U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the new cards on May 1.
These redesigns use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features to create cards that are highly secure and more tamper-resistant than the one currently in use. They are also part of an ongoing effort between USCIS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to enhance document security and deter counterfeiting and fraud. Green Cards will no longer have an optical stripe on the back.
The new Green Cards and EADs will: