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Be prepared for new design of employment ‘green cards’

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When completing I-9 Forms for new hires this year, expect some of them to hand you a different-looking "green card" to verify their work eligibility. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently altered the design of the Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551), commonly known as the "green card." The new card now features the Department of Home-land Security (DHS) seal on the front and prominently mentions DHS on the back. It also includes enhanced security features.

USCIS began mailing the new green cards in December to immigrants approved for either renewal of their card or for adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident. Green cards already in circulation remain valid until the expiration date listed on the card.

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