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09/05/2017

USCIS Redesigns Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

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USCIS Redesigns Green Cards and Employment Authorization DocumentsThe USCIS have recently released a statement announcing a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card also known as a Green Card and the Employment Authorization Document(EAD) as they introduce their Next Generation Secure Identification Document programme. The new cards will be issued by the USCIS from May 1, 2017. These redesigns will be using state of the art enhanced graphics and fraud resistant security features in order to make it difficult for fraudsters to tamper with the cards as the old ones have proved that they can be tampered with. This new method is a fight against the threat of document tampering and fraud. This step is taken with the help of USCIS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to tackle document counterfeiting and fraud.

The following will be the contents on newly redesigned Green cards and EAD’s:

  1. The new card will display photos of the applicant on both sides of the card.
  2. It will contain a unique graphic image and a color palette.
  3. There will be an image of the Statue of Liberty and a predominately green palette.
  4. The EAD card will contain an image of a Bald Eagle and a predominately red palette.
  5. There will be embedded holographic images.
  6. It will no longer have the signature of the holder and the optical stripe on the card.

Few facts on How to verify if the card is valid:

The green cards delivered on or after May 1, 2017, still may contain the design of the previous cards as the USCIS will be looking to deplete the stock of the cards available in stock. Both the new and old design green cards issued after May 1 or before will be valid till the expiry date mentioned on the back of the card.

Certain card holders who have the status of a Temporary Protected status (TPS) and other related designated categories have been automatically extended beyond the expiration dates on the card. For more information regarding the EAD’s covered on the official USCIS website www.uscis.gov.

Some older cards that do not have expiration dates still will remain valid . Those holders having a green card without expiration date may want to reconsider applying for a replacement green card with expiration dates.

Important Immigration Forms

U.S. Citizenship Form N-400 Green Card Renewal Form I-90

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