Immigration officials unveil redesigned green card

Redesigned green card has new security features.
Redesigned green card has new security features.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that it’s made major changes to the green card — starting with its color.

It’s back to the future for the green card. "When I came to work in ’96, the green card was pink. Later on it turned into a creamy, white color and that’s the green card people are carrying today. Now it’s going to go back to being green," said Immigration Services Spokeswoman Sharon Rummery.

The most important changes, she said, are the ones the agency imposed to thwart counterfeiters. Holograms, laser-engraved fingerprints, and high-resolution micro images make the card nearly impossible to copy or alter, Rummery said.

The new card will make officers’ jobs easier at U.S. ports of entry. A chip embedded in the new card will allow machines to read the card’s information from a distance.

Current green card holders don’t have to do a thing. The immigration agency will issue new cards when holders renew their expired ones.