USCIS Finalizes Guidance on Signature Requirements

On February 16, 2018, USCIS announced that power of attorney signatures will no longer be accepted for filing purposes. Beginning March 18, all forms must contain a valid, authentic signature from the respective signatory. The policy change is an effort to reduce inconsistencies between USCIS offices and further prevent immigration fraud. The policy does not prohibit parents or legal guardians from signing on behalf of a person who is younger than 14 years old or unable to sign on his/her behalf. The policy states that USCIS “will not accept signatures created by a typewriter, word processor, stamp, auto-pen, or similar de