LOS ANGELES — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Wednesday announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project.
USCIS said it will begin issuing the new cards on May 1, 2017.
These redesigns use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features to create cards that are highly secure and more tamper-resistant than the ones currently in use, according to USCIS.
The new card designs demonstrate USCIS’ commitment to continue taking a proactive approach against the threat of document tampering and fraud, USCIS said.
They are also part of an ongoing effort between USCIS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to enhance document security and deter counterfeiting and fraud.
The new Green Cards and EADs will display the individual’s photos on both sides; show a unique graphic image and color palette.
Green Cards will have an image of the Statue of Liberty and a predominately green palette while EAD cards will have an image of a bald eagle and a predominately red palette. It will have embedded holographic images; and no longer display the individual’s signature.
Also, Green Cards will no longer have an optical stripe on the back.
Some Green Cards and EADs issued after May 1, 2017, may still display the existing design format as USCIS will continue using existing card stock until current supplies are depleted, USCIS announced.
Both the existing and the new Green Cards and EADs will remain valid until the expiration date shown on the card.