Redesigned Green Cards and EAD's

A New Look

USCIS today begins production of newly designed Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards) and Employment Authorization Documents (EAD's).  The new formats are being rolled out to enhance document security and deter document counterfeiting.  And, yes, the new Green Cards will be predominantly GREEN!

Expect to see new security features

  •  ID photo displayed on both sides; 
  •  Unique graphic images and color palette;
  •  Green Cards will have an image of the Statue of Liberty and a predominately green palette;
  •  EAD cards 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.
  •  New Green Cards will no longer have an optical stripe on the back.

Employer's Role in Document Inspection

Because of their role in examining documents presented during the completion of Form I-9, it is important for Employers to familiarize themselves with the new EAD and Green card document formats.  Employer's must examine the employment eligibility and identity document(s)  presented by employees to determine whether the document(s) reasonably appear to be genuine.  More information regarding the I-9 process and the list of accepted documents can be found here.

Validity of Existing Documents

Existing cards with the old format will continue to be valid until their expiration date.  Permanent residents who possess Green Cards without expiration dates are encouraged by USCIS to file for replacements.  While the launch of the new card designs will take effect May 1, 2017, cards may be produced after that date using the old design until old card stock is consumed.

Ellis Porter will continue to post updates, including additional photos of the new cards, when first available.