Green Card 2007 Information, Application
A Green Card is an identification card for a permanent
resident of the United States of America who does not have US citizenship.
It is proof that the holder has permission to permanently reside
and take employment in the US. Its "former" official title
was Alien Registration Receipt Card, and it is now officially called
a Permanent Resident Card, also referred to as form I-551.
The name "green card" comes from the fact
that the cards were originally green. Their color has changed over
the years, but the term "green card" has remained in use.
As of 2004, they are mostly white. A card includes the holder's
name and photograph, and other information, and has been updated
over the years with numerous anti-counterfeiting devices. US Permanent
Residents (18 years and older) are required to have their green
card with them at all times, but they are, normally, never asked
to present the card except when trying to claim some entitlement
granted by their permanent resident status (ie. entry to the US,
proof that they can accept employment, etc). One interesting aspect
of American law is that permanent residents have identification
cards, but citizens do not.
Green cards were formerly issued by the Immigration
and Naturalization Service (INS). That agency's functions have been
shifted to the new Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services
(BCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security.
Green Card Lottery 2007
For Green Card Lottery online instructions, please visit http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1318.html
To apply online to the American Green Card Lottery 2007, visit