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