What is a green card?

A green card is a document that allows a person to live and work in the United States permanently. It is also known as a Permanent Resident Card. People who have green cards are known as permanent residents.

Green card holders are granted many of the same rights as U.S. citizens, but they are not allowed to vote in federal elections or hold certain government jobs. They can, however, apply for citizenship after living in the United States for a certain period of time.