Can USCIS form I-864 be signed in blue ink?
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The information on the form itself must be completed in black. I had USCIS reject an application at one point, saying a black ink signature wasn't an original but a copy (they were wrong). I always had everyone sign in blue after that to show it's an original signature. Blue ink sometimes doesn't scan, though, so electronic copies can appear as though they weren't signed. Awhile back they tried to require signatures in black, and I and other attorneys questioned how they would assure against rejections wrongly saying it wasn't an original, and they backed off the requirement. Bottom line is go ahead with the blue signatures; there's never a way to guarantee for sure that some officer won't have this or that problem with it no matter the color.
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The instructions to the immigration forms do state that the forms are to be filled out in black ink.
I have never paid attention to the color of the ink I use to sign immigration forms. I probably have signed some immigration forms with blue ink. I have never received anything back from USCIS because a signature was in blue ink.
I probably do use blue ink to sign to show that the documents I send in are originals since many photocopies look just like originals.
If you do not want to find out whether USCIS would return a petition because of the color of the ink, you can get the signatures in black ink.
Or, you can just send in the completed petition that is correct except for a possible error involving the ink color and see what USCIS would do.
You can sign it in blue ink, yes if that is what you have handy.
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