USCIS Stamps

What is the difference between a blue or black stamp from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)?

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As of July 1, 2014, U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began using a new secure blue ink for many of its secure stamps. The older secure red ink will be retired and no longer used by USCIS on the effective date.

USCIS stamps with secure blue ink:

    Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Parole Stamp
    Temporary I-551 Alien Documentary Identification and Telecommunication (ADIT) Stamp
    Refugee Stamp (Section 207)
    Asylum Stamp (Section 208)
    Initial / Replacement I-94 Stamp

USCIS will continue to use regular black ink on the following stamps:

    Approval Stamp (Applications Received)
    Denial Stamp (Applications Received)
    Director's Signature Stamp (Certificates of Naturalization, Certificates of Citizenship)
    Other USCIS similar documents

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