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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The Donald Trump administration has long been threatening to shut the H-4 EAD programme, which allows spouses of H-1B workers awaiting green cards to work. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "H-4 visa holders sue the US government for delaying their work applications," 10 June 2019 The lawsuit alleges that Olvera used the money to qualify for a foreign investment visa in the U.S., and eventually a provisional green card. Jason Buch, ExpressNews.com, "Authorities arrest two Mexican businessmen with San Antonio ties," 8 June 2019 The program offers green cards in return for investing in job-creating U.S. businesses or real-estate projects. ... Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Real-Estate Developers Look to Vietnam for Cheap Financing," 5 Mar. 2019 An asylee is eligible to apply for permanent residency (a green card) after one year. Erin Coulehan, Teen Vogue, "What Asylum Means, and Why People Seek It," 13 Nov. 2018 Additionally, American government data show no spike in naturalizations of Iranians or huge increase in green cards given to Iranians in 2015 when compared to the two previous years. New York Times, "In a Fox-Inspired Tweetstorm, Trump Offers a Medley of Falsehoods and Misstatements," 3 July 2018 And the same is true of stylish debit cards in the works by other millennial-focused financial companies, including SoFi, which trotted out an aqua green card in June. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "The Latest Must-Have for Millennials? Fancy Debit Cards," 1 July 2018 The new permanent-residency green cards would be issued each year only if Congress releases money for Trump’s border wall. Anna Edgerton, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Says He Won't Sign House Immigration Compromise Measure," 15 June 2018 The government has a program that gives green cards to people with criminal records who cooperate with investigators. Hannah Dreier, Daily Intelligencer, "The Betrayal of Triste," 2 Apr. 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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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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