A valid signature does not need to be legible or in English and may be abbreviated as long as this is consistent with how the individual normally signs his or her name. A valid signature does not have to be in cursive handwriting. An individual who cannot write in any language may place an 「X」 or similar mark instead of a signature. A signature is valid even if the original signature is later photocopied, scanned, faxed, or similarly reproduced. Regardless of how it is transmitted to USCIS, the copy must be of an original document containing a handwritten, ink signature, unless regulations or the form instructions state otherwise. USCIS will not accept signatures created by a typewriter, word processor, stamp, auto-pen, or similar device.