• USCIS Unveils Redesigned EAD and Certificate of Citizenship
  • November 2, 2011
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • USCIS has unveiled a redesigned Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and Certificate of Citizenship, containing enhanced security features. Foreign nationals who are issued a new EAD on or after October 25 will receive the redesigned card. Previously issued EADs will remain valid until the expiration date printed on the card. Previously issued Certificates of Citizenship remain valid indefinitely.

    The following are FAQs on the new EAD and Certificate of Citizenship for individuals and employers.

    I am a foreign national with an EAD that was issued before October 25, 2011. Is my EAD still valid? Must I reapply for the redesigned EAD?

    If you were issued the previous version of the EAD, it will remain valid until the expiration date printed on the card. When you apply to renew your EAD, USCIS will issue you the redesigned card. Until that time, you should continue to use your existing EAD.

    When my organization completes the Form I-9 employment eligibility verification process, can we accept the previous version of the EAD, or is the new EAD the only acceptable form of the document?

    Your organization can accept either the new or the previous version of the EAD as a Form I-9 List A document, as long as the EAD that has not expired.

    I am a U.S. citizen who was issued the previous version of the Certificate of Citizenship. Is my certificate still valid?

    Yes. Certificates of Citizenship are valid indefinitely. You are not required to replace your current certificate with the redesigned version. But if you do not currently have a Certificate of Citizenship and apply for one, you will be issued the redesigned document.

    Can my organization accept a redesigned Certificate of Citizenship during the I-9 process?

    Neither the previous nor the new Certificate of Citizenship is currently an acceptable document for the I-9 process. The Certificate of Citizenship has not been an acceptable I-9 document since December 2007.

    U.S. citizen employees who presented a Certificate of Citizenship during the time it was an acceptable I-9 document should not be asked to reverify their identity and employment authorization.