On January 30, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new designs for Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) that will increase the security of these documents. Modern technology is used in the new Green Card and EAD designs to further protect national security and enhance customer service. A layer-reveal feature with a partial window on the back photo box improved tactile printing that is better integrated with the artwork, enhanced optically variable ink, highly secure holographic images on the front and back of the cards, improved detail, and data fields displayed in different locations than on previous versions are among the changes.
According to USCIS, the introduction of the new designs does not mean that currently issued cards are invalid. Current cards 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).
The present design format may still be seen on some Green Cards, and EADs issued after January 30, 2023, as USCIS will keep utilizing the current material until supplies run out. For Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, E-Verify, and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements, both versions of the cards are acceptable.
There is no expiration date for some older Green Cards. They continue to be legitimate in most cases, but USCIS advises applicants with these older cards to think about requesting a replacement card to guard against fraud or tampering in the event that the original card is ever lost or stolen.
The present cards were introduced by USCIS in May 2017. Every three to five years, the Document Management Division at the USCIS Office of Intake and Document Production redesigns the cards to reduce the risk of fraud and counterfeiting. The Secure Identification Platform (SIP) Project's redesign of the cards is one of its components. 2019 saw the start of intensive market research for the SIP Project. Meeting with influential industry leaders and stakeholders helped the USCIS Document Management Division learn about best practices.
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