USCIS To Issue Redesigned Green Card
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that
it has redesigned the Permanent Resident Card - commonly known as the
"Green Card" - to incorporate several major new security features. The
Green Card redesign is the latest advance in USCIS's ongoing efforts to
deter immigration fraud. State-of-the-art technology incorporated into
the new card prevents counterfeiting, obstructs tampering, and
facilitates quick and accurate authentication. Beginning today, USCIS
will issue all Green Cards in the new, more secure format.
the Green Card is a major achievement for USCIS," said Director
Alejandro Mayorkas. "The new security technology makes a critical
contribution to the integrity of the immigration system."
enhanced features will better serve law enforcement, employers, and
immigrants, all of whom look to the Green Card as definitive proof of
authorization to live and work in the United States. Among the
benefits of the redesign: Secure optical media will store biometrics
for rapid and reliable identification of the card holder. Holographic
images, laser engraved fingerprints, and high resolution micro-images
will make the card nearly impossible to reproduce. Tighter integration
of the card design with personalized elements will make it difficult to
alter the card if stolen. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
capability will allow Customs and Border Protection officers at ports
of entry to read the card from a distance and compare it immediately to
file data. Finally, a preprinted return address will enable the easy
return of a lost card to USCIS.
In keeping with the Permanent
Resident Card's nickname, it will now be colored green for easy
recognition. USCIS will replace Green Cards already in circulation as
individuals apply for renewal or replacement.
For more information on permanent residency and other immigration benefits, visit www.uscis.gov, or call USCIS's National Customer Service Center at (800) 375-5283.