USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Employment Authorization Documents

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a redesign to the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a redesign to the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the new cards on May 1, 2017.

These redesigns use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features to create cards that are highly secure and more tamper-resistant than the ones currently in use.

The new card designs demonstrate USCIS’ commitment to continue taking a proactive approach against the threat of document tampering and fraud. They are also part of an ongoing effort between USCIS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to enhance document security and deter counterfeiting and fraud.

The Redesigned  EAD Cards will:

  • Display the individual’s photos on both sides;
  • 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;
  • Have embedded holographic images; and

No longer display the individual’s signature


How To Tell If Your Card Is Valid

Some 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. Both the existing and the new EADs will remain valid until the expiration date shown on the card.


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  • Created On: Apr 20, 2017 - 4:09pm
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