U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a redesign of the Permanent Resident Card (“green card”) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the “Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project.” USCIS began issuing the new cards on May 1, 2017. The redesigns use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features.
The new green cards and EADs:
- 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 (green cards also will no longer have an optical stripe on the back)
- EAD cards will have an image of a bald eagle and a predominately red palette
- Have embedded holographic images
- No longer display the individual’s signature
Some green cards and EADs issued after May 1, 2017, may still display the existing design format because 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 in temporary protected status (TPS) and other designated categories have been automatically extended beyond the validity date on the card. For additional information on which EADs are covered, see https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status#Automatic%20Employment%20Authorization%20Document%20(EAD)%20Extension and https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/automatic-employment-authorization-document-ead-extension.
USCIS noted that some older green cards do not have an expiration date; such cards remain valid. The agency said that individuals who have such cards 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,” USCIS noted.