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USCIS Redesigns Employment Authorization Document and Certificate of Citizenship to Enhance Security and Combat Fraud
Fact Sheet

State-of-the-art technology will deter counterfeiting, obstruct tampering, and facilitate quick and accurate authentication


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas today announced the launch of an enhanced Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and a redesigned Form N-560, Certificate of Citizenship, with new features to enhance security and deter fraud. 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. The agency anticipates that more than 1 million people will receive the new documents over the next year. 

Redesigned EAD Features

Redesigned EAD Features - Oct. 2011

Redesigned EAD with features October 2011

Features of Note

  • The card number is now listed on the front of the card and depicts the alien registration number without the initial letter “A.”   In addition, the front of the card also includes the case number,  which reflects the case receipt number.
  • Redesign results from extensive collaboration with the Immigration  and Customs Enforcement Forensic Document Laboratory.
  • Fine-line artwork and complex multi-layered card components  that are difficult to reproduce.
  • Card design and personalized features are integrated to deter fraud. 

Redesigned Certificate of Citizenship Features  

Citizenship Certificate with Features Oct. 2011

Features of Note

  • The new method of producing certificates will rely on a printing process that is more tamper and fraud resistant than the previous printing methods.
  • The redesigned certificate will have the updated physical security features making it less susceptible to fraud. 
  • The new method of producing certificates is less labor intensive, less prone to human error and more secure.

Last updated:10/25/2011