Immigration News: U.S.C.I.S. Issuing Redesigned Green Cards & EADs As Of May 1st

by Amanda DeVincenzo/Wendel Hall

On May 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) started issuing a redesigned Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”) and Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”). These new cards feature enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features. BUT… will they prove to be highly secure and more tamper-resistant than the old cards? Only time will tell…

Changes You Will See

The new card designs will:

  • Display the person’s photos on the front and back;
  • Show a unique graphic image and color palette;
    • Green Cards will have a predominately green palette and feature an image of the Statue of Liberty and her gold foil torch.
    • EADs will have a predominately red palette and feature an image of a bald eagle.
  • Have embedded holographic images on both sides;
  • No longer display the person’s signature; and
  • Remove the optical stripe on the back of the Green Card.

YOUR Unexpired Card Is Still Valid

No need to run out and get a new Green Card and EAD just yet! Existing and new documents will remain valid until the expiration date on the card.

Older Green Cards without an expiration date will also remain valid. You can either save yourself the time and paperwork and wait until it regularly expires. Or you can apply for a replacement card that displays an expiration date.

How The Redesign Affects YOU

The redesigned card will not change the process for applicants. You may still receive the existing design format after May 1, until current supplies are depleted. Click for information about the Green Card application process. To request an EAD, you must file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.

Existing and new cards are acceptable for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, E-Verify, and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE).