Who needs to sign the marriage green card application?


Independent attorneys in the Boundless network answer common U.S. immigration questions

Apr 28, 2021


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My spouse is abroad and we are applying for a marriage green card using consular processing. Who needs to sign the application?

If both partners live in the United States, the sponsoring spouse must sign Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) and the spouse seeking a green card must sign Form I-130A (Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary). Neither is required to be a wet signature, though it is strongly recommended. If the spouse seeking a green card lives outside the United States, they do not need to sign Form I-130A, but the sponsor still must sign Form I-130. Please note that in all cases, USCIS reserves the right to request the original document with the wet signature at any time.

If both partners live in the United States, the sponsoring spouse must sign Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) and the spouse seeking a green card must sign Form I-130A (Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary). The signatures do not have to be wet, but it’s strongly recommended that they are to lower the chance of rejection. Please note that in all cases, USCIS reserves the right to request the original document with the wet signature at any time.

The Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) website keeps freezing. Do you have any tips?

Try using the website on a different browser such as Google Chrome. Applicants also seem to have the best luck trying to use it at a different time of day or in the mornings when there is less traffic to the website.

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