A recent announcement from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office shows just how much power the government has in revoking green cards. The office announced that 8,543 people will have to return their Permanent Resident Cards, also known as “green cards,” because of a production error. According to the statement, nearly 8,543 cards contain a production error that resulted in incorrectly printed “resident since” dates.
• Green card holders contacted by the USCIS must immediately relinquish their cards. Most of the affected individuals applied using form I-751 as spouses of U.S. citizens; few single card holders were impacted.
• The USCIS also clarified that nearly all of the cards with the printing error had been recently printed in the same run, in February and March of 2018.
• Recalls do not appear to impact immigration status at this time, but this could change in the coming days. For now, affected individuals will have their cards replaced and will remain Permanent Residents.
• The office also warned Green Card holders that the recall could impact their ability to travel or prove their residency. It indicated that Permanent Residents should call 800-375-5283 if they need assistance.