What is the change? U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that the agency will begin to use the U.S. Postal Service’s Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service to mail specified secure documents.
What does the change mean? USCIS will integrate the service in phases. The first phase was implemented April 30 and only affects documents that USCIS must re-mail because they have been returned as non-deliverable. Phase two will expand the use of the service to include the initial mailing of documents, and is slated for late 2019.
When USPS attempts to deliver a document using the Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service, the recipient listed on the mailing envelope must show ID (a valid driver’s license, state identification or passport) and sign for the mail in order to receive the document. If USPS cannot deliver the document, a notice will be left at the address explaining that delivery was attempted. The recipient has 15 days to claim the mail at the local post office indicated on the notice.
If the mail is not claimed within 15 days, it will be returned to USCIS. After the mail is returned to the agency, the recipient has 60 days to contact USCIS to provide a new address. If the recipient does not contact USCIS within that time frame, the document will be destroyed.
BAL Analysis: Applicants are encouraged to follow the next steps outlined above to ensure their documents are delivered or picked up before they are again returned to USCIS as non-deliverable. BAL will continue to track developments on this program, particularly as the agency looks to expand to the initial mailing of secure documents in phase two.
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