On May 1, 2017, the USCIS will begin issuing new, and redesigned Permanent Resident Cards (“green cards”), and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD). However, both existing and new green cards and EADs will continue to be valid until the expiration date shown on the documents. Moreover, both versions will be acceptable for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and E-Verify. Some older green cards that do not contain an expiration date will also remain valid. However, it is suggested for all green card holders to apply for the redesigned green cards because it will reduce the possibilities of fraud or tampering when stolen or lost.
According to the USCIS, the redesigned green cards and EADs are polished with enhanced graphics and other security features to prevent fraud and document tampering. These documents are extremely important because employers must verify a new hire’s eligibility to work in the United States utilizing documents that demonstrates their identity, such as green cards or EADs.
The new green cards and EADs will include the following features:
1. The individual’s photos will be displayed on both sides.
2. Includes graphic images and color palette
3. Use of embedded holographic images
4. The new documentations will no longer display the individual’s signature
5. The redesigned green cards will no longer include an optical stripe in the back.