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USCIS To Require Immigrants' Own Signatures On Documents

Law360 (March 15, 2018, 8:37 PM EDT) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will require petitioners for immigration benefits to provide a valid signature on official documents and will no longer accept power of attorney signatures, according to an agency policy memorandum.

In announcing the change, the agency said power of attorney signatures had introduced inconsistencies in the application process and additional evidentiary burdens in cases of immigration fraud. In their stead, USCIS said it will accept any handwritten mark or sign made by an applicant as a valid signature. The change takes effect...
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