On May 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began issuing the redesigned Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and Employment Authorization Document (EAD). This redesign is part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project.

The new Green Card and EADs will:

  1. Display the individual’s photos on both sides;
  2. Show a unique graphic image and color palette:
    • Green Cards will have an image of the Statue of Liberty and a predominately green palette;
    • EAD cards will have an image of a bald eagle and a predominately red palette;
  3. Have embedded holographic images; and
  4. No longer display the individual’s signature.

Some Green Cards and EADs issued after May 1, 2017, may still display the existing design format as USCIS will continue using existing card stock until current supplies are depleted. The existing Green Cards and EADs will remain valid until the expiration date shown on the card.

Both the existing and new versions are acceptable for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, E-Verify, and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE).

Some older Green Cards do not have an expiration date. These older Green Cards without an expiration date remain valid. Individuals who have Green Cards without an expiration date may want to consider applying for a replacement card bearing an expiration date. Obtaining the replacement card will reduce the likelihood of fraud or tampering if the card is ever lost or stolen.