U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Monday it will recall 8,543 permanent resident cards (green cards) because of a production error that led to the printing of cards with the wrong “Resident Since” date.

Key points:

  • The cards in question were mailed between February and April of this year for spouses of U.S. citizens who applied for lawful permanent resident status through Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions of Residence.
  • USCIS will notify affected green card holders and their attorneys of record about the recall. Affected individuals will be asked to return the incorrect green card in a prepaid envelope. They may also return cards to USCIS field offices.
  • USCIS will issue replacement cards within 15 days of receiving the incorrect card. The recall will not affect residency status, but those with immediate travel needs may wish to call the USCIS Contact Center at (800) 375-5283 to determine if they need additional proof.

BAL Analysis: BAL is able to assist green card holders affected by the recall. USCIS stressed the importance of completing the recall procedures, noting that having the wrong “Resident Since” date on the card can delay citizenship application eligibility.

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