Starting May 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin issuing Permanent Resident Cards (“green cards”) and Employment Authorization Documents (“EADs”) with a brand new look. The colorful redesigns will feature enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security additions that make the cards highly secure and more tamper-resistant than ever before.
The upcoming changes are part of an ongoing, proactive effort by the USCIS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to improve document security and deter counterfeiting and fraud.
5 Things Every Employer Should Know:
- Green cards and EADs issued before the May 1 redesign release will continue to be valid for purposes of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, E-Verify, and the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE).
- Both the original and new designs will remain valid until the expiration date shown on the individual’s card.
- Older versions of green cards without an expiration date remain valid.
- Some EADs are held by individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or other designated categories. These EADs have been extended beyond the validity date on the card. If you would like more information on which EADs are covered under the extension, please visit the Temporary Protected Status and American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act pages on gov.
- USCIS will continue to use their existing card stock until it is depleted. Because of this, some green cards and EADs issued after May 1, 2017 may still display the previous card design.