The USCIS recently announced the launch of an enhanced Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and a redesign of the Certificate of Citizenship. Both new documents include additional features to strengthen the security of the documents and to deter fraud. The USCIS indicated that it has already begun issuing the new EAD cards and the redesigned Certificates will be issued beginning on October 30, 2011. The USCIS indicated that although the look and feel of the document is new, the manner in which an applicant applies for and receives the documents will not change. Additionally, the USCIS emphasized that individuals with currently valid EAD cards are not required to apply for the new EAD card. The previously issued EAD cards will remain valid until the expiration date printed on the cards.