Green Cards and Work Permits (EAD) Get Redesign, USCIS Announces
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new designs to improve security of Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards) and Work Permits or "Employment Authorization Documents" (EADs). USCIS will begin issuing the redesigned cards on January 30, 2023.
The new Green Card & Work Permit designs will include:
State-of-the-art technology that continues to safeguard national security and improve service for our customers;
Improved detailed artwork;
New tactile printing that is better integrated with the artwork;
Enhanced optically variable ink;
Highly secure holographic images on the front and back of the cards;
A layer-reveal feature with a partial window on the back photo box; and
Data fields displayed in different places than on previous versions.
USCIS introduces these new features to mitigate the risk of fraud and counterfeiting. This updated design generally occurs every three to five years to stay ahead of the document fraud that the Service is constantly fighting against. The current versions of Green Cards and EAD Work Permits debuted in May 2017 for example.
These 2023 redesigns do invalidate any existing cards that Green Card holders or EAD Work Permit holders may have currently. These cards generally remain valid until their expiration date (unless otherwise noted, such as through an automatic extension of a Green Card or EAD as indicated on a Form I-797, Notice of Action, or in a Federal Register notice). Additionally, older Green Cards also do not have an expiration date. These non-expiring Green Cards generally remain valid.
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