U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced new designs to improve security of Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). We will begin issuing the redesigned cards on Jan. 30, 2023.
The new Green Card and EAD designs 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.
To mitigate the risk of fraud and counterfeiting, we redesign the cards every three to five years. We launched the current cards in May 2017.
The introduction of the new designs does not mean that currently issued cards are invalid. Current 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). Some older Green Cards also do not have an expiration date. These older Green Cards without an expiration date generally remain valid.
Engagement and Outreach
USCIS will host a national engagement on the new designs of the Green Card and EAD. We will send an invitation in the coming days.
This article is provided as an educational service and is not legal advice. Consult with an attorney for your specific circumstances. For a comprehensive evaluation of your immigration situation and options,