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I-130 Form Signature

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Is it OK to sign in black ink?

Same question goes for Biographic Information form. I just wonder if black ink signature is OK. Nowadays we have color laser copiers, so having signature in blue just to distinguish an original from the copy seems obsolete, however USCIS may differ in opinion, but they do not provide a specific guideline on the signature's ink color to use.

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The USCIS prefers black ink. They scan these documents into their virtual database and the scanner they use does not always pick up the blue ink.

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Technically, yes, but I always tell clients to sign with blue ink, because USCIS on occasion will reject a form with a black signature saying it is a photocopy not an original signature. We sign in blue to avoid that confusion. Note the forms should be completed in black. Only the signature should be blue

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Black or blue ink is acceptable.

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