Just a few weeks ago, immigration officials at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) started issuing new and enhanced naturalization certificates.
The certificates, used to obtain passports and other legal documents, are used to evidence a person’s U.S. naturalization (the choice by a foreigner to become a U.S. citizen).
Like the new green cards (permanent residence cards for foreigners in the U.S.) which were unveiled earlier this year, the enhanced naturalization certificates have improved security features to prevent forgery and assist in identification and tracking of individuals by law enforcement.
The prior certificates were manually completed and a person’s photograph was simply attached to the certificate.
But the new high-tech certificates will have embedded information about individual certificate holders, including a personalized holographic image, a laser engraved fingerprint and additional identification technology.
The new cards will help not only to assist law enforcement authorities, but to protect individuals who might have their certificates and/or identities stolen.
If you are an individual seeking a green card or naturalization certificate, do not hesitate to call our office at (847) 564-0712 and/or check out the pertinent section of our Website.