Government to issue new Green Cards next month

New Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents.
New Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — In an effort to cut down on fake Green Cards, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced they will start issuing new cards next month.

The agency says the Permanent Resident Card (aka Green Card) and the Employment Authoritization Document (EAD) have both been redesigned. The new cards will have enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features including the person’s photo on both sides.

The government agency says the new card designs will help deter against document tampering and fraud.

The new Green Cards and EADs 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
  • No longer display the individual’s signature

The new cards will be issued starting May 1, 2017.

Current Green Cards and EADS will remain valid until the expiration date shown on the card. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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