One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in the US) a permit allowing a foreign national to live and work permanently in the US.
- ‘The guest worker programme would grant temporary legal status to Mexican workers for up to six years but offers no possibility of obtaining permanent residence or a green card.’
- ‘Investors receive conditional two-year visas before they are awarded permanent green cards.’
- ‘He has a valid work permit and, he said, should have received his green card months ago.’
- ‘Even without a green card, foreign nationals are free to stuff envelopes, knock on doors, or otherwise volunteer on a campaign, provided they receive absolutely no pay for their work.’
- ‘At the end of last year, nearly three million people were waiting in line for a green card, a work permit or a change in their immigration status, up almost 20 percent in just 12 months.’
2(in the UK) an international insurance document for motorists.
- ‘These days the green card of motor insurance is not usually required but it is as well to check with your insurance company first.’
- ‘In Romania a car can be impounded if the driver cannot produce their green card, and it is also required in Malta, Andorra and Poland.’
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