USCIS Adjusts Original Signature Requirements

USCIS has announced that they will no longer require original signatures on applications. Scans/faxes/or copies of an original signature will be sufficient to submit any benefit application. This will make it easier to prepare final packages for submission during the personal contact limitations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

MyRights Immigration will continue to prepare and submit packets during this time and will work with each client to determine the best procedure to getting the applications signed and prepared.

Here is the full text announcement from USCIS:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency announced by President Trump on March 13, 2020, we will accept all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures, including the Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, for submissions dated March 21, 2020, and beyond.  USCIS already accepts various petitions, applications and other documents bearing an electronically reproduced original signature. This means that a document may be scanned, faxed, photocopied, or similarly reproduced provided that the copy must be of an original document containing an original handwritten signature, unless otherwise specified.[1] For forms that require an original “wet” signature, per form instructions, USCIS will accept electronically reproduced original signatures for the duration of the National Emergency. This temporary change only applies to signatures. All other form instructions should be followed when completing a form.Individuals or entities that submit documents bearing an electronically reproduced original signature must also retain copies of the original documents containing the “wet” signature.  USCIS may, at any time, request the original documents, which if not produced, could negatively impact the adjudication of the immigration benefit.

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