New Designs for Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

On May 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin issuing redesigned Permanent Resident Cards (aka “green” cards) and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). The new cards use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features.  The new cards are more secure and tamper-resistant than the ones currently in use.

Features of the Redesigned Cards

  • Display the individual’s photos on both sides;
  • Show a unique graphic image and color palette: 
    • Green cards will have an image of the Statue of Liberty and a predominately green palette;
    • EADs will have an image of a bald eagle and a predominately red palette;
  • Have embedded holographic images; and
  • No longer display the individual’s signature.

Also, green cards will no longer have an optical stripe on the back.

Validity of Current and New Cards

Some green cards and EADs issued after May 1, 2017 may still display the existing design format. Both existing and new green cards and EADs will remain valid until the expiration date listed on the card.

In addition, both existing and new cards, including older green cards without an expiration date, are acceptable for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, E-Verify, and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE). 

Certain EADs held by individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and other designated categories have been automatically extended beyond the validity date on the card. For additional information regarding which EADs are covered, see Temporary Protected Status and American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act webpages on uscis.gov