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USCIS to Accept Copies of Signatures & Suspension of All Premium Processing

Due to COVID-19, the USCIS has announced that they will temporarily accept copies of signatures on all petition forms, instead of original signatures. Petitioners should maintain the original signed documents, because the USCIS may request it in the future.  Source: https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-announces-flexibility-submitting-required-signatures-during-covid-19-national-emergency

Further, the USCIS has temporarily suspended Premium Processing for all USCIS petitions including H-1B, TN, L-1 and I-140 Petitions. While Premium Processing is suspended, Petitioners may submit a request to expedite their petition if it meets the criteria on the Expedite Criteria webpage: https://www.uscis.gov/forms/forms-information/how-make-expedite-request. It is the Petitioner’s responsibility to demonstrate that they meet at least one of the expedite criteria. Source: https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/uscis-announces-temporary-suspension-premium-processing-all-i-129-and-i-140-petitions-due-coronavirus-pandemic