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Green Card Re-designed to Combat and Deter Immigration Fraud

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has redesigned the Permanent Resident card – commonly known as the “Green Card” – to combat and deter immigration fraud.
The re-designed Green Card, which has begun to be issued since May 2010, is now colored green has begun to be issued and incorporates the latest security features and state of the art technology.  The Green Card has been redesigned to prevent counterfeiting, obstruct tampering, and facilitate accurate authentication.
The main features of the redesigned Green Card are secure optical media, holographic images, laser engraved fingerprints and high resolution micro-images, all of which make it nearly impossible to reproduce.  The redesigned card also incorporates tighter integration of the card design with personalized elements which make it difficult to alter the card if stolen.  For instance, the card has special ink which creates color shifts in visual designs and fine-lined artwork and complex architecture which incorporate patterns that make it nearly impossible to reproduce, according to the USCIS. In addition, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) capability will enable Customs and Border protection officer at ports of entry to read unique serial numbers from a distance and compare the information to the personal data on file. The card’s ultra-violet technology and tactile clues allow for accurate authentication at border crossings.
If you apply for renewal or replacement of your present Green Card, USCIS will issue the redesigned card.  If you have an existing Green Card with an expiration date, they will remain valid until they expire.  USCIS has recommended that holders of card without an expiration date apply to replace their cards with the redesigned version.  The current cost of renewing or replacing the Green card is $370.


Written by MithrasLaw

June 14, 2010 at 11:00 am

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