green card

noun

: an identity card attesting the permanent resident status of an alien in the U.S.
green-carder noun

Examples of green card in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Passing the test for these language-learners could mean a green card, a medical school admission or the chance to reunify with family abroad. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2024 After the program was signed into law, in 1990, ten thousand green cards were set aside each year for people willing to invest. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2024 More than six hundred foreign investors lost money, and many never got their green cards, because of the projects’ failures. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2024 Jean Mota remains in Brazil working on immigration paperwork to get his green card. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 24 Jan. 2024 The final step in his green card petition was to return to his native country of El Salvador for a consular interview. Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2024 According to the Migration Policy Institute, this restriction prevented 14.4 million people from receiving a payment: 9.3 million unauthorized immigrants plus an additional 5.1 million citizens and green card holders who were their children and spouses. Matthew Desmond, The New York Review of Books, 28 Dec. 2023 Those who receive the designation are automatically eligible to apply for a green card, or lawful permanent residency. Daniella Silva, NBC News, 4 Dec. 2023 Advertisement Receiving food stamps won’t kill your green card chances. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

from the fact that it was formerly colored green

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of green card was in 1956

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“Green card.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/green%20card. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

green card

noun
: an identity card attesting the permanent resident status of an alien in the U.S.
Etymology

from the fact that it was formerly colored green

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