United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is working on a new initiative known as the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project that will work to further enforce national security measures. Part of this initiative is to redesign the identification documents for immigrants. The two documents that have been redesigned are the Permanent Resident Card (or Green Card) and Employment Authorization Documents that allow immigrants to work legally in the United States.
Some of the new features that have been added to the cards include fraud-resistant security features such as holographic images that make it difficult to copy. The new Green Cards will be green in color with a picture of the Statue of Liberty as well as a photo of the individual on both sides of the card. Employment Authorization Documents will instead be a red color scheme and have a picture of a bald eagle. These changes make these cards more secure and will make it far more difficult for those who are trying to make fraudulent copies of the cards to do so. Neither of these redesigns will have the cardholder’s signature available on the card.
The USCIS will begin issuing these new cards beginning on May 1, 2017. However, some cards issued after this date will be the old designs because the USCIS has a number of the initial designs printed.
It is important to be aware of the changes to the new Green Cards and Employment Authorization Cards. If you have questions, contact an experienced immigration attorney who can provide you with assistance.
If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for matters regarding immigration, please contact the Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta, LLC and we would be happy to provide you with assistance.