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

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Back in February, the Washington Post reported Melania's parents had become legal permanent residents, had obtained green cards, and were awaiting scheduling for their naturalization oath. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Melania Trump’s Parents Just Became United States Citizens," 9 Aug. 2018 One is asylum itself, which allows an immigrant full legal status and a much faster road to a green card (and therefore to citizenship) than most immigrants get. Dara Lind, Vox, "Exclusive: even before the caravan, Trump took steps to use travel bans to limit asylum," 6 Nov. 2018 School employees can’t ask students about their immigration status, or require documentation such as green cards, Social Security numbers or citizenship papers for enrollment. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "State law confirms protections for immigrant students," 30 June 2018 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

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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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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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