U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has published updated Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) policy guidance on using electronic signatures and transmission for Form I-20.

Key Points:

  • Under the new guidance, designated school officials (DSOs) can electronically sign all signature fields on Form I-20 using signature software or electronically reproduced copies of a signature.
  • DSOs can email or transmit the signed Form I-20 through a secure platform to F and M students and their dependents.
  • DSOs can still physically sign and mail Form I-20 to students if they choose.

Additional Information: The updated guidance applies only to Form I-20; authorities did not change other SEVP forms or processes. The fully SEVP policy guidance can be found here in the Policy section under “Resources.” Students or school officials should contact the SEVP Response Center if they have issues with government partners accepting an electronically signed Form I-20.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@bal.com.

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