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 card (audio) \ noun

Examples of green card in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The agency holds asylum-seekers, recent border-crossers and other immigrants the government seeks to deport, including green card holders who have finished criminal sentences. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 9 July 2021 Right back Romain Metanire remained in France on Monday waiting for his U.S. green card paperwork to clear and is not expected back in time to play Wednesday. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, 7 July 2021 The length of time that she’s been allowed to live in the United States — more than double what an immigrant with a green card would be required to wait before becoming a U.S. citizen — means that the U.S. is home. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 June 2021 Fidel Ortiz Serna, a Mexican national who lived in Louisiana under a lawful permanent resident status, also known as a green card, was stopped crossing a pedestrian footpath from Mexico into Texas Monday. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, 16 May 2021 Not every immigrant qualifies for a green card or to become a U.S. citizen. Natalia E. Contreras, The Indianapolis Star, 11 May 2021 What is clear is that H-1B visas weren't being used by employers to give lengthy trial periods to the doctorates but rather to buy time between graduation and the eventual securing of a green card. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Immigrants within legal programs that protect them from deportation, including the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, will not have to wait five years to apply for a green card. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, 20 Jan. 2021 Apodaca, a green card holder, was deported back to Mexico for a 1998 domestic violence incident. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 June 2021

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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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26 Jul 2021

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“Green card.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/green%20card. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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