Beginning on May 1, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) will issue redesigned Lawful Permanent Resident cards (“Green Cards”) and Employment Authorization Documents (“EADs”). The new looks comply with the federal government’s Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project and are part of an interagency effort between CIS, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to deter counterfeiting and fraud.
The new designs utilize enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features, which are more tamper-resistant than previous designs. The restyled cards will no longer display the holder’s signature, and Green Cards will no longer have an optical stripe on the back. The additional features on the new Green Cards and EADs include:
- Photographs on both sides;
- Unique graphic images and color palettes; and,
- Embedded holographic images.
How to Tell if the Card is Valid
Green Cards and EADs with prior designs continue to remain valid until the expiration date, if any, shown on the card. Prior versions will continue to be acceptable for employment verification purposes on the Form I-9 as well as E-Verify and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE). Additionally, CIS may issue Green Cards and EADs after May 1, 2017 using the existing design format as CIS plans to use its current card stock until supplies are depleted. These cards also are valid until the expiration date shown on the card.
Foster LLP will continue to track anticipated changes to issued immigration documents for the impact to businesses and individuals. Foster will provide additional updates on our Firm’s website at www.fosterglobal.com and in future Immigration Updates©.