U.S. Immigration Update
Newly Redesigned Green cards and Employment Authorization Documents
On January 30, 2023, USCIS announced the new and improved design of the Permanent Resident Card, also called the "Green Card," along with Employment Authorization Documents "EAD's". The goal of these changes is to limit the threat of document tampering, counterfeiting and fraud.
Physical changes include improved detailed artwork, tactile printing, enhanced optically variable ink, secured holographic images on the front and back of the cards, a layer-reveal feature with a partial window on the back photo box and data fields displayed in different places than on previous versions.
USCIS emphasized that individuals still currently holding the previous model of the cards can still use them until their validity period
To read more: https://www.uscis.gov/newsroom/news-releases/uscis-redesigns-green-card-and-employment-authorization-document
USCIS Updates Child Status Protection Act Age Calculation for Adjustment of Status Applicants.
On February 14, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services made policy changes to when an immigrant visa number is available to calculate a noncitizen's age under the Child Status Protection Act.
In order to gain lawful permanent resident status, based on their parent's approved petition, the child must be under 21. If a child turns 22 during the processing, they may not be eligible to accompany their parents based on the petition.
Under the new policy USICS will now accept the Dates for Filing Chart to instead calculate the age of noncitizens, providing them with more transparency surrounding their eligibility to adjust their status, thus keeping them in good standing and eligible to apply for employment and travel authorization based on their pending application.
Applicants with previously denied applications may want to considering action to re-open a previously denied adjustment of status.
To read more: https://www.uscis.gov/newsroom/alerts/uscis-updates-child-status-protection-act-cspa-age-calculation-for-certain-adjustment-of-status