green card

noun

Definition of green card

: an identity card attesting the permanent resident status of an alien in the U.S.

Other Words from green card

green-carder \ ˈgrēn-​ˈkär-​dər How to pronounce green card (audio) \ noun

Examples of green card in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Powell, 38, now has a green card and lives full time on Martha’s Vineyard with his wife and 4-year-old son. Katie Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Aug. 2022 Further complicating matters, workers with certain visas operate under deadlines that require them to switch to a different visa or a green card to remain in the U.S. Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 While Pérez has a green card, Carrillo-Carrillo does not. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2022 But the current low levels of immigration are unlikely to reverse quickly given the ongoing pandemic and backlogs in the U.S. immigration system that have millions waiting for a visa or green card. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 8 Apr. 2022 At the same time, my husband got his green card related to his work with the United States. Stella Kalinina, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2022 In 2015, the court ruled against a DACA-like program the Obama administration tried to set up for unauthorized immigrants whose children were U.S. citizens or green card holders. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 15 June 2022 By making a qualifying investment, a foreign national and members of their immediate family can qualify for a permanent U.S. green card. Sam Silverman, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Listro has a green card and will not occupy an international slot. Mike Gramajo, Orlando Sentinel, 7 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of green card

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for green card

from the fact that it was formerly colored green

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The first known use of green card was in 1956

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“Green card.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/green%20card. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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green card

noun

Legal Definition of green card

: an identity card attesting the permanent resident status of an alien in the U.S.

History and Etymology for green card

from the fact that it was formerly colored green

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