The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced new design plans for employment authorization documents (EADs) and permanent resident cards which are also known as green cards. As of January 30th, 2023, USCIS has actually begun giving out these newly redesigned cards to people. Although many people are receiving these new cards, some green cards and employment authorization documents issued after January 30th may still resemble the old existing design.
The redesigned permanent resident cards and employment authorization documents include new modern technological advancements that were implemented in order to further protect national security and enhance customer service. Among these new design changes includes a layer-reveal feature with a partial window on the back photo box, improved 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, improvement in the attention to detail, and data fields displayed in different locations than on previous versions. The main intentions of these alterations are to continue taking precautions that will prevent document manipulation, and fraud among important paperwork.
According to USCIS, new card designs are not an automatic invalidation of previously issued cards. Previously issued EADs and green cards are still good up until their set expiration date. In addition, certain earlier issued permanent resident cards are not time-limited, and therefore they will remain valid since they do not have an expiration date.