Try it, if you are not worried about the risks.
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I agree. If you are worried, do that.
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I see you are asking this a few times. My work is primarily with refugees providing free services, such as assisting with applying for residency) to folks just like you and here's what I think:
If your case was already approved and you have the incorrect date on your green card, you can still attempt to get it corrected and it is unlikely you will run into any problems. If you have not yet been approved, then it is highly likely that Immigration will send you a request for evidence about the incorrect date of birth. You could try calling customer service to ask them to correct it, but this may or may not work. What would actually be best is for you to get a little help from someone who assists refugees in a similar manner as myself. If you were initially resettled in Madison, contact the agency that resettled you to see if they know of service providers. Otherwise, try contacting the agencies listed here to see if they can help you: http://www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/legaldirectory/search?state=WI
What you are dealing with is quite common and you have a perfectly reasonable explanation. It is very unlikely that any kind of fraud will be attributed to you, but you need an attorney's or BIA accredited rep's help with "fixing" this. Contact some agencies and get the help you need or, if you do not qualify for any free services, consult with and retain an immigration attorney with past experience assisting refugees. The other reason you want to get some assistance is because what if you have other issues that need to be addressed that you do not know about? You can get legal information on sites like this, but this is not legal advice and the only advice you can actually rely on is legal advice (advice that can result in an attorney losing his/her license if it is wrong advice) and the only way to get that is to retain an attorney, a free one or one you pay. Good luck!
This may not be the type of thing you want to do on your own, because the number of places where the error has probably been repeated over the course of the 10 years since you arrived could make USCIS suspicious that it was fraud instead of an error. Each time that the error was repeated (form I-485, adjustment of status interview, etc.) without anybody saying anything about it, could make it look more like dishonesty than error. You are talking about going (on paper) from being 15 years old to nearly 18 - so they would want to know how you enrolled in school, for example.
This sort of thing can be corrected, mistakes do happen, and USCIS knows that, but so does fraud - and USCIS knows that too. I suggest you contact an attorney directly before submitting anything to USCIS. Good luck!
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