USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents.

USCIS will begin issuing new cards on May 1, 2017 as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. The redesigned cards will use enhanced graphics and fraud resistant security features, rendering them more tamper resistant, and more secure than the current versions.

The new card designs demonstrate USCIS’ commitment to continue being proactive against the threat of document tampering and fraud.

The Redesigned Cards Will:

                -Display the individual’s photo on both sides;

                -Show a unique graphic image and color palette:

                                -Green Cards will have an image of the Statute of Liberty, with a generally                                   green palette;

                                -EAD cards will have an image of a bald eagle, with a predominantly red                                       palette.

                -Have embedded holographic images;

                -No longer display the individual’s signature; and

                -Green Cards will no longer have an optical stripe on the back.

How To Tell If Your Card Is Valid:

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. Both the existing and the new Green Cards and EADs will remain valid until the expiration date shown on the card.

Certain EADs held by individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and other designated categories have been automatically extended beyond the validity date on the card.

Both versions are acceptable for Form 1-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, E-Verify, and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE). Some older Green Cards do not have an expiration date.  These older Green Cards without an expiration date remain valid. Individuals who have Green Cards without an expiration date may want to consider applying for a replacement card bearing an expiration date. Obtaining the replacement card will reduce the likelihood of fraud or tampering if the card is ever lost or stolen.