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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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Every guide I've read here says to sign forms in Blue ink so they will know it is not a photocopy. This is what I did with my I-130 packet.

But on this page for I-864 it says 3 times that you must sign in Black ink. These are the latest inscructions dated 07/26/2016.

I just thought I'd point this out for everyone.

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You can use either Blue or Black ink. Just don't go rainbow on the form.


Marriage (if applicable): 2012-12-08

USCIS

I-130 Sent : 2016-05-02

I-130 NOA1 : 2016-05-11

Approved : 2016-08-24

NVC

NVC Received : 2016-10-03

Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2016-10-15

Pay AOS Bill : 2016-10-15

Send AOS Package : 2016-11-01

Submit DS-261 : 2016-10-15

Receive IV Bill : 2016-10-18

Pay IV Bill : 2016-10-18

Send IV Package : 2016-11-01

Case Completed at NVC : 2016-11-04

NVC Left : 2016-11-11

US Embassy

Consulate Received : 2016-11-11

Interview Date : 2017-01-10

Interview Result :

Visa Received :

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Signed everything in blue. No RFEs. No checklist for it.


Timeline in brief:

Married: September 27, 2014

I-130 filed: February 5, 2016

NOA1: February 8, 2016 Nebraska

NOA2: July 21, 2016

Interview: December 6, 2016 London

POE: December 19, 2016 Las Vegas

N-400 filed: September 30, 2019

Interview: March 22, 2021 Seattle

Oath: March 22, 2021 COVID-style same-day oath

 

Now a US citizen!

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Longstanding practice in legal circles (I'm an attorney, not an immigration attorney, and not YOUR attorney) was to always sign/initial things in blue ink so that originals could be distinguished from photocopies. Of course, color copiers made this somewhat obsolete, but not really since a) you can still kinda tell and b) most office photocopiers are still black and white.

I debated over this in filling out paperwork for USCIS and NVC, since it was second nature for me. I signed the USCIS paperwork in blue ink and they didn't say anything, no RFE, etc... I signed the NVC paperwork in black ink only because I was somewhere I did not have a blue pen at the time, but the ink was a sufficiently brownish black ink that you could still tell, so my obsessive need was satisfied. LOL.

This is my personal, not professional, opinion... Dark blue ink probably won't cause any issues 99.9% of the time. However, somebody at NVC *might* decide to be a pain (or the scanner might not pick up the blue ink well enough) and ask for a corrected version if they're being a stickler, since the form does say to use black ink. I'd still chance it, because of personal inertia and a desire to make it very clear which was the original. You mileage may vary, but it almost certainly won't be an issue.

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Whether you use black or blue, use a ballpoint pen because sometimes other types of pens can come out looking like a photocopy. I know I read of that happening before.


ROC from CR-1 visa (Green Card expiration date was Nov 24th 2016)

 

Link to the evidence I submitted. Be sure to send evidence spanning your entire marriage (especially for K-1) or as far back as you can. Just one or two bank statements will not cut it. I primarily focused on the two years of living here since I came in on a CR-1. If you don't have the fundamentals (i.e. joint accounts/policies), you can explain why in the covering letter. E.g. "While we do not have joint utilities, we both contribute to them from our joint bank account".

 

September 26th 2016: I-751 package sent to CSC

September 28th 2016: Package delivered
September 30th 2016: Check cashed
October 3rd 2016: NOA1 received with receipt date of 09/28/16
November 3rd 2016: Biometrics received with appointment date of 11/14/16.
November 14th 2016: Attended biometrics appointment
October 30th 2017: Infopass appointment to get I-551 stamp
February 26th 2018: I-751 case number (aka the NOA1 receipt number) becomes trackable
March 14th 2018: Submitted service request due to being outside of processing time.

March 15th 2018: ROC approved. 535 days (1 year, 5 months and 17 days)

March 29th 2018: Card being produced

April 4th 2018: Card mailed out

April 6th 2018: Card in hand. Has incorrect "resident since" date. Submitted service request on I-751 case (typographical error on permanent resident card) and an I-90 online.

April 2018 - August 7th 2018: Tons of service requests, emails and now senator involvement to get my corrected green card back because what the heck, USCIS. Also some time in May I sent a letter to Potomac telling them I want to withdraw my I-90 since CSC were handling it.

August 8th 2018: Card in production thanks to the direct involvement of Senator Sherrod Brown's team

August 13th 2018: Card mailed

August 15th 2018: Card in hand with correct date. :joy:

October 31st 2018: Potomac sends out a notice stating they have closed out my I-90 per my request. Yay for no duplicate card drama.

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I've never heard of an issue with ink or pen type, as long as actual originals are sent or scanned.


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