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The New USCIS Redesigned Green Card

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began issuing it’s redesigned Permanent Resident Card - commonly known as the "Green Card" on May 11, 2010.  The intent for the redesign was to incorporate several key new security features.  The Green Card redesign is the latest evolution in USCIS's ongoing efforts to dissuade immigration fraud.  State-of-the-art expertise incorporated into the new card thwarts counterfeiting, obstructs corrupting the card, and facilitates quick and accurate verification.   "Redesigning 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."The improved features will better serve law enforcement, employers, and immigrants, all of whom look to the Green Card as the authoritative proof of legalization to live and work in the United States.  Some of 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 pet name, the card is now 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.

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New Card Features

Front of Card

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Optical Variable Ink

 

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Holographic Image

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Embedded Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFD)

 

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Laser Engraved Fingerprint

 

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Unique Background Design

 

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Back of Card

 

 

Optical Media Stores All Digital Files, Including Biometrics

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Micro-image, High Resolution Pictures of State Flags and Presidents

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Features of note:

  • USCIS number is now listed on the front of the card. The alien registration number is listed on the back of the redesigned Green Card (i.e., A# 000-000-000).
  • Redesign results from 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 Protection (CBP). 
  • Special ink creates color shifts in visual designs (e.g., eagle's head).
  • Fine-lined artwork and complex architecture incorporate patterns that are nearly impossible to reproduce.
  • Standard card design and personalized features are integrated to deter fraud attempts, e.g., alteration of the photograph.
  • Greater detail in photograph makes for easier identification of the bearer.
  • Ultra-violet technology and tactile clues allow accurate card authentication at border crossings.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) allows inspectors to read unique, 192-bit serial number (192-bits) from a distance and link the information to the personal data on file.
  • Personalized return address on back of card doubles as security feature and as customer-service enhancement to facilitate easy return of lost cards to USCIS.• In keeping with its nickname, redesigned Permanent Resident Card is now green.


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