green card

noun

Definition of green card

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

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Other Words from green card

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

Examples of green card in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Trump administration is hiking the fees for a range of immigration benefits, including an 83% increase for petitions from green card holders seeking to become U.S. citizens and the first ever charge for asylum requests. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "U.S. to hike fees for naturalization, asylum and other immigration benefits," 31 July 2020 That includes thousands who may have been waiting for over a decade to receive a green card because of nationality caps that have created a huge backlog. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Laid-off H-1B visa holders face painful predicament," 12 July 2020 Bloomberg, citing an immigration expert, reported last week that as many as 375,000 temporary visa holders and green card applicants will now be unable to enter the US until next year, assuming the restrictions are relaxed then. Priyali Prakash, Quartz India, "#LetMeGoHome: Thousands of Indians are bearing the human and emotional cost of Trump’s visa ban," 8 July 2020 More than 275,000 American citizens, including 30,000 military veterans, and thousands more green card holders live in Mexicali, according to Edward. Kyung Lah, Julia Jones And Kim Berryman, CNN, "Medics are down to their last defense with coronavirus swamping their town," 9 July 2020 A day later, an executive order came restricting, for the time being, green card applicants living outside the country. Aishwarya Kumar, National Geographic, "Separated by continents, immigrant families cope with lockdown’s difficulties," 1 July 2020 About 375,000 temporary visaholders and green card applicants will now be banned from entering the U.S. until next year, according to Julia Gelatt, a senior policy analyst with the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research group. Olivia Carville, Bloomberg.com, "Thousands Stranded, Families Separated After Trump H-1B Decree," 30 June 2020 Trump also extended an April ban on green card applicants from outside the U.S. until the end of 2019, which blocks roughly 20,000 applications for the permanent residency card each month. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Who will be hardest hit by Trump’s suspension of foreign worker visas?," 23 June 2020 Along with pausing the diversity green card lottery, the April proclamation suspended certain visas for foreigners seeking to move to the U.S. permanently through petitions from their family members or prospective employers. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Trump to expand sweeping immigration restrictions, targeting work visas in new order," 23 June 2020

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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 10 Aug. 2020.

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green card

noun

English Language Learners Definition of green card

: a card indicating that a person from a foreign country can live and work in the U.S.

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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