On April 19, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it was redesigning the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a 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 starting on May 1, 2017.
According to the USCIS, these redesigns use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features to create cards that are highly secure and more tamper-resistant than cards currently in use.
The Redesigned Cards
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 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.
Existing Green Cards Will Remain Valid
Although the effective date of this initiative is May 1, 2017, the USCIS will continue using the existing design format for some time after May 1, 2017, until its card stock is depleted. All new Green Cards and EADs will remain valid until the expiration date shown on the card.
Both the new and existing versions of the Green Card and EAD are acceptable for use in the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program. Some older Green Cards do not have an expiration date. These older Green Cards without an expiration date also remain valid. Read USCIS News Release to learn more.