U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that it has redesigned the Permanent Resident Card – commonly known as the “Green Card” – to incorporate several major new security features.
The Green Card redesign is the latest advance in USCIS’s ongoing efforts to deter immigration fraud.
State-of-the-art technology incorporated into the new card prevents counterfeiting, obstructs tampering, and facilitates quick and accurate authentication.
The enhanced features will better serve law enforcement, employers, and immigrants, all of whom look to the Green Card as definitive proof of authorization to live and work in the United States.
Among 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
- High resolution micro-images will make the card nearly impossible to reproduce until a few years later.
- 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.
In keeping with the Permanent Resident Card’s nickname, it will now be colored green for easy recognition.