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Table 2. Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status By Region And Selected Country Of Last Residence: Fiscal Years 2013 To 2015

The 2015 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 2. Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status By Region And Selected Country Of Last Residence: Fiscal Years 2013 To 2015
Region and Country of Last Residence1201320142015
     Total990,5531,016,5181,051,031
   Europe91,09587,79090,789
Austria-Hungary2,32,0612,0582,965
Austria2,31,0531,0881,928
Hungary2,31,0089701,037
Belgium803775809
Bulgaria42,7202,8862,585
Czechoslovakia51,2581,1681,236
Denmark546533634
Finland6360368397
France4,6684,5445,034
Germany36,8806,3875,965
Greece1,5261,3881,330
Ireland71,7651,7211,798
Italy3,2333,6473,829
Netherlands1,3761,3731,505
Norway-Sweden81,6651,4791,551
Norway8389332357
Sweden81,2761,1471,194
Poland36,0735,4374,921
Portugal9917920869
Romania3,4753,0223,160
Russia3,6,1010,1549,4559,030
Spain2,9703,3413,707
Switzerland1,0408881,007
United Kingdom1115,32114,39514,653
Yugoslavia124,4454,3214,721
   Other Europe17,83917,68419,083
   Asia389,301419,382405,854
China68,41072,49270,977
Hong Kong2,6142,5152,426
India65,50674,45161,380
Iran9,6588,8949,074
Israel4,5554,2514,324
Japan6,3835,9805,808
Jordan5,9499,0287,835
Korea 1322,93720,31316,976
Philippines52,95548,63354,307
Syria 143,9994,6775,459
Taiwan5,3364,7124,814
Turkey 147,1897,2488,762
Vietnam26,57829,82530,332
   Other Asia107,232126,363123,380
   America399,380400,102439,228
Canada and Newfoundland15,16,1720,48917,67019,309
Mexico16,17134,198133,107157,227
Caribbean121,349133,550146,086
Cuba31,34346,50554,178
Dominican Republic41,48744,55050,382
Haiti20,08315,10716,787
Jamaica1819,05218,80417,362
Other Caribbean189,3848,5847,377
   Central America44,05643,63846,556
Belize969823804
Costa Rica2,2322,0182,121
El Salvador18,01518,96418,699
Guatemala9,8299,87111,466
Honduras8,7958,0259,071
Nicaragua2,9402,7733,262
Panama191,2761,1641,133
   Other Central America---
   South America79,28772,13570,049
Argentina4,2273,7573,542
Bolivia2,0051,6631,549
Brazil10,77210,24611,247
Chile1,7511,5911,620
Colombia20,61117,61416,509
Ecuador10,55310,8719,816
Guyana5,5646,0315,313
Paraguay437363353
Peru12,37010,4509,973
Suriname170160116
Uruguay1,3141,0981,023
Venezuela9,5128,2898,985
   Other South America123
   Other America121
   Africa94,58994,83498,677
Egypt10,71912,04313,907
Ethiopia13,48412,92612,566
Liberia3,0363,6813,580
Morocco3,2023,4953,569
South Africa2,6932,8713,298
   Other Africa61,45559,81861,757
   Oceania6,0615,9806,227
Australia203,5293,5823,795
New Zealand201,027941978
Other Oceania1,5051,4571,454
Not Specified2110,1278,43010,256

- Represents zero or not available.

1 Prior to 1906 refers to country of origin; from 1906 onward refers to country of last residence. Because of changes in country boundaries, data for a particular country may not necessarily refer to the same geographic area over time.

2 Austria and Hungary not reported separately for all years during 1860 to 1869, 1890 to 1899, and 1900 to 1909.

3 Poland included in Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Russia from 1899 to 1919.

4 Bulgaria included Serbia and Montenegro from 1899 to 1919.

5 Includes Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia (former), and Slovakia.

6 Finland included in Russia from 1899 to 1919.

7 Northern Ireland included in Ireland prior to 1925.

8 Norway and Sweden not reported separately until 1861.

9 Cape Verde included in Portugal from 1892 to 1952.

10 Refers to the Russian Empire from 1820 to 1920. Between 1920 and 1990 refers to the Soviet Union. From 1991 to 1999, refers to Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Beginning in 2000, refers to Russia only.

11 United Kingdom refers to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since 1925.

12 Includes Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Serbia and Montenegro (former), and Slovenia.

13 Includes North Korea and South Korea.

14 Syria included in Turkey from 1886 to 1923.

15 Includes British North America and Canadian provinces.

16 Land arrivals not completely enumerated until 1908.

17 No data available for Canada or Mexico from 1886 to 1893.

18 Jamaica included in British West Indies From 1892 to 1952.

19 Panama Canal Zone included in Panama from 1932 to 1972.

20 New Zealand included in Australia from 1892 to 1924.

21 Includes 32,897 persons returning in 1906 to their homes in the United States.

Note: Official recording of immigration to the United States began in 1820 after the passage of the Act of March 2, 1819. From 1820 to 1867, figures represent alien passenger arrivals at seaports; from 1868 to 1891 and 1895 to 1897, immigrant alien arrivals; from 1892 to 1894 and 1898 to 2014, immigrant aliens admitted for permanent residence; from 1892 to 1903, aliens entering by cabin class were not counted as immigrants. Land arrivals were not completely enumerated until 1908. For this table, Fiscal Year 1843 covers 9 months ending September 30, 1843; Fiscal Years 1832 and 1850 cover 15 months ending December 31 of the respective years; Fiscal Year 1868 covers 6 months ending June 30, 1868; and Fiscal Year 1976 covers 15 months ending September 30, 1976.

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Last Updated: 06/27/2017
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