State-of-the-art technology on new 'green cards'

The federal government has started issuing new, more secure "green cards" for permanent U.S. residents. The Permanent Resident Cards, redesigned by the U.S.. Citizenship and Immigration Services, are intended to deter immigration fraud. State-of-the-art technology incorporated into the new card prevents counterfeiting, obstructs tampering, and facilitates quick and accurate authentication.

The new features will better serve law enforcement, employers, and immigrants, all of whom look to the green card as definitive proof of authorization to live and work in the United States. Among the benefits of the redesign: Secure optical media will store biometrics for rapid and reliable identification of the card holder. Holographic images, laser engraved fingerprints, and high resolution micro-images will make the card nearly impossible to reproduce.

Tighter integration of the card design with personalized elements will make it difficult to alter the card if stolen, according to details released this week by the U.S.. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Radio Frequency Identification capability will allow Customs and Border Protection officers at ports of entry to read the card from a distance and compare it immediately to file data. A pre-printed return address will enable the easy return of a lost card to USCIS.

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