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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Monday, January 30th 2023 that they have redesigned the Green Card and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD card) to maintain top security standards for the cards. USCIS will begin issuing the redesigned cards on January 30th, 2023.

Source: @USCIS on Twitter

The new Green Card and EAD designs include:

  1. State-of-the-art technology that continues to safeguard national security and improve service for our customers;

  2. Improved detailed artwork;

  3. New tactile printing that is better integrated with the artwork;

  4. Enhanced optically variable ink;

  5. Highly secure holographic images on the front and back of the cards;

  6. A layer-reveal feature with a partial window on the back photo box; and

  7. Data fields displayed in different places than on previous versions.

“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.”

To mitigate the risk of fraud and counterfeiting, USCIS redesign the cards every three to five years. The agency launched the current cards in May 2017. 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).

Some Green Cards and EADs issued after January 30th may still display the existing design format because USCIS will continue using existing cardstock until current supplies are depleted. Some older Green Cards do not have an expiration date. These older Green Cards without an expiration date generally remain valid; however, USCIS encourages applicants with these older cards to consider applying for a replacement card to prevent fraud or tampering should the card ever get lost or stolen.


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