USCIS Bolsters Security of Mailed Docs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins phasing in the Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in order to boost security. The increased security measures affect Green Cards and other secure documents routinely sent through the mail.

Beginning April 30, the agency began using the Post Office’s Confirmation Restricted Delivery service on those documents returned to USCIS offices as non-deliverable and require remailing. Besides Green Cards, additional postal security applies to Employment Authorization Cards and Travel Booklets. USCIS applicants who’ve changed their mailing address during the application process are among those most likely to witness the increased security first. USCIS will apply the signature requirements to recipients of all secure documents in the future.

With the new delivery method, applicants are required to present identification as part of the signing process. Optionally, recipients can name an agent who’s given permission to sign for the documents. To assign a signing agent, applicants complete PS Form 3801, Standing Delivery Order (PDF) or PS Form 3801-A, Agreement by a Hotel, Apartment House, or the Like (PDF) In addition, applicants also have the option of signing up for USPS Informed Delivery service as a means of receiving delivery status notifications. In addition, the service allows document recipients to the option to arrange a convenient date and time for pickup at the Post Office. Applicants access the pickup option by accessing the USPS site and filling out the “hold for pickup” option.

“Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery increases the security, integrity, and efficiency of document delivery,” according to a USCIS release. “The Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery process provides better tracking and accuracy of delivery information, improving service to applicants.”

USPS offers additional information about its Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service, as well as delivery tracking information, on the Post Office website.