USCIS Now Using New Ink Color for Certain Documents Which May be Used for Form I-9

Mechelle Zarou
Mechelle Zarou

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) has changed from red to blue the color ink it uses to stamp certain documents that could be used for I-9 purposes. This would be relevant, for instance, in a scenario where you have a high population of new hires that are refugees and they provide you with a refugee document. Reviewers should note that moving forward they may see government documents with stamps in blue, red and black ink and that, just because the ink color has changed, documents may still be valid.


USCIS stamps with secure blue ink will include:

  • 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

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP provides an array of service options to assist you in your I-9 compliance efforts. For more information, please contact Mechelle Zarou at 419.321.1460 or

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