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USCIS Enhances Security on Redesign of Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs)

Since January 30th, 2023, USCIS has been issuing a new design to Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). This change brings many improvements to the security of these two immigration identification cards. Please see the graphic below, sourced from USCIS.

It should be noted that the new cards do not invalidate currently issued Green Cards and EADs. And while USCIS announced they’re issuing new cards, some cards issued could still be the old version because they are using up existing card stock until depletion. 

Both versions of the cards are still accepted for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification; E-Verify; and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE). Older green cards may not have expiration dates listed on them. While the card is still valid until its intended expiration date, listed or unlisted, USCIS suggests applying for a replacement card to stop any fraud or tampering should the card ever get lost/stolen. 


A USCIS showing previous Green Card design and the re-design.