USCIS Redesigns Employment Authorization Document and Certificate of Citizenship


USCIS Redesigns Employment Authorization Document and Certificate of Citizenship

One of the most recent changes made to immigration and naturalization took place on October 25, 2011. In an effort to increase security and combat fraud, USCIS redesigned two official documents, making it harder for criminals to tamper or counterfeit the documents. Also, authenticating the documents is now easier and more accurate.

The two documents affected are the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and the Certificate of Citizenship (form N-560).

The EAD has been changed so that the card number is now located on the front of the card, as is the case number. The immigrant’s fingerprint and picture are laser engraved, making it harder to illegally reproduce the card. The unique background design and holographic imaging also makes the EAD difficult to tamper with.

The Certificate of Citizenship has been redesigned to include a digital approval signature and watermark that is engraved directly in the paper. The printing process has been changed to make the certificates more fraud resistant. And updated physical security features make it harder to tamper with the official documents.

USCIS anticipates that over 1 million people will receive the new documents in 2012.


At the Law Offices of Phillip Kim, Inc. we seek to keep you up to date on the latest changes in immigration and citizenship programs. For more information, contact Attorney Phillip Kim

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