On May 14, 2018, USCIS began recalling approximately 8,500
permanent resident cards (“green cards”) due to a
production error. The green cards were for approved Forms I-751,
Petition to Remove Conditions of Residence, for spouses of U.S.
citizens. The cards were printed with an incorrect “Resident
Since” date and were mailed between February and April
USCIS said it was sending notices to individuals who received
the incorrect green cards and to their attorneys of record, if any.
The affected individuals should return their incorrect green cards
to USCIS in the provided pre-paid envelope within 20 days of
receiving the notice, or return their cards to USCIS field offices,
USCIS said. USCIS will send replacement green cards within 15 days
of receiving the incorrect card.
The recall does not affect these green card holders' status
as lawful permanent residents. If affected individuals need to
travel internationally or prove their lawful permanent residence
while they wait for a replacement card, they may call the USCIS
Contact Center at 800-375-5283 to determine if they need additional
proof, the agency said.
Spouses of U.S. citizens may apply for naturalization after
three years of permanent residence and must meet other
requirements. The incorrect date on these cards could lead
applicants to wait longer than necessary to apply to become U.S.
citizens, USCIS said.
The USCIS announcement is at
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