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U.S. green card design about to see substantial changes

Among the major immigration-related documents here in the U.S. are green cards. A green card and its corresponding immigration status allow an individual to be a permanent resident of the United States. There are various special rights that go along with being a legal permanent resident.

Some big changes will soon be occurring in the actual green card that foreign nationals who are granted permanent resident status in the U.S. receive. Specifically, the U.S. is switching to a new design in its green cards. Cards using the new design will start coming out at the start of May.

The new cards will differ from the previous design in a variety of ways, including the addition of some new fraud-resistant features and enhanced graphics. Among the aims of the new design is to make fraud/tampering related to green cards more difficult.

As a note, cards of the old design will stay valid until their expiration date.

Now, design changes are far from the only changes that can occur when it comes to U.S. green cards. So too can changes in the rules and requirements in the various programs that a person can qualify for a green card under, such as the family-based and employment- based green card programs.

Concerns regarding the possibility of changes happening regarding green card law are among the many green-card-related concerns foreign nationals who desire to become a U.S. permanent resident may have. Such individuals can discuss their concerns with an experienced immigration lawyer. Such attorneys can provide green-card seekers with explanations of what their circumstances, current green card laws and proposed future developments in such laws mean when it comes to their options related to pursuing a U.S. green card.

Source: KXAN, “Government to issue new Green Cards next month,” Calily Bien, April 19, 2017

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