Monday, January 30, 2023 - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new designs to improve the security of Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs).
USCIS will begin issuing the redesigned cards today - on January 30, 2023. Published images from USCIS of the improved Green Card and EAD redesigns can be discovered here.
- State-of-the-art technology that continues to safeguard national security and improve service for our customers
- Improved detailed artwork displaying the Satue of Liberty
- New tactile printing that is better integrated with the artwork
- Highly secure holographic images on the front and back of the cards
- Displaying data fields in different places than on previous versions of the cards
- No longer displaying the cardholder’s fingerprint on the front
- Enhanced optically variable ink
- A new layer reveal feature with a partial window on the back photo box
Images detailing the new security features have been published by USCIS.
The introduction of the new designs does not mean that currently issued cards are invalid. Current cards generally 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 older Green Cards also do not have an expiration date. These older Green Cards without an expiration date generally remain valid.
“This redesign further demonstrates USCIS’ commitment to taking a proactive approach against the threat of secure document tampering, counterfeiting, and fraud,” said USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou. “Consistent updates to secure documents, informed by our knowledge of the latest methods of bad actors and the innovation and ingenuity of our staff, ensure the continued integrity of secure documents issued by our agency.”