Dec 7 2005
USCIS to Replace 60,000 Green Cards Due to Computer Error
The U.S. government has recalled over 60,000 green cards due to a computer mistake that miscalculated the residency start dates of the card recipients. Last month, USCIS contacted these recipients of asylum to inform them of the problem with the cards and to guide them to mail the cards back to USCIS.
According to USCIS officials, a replacement card will arrive roughly three weeks after USCIS receives the original green card. This situation, however, will not affect any individual's change of status in any way.
According to a USCIS official, a software change caused the problem. Individuals who try to use these original cards may run into problems when they attempt to reenter the residency dates on the card will not match those in the government's electronic system. In addition, refugees may get confused about how long to wait to apply for citizenship, due to the incorrect dates on these green cards.