Definition of green card in US English:

green card


  • 1(in the US) a permit allowing a foreign national to live and work permanently in the US.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Investors receive conditional two-year visas before they are awarded permanent green cards.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2(in the UK) an international insurance document for motorists.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These days the green card of motor insurance is not usually required but it is as well to check with your insurance company first.’


green card

/ˈɡrin ˌkɑrd//ˈɡrēn ˌkärd/