On January 30, 2023, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) commenced issuance of the new Permanent Resident Card, commonly known as the Green Card, along with the new Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). These redesigned cards have undergone a modernization in their designs to enhance and further ensure their security.
The new design incorporates cutting-edge technology that enhances and continues to safeguard national security and services for cardholders. The changes encompass enhanced detailed artwork, tactile printing that better integrates with the artwork, improved optically variable ink, highly secure holographic images on both the front and back of the cards, a layered feature with a partial window on the back of the photo box, and data fields displayed in different locations compared to previous versions.
According to USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou, “This redesign further demonstrates USCIS’ commitment to taking a proactive approach against the threat of secure document tampering, counterfeiting, and fraud,” said USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou. “Consistent updates to secure documents, informed by our knowledge of the latest methods of bad actors and the innovation and ingenuity of our staff, ensure the continued integrity of secure documents issued by our agency.”
The introduction of the new designs does not mean that currently issued cards are invalid. Current cards 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 Green Cards and EADs issued after January 30, 2023, may still display the previous design format as USCIS will continue using existing materials until they are depleted. Both versions of the cards are acceptable for Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, E-Verify, and the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE). Some older Green Cards do not have an expiration date. These older Green Cards without expiration dates usually remain valid; however, USCIS encourages applicants with these older cards to consider applying for a replacement card to prevent fraud or tampering in case the card is lost or stolen.
USCIS relies on the Document Management Division of the USCIS Office of Admissions and Document Production to redesign the cards every three to five years to mitigate the risk of fraud and counterfeiting. The card redesign is part of the Secure Identification Platform (SIP) Project, established in 2019.