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Permanent Resident Card Redesigned

By Catherine Gordon, JD | June 29, 2012

As an employer, you are required to check prospective employees' employment eligibility before hiring them. Various documents are used to prove an employee's identity as well as his or her eligibility to work in the United States, including the Permanent Resident Card. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has redesigned the Permanent Resident Card as part of its efforts to deter immigration fraud and assist employers and others in their compliance efforts.

Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, using Form I-9, all employers are required to verify, and in some cases, reverify for continued employment, the identity and the eligibility to work in the United States of all employees hired after November 6, 1986. The Permanent Resident Card is one of the most commonly used documents that is sufficient to establish both identity and eligibility to work.

The card's redesign uses state-of-the-art technology to incorporate several new security features to prevent counterfeiting, obstruct tampering, and facilitate quick and accurate authentication. Holographic images, laser engraved fingerprints, high resolution micro-images, and personalized elements tightly integrated with the card design make the card extremely difficult to reproduce or alter. In addition, the Permanent Resident Card, known by the nickname the "Green Card," is now colored green for ease of recognition.

For frequently asked questions regarding the new Permanent Resident Card, as well as a detailed example of the newly redesigned card, including graphics, employers can visit the USCIS website.

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