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NEW GREEN CARD DESIGN 2017

19/12/2017

The design of the Green Card has changed many times since it was first introduced in the 1950’s. The new plastic card is far from the original identification document made from paper. The main reason behind the change is to protect against fake Green Cards. New standards are regularly specified to prevent the reproduction of Green Cards, just like for bank notes or other identification documents like passports.  

In 2017 it was time again time for the Green Card to get a new look! Fundamentally, the new Green Card design has the following distinctive features: 

  • Photo of the Green Card holder (both sides)
  • Predominantly green color (both sides)
  • a stylized image of the Statue of Liberty (both sides)
  • a stylized image of the American flag (both sides)
  • the Green Card holder’s signature is no longer on the back
  • the optical stripe is no longer on the back

An overview of the differences:

green card design difference

Source: USCIS

The front side:

  1. Surname
  2. Given Name
  3. USCIS #
  4. Category
  5. Country of Birth
  6. Date of Birth
  7. Sex
  8. Validity date
  9. Resident since date
  10. Fingerprint
  11. Photo of the Green Card holder

green card design front

The back side:

  1. Bar code
  2. Three lines of category codes
  3. Photo of the Green Card holder

green card design back

Furthermore, a hologram has been added to the card to improve security standards. The Green Card holders signature is no longer on the card.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE OLD GREEN CARDS?

The new Green Card has been in circulation since May 1, 2017, but it is still possible for new applicants to receive a Green Card with the “old” design. Older Green Cards though are still valid. These will be issued by USCIS until they are no longer in stock.

We have no influence over which Green Card our customers will receive, but at the end of the day, a Green Card is still a Green Card. Have you already applied for the current Green Card Lottery? Your chances to win a new Green Card are high, so don’t miss out and apply before the next winners are announced.   

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