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Permanent resident cards sent out in error

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent out notice recently of a problem with several thousand green cards. Over eight thousand green cards were recalled because of a problem with the "resident since" date. Any permanent resident green card holders in New York will be notified via mail or through their attorneys about the issue and what they need to do.

Any green cards mailed from February to April 2018 are affected. The cards in question belong to spouses of U.S. citizens who applied for residency under a particular form that removed conditions of residence. The error does not change the individual's status as permanent resident, although it may cause confusion for those who intend to travel or who otherwise may need to prove their residency.

If the incorrect dates on the cards are not addressed, permanent residents may have to wait longer before applying for citizenship. Typically, a green card holder can apply for citizenship after three years. The individuals affected can expect to receive a notice with instructions for replacing the card. 

Individuals in New York who may be affected by the error will have 20 days from receiving the notice to return the incorrect card. A permanent resident may also wish to retain the letter he or she receives for proof of residency or contact the USCIS. Any person who needs to travel may also visit a USCIS office to get a special passport stamp. Affected individuals can also choose to consult with an immigration attorney for more advice on the issue and help with receiving the corrected card. 

Source: Newsweek, "Immigration Recalls 8,543 Green Cards: Everything You Need to Know", Nicole Rojas, May 15, 2018

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