Ensuring your immigration documents are in proper order is an important step when dealing with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). One of the key aspects often overlooked is the importance of a valid signature. Without this, even the most meticulously completed form can face rejection. Here we cover the USCIS signature requirements.
What is the USCIS Signature Requirement?
USCIS mandates that every form, petition, request, and specific document must carry a valid signature, personally signed by the requestor. This demonstrates the authenticity and seriousness of the request.
Consequences of Not Meeting the USCIS Signature Requirement
Failure to include a proper signature will result in USCIS rejecting and returning your filing. This means, no second chances to rectify the missing or incorrect signature on the initial submission. A fresh submission with the correct signature is essential.
Deciphering a ‘Valid’ Signature for USCIS
For a signature to be recognized by USCIS, it needs to be:
- Handwritten by the person.
- A representation that the signer is aware of the content.
- An approval of any information present in the request and supporting documents.
- A certification under the penalty of perjury that everything stated is truthful.
Notably, the signature doesn’t have to be in clear handwriting, nor does it have to be in English. Even an “X” mark can be used, as long as it’s consistent with how the person usually signs their name.
Originality and Format of the Signature
USCIS is flexible regarding how the signature reaches them. Even if the original document with the handwritten signature is photocopied, faxed, or scanned, it’s considered valid. However, it is pivotal that the document sent to USCIS is a copy of an original with a handwritten signature. USCIS doesn’t require the actual “wet ink” signature for petitions or applications unless specifically stated.
What USCIS Won’t Accept as a Signature
Using a typewriter, word processor, stamp, or any similar tool to create a signature is unacceptable. However, for requests filed electronically, as specified by the form’s instructions, an electronic format signature is permissible.
The significance of adhering to USCIS signature requirements cannot be emphasized enough. It’s a simple step, but a crucial one. Before the submission of your forms and documents to USCIS, ensure they align with these signature guidelines. This proactive approach guarantees a smoother application process, devoid of unnecessary hassles and delays.
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