USCIS Previews Redesigned Green Cards and EADs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will begin issuing redesigned permanent resident cards, more commonly referred to as green cards, and employment authorization documents (EADs) beginning May 1, 2017.

The changes to green cards and EADs are more than superficial. According to USCIS, the new designs employ “enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features.” New green cards and EADs will feature the owner’s photograph on both sides, have holographic images and unique color palettes, and dispense with displaying an individual’s signature.

Check out the redesigned looks, courtesy of USCIS, below.

Permanent Resident Card






Employment Authorization Document






Giving the identification documents an updated look is part of the agency’s Next Generation Secure Identification Documentation Project, which has the purpose of mitigating the threats of counterfeiting, document tampering, and fraud. The new designs also spring from a joint USCIS and U.S. Customs and Border Protection initiative seeking to bolster immigration-related document security.

Our Thoughts

Some older green cards with the existing design do not expire, and USCIS stated that while these cards will remain valid, individuals with them should consider applying for new replacement cards for their own security. Our firm likewise encourages permanent residents to obtain replacement cards with the new design.

If you’re looking to apply for an adjustment of status or obtain authorization to work under your current status, our firm is here to help. Our experienced immigration attorneys are available to evaluate your potential case at no charge. We invite you to send us your information by e-mail to, or by fax to (713) 771-8368. After reviewing your materials, we’ll advise you on the course of action we believe to be best for you.

Former U.S. Consular officer, Attorney Sechyi Laiu joined Zhang & Associates, P.C. on June 26, 2017

At Zhang & Associates, P.C., Attorney Laiu specializes on Consular Processing cases and business development. Attorney Laiu also focuses on TN visas, E visas, CBP administrative proceedings (monetary confiscation, deferred inspection), and overseas financial compliance.

Prior to joining Zhang & Associates, P.C., Attorney Laiu worked for the U.S. Department of State as a Chinese and Portuguese speaking diplomat. As a consular-coned officer who served in Vancouver (Canada), Shenyang (P.R. China), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Attorney Laiu processed over 30,000 visa cases and worked in every section of Consular Affairs overseas (Fraud Prevention Unit, Immigrant Visas, Non-Immigrant Visas, and American Citizen Services).

He will use his experience and expertise to deliver the highest quality of service to our clients.

Founded in 1996, Zhang & Associates, P.C. offers legal services to clients nationwide in all aspects of U.S immigration law. We have successfully handled thousands of immigration cases.

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