USCIS Will Allow Electronically Reproduced Signatures During COVID-19 National Emergency
March 23, 2020
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that effective March 21, 2020 they will accept all benefit forms and documents with electronically reproduced signatures in lieu of the “wet” signature normally required for several applications and petitions.
Per the USCIS website, “This means that 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…
Individuals or entities that submit documents bearing an electronically reproduced original signature must also retain copies of the original documents containing the “wet” signature. USCIS may, at any time, request the original documents, which if not produced, could negatively impact the adjudication of the immigration benefit.”
Weaver Schlenger will work with clients to obtain the electronically reproduced signatures and ensure all petitions, including those selected in the upcoming Fiscal Year H-1B lottery, are filed timely during this time.