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USCIS to Begin Using More Secure Mail Delivery Service via the US Postal Service

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In an effort to make the delivery of USCIS-issued documents such as ‘green cards’, and EADs, and Travel Documents (i.e. advance parole and re-entry permits) more secure and reach the intended delivery recipients, the USCIS is requiring the recipients to personally sign for these items. This appears to be a concerted effort by the USCIS to have the affected beneficiaries be more accountable to the USCIS by compelling them to make sure to update their mailing addresses with both the USCIS and the US Postal Service whenever they move to new address. While this can help the USCIS with keeping track of whether the intended immigrant has received his or her documents, this could add an extra burden to those who happen to move a lot due to professional or family reasons, as they would need to be mindful to keep updating their addresses promptly after every relocation. And even after all that, there is still the possibility of miscommunication between the USCIS and the US Postal Service about where the documents should be mailed, or who should be allowed to accept the deliveries. We will have to wait and see how this system works in the coming days.

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