WASHINGTON - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director
Alejandro Mayorkas today announced the launch of an enhanced Employment
Authorization Document (EAD) and a redesigned Certificate of
Citizenship (Form N-560) with new features to strengthen security and
As part of USCIS’s ongoing efforts to enhance the integrity of the
immigration system, the state-of-the-art technology incorporated into
the new documents will deter counterfeiting, obstruct tampering, and
facilitate quick and accurate authentication. USCIS began issuing the
new EADs today and will begin using the redesigned certificates on Oct.
30. The agency anticipates that more than 1 million people will receive
the new documents over the next year.
"These enhanced documents are more secure than ever," said Director
Mayorkas. "They advance our efforts to safeguard against fraud and
protect the integrity of the immigration system."
The new features of the EAD will better equip workers, employers and
law enforcement officials to recognize the card as definitive proof of
authorization to work in the United States.
USCIS worked closely with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Forensic Document Laboratory to incorporate technology and tactile
features in order to deter fraud and facilitatecard
Additionally, USCIS employs a new and more secure printing process for
its redesigned Certificate of Citizenship that renders the certificate
Although the look and feel of the documents is new, the manner in which
an applicant applies for and receives them will not change. USCIS will
replace EADs already in circulation as individuals apply for their
renewal or replacement. All previously issued EADs remain valid until
the expiration date printed on the card. Previously issued Certificates
of Citizenship remain valid indefinitely.
These improvements demonstrate USCIS’s ongoing efforts to produce more
secure documentation. In 2010, USCIS issued the new Permanent Resident
Card, which added security features to the physical card and integrated
technology improvements in the card production process. Additionally,
USCIS launched the redesigned Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550)
featuring the naturalization candidate’s digitized photo and signature
embedded into the document. USCIS will continue to enhance document
security features as technology improves.
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