What Does a U.S. Permanent Resident Card Look Like?

By Annie Page

The U.S Permanent Resident Card gives foreign-born citizens the right to live and work in the United States of America. The card can be carried around and used as an identity card.

History

The term "Green Card," commonly used to refer to the Permanent Resident Card, dates from the years after World War II when immigrants who successfully obtained permits to live in the United States received green receipts.

Misconceptions

While the term "Green Card" is still in use, today's Permanent Resident Card is white.

Size

The Permanent Resident Card is the size of a credit card.

Features

The information written on the Permanent Resident Card includes the holder's date of birth, gender, fingerprint, country of birth and the card's expiration date.

Design

The reverse side of the Permanent Resident Card features miniature depictions of every United States President and the flags of each U.S. state.

About the Author

Annie Page was first published in the "Buenos Aires Herald" in 2001. She has been freelance writing since early 2009 and currently lives in Hawaii. Page has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and philosophy and a Master of Arts degree in comparative literature from University College London.