U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”) and the Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”). USCIS is expected to begin issuing the new Green Cards and EADs on May 1, 2017.
Redesigned Green 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; and
- 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.
What Employers Need to Know
Employers should be aware of the following regarding the redesigned Green Cards and EADs:
- Both the existing and the new versions of Green Cards and EADs remain acceptable for purposes of Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance.
- Both the existing and the new Green Cards and EADs will remain valid until the expiration date shown on the card.
- Some older Green Cards, which do not have an expiration date, remain valid.
- Certain EADs held by individuals with Temporary Protected Status and other designated categories have been automatically extended.
- Some Green Cards and EADs issued after May 1, 2017 may still display the existing design format, as USCIS will continue using existing card stock until current supplies are depleted.
Check out our section on Form I-9 within the Client Resource Center HR Library for more information on complying with employment eligibility verification requirements.