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Table 6. Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status By Type And Major 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 6. Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status By Type And Major Class Of Admission: Fiscal Years 2012 To 2014
Type and Class of Admission 2012 2013 2014
     Total 1,031,631 990,553 1,016,518
Family-sponsored preferences 202,019 210,303 229,104
   First: Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their children 20,660 24,358 25,686
   Second: Spouses, children, and unmarried sons/daughters of alien residents 99,709 99,115 105,641
   Third: Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children 21,752 21,294 25,830
   Fourth: Brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens (at least 21 years of age) and their spouses and children 59,898 65,536 71,947
Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens 478,780 439,460 416,456
   Spouses 273,429 248,332 238,852
   Children1 81,121 71,382 61,217
   Parents 124,230 119,746 116,387
Employment-based preferences 143,998 161,110 151,596
   First: Priority workers 39,316 38,978 40,554
   Second: Professionals with advanced degrees or aliens of exceptional ability 50,959 63,026 48,801
   Third: Skilled workers, professionals, and unskilled workers 39,229 43,632 43,156
   Fourth: Certain special immigrants 7,866 6,931 8,362
   Fifth: Employment creation (investors) 6,628 8,543 10,723
Diversity 40,320 45,618 53,490
Refugees 105,528 77,395 96,066
Asylees 45,086 42,235 38,176
Parolees 758 556 95
Children born abroad to alien residents 643 643 594
Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) 183 138 70
Cancellation of removal 6,818 5,763 5,248
Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA) 93 62 22
Other 7,405 7,270 25,601

 

Adjustments of Status
Type and Class of Admission 2012 2013 2014
     Total 547,559 530,802 535,126
Family-sponsored preferences 18,560 26,415 23,202
   First: Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their children 2,750 2,538 2,296
   Second: Spouses, children, and unmarried sons/daughters of alien residents 8,692 6,520 11,784
   Third: Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children 2,453 1,829 1,851
   Fourth: Brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens (at least 21 years of age) and their spouses and children 4,665 15,528 7,271
Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens 239,986 232,105 228,128
   Spouses 182,276 167,211 162,049
   Children1 18,285 16,519 15,603
   Parents 39,425 48,375 50,476
Employment-based preferences 126,016 140,009 129,645
   First: Priority workers 37,799 37,283 38,813
   Second: Professionals with advanced degrees or aliens of exceptional ability 49,414 60,956 46,872
   Third: Skilled workers, professionals, and unskilled workers 31,208 34,937 35,588
   Fourth: Certain special immigrants 6,644 5,602 6,933
   Fifth: Employment creation (investors) 951 1,231 1,439
Diversity 1,356 1,505 1,331
Refugees 105,528 77,395 96,066
Asylees 45,086 42,235 38,176
Parolees 758 556 95
Children born abroad to alien residents - - -
Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) 183 138 70
Cancellation of removal 6,818 5,763 5,248
Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA) 93 62 22
Other 3,175 4,619 13,143

 

New Arrivals
Type and Class of Admission 2012 2013 2014
     Total 484,072 459,751 481,392
Family-sponsored preferences 183,459 183,888 205,902
   First: Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their children 17,910 21,820 23,390
   Second: Spouses, children, and unmarried sons/daughters of alien residents 91,017 92,595 93,857
   Third: Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children 19,299 19,465 23,979
   Fourth: Brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens (at least 21 years of age) and their spouses and children 55,233 50,008 64,676
Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens 238,794 207,355 188,328
   Spouses 91,153 81,121 76,803
   Children1 62,836 54,863 45,614
   Parents 84,805 71,371 65,911
Employment-based preferences 17,982 21,101 21,951
   First: Priority workers 1,517 1,695 1,741
   Second: Professionals with advanced degrees or aliens of exceptional ability 1,545 2,070 1,929
   Third: Skilled workers, professionals, and unskilled workers 8,021 8,695 7,568
   Fourth: Certain special immigrants 1,222 1,329 1,429
   Fifth: Employment creation (investors) 5,677 7,312 9,284
Diversity 38,964 44,113 52,159
Refugees - - -
Asylees - - -
Parolees - - -
Children born abroad to alien residents 643 643 594
Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) - - -
Cancellation of removal - - -
Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA) - - -
Other 4,230 2,651 12,458

- Represents zero.

1Includes orphans.

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Last Published Date: November 18, 2016

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