U.S. Immigration Officials Improve Security for Green Cards and Naturalization Certificates
American immigration officials announced this week that they will be implementing additional security measures for naturalization certificates as well as green cards (the identification card for immigrants who are classified as permanent residents).
The enhanced security measures for the green cards include laser-engraved fingerprints and individualized holographic photos. Simultaneously, the new computerized naturalization certificates will include ink patterns that are more difficult to forge or duplicate.
These new security features are intended to prevent fraudulent activity often associated with green cards and the naturalization process. According to the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Alejandro Mayorkas, the security changes will be “very significant.” He also pointed out that the templates for green cards have not been updated since 1998, and the 2003 naturalization certificate update did not include any security measures.