A United States Permanent Resident Card, also known as a green card, is an identification card attesting to the permanent resident status of an alien in the United States of America.
The term “Green Card” is also used to refer to the process of becoming a permanent U.S. resident.
What A Green Card Means
A green card (which is not green) serves as proof that its holder is a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) and has officially been granted immigration benefits, which benefits include permission to reside and take employment in the USA.
The green card holder is required to maintain his or her permanent resident status and can be removed from the United States if certain conditions of this status are not met.
Work and Travel While Application is Pending
An alien with a pending green card application can obtain a work permit and a travel document while the case is being processed.