US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began issuing updated versions of its Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) and Employment Authorization Document (EAD) starting January 30, 2023 with enhanced artwork and security features, replacing the previous design that began circulating in 2017.
The new cards include features such as holographic images on the front and rear, tactile printing, and data fields in different places than on the previous cards.
According to USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou, “This redesign further demonstrates USCIS’ commitment to taking a proactive approach against the threat of secure document tampering, counterfeiting, and fraud,” and will continue to secure the integrity of the documents issued by USCIS.
Changes to the Updated Green Card
If you compare the previous Green Card to the newly unveiled version, some noticeable differences are readily apparent:
- The artwork of the Statue of Liberty is updated
- The data fields are displayed in different places
- The cardholder’s fingerprint is no longer displayed on the front of the card
- There are holographic images on both the front and rear of the card
- There is a new layer reveal feature with a partial window on the photo box on the rear of the card
When Will New Green Cards and EADs Be Issued?
Though the new cards were unveiled at the end of January, USCIS is using the remainder of its old card stock before it begins printing new cards. This means that even if you’re receiving a new Green Card or EAD issued after January 30, 2023, it may still be of the older design.
Do I Need to Replace My Older Green Card or EAD?
No. If you have a Green Card or EAD of the older design that is still valid, it will continue to be valid through its expiration date, and no action is necessary until then. However, if you have an older Green Card with no expiration date, you are encouraged by USCIS to apply for a new Green Card. It is not required that you do so, but it is advisable so that you can take advantage of all of the enhanced security features the new Green Card provides.
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