Several of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) documents
and certificates have recently undergone design changes intended to help
prevent fraud and tampering. Although the look of these immigration documents
has changed, the application process and how applicants receive them has
The USCIS launched an enhanced Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
on October 25, 2011, and a redesigned Certificate of Citizenship (Form
N-560) on October 30, 2011. According to a USCIS press release, the changes
incorporate technological improvements designed to strengthen security
by reducing counterfeiting and tampering, and by facilitating fast and
accurate authentication of the documents.
If you are using either of these documents, an experienced
immigration attorney can answer your questions about the changes.