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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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Second, Zonnour’s claim was that Iranian government officials competed to secure U.S. citizenship or green cards for their children, not for themselves. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Trump claims Obama gave citizenship to 2,500 Iranians during nuclear deal talks," 4 July 2018 McGregor is likely in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa or a green card. Michael Mccann,, "Conor McGregor Faces 12 Criminal Charges Following UFC 223 Media Day Altercation," 6 Apr. 2018 Agents discovered that Roberto had no passport, green card or ID, and a judge ordered him to return to Mexico by the end of the year. Robert Samuels,, "A beloved restaurant owner was deported. His Indiana town got over it.," 11 Mar. 2018 The proposal would allow both individuals who qualify for the new iteration of a DACA permit and children of legal immigrants who have grown up in the country but may be aging out of status to apply for a green card after a waiting period. Tal Kopan, CNN, "House DACA deal in final stages: 'Crossing the Ts'," 13 June 2018 The national average for processing a green card is just over nine months. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Need to move your immigration status along? Where you live could speed or slow the process | Miami Herald," 12 Apr. 2018 The bright green cards encourage others to follow suit. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Missouri man's sudden death during Colorado family ski trip sparks social media movement," 28 Mar. 2018 Three new agencies were formed in the massive reorganization and housed under DHS: ICE; CBP; and Immigration and Citizenship Services, which handles visas, green cards and naturalization. NBC News, "Fact check: Critics call ICE a 'deportation force.' Are they right?," 11 July 2018 That included immigrants with green cards and visitors with tourist visas. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Why it’s legal for Border Patrol to have checkpoints in the US," 22 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

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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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