New Features Provide State-of-the-Art Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new designs to improve security of Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). USCIS will begin issuing the redesigned cards on Jan. 30, 2023.
The introduction of the new designs does not mean that currently issued cards are invalid. Current cards remain valid until their expiration date (unless otherwise noted, such as through an automatic extension of a Green Card or EAD as indicated on a Form I-797, Notice of Action, or in a Federal Register notice).
Some Green Cards and EADs issued after Jan. 30, 2023, may still display the existing design format because USCIS will continue using existing cardstock until current supplies are depleted. Both versions of the cards are acceptable for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification; E-Verify; and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE). Some older Green Cards do not have an expiration date. These older Green Cards without an expiration date generally remain valid; however, USCIS encourages applicants with these older cards to consider applying for a replacement card to prevent fraud or tampering should the card ever get lost or stolen.
Green Card and EAD designs include:
- State-of-the-art technology that continues to Safeguard national security and improve service for our customers;
- Improved detailed artwork;
- New tactile printing that is better integrated with the artwork;
- Enhanced optically variable ink;
- Highly secure holographic images on the front and back of the cards;
- A layer-reveal feature with a partial window on the back photo box; and
- Data fields displayed in different places than on previous versions.
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