or J-1 AT Address Update Form.

What about my foreign/home country address?

The formatting changes only apply to your U.S. residential address.  You are required to have a foreign address listed.  However, you do not need to update your permanent foreign address unless it has changed.

In what format should it be? How do I need to change it?

SEVIS now uses the U.S. Postal Service address standards, which are listed in a very specific format.  Here is an example:

1414 East 59th St
Room 513
Chicago IL

The USPS listing for the address listed above would be:

1414 E 59TH ST RM 513
CHICAGO IL 60637

Please review the samples below and make sure your address matches the example in the RIGHT column below. If you want to be completely sure that your address meets SEVIS standards, please visit the zip code look-up on the website of the US Postal Service.  Along with checking for the zip code the site will also provide the correct address format you need. (SEVIS uses the Postal Service’s system of address verification).  The Zip Code website will give you a nine-digit zip code.  You only need to enter the first five digits of the zip code, as all nine will not fit. 

Please see examples below:

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Note: Do not use address line 2. As above, your entire street address (house number, street, and apt number) should go on address line 2. 

The address format should be the following:

  • Line 1: Entire street address, from the USPS zip code look-up website
  • Line 2: (LEAVE BLANK)
  • City:  City only (e.g. 'CHICAGO')
  • State: Abbreviation for state (e.g. 'IL') [Booth: 'Illinois']
  • Zip code: Five digit zip code (no need to include the last four)

Addresses must contain the following information and only the following information:

  • House or building number (e.g. 5512, 630, 1414)
  • Direction indicator (S for South, N for North, E for East, and W for West)
  • Number or name of street (e.g. 59th, WELLS, MICHIGAN)
  • Type of street (ST for Street, AVE for Avenue, DR for Drive, BLVD for Boulevard)
  • Apartment or room number (e.g. APT 3B, APT 1142, RM 513)
  • City (e.g. CHICAGO, EVANSTON, HAMMOND)
  • State (IL for Illinois, IN for Indiana)
  • Zip code (e.g. 60637)
  • Optional: The Plus 4, the 4 digits following the zip code (e.g. -1750, 2966)

It meets the SEVIS standard and will flow through systems without problems.

You should not add any additional information, such as building or dormitory names, even if it would appear to clarify your location. (Please note, except for International House and Max Palevsky Residential Commons, the addresses used below are fictitious.)

If you have additional questions, contact OIA.