If a U.S. company is sponsoring a beneficiary for example for an H-1B visa, O-1 visa, E-2 employee visa, or L-1 visa, an authorized signatory of the company will have to sign the USCIS forms. Our clients are often ask us who can sign the USCIS forms on behalf of a company.
Who can be an authorized signatory and sign USCIS forms on behalf of a company?
An authorized signatory may be for example:
- An executive officer of a corporation who can act on behalf of the entity and legally bind the entity in all matters. This includes for example a president, CEO, or a vice-president);
- A managing member or managing partner of a Limited liability company;
- An authorized partner of a partnership;
- An attorney who is an employee of a legal entity as its legal representative (g. an in-house counsel of a company);
- Any other person employed in employer-employee relationship who has the authority to legally bind the entity.
As you can see from the list above, the list of people who can be authorized signatories is not exhaustive, and basically any employee who can legally bind the company can act as an authorized signatory for the purposes of filing the USCIS petition. Please note that it is not relevant what is the title of the employee or the name of the person’s department.
Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, USCIS is now accepting scanned/reproduced signatures. Please click here if you want to find out more about this topic.
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