A Summary of Permanent Resident and Green Card Status
When a person holds a green card, it confirms that he or she is permitted to live and work in the United States indefinitely. There are different categories of green cards, each one having their own set of requirements.
Today’s green card isn’t even green. It’s called a green card because for over 40 years the card was a green business card-sized form of identification, along with other information confirming the identity of the holder. Today’s card has an embedded radio frequency identification chip in it that can permit a green card to be scanned, even while sitting, standing, or walking through an airport.