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<!–:en–>U.S. IMMIGRATION SERVICES REDESIGNS EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION DOCUMENTS<!–:–>

October 27, 2011

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on October 25 that it has redesigned employment authorization documents (EADs) and Form N-560 certificates of citizenship with new features to strengthen security and deter fraud.

The redesign is part of USCIS’s ongoing efforts to enhance the integrity of the immigration system, the agency said. The new documents will feature state of the art technology to “deter counterfeiting, obstruct tampering, and facilitate quick and accurate authentication,” USCIS said.

The agency said it began issuing the new EADs Oct. 25 and will begin issuing redesigned certificates of citizenship Oct. 30. USCIS said more than 1 million people will receive the new documents over the next year.

According to USCIS, the new EADs will “better equip workers, employers and law enforcement officials to recognize the card as definitive proof of authorization to work in the United States.”

The agency said it worked closely with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s forensic document laboratory to incorporate features in the new documents that deter fraud.

The new EAD features optically variable ink, a holographic image, a laser-engraved tamper-resistant photograph and fingerprint, and a unique background design.

According to USCIS, fine-line artwork and complex, multilayered card components are difficult to fraudulently reproduce.

In addition, the card number and case number now are listed on the front of the card.

USCIS said it will replace EADs already in circulation as individuals apply for their renewal or replacement. All previously issued EADs remain valid until their expiration date. Previously issued certificates of citizenship remain valid indefinitely, the agency said. 10-27-2011.