Green Card

Green Card
A permit issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that allows individuals to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. “Green card” is an informal term for a United States Permanent Resident Card. The identification cards were green from 1946 until 1964; the green color returned in May 2010. Permanent residents of the United States who are 18 years old or older are required to carry a green card at all times to avoid being in violation of Section 264(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Individuals can be eligible for green card status through family, a job, refugee or asylee status, or through a variety of special adjustment programs. The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes a certain number of diversity visas available each year. This “green card lottery” selects individuals to become permanent residents of the United States out of a pool of more than 10 million applicants. The applicants are not required to possess any special skills or be sponsored by family members; instead, each must come from a country that has low rates of immigration to the United States. No single country can win more than 7% of the total number of visas.

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  • green card — n [from the fact that it was formerly colored green]: an identity card attesting the permanent resident status of an alien in the U.S. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. green card …   Law dictionary

  • Green card — may refer to:* United States Permanent Resident Card, an identification document issued by the United States of America affording non citizens of that country some of the rights its citizens enjoy, sometimes with the prospect of naturalization. * …   Wikipedia

  • Green Card — Green|card, die; , s, Green Card, die; , s [ gri:nka:ɐ̯t ; engl. green card = grüne Karte, nach dem amerikanischen Vorbild]: Dokument, das Menschen aus Ländern außerhalb der Europäischen Union berechtigt, für eine begrenzte Zeit in Deutschland zu …   Universal-Lexikon

  • green card — ➔ card * * * green card UK US noun [C] GOVERNMENT, LAW ► a document which gives permission for a foreigner to live and work in the US: »He had to leave Chicago because he couldn t get a green card …   Financial and business terms

  • Green Card — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Le terme anglais Green Card (en français carte verte) peut désigner : la carte de résident permanent aux États Unis Green Card, un film de 1990 avec… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Green Card — [ gri:n kɑ:d] die; , s, auch Green|card die; , s <aus gleichbed. engl. green card, eigtl. »grüne Karte«> Karte, die Ausländer in den USA benötigen, um legal eine Arbeitsstelle zu bekommen …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • green card — green′ card n. cvb an official card, orig. green, issued by the U.S. government to foreign nationals permitting them to work in the U.S • Etymology: 1965–70 green′ card er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • green-card|er — green card «green kahrd», 1. U.S. a green colored permit that allows workers who are foreign citizens to reside and work in the United States. –green card|er, noun. a foreign worker who holds a permit to work in the United States. 2. British. a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • green card — green cards N COUNT A green card is a document showing that someone who is not a citizen of the United States has permission to live and work there. Nicollette married Harry so she could get a green card …   English dictionary

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