Earlier this year, Google updated the change of address tool but maybe the new tool makes things a bit less clear? When it launched, it seemed clear to me. But when you do a site move, it will tell you “this site is currently moving to…” And that will remain there even after the site has been moved.
Here is a screen shot:
A site owner asked John Mueller of Google on Twitter “What would cause a site’s Change of Address request to be stuck in GSC for more than a year?” John responded, it doesn’t work that way, he said “It’s more like a setting — it doesn’t mean that things are still pending.”
It’s more like a setting — it doesn’t mean that things are still pending.
— ? John ? (@JohnMu) October 7, 2020
Good point. Maybe Google should change it to read “the site move request is currently active” or something like that.
Forum discussion at Twitter.