Audit: US Immigration Agency Lost Track Of Thousands Of Green Cards

November 22, 2016
(Photo via U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)

Federal investigators have found the country’s immigration agency sent out tens of thousands of green cards created with errors. Now it doesn’t have the resources to track them all down.


Auditors found that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services created 19,000 green cards with incorrect information. Another 2,400 recipients were supposed to receive green cards for two-year periods but instead received them with ten-year expiration dates.


"We know that CIS sends out notices to try and get the cards back, and sometimes they’re successful and a lot of times they are not," OIG inspector Sondra McCauley said.


Trying to recover those wrongly delivered green cards cost the agency $1.5 million last year alone.