green card


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 \ noun

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According to CBS New York, the father of two has an open green card application. CBS News, "Pizza delivery man granted emergency stay against deportation," 9 June 2018 As his annual series of town forums started Friday, U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky read a question from an index card asking whether the writer's husband, who is in the country on a green card, should be afraid. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Rep. Visclosky: 'We need comprehensive immigration reform'," 12 Jan. 2018 For the most part, the second group probably also consists of people who’d committed crimes; immigration lawyer David Kubat pointed out that most pre-1995 immigrants were refugees, and refugees have a fairly easy path to green cards and citizenship. Dara Lind, Vox, "The shift would affect thousands of immigrants who’ve been ordered deported — generally for committing crimes — but not legal immigrants or citizens.," 12 Dec. 2018 The road to citizenship or green cards could become harder for legal immigrants, according to a new report by NBC News. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "The Trump Administration Is Reportedly Targeting Legal Immigrants Who've Benefited from Public Welfare Programs," 7 Aug. 2018 Generally, to apply for naturalization, applicants must be at least 18 years old, be a lawful permanent resident for at least five years with a green card, be able to speak, write and read English, and meet many other eligibility requirements. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "Mesa to celebrate Fourth of July with fireworks, naturalization ceremony for new citizens," 2 July 2018 Voters from both parties expressed another frustration in common: The legions of people who chose not to participate in the primary. Lisa Hecht, 46, became a naturalized citizen two years ago, after living in Philadelphia on a green card. Vinny Vella,, "In Pa. primary, enthusiasm and acrimony amid light turnout," 15 May 2018 In the course of it, it’s revealed that Luisa can’t get a green card without leaving the country for 10 years., "The Affair Season 4 Episode 2 Recap: Maybe A Round Of Coffee?," 25 June 2018 The data will be collected and stored for two weeks, although exit records will last for over a decade for citizens and green card holders, and over seven decades for visitors. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Facial recognition scans are expanding to Delta flights in Atlanta International Airport," 20 Sep. 2018

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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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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.

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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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