On October 25, 2011, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas published that the USCIS will begin an enhanced Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and a redesigned Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560) as part of its continued effort to improve security and prevent fraud.
The USCIS began issuing the new EADs today, October 25, 2011, and plan to begin the issuance of the redesigned Certificate of Citizenship on Oct 30, 2011. The new designs incorporate state-of-art-technology which will prevent counterfeiting, tampering and enable quick and accurate authentication. Over a 1 million people are expected to receive the new documents in the next year.
The new EAD design feature will provide workers, employers and law enforcement a better way to identify the EAD card as well as providing proof of authorization to work in the U.S. The new Certificate of Citizenship will be designed using a more secure printing process which will make it impossible to alter the information on the certificate.
While the EAD and redesign are new, the USCIS will not change the immigration application process for either document.
If you currently hold an EAD it will remain valid until the expiration date on the card. The new redesign will be for those who apply for a renewal or replacement, or are new applicants. If you currently hold a previously issued Certificate of Citizenship this will remain valid indefinitely.
As part of an ongoing effort at USCIS, documentation will continue to be redesigned for security reasons. For example, the new Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) was redesigned in 2010 and the redesigned Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550) was launched in Oct of 2010.