What is a Green Card?

The term “Green Card” refers to the U.S “Permanent Resident Card”. A Green Card generally permits the holder to live and work in the U.S on a permanent basis. However some Green Cards, known as “Conditional Resident Visas” are subject to restrictions.

What Does a Green Card Look Like?

A Green Card is a plastic, credit-card sized card. The name derives from a time when Green Cards were printed on green paper. Although the card is currently green in color, the color of the cards has changed numerous times over the years.

On April 19, 2017 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that they will commence issuance of a new design of Green Card on May 1, 2017, as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project.

The New Style Green Card

The new-style Green Cards will have the following features:

  • The individual’s photo will be displayed on both sides of the card.
  • They will contain an image of the Statue of Liberty and a predominately green palette;
  • The Green Card will contain embedded holographic images
  • The new style Green Card will no longer display the individual’s signature.

Important Note

The USCIS will continue to issue “old style” Green Cards after May 1, 2017, until supplies of the existing card style are depleted. “Old style” Green Cards will remain valid until the expiration date shown on the card.

At Davies Legal, we provide advice and representation in relation to all types of Green Card applications. We provide a friendly, approachable, efficient service at a fixed fee and provide timely updates regarding the progress of your case. Call now for advice on how we can facilitate your quest for a new life in the U.S.


Published: 27th April 2017