What is an affidavit when asked by the USCIS? Can it be a signed letter or does it have to be notarized ? Does it have to be on a stamp paper used in court?
An Affidavit is someone's sworn statement declaring under penalty of perjury that the facts or events recounted on the document are true.
Does not have to be notarized, as long as signed and dated under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States, and unlike in many other countries around the world, a sworn affidavit does NOT need to be on any "stamp paper" used in any court.
An affidavit is a written declaration of a person which describes facts made voluntarily and confirmed under oath. Generally, they are used to support legal motions or are used in some cases where the affiant is not available for live testimony in a matter. Generally, have a lawyer draft the affidavit and it will be notarized. General copy paper is usually sufficient.
An Affidavit is a sworn statement signed in front of a Notary Public. In many situations a Declaration under penalty of perjury is equally acceptable.
Lynne R. Feldman, Attorney at Law
Concentrating in Immigration and Nationality Law
2221 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 201
San Diego, CA 92108
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Formerly Adjunct Professor -- Immigration law
University of Illinois College of Law
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