Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Green Card is Green Again

USCIS announced yesterday that it has redesigned its green card (lawful permanent residence card). The new green cards will include a number of state-of-the art security features designed to deter immigration fraud. Holographic images, laser engraved fingerprints, and high resolution micro-images will make the card nearly impossible to reproduce, and tighter integration of the card design with personalized elements will make it difficult to alter the card if stolen. Additionally, for the first time in many years, the cards will be green, living up to it "green card" nickname. CIS will begin to issue the new cards today.

It's important to note that while green cards must be renewed before they "expire," a lawful permanent resident never loses that status (absent unusual circumstances, such as commiting a serious crime). But renewal is required because USCIS needs to make sure that all lawful permanent residents eventually have a card that's up-to-date with the current technology.

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