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U.S. immigration to issue redesigned green cards starting May 1

What the newly designed Green Card will look like after it comes into circulation May 1, 2017 Photo: Courtesy USCIS

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this week that it will begin issuing redesigned Permanent Resident Cards (Green cards) starting May 1, 2017.

The move is part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project [1] that seeks to create cards that are highly secure and more tamper-resistant than the ones currently in use. It is a multi-agency effort that involves USCIS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement “to enhance document security and deter counterfeiting and fraud,” USCIS said in statement.

Temporary Protected Status

USCIS however stated that some green cards will continue to be issued in their current format after May 1  so as to deplete current supplies before transitioning to the new versions. Existing green cards will stay valid until the expiration date listed on the card.

People on a Temporary Protected Status may have an expired date on their documents but might have had their validity extended beyond the date on the card. Mshale encourages you to consult with an immigration lawyer if unsure.

If you have a green card that does not bear an expiration date but is still valid, you should consider applying for the updated card to take advantage of the new security features.

According to USCIS, the new green Cards will:

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About Tom Gitaa [2]

Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale and chair of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). As Mshale founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the DishNetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of Global Minnesota, the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa and. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.