After changing the color of the US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Request for Evidence pages from blue to yellow, I-797 receipt notices from swirly paper (an industry term) to white, and redesigning the Green Card so that it is actually green, USCIS has announced another major design change: this time from red to blue. Effective July 1, 2014, USCIS is now reporting, the "older secure red ink was retired" and they began using a "new secure blue ink" for some immigration stamps, including:
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Parole Stamp;
- Temporary I-551 Alien Documentary Identification and Telecommunication (ADIT) Stamp;
- Refugee Stamp (Section 207);
- Asylum Stamp (Section 208); and
- Initial / Replacement Form I-94 Stamp.
USCIS advises that employers should be aware of this change when examining employee documents during the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification process. USCIS also notes that employers "must accept the documents presented by a worker when completing Form I-9 as long as those documents appear genuine on their face and relate to the person presenting them."
We will keep our readers updated on any future major design changes.