Los Angeles, Jan 30.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) issues as of this Monday the new Permanent Resident Cards (Green Card) and Employment Authorization Cards for immigrants with new designs to improve security and avoid frauds.
The changes include new artwork and high-security holographic images on both sides of the cards, among other modifications.
USCIS seeks “a proactive approach against the threat of document tampering, forgery and fraud,” USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou said in a statement today.
The agency warned that the issuance of the new cards does not mean that the previously issued ones are invalid.
Due to delays in processing due to the pandemic, USCIS has extended the validity of permanent resident cards by two years.
The agency also explained that some cards issued after today “may still show the existing design format” since USCIS will use all of its supplies until they run out.
The agency also called on holders of permanent residences without an expiration date to consider applying for a replacement card to prevent fraud or tampering if the card is lost or stolen.
The United States government issued green cards between 1979 and August 1989 without expiration. These cards are still valid.
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