United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently alerted the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that approximately 2,300 Conditional Permanent Resident Cards were issued with incorrect expiration dates. USCIS is attempting to rectify this by contacting affected individuals via email to provide them with further instructions on obtaining a replacement card. USCIS provided the following details regarding the situation:
– Between July 22 and August 8, 2013, USCIS issued approximately 2,300 new Conditional Permanent Resident cards with an incorrect expiration date. Instead of a two year validity period, those cards were issued with a ten year validity period.
– All recipients of these cards are legitimately approved Conditional Permanent Residents; no individual received a green card in error.
– USCIS has identified each and every Conditional Permanent Resident who received a green card with an incorrect expiration date and has informed those individuals that they must exchange their current card for one with the correct expiration date.
– Individuals who will need to exchange their green card do not need to file any form or pay any fee.
USCIS has contacted all affected individuals and provided them with options to exchange their green cards, either by mail, which is the fastest option, or in person at a local USCIS office.
If you believe that you received a Conditional Permanent Resident card with a 10-year expiration date and also received an email from USCIS (from firstname.lastname@example.org) with details on exchanging their green card, this email is not a scam.