(PartiallyPolitics.com) The Biden administration has released the new design of Permanent Resident Cards, also known as green cards, and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), that will be issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as of Monday.

Those who still have the old versions of the cards will be allowed to use their existing documents until they are expired. The new design will allow for added security measures to be included in the migration documents.

USCIS Director Ur Jaddou in a recently released statement noted that the redesign was proof of USCIS’ commitment to ensuring that all documents were valid and to reducing the chances of counterfeit or fraudulent documentation. The new updates will help further secure the documents that the agency issues.

Permanent Resident Cards and EADs are used as proof of the right to work in the United States for immigrants. Green cards on the other hand are given to legal permanent residents who are allowed to continue living in the United States and follow the pathway to citizenship. EADs can be given to immigrants who can work within the country, like higher education students, green card applicants, and asylum-seekers.

The Department of Homeland Security has said that there are 13 million legal permanent citizens in the United States currently. This marks a 1.7 percentage point decline between 2022 and 2021. The reason for the decline though has not been a decline in migration trends, but rather the fact that many permanent residents have opted to choose naturalization.

According to the released design the new cards will include holographic images and optically variable ink. Data fields will also be placed in a new and different order.

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