Green Cards Do Not Always Have Signatures

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Did you know that Green Cards (also known as permanent resident cards) do not always have a signature? In some cases, USCIS may waive the signature requirement for certain people such as minors, and individuals who are physically unable to provide a signature.

Since February 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been waiving the signature requirement for those people entering the U.S. for the first time as lawful permanent residents after acquiring an immigrant visa abroad from a U.S. Embassy or consulate.

When a Green Card is issued without a signature the card will say “Signature Waived” on the front and back of the card where a signature would normally be located. Green Cards are official documents issued by USCIS that identify the person as a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. The cards also serve as proof of identity and work authorization.