Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 03112442 (posted Nov. 24, 2003)"
November 24, 2003
USCIS TO MAKE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS MORE SECURE
Washington D.C. – Eduardo Aguirre, Director of U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS), today announced the production of a new,
re-designed travel document. Those documents, which allow permanent
residents, refugees and asylees to re-enter the United States following travel
abroad, incorporate increased security features aimed at eliminating a
counterfeiter’s ability to duplicate them.
“We’re taking advantage of the latest state-of-the-art technology to produce
new travel documents, ” said Director Aguirre. “In the process, USCIS is
addressing two major priorities. First, we’re making America safer by
adding security features that frustrate the illegal production of these
documents. Second, we’re improving production techniques and processes
allowing us to get these documents into the hands of our customers more
Produced at the USCIS Nebraska Service Center, the new travel documents
utilize the same patented personalization process as the current U.S.
passport. This includes a digitized integrated photo, which has proven
difficult for counterfeiters to duplicate. The redesigned document also
features a number of covert or hidden features that require sophisticated
forensic equipment to view.
The new travel document is light green in color and resembles the size and
shape of the U.S. passport. It replaces the existing refugee travel
document and the re-entry permit for permanent residents. Refugee travel
documents and re-entry permits currently in circulation will remain valid until
the expiration dates printed on those documents.
Annually more than 200,000 people apply for travel documents. The use
of new production equipment and techniques allows USCIS to increase by ten fold
the daily production rate for these documents.
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On March 1, 2003, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services became one
of three legacy INS components to join the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security. USCIS is charged with fundamentally transforming and improving
the delivery of immigration and citizenship services, while enhancing the
integrity of our nation's security.