Reproduced Original Signatures Acceptable for USCIS Submissions for Duration of National Emergency

Reproduced Original Signatures Acceptable for USCIS Submissions for Duration of National Emergency

Due to the ongoing National Emergency, USCIS announced that all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures will be accepted for submissions dated March 21, 2020 and beyond. This announcement includes Form I-129 for H-1B petitions. 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.” Throughout the National Emergency, USCIS will accept electronically reproduced original signatures rather than the original “wet ink” signatures required by some form instructions. 

USCIS also instructs individuals or entities submitting electronically reproduced documents to retain all documents with the original signatures. The agency reserves the right to request the original documents at any time and states that “if not produced, could negatively impact the adjudication of the immigration benefit.”

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