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USCIS Issues Redesigned Green Cards to Prevent Fraud

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on May 18, 2017

Redesigned Green Cards with enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features are being issued to help prevent the threat of document tampering and fraud. A Chicago immigration attorney can explain the impact of these changes on Illinois citizens who are seeking permanent residency in the U.S.

Redesigned Green Cards and EADs

On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began issuing new Permanent Residency Cards (Green Cards) and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) with tamper-resistant features to prevent immigration fraud. Redesigned documents are part of an ongoing effort between USCIS, U.S. Customs, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Border Protection to deter counterfeiting and fraud. Redesigned Green Cards and EADs include the following changes:

  • A photo of the individual will be shown on both sides of the document
  • Embedded holographic images
  • A unique color palette and graphic image. Green Cards will have a green color background with an embedded image of the Statue of Liberty. EAD cards will have a red color background with an embedded image of a bald eagle.
  • The optical stripe on the back side of Green Cards will be deleted
  • The individual’s signature will be omitted on Green Cards and EADs

Checking the Validity of Documents

After May 1, 2017, some individuals may have Green Cards and EADs that still display the old design format until existing card stock supplies are depleted by USCIS. However, both old and redesigned Green Cards and EADs will remain valid through the expiration date shown on the documents. Individuals with EADs who have Temporary Protected Status will receive extended expiration dates past the validity date shown on the document. Illinois residents with Green Cards or EADs can get legal information and check the validity of documents through a Chicago immigration attorney.

According to USCIS, older Green Cards that have no expiration date will remain valid, but individuals with these cards are urged to apply for a redesigned card with a valid expiration date. If the Green Card is ever lost or stolen, the redesigned card will reduce the likelihood of document tampering and immigration fraud. Permanent Residency Cards are issued to all permanent residents who are 18 years old or older to show proof that they are authorized to live and work in the United States. Immigration laws require all permanent residents age 18 and over to have a valid Green Card in their possession at all times.