The U.S. has begun issuing a new “Bridge” visa foil for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. It depicts the Golden Gate Bridge, which links San Francisco’s Presidio to the Marin headlands and is easily identified by its orange color.
The “Bridge” visa foil replaces the “Lincoln” visa foil currently in use by consular posts worldwide. It will be rolled out gradually as posts exhaust their existing stocks of “Lincoln” visa foils, which were first issued in 2002.
Under the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002, the U.S. Congress mandated the use of machine-readable visas that are tamper resistant and include biometric identifiers (that is, a digital photograph and fingerprints).