US to introduce new look Green Cards

American Permanent Resident Cards (better known as Green Cards) will be getting a makeover from the start of May.

Earlier this week, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a redesign to the Green Card and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the new cards on 1st May 1.

The redesigns will 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.

USCIS say that the new card designs demonstrate the organisation’s commitment to taking a proactive approach against the threat of document tampering and fraud. They are also part of an ongoing effort between USCIS, US Customs and Border Protection, and US 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 colour palette;

– Green Cards will have an image of the Statue of Liberty and a predominately green palette;

– EAD cards will have an image of a bald eagle and a predominately red palette;

– 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 1st May, will still display the existing design format as USCIS will continue using existing card stock until current supplies are depleted. Both the existing and the new Green Cards and EADs will remain valid until the expiration date shown on the card.

Article published 21st April 2017