Guidelines for Signing USCIS Forms

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guidelines for signing uscis formsDon’t forget to sign your USCIS form! Generally, all USCIS applications and petitions require an original “wet ink” signature. (There are some exceptions.) That means that a photocopy of a signed form or a typewritten name in place of a signature is not acceptable. Use black ink and sign with the name and style you would use for any other legal document. Here are some guidelines for signing USCIS forms.

Signing USCIS Forms for Minors

If you are under 18 years of age, your parent or legal guardian may sign the forms on your behalf. If signing for a child under 18 years of age, sign the child’s name, then write “By” and sign your name.

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Incapacitated Applicants

What if the applicant is incapacitated or otherwise physically impaired so that the quality of penmanship is diminished? As long as the applicant is mentally competent to understand what he or she is signing, the document should be signed.

In this situation, it’s acceptable for the applicant to sign with a simple line or mark that he or she considers a signature. Regardless of how bad it looks, the mark that the applicant considers a signature is enough legally. Alternatively, the individual can place a fingerprint in the signature space.

The person who is preparing the USCIS form on behalf of the applicant and witnesses the signature should include a cover letter that explains the applicant’s limitations and reason for the poor penmanship.

Source: USCIS