As part of an ongoing effort to enhance document security and deter counterfeiting and fraud, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that it will soon begin issuing redesigned Permanent Resident Cards, commonly known as “green cards,” and Employment Authorization Documents that will have enhanced graphics and new fraud-resistant and tamper-resistant security features. The USCIS will begin issuing the new cards on Monday, May 1.

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 predominantly green palette
    • EAD cards will have an image of a bald eagle and a predominantly red palette
  • Have embedded holographic images

The new cards will no longer display the individual’s signature, and green cards will no longer have an optical stripe on the back.

As the USCIS continues to use up its existing card stock, it is possible that some green cards and EADs issued after Monday will display the existing design format. Both versions of the cards are acceptable for Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, E-Verify, and Systematic Alien Verification and Entitlements.

Green cards and EADs issued before May 1 will remain valid until they expire. Foreign nationals in possession of those cards will receive the redesigned version when seeking a renewal or replacement. Older green cards without expiration dates will also remain valid; however, the USCIS recommends that the holders apply for replacement cards with the new design to reduce the likelihood of fraud or tampering if their cards are lost or stolen.