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US Green Card refers to the official card issued by the US government to lawful permanent residents (US immigrants) as evidence of their authorization to live and work in the United States.

It is officially called Form I-551, the US Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as the Alien Registration Receipt Card).

It is commonly called the US Green Card not because of its current color, but because of the original color of the card many years ago.

The US Green Card / Permanent Resident Card represents security to its holder. It instantly communicates to law enforcement officials and US employers the right to permanently live and work in the United States.

In order to obtain a US Green Card / Permanent Resident Card, you must complete the US immigration process. For more information, see:

Obtaining a US Green Card / Permanent Resident Card: The US Immigration Process

If you are in the United States and would like to apply for a US Green Card / Permanent Resident Card, see:

US Green Card: Become a Permanent Resident While in the U.S. (Adjust Status)

For answers to Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQs) about US Green Card immigration, see:

US Green Card / Permanent Resident Card Immigration FAQs

For a list of articles on a range of US Green Card / Permanent Resident Card issues, see:

US Green Card / Permanent Resident Card Issues (US Immigrant Visas, US Immigration)

If you already have a US Green Card / Permanent Resident Card and have questions about renewal…
US Green Cards / Permanent Resident Cards issued since the end of 1989 have an expiration date on the front of the Green Card with a ten-year validity.

If you were issued your US Green Card / Permanent Resident Card about 10 years ago and the Green Card has an expiration date on it, you should check the expiration date to see when your Green Card needs to be renewed.

US Green Cards / Permanent Resident Cards issued from 1977 to 1989 that do not have an expiration date will remain valid until USCIS implements an official replacement program in the future.

For more details see:

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