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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green-carder \ˈgrēn-ˈkär-dər \ noun

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There’s actually a lot of people here who have IDs and green cards and want to live their lives here. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Posters told Omaha people to report ‘illegal aliens’ to ICE. Some call it harassment," 12 July 2018 Amid a bloody civil war in Sierra Leone that left over 50,000 people dead and millions displaced, Tiafoe’s mother, Alphina, won the U.S. government’s visa lottery and a green card to work stateside. Katherine Fominykh,, "Five things to know about Riverdale's tennis phenom, Frances Tiafoe," 7 July 2018 Fabiano, a Brazilian native, was arrested and detained at his green card interview in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Marie Claire, "Separating Families at the Border Is Just One Way Trump is Trying to Tear Apart Immigrant Families," 25 June 2018 Each year, as many as 50,000 people from countries around the world are awarded the right to immigrate to the United States in what is known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa program and referred to by most as the green card lottery. Jason Rezaian, Washington Post, "USCIS director who eliminated ‘nation of immigrants’ is the son of an immigrant," 23 Feb. 2018 Diversity Visa program Another element of Trump’s stricter approach to immigration has been his proposal to end the Diversity Visa Lottery program, also known as the green card lottery. Ryan Teague Beckwith, Time, "Here's the Plan Trump Was Attacking When He Said 'Shithole Countries'," 12 Jan. 2018 The current bill allows DREAMers who have become citizens to apply for green cards for their parents. Tara Golshan, Vox, "House Republicans didn’t know what was in their “compromise” immigration bill the day before the vote.," 21 June 2018 The Ryan bill would also leave in place current immigration provisions that allow adult U.S. citizens to apply for green cards for their parents, and there are no limits on how many people can receive that legal immigration status. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "House Republican leaders postpone vote on immigration bill in attempt to gain more support," 21 June 2018 Their main gripe is that Dreamers could eventually qualify for green cards and thus have a pathway to citizenship. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Immigration Choice," 20 June 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

from the fact that it was formerly colored green

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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.

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