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USCIS Begins to Issue New “Green Cards” Embedded with High Tech
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced May
12, 2010 that Permanent Resident Cards (“green cards”) will be issued in a new
and more biometrically secure form. USCIS says the enhanced biometric features
better serve law enforcement, employers, and immigrants.
The redesign involved extensive collaboration with the Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) Screening Coordination Office, the Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) Forensic Document Laboratory, and U.S. Customs and Border
The Permanent Resident Card, or “Green Card”, is proof of authorization to live
and work in the United States on a permanent basis. It also is evidence of
registration in accordance with U.S. immigration laws. Newly issued Green Cards
are valid for ten years for lawful permanent residents and two years for
conditional residents. The permanent resident must renew his or her card each
time it expires.
Among the benefits of the redesign:
• Secure optical media will store biometrics for rapid and reliable
identification of the cardholder;
• 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; and,
• A preprinted return address will enable the easy return of a lost card to
Additionally the Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551), in keeping with its
nickname, it will now be colored green for easy recognition.
Several new features embedded in the Permanent Resident Card or “green card”
• Micro-image pictures of state flags and U.S. Presidents;
• Special ink that creates color shifts in visual designs;
• Fine-lined artwork and complex architecture incorporate patterns that are
nearly impossible to reproduce;
• Card materials that resist tampering and make attempted tampering
immediately visible to the naked eye;
• Ultra-violet technology and tactile clues allow accurate card authentication
at border crossings; and,
• The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) involves unique allows inspectors
to read unique, 192-bit serial number (192-bits) from a distance and link
the information to the personal data on file.
Beginning May 11, 2010, USCIS will issue all Green Cards in the new, more
secure format. Recipients of the redesigned card will include those newly
approved for lawful permanent residency, as well as those who have sought a
renewal or replacement card.
Some existing Green Cards bear an expiration date, and those cards will remain
valid until they expire. Holders of those cards will receive the redesigned version
when seeking a renewal or replacement.
Other existing Green Cards have no expiration date, and those cards remain
valid. USCIS recommends that holders of cards without an expiration date apply
to replace their cards with the redesigned version.
Gerald Goulder is a North Carolina immigration lawyer and has been a licensed attorney for 30 years. Now practicing
exclusively immigration law for clients throughout North Carolina , the United States and the world.
Gerald Goulder has broad experience with family sponsored green cards, naturalization and citizenship, employer
sponsored green cards, employment and work visas like H-1B visas and other nonimmigrant visas, and I-9 employment
eligibility and employer sanctions laws. His I-9 and worksite enforcement blog and I-9 employment eligibility verification
website provide the most authoritative and extensive information on the Internet concerning Form I-9 compliance and
employer sanctions laws.
Contact Gerald Goulder through his websites (www.gouldervisa.com or www.I-9employmenteligibility.com) or by phone
at 1-866-US VISAS.