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Table 25. Nonimmigrant Admissions By Class Of Admission: Fiscal Years 2012 To 2014

The 2014 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics is a compendium of tables that provide data on foreign nationals who are granted lawful permanent residence (i.e., immigrants who receive a “green card”), admitted as temporary nonimmigrants, granted asylum or refugee status, or are naturalized. The Yearbook also presents data on immigration enforcement actions, including apprehensions and arrests, removals, and returns.

Table 25. Nonimmigrant Admissions By Class Of Admission: Fiscal Years 2012 To 2014
Class of Admission201220132014
Total all admissions1165,500,000173,100,000180,500,000
Total I-94 admissions253,887,28661,052,26074,930,606
Temporary workers and families3,049,4192,996,7433,398,961
   Temporary workers and trainees1,900,5821,853,9152,095,175
      CNMI-only transitional workers (CW1)D1,6424,045
      Spouses and children of CW1 (CW2)-404777
      Temporary workers in specialty occupations (H1B)473,015474,355511,773
      Chile and Singapore Free Trade Agreement aliens (H1B1)D829
      Registered nurses participating in the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas (H1C)297D
      Agricultural workers (H2A)3,4183,860204,577240,620
      Nonagricultural workers (H2B)382,906104,984105,413
      Returning H2B workers (H2R)3,5159D
      Trainees (H3)4,0814,1174,306
      Spouses and children of H1, H2, or H3 (H4)156,668163,786184,045
      Workers with extraordinary ability or achievement (O1)53,94166,60483,001
      Workers accompanying and assisting in performance of O1 workers (O2)16,67020,76224,190
      Spouses and children of O1 and O2 (O3)6,8538,2389,940
      Internationally recognized athletes or entertainers (P1)84,20985,58395,470
      Artists or entertainers in reciprocal exchange programs (P2)12,82612,30613,808
      Artists or entertainers in culturally unique programs (P3)9,2909,51211,191
      Spouses and children of P1, P2, or P3 (P4)3,1553,5653,390
      Workers in international cultural exchange programs (Q1)2,4942,6852,976
      Workers in religious occupations (R1)15,90614,19113,839
      Spouses and children of R1 (R2)4,7384,3373,781
      North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional workers (TN)733,692612,535712,737
      Spouses and children of TN (TD)56,22359,70869,840
   Intracompany transferees717,893723,641835,707
      Intracompany transferees (L1)498,899503,206591,728
      Spouses and children of L1 (L2)218,994220,435243,979
   Treaty traders and investors386,472373,360422,025
      Treaty traders and their spouses and children (E1)81,33771,65278,100
      Treaty investors and their spouses and children (E2)288,217279,288314,464
      Treaty investors and their spouses and children (CNMI only) (E2C)D5D
      Australian Free Trade Agreement principals, spouses and children (E3)16,91622,41529,459
   Representatives of foreign information media44,47245,82746,054
      Representatives of foreign information media and spouses and children (I1)44,47245,82746,054
Students1,653,5761,669,2251,837,664
      Academic students (F1)1,566,8151,577,5091,737,927
      Spouses and children of F1 (F2)67,56371,16778,215
      Vocational students (M1)17,60019,10620,534
      Spouses and children of M1 (M2)1,5981,443988
Exchange visitors475,232492,937557,760
      Exchange visitors (J1)421,425433,534486,827
      Spouses and children of J1 (J2)53,80759,40370,933
Diplomats and other representatives365,779373,330421,144
      Ambassadors, public ministers, career diplomatic or consular officers and their families (A1)33,70034,54839,239
      Other foreign government officials or employees and their families (A2)172,096164,896179,956
      Attendants, servants, or personal employees of A1 and A2 and their families (A3)1,5531,3811,642
      Principals of recognized foreign governments (G1)15,66915,25415,274
      Other representatives of recognized foreign governments (G2)17,11816,01119,346
      Representatives of nonrecognized or nonmember foreign governments (G3)886864804
      International organization officers or employees (G4)100,760108,478116,363
      Attendants, servants, or personal employees of representatives (G5)1,1901,1371,116
      North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) officials, spouses, and children (N1 to N7)22,80730,76147,404
Temporary visitors for pleasure42,041,42648,346,01859,784,922
      Temporary visitors for pleasure (B2)24,476,08629,915,46740,457,847
      Visa Waiver Program – temporary visitors for pleasure (WT)16,380,30717,168,95818,161,646
      Guam Visa Waiver Program – temporary visitors for pleasure to Guam (GT)XXX
      Guam - Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Visa Waiver Program - temporary visitors for pleasure to Guam or Northern Mariana Islands (GMT)1,185,0331,261,5931,165,429
Temporary visitors for business5,707,2186,299,5337,734,191
      Temporary visitors for business (B1)2,972,3553,498,6884,755,509
      Visa Waiver Program – temporary visitors for business (WB)2,731,8872,798,1302,976,445
      Guam Visa Waiver Program – temporary visitors for business to Guam (GB)XXX
      Guam - Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Visa Waiver Program - temporary visitors for business to Guam or Northern Mariana Islands (GMB)2,9762,7152,237
Transit aliens313,514628,7111,004,916
      Aliens in continuous and immediate transit through the United States (C1)289,105608,396987,546
      Aliens in transit to the United Nations (C2)4,1582,269638
      Foreign government officials, their spouses, children, and attendants in transit (C3)20,25118,04616,732
Commuter students115,561105,263109,833
      Canadian or Mexican national academic commuter students (F3)115,561105,263109,833
      Canadian or Mexican national vocational commuter students (M3)---
Alien Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens and children32,10229,77341,778
      Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens (K1)27,97726,04636,680
      Children of K1 (K2)4,1253,7275,098
Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act8,2273,0142,275
      Spouses of U.S. citizens, visa pending (K3)4,5341,2621,004
      Children of U.S. citizens, visa pending (K4)618417336
      Spouses of permanent residents, visa pending (V1)1,928867647
      Children of permanent residents, visa pending (V2)449271252
      Dependents of V1 or V2, visa pending (V3)69819736
Other918772
Unknown125,141107,62637,090

NA Not available.

X Not applicable.

D Data withheld to limit disclosure.

- Represents zero.

1Estimated admission totals rounded to the nearest hundred thousand. Excludes sea and air crew admissions (D1 and D2 visas).

2Beginning in 2010, the number of I-94 admissions greatly exceeds totals reported in previous years due to a more complete count of land admissions.

3Data are not available separately for 2005; during 2005 there were 129,327 admissions for H2 classes (H2A, H2B, H2R).

4Beginning in 2006, annual increases in H2A admissions may be due to more complete recording of pedestrian admissions along the Southwest border.

5Issuances of H2R (returning H2B workers not subject to annual numerical limits) ceased at the end of 2007.

Notes: Admissions represent counts of events, i.e., arrivals, not unique individuals; multiple entries of an individual on the same day are counted as one admission.

The majority of short-term admissions from Canada and Mexico are excluded.

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Last Updated: 11/01/2016
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