Sample Resident Alien Card
This is an obsolete version of a legal resident alien identification card
that was first introduced in 1977.
View the current version of the green card.
Learn about how to get a green card from inside the United States.
Learn about how to get a green card from abroad.
Unlike the current version, the
Resident Alien card does not bear an expiration date and so consequently
some cards of this vintage may still be valid, including for employment
authorization purposes. Later versions began to show an expiration date
and were only valid for ten years from the date of issuance. Over the
passage of time, many such later-issued cards may have simply expired
by their terms, in which case they are of no further validity for any
If you are a holder of a resident alien card and are unsure of whether
you are required to apply for a more current one or of your right to use
it, or are an employer who is unsure whether to hire someone who presents
such a card, please contact Messing Law Offices
for a free seven minute telephonic consultation or to schedule an initial
Samples of later such resident alien cards are shown below the initial,
The alien resident card was modified in 1989 to show an expiration date
of ten years from the date of issue but did not enable automated means
to determine if the card had been revoked earlier. Beginning in 1992 a
newer version placed a white background behind the holder's fingerprint.
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