Beginning April 30, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began phasing in use of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service. The USPS service is now used to mail Green Cards and other secure immigration documents. It is important to note, however, that the first phase of this new delivery method will not affect every individual expecting secure documents. It will likely only affect those documents that need to be re-mailed because they were returned as non-deliverable. Applicants who have changed mailing addresses during the course of the application process are more likely to have their secure documents sent with the new delivery method.
The new delivery method will require applicants to present identification to sign for their documents upon delivery. Individuals will also have the option to designate an agent to sign on their behalf. An agent can be designated by completing the Postal Service’s PS Form 3801 or PS Form 3801-A. In addition, applicants will be able to sign up for USPS Informed and will have the option to arrange for convenient pickup of their documents at a post office of their choosing.
The purpose of implementing Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery is to increase the security, integrity, and efficiency of secure document delivery. It provides better tracking and accuracy of delivery information, thereby improving service to applicants, and USCIS plans to expand this service to all secure documents in the near future.
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