A blog about U.S. immigration matters by Paul Szeto, a former INS attorney and an experienced immigration attorney and counsel. Contact Info: 732-632-9888, http://www.1visa1.com/ (All information is not legal advice and is subject to change without prior notice.)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Green Card Without Signature Okay

When a person applies for a green card in the U.S., a signature is normally required and printed on the green card itself.  Applicants usually provide their signatures at the biometrics appointments or at the actual green card interviews.  However, for those individuals who are not capable of signing, e.g., young children and the physically disabled, the signature requirement is waived.  Since February 2015, USCIS has also been waiving the signature requirement for people who applied for permanent residence status at an overseas U.S. consulate and arrive at the U.S. as a landing immigrant.  For these immigrants, their green cards will have a notation of "Signature Waived" at the bottom (See sample green card). 

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