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USCIS implements changes to combat identity fraud
New permanent residents and workers granted employment authorization will begin receiving redesigned green cards and work documents with "enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features," according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The new green cards and employment authorization documents (EADs) will be issued starting May 1 as part of the agency's Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project.
"The new card designs demonstrate USCIS' commitment to continue taking a proactive approach against the threat of document tampering and fraud," the agency said.
Green cards and EADs with the old design are valid until their expiration date, after which they will be replaced by the new, redesigned versions. Both versions of the documents are acceptable for filling out the Form I-9 and for using E-Verify.
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Older green cards without an expiration date also remain valid, but USCIS suggested the holders of those cards consider applying for a replacement card bearing an expiration date.
"Obtaining the replacement card will reduce the likelihood of fraud or tampering if the card is ever lost or stolen," the agency said.
Certain EADs for individuals with Temporary Protected Status and other designated visa categories have been automatically extended beyond the validity date on the card.
New green cards and EADs will:
The new documents will no longer display the individual's signature, presumably to make it more difficult to forge them, and green cards will no longer have an optical stripe on the back.
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