The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced in January new designs for Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), with the aim of improving the security of documents. Know the details here.
Updated and improved artwork, tactile printing that better integrates with the design, improved variable optical ink, highly secure holographic images on the front and back of the cards, are some of the improvements that the new design of the Green Card and documents will offer. employment authorization.
All this within the framework of updating both documents towards cutting-edge technology that hopes to continue taking care of national security and improving the service to the thousands of people who carry out procedures year after year in the immigration service.
USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou said, “This redesign further demonstrates USCIS’s commitment to taking a proactive approach against the threat of secure document tampering, forgery, and fraud.”
“Consistent updates to secure documents, based on our knowledge of the latest fraudster methods and the innovation and ingenuity of our staff, ensures the continued integrity of secure documents issued by our agency.”
Added items to document security also included a new layer reveal feature with a partial window in the back photo frame, and data fields were placed in different places than in previous versions. USCIS began issuing the redesigned cards on January 30, 2023.
Consequence of the change in the current Green Cards
The arrival of the new designs does not imply that the current cards are not valid. Green Cards that have been issued and are in force will remain valid until their expiration date unless otherwise stated.
Despite the announcement of the date on which the new designs will begin to be printed, this new design will not be used in 100% of the new documents. Some permanent resident cards and EADs issued after January 30 may display the format of the current design, as USCIS will keep using the current design until current supplies run out.
Both versions of the cards are acceptable for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification; E-Verify; and the Program for the Systematic Verification of Alien Rights (SAVE).
Some older permanent resident cards do not have an expiration date. These cards are generally valid. However, USCIS encourages applicants with old cards to consider applying for a replacement card to avoid the possibility of fraud or tampering if the card is lost or stolen.
USCIS launched the current cards in May 2017. To mitigate the risk of fraud and forgery, the USCIS Document Management Division of the Office of Document Entry and Production redesigns the cards every three to five years.
The redesign of the cards is part of the Secure Identification Platform (SIP) project, which began in 2019 with extensive market research. The USCIS Document Management Division met with key industry leaders and stakeholders to learn about good industry practices.
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