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USCIS to Accept Scanned/Reproduced Signatures During COVID-19 Crisis

By March 29, 2020March 31st, 2021COVID-19
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For many immigration petitions and forms (Eg. I-129, G-28, I-140), USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) normally only accepts “wet” signatures.  As both lawyers and applicants have to sign many forms, this creates logistical issues when freedom of movement has been restricted.  As a result, during the Covid-19 crisis, USCIS will accepted electronic and reproduced signatgures instead of a “wet” signature on all benefit forms and documents. This is a temporary change and all other form instructions still apply.  Consulates will also accept electronic signatures on the DS-156e E-2 visa form.

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.”  You should keep a copy of the original document because USCIS may request it at any time.

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