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green card
as in:  he needed a green card

He needs a green card to get a good job.
  a card that identifies the bearer as an alien with permanent resident status in the United States; has not actually been green since 1977
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Green card is a common name for the United States Permanent Resident Card (form I-1551). It identifies the non-citizen permanent resident as having permission to permanently reside and take employment.
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  • He needs a green card to get a good job.
  • Do you have a green card, son?
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Trying to make some sense of where we are to go for the renewal of my green card.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • Tribes don’t hand out green cards or passports.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor

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  • Or present a green card.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • When she had registered with the Immigration and Naturalization Service upon filing her green card application, Luma had been fingerprinted; her fingers were placed on an ink pad and carefully rolled over the card beneath.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • But my husband, he couldn’t get his green card, so he had to go back.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • II 1970-1960 A Regular Revolution Carla, Sandi, Yoyo, Fifi For three-going-on-four years Mami and Papi were on green cards, and the four of us shifted from foot to foot, waiting to go home.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • If it is a green card with a gray stripe, you must appear at your branch, with your card, to devise a new secret code.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Ashima looks at Ashoke, who is double-checking to make sure their passports and green cards are in order.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake

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  • He said I could qualify for a green card on my own artistic merits.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Deo had graduated from Columbia without permanent residency, without a green card.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • He obtained his green card, allowing him to practice medicine in the U.S. and paving his way for a citizenship application.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • You cop from somebody with a green card or an illegal and they don’t even report it.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Monster
  • Many female workers optimistically regard sex with their supervisor as a way to gain a secure place in American society, a green card, a husband — or at the very least a transfer to an easier job at the plant.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • The women handed Oscar and his mother green cards—they belonged to people who looked vaguely like them.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Helen asked about his green card-his official permission to live and work in the U.S. As of now, he could return to America to work.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Three of Ramiro’s friends had green cards and agreed to coordinate the crossing while Ramiro waited for them in Phoenix.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • But if he waited too long, his green card would expire and he would no longer be allowed to practice medicine in America.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Since the Vietnam War, immigrants with green cards had been permitted to enlist.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Two other cadets had green cards and enlisted at the end of junior year.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Luis had a green card thanks to his father, but Oscar was in the country illegally.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • We here for green card.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • Luis had a green card.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • His green card has expired.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • And without a green card, it was all but impossible for him to apply to medical school.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • I turn to Apa and say, Apa, can you get my green card out?
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • I have a green card.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • But, Farmer added, this would be a bad idea, because Deo didn’t have a green card.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Eventually, Pedro obtained permanent residency in the United States and was able to get green cards for Maria Garcia and Luis as well.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Apa, please give me the green card, I say again, a begging note cracking my voice.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • At window four, Apa doesn’t speak, just hands over my green card to the young black man in the same dark blue wool sweater.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • He slides the green card back to me.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • "If you or your daughter will just read that over, it’ll explain all the steps you need to take to renew Young Ju’s green card."
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • With difficulty — for a while it looked as if he might be deported — James O’Malley had argued a judge into granting Deo refugee status, but he was still waiting for permanent residency, for his green card.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Nancy and Charlie and Sharon came, of course, and Lelia and James, who was still trying to get Deo his green card, and half a dozen others, all part of the Wolfs’ wide cast of friends, Deo’s support group.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • He could then apply for a green card once he was back in Mexico, but in his budding relationship with Karla he had found yet another reason to stay.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • He would never forgive himself if they died while he was waiting for his green card.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Many Carl Hayden students didn’t have Social Security numbers or green cards and couldn’t get normal jobs even if they did graduate from college.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • One time, agents took him to a room and grilled him, trying, he thought, to make him angry, trying, he imagined, to create a pretext for rescinding his green card.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • There’s even a list of establishments that take the particular photo we need for the green card."
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • Once we have all the paperwork, we’ll mail you Young Ju’s new green card."
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
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