“USCIS to Issue Redesigned Green Cards, EADs May 1”


“New permanent residents and workers granted employment authorization will begin receiving redesigned green cards and work documents with ‘enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features,’ according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

“The new green cards and employment authorization documents (EADs) will start being issued on May 1 as part of the agency's Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project.

“…Currently held green cards and EADs will remain valid until they expire, after which they will be replaced by the new, redesigned versions. Both versions of the documents are acceptable for filling out the Form I-9, and for using E-Verify.

“Older green cards without an expiration date also remain valid, but USCIS suggested the holders of those cards consider applying for a replacement card bearing an expiration date.

“…New green cards and EADs will:

  • “Display the individual's photos on both sides.

  • “Show a unique graphic image and color palette—green cards will have an image of the Statue of Liberty and a predominately green palette, and EADs will have an image of a bald eagle and a predominately red palette.

  • “Have embedded holographic images.

“The new documents will no longer display the individual's signature, presumably to make it more difficult to forge; and green cards will no longer have an optical stripe on the back.”

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