By Bruce E Buchanan

The USCIS recently announced that Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) do not always include the holder’s signature. Since February 2015, the USCIS we has been waiving the signature requirement for people entering the United States for the first time as lawful permanent residents after obtaining an immigrant visa abroad from a U.S. Embassy or consulate.

Additionally, in limited cases, the USCIS may waive the signature requirement for certain people, such as children under the age of consent, or individuals who are physically unable to provide a signature.

When the USCIS issues a Permanent Resident Card without a signature, the card will say “Signature Waived” on the front and back of the card where a signature would normally be located.

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