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Green cards and other documents to undergo a change in design

People in Riverside County who are permanent residents of the United States or who have authorization to work here are issued identification cards that verify their status. However, sometimes those cards are lost or stolen. When that happens, people may try to alter them and use them fraudulently, a practice which the federal government is working to cut down on. At US Law Center, we know that your ability to live and work in the country is vitally important to you and that carrying the proper identification is paramount.

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, beginning on May 1, 2017, new versions of employment authorizations and green cards will be issued. However, some new documents issued after that date may still have the old format, as the agency intends to use up the remainder of supplies it has before switching everyone over. Both the new and old versions will still be acceptable for showing proof that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

The new forms of ID are intended to be more secure against fraud and tampering. Some of the new features include embedded holograms, new color motifs and graphic images, and photos of the card holder on both the front and back.

If you already have a green card or employment authorization document, it will remain valid until the expiration date shown on it. However, if your card does not have an expiration date, you may wish to apply for one of the newer versions that do expire. For more information on attaining permanent resident status, please visit our web page.

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