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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Her mother, who was born in Mexico, has her green card. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Even immigrants in US legally deal with fear and ‘chaos’ as ICE raids loom," 11 July 2019 Those spouses, the vast majority of them Indian woman according to University of Tennessee researchers, hold the H-4 visa, which has allowed employment since 2015 for people whose H-1B spouses are on track for green cards. Ethan Baron, The Denver Post, "H-1B visa: Amid OPT work permit delays, foreign students reportedly losing internship opportunities," 18 June 2019 According to defense, Kaur was in the United States on a visa and was trying to get a green card, while Grewal was trying to become a citizen in Canada. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Trial begins for man accused of killing wife in Ahwatukee, fleeing to India," 4 June 2019 However, those consequences can also apply to non-citizens who are in the country legally, such as green card holders or those in the country on work visas. oregonlive.com, "Oregon courts would no longer inquire about defendants’ immigration status under bill sent to Governor Brown," 12 June 2019 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

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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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