• The term "green card holder" is used to refer to someone's immigration status in the United States. Green card holders are also citizens of other countries.


    Green card holders are considered permanent U.S. residents and have a permanent resident card, commonly called a "green card." This allows them to live and work in the United States.


    Permanent residents who have lived in the United States for five years are eligible to apply to become U.S. citizens.


    Green card holders are allowed to travel out of the United States and back. They can also receive Social Security and educational grants.


    Permanent residents are not allowed to vote in elections.


    Citizens of other countries can get green cards to come to the United States if they are sponsored by a family member or employer. They can also do so through asylum or refugee status.


    Citizenship and Immigration Services

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