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.
|Class of Admission||2013||2014||2015|
|Total all admissions 1||173,100,000||180,500,000||181,300,000|
|Total I-94 admissions 2||61,052,260||74,930,606||76,638,236|
|Temporary workers and families||2,996,743||3,398,961||3,722,543|
|Temporary workers and trainees||1,853,915||2,095,175||2,306,962|
|CNMI-only transitional workers (CW1)||1,642||4,045||5,096|
|Spouses and children of CW1 (CW2)||404||777||883|
|Temporary workers in specialty occupations (H1B)||474,355||511,773||537,450|
|Chile and Singapore Free Trade Agreement aliens (H1B1)||8||29||93|
|Registered nurses participating in the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas (H1C)||7||D||-|
|Agricultural workers (H2A) 3||204,577||240,620||283,580|
|Nonagricultural workers (H2B)||104,984||105,413||120,207|
|Returning H2B workers (H2R) 4||9||D||12|
|Spouses and children of H1, H2, or H3 (H4)||163,786||184,045||205,521|
|Workers with extraordinary ability or achievement (O1)||66,604||83,001||93,086|
|Workers accompanying and assisting in performance of O1 workers (O2)||20,762||24,190||26,593|
|Spouses and children of O1 and O2 (O3)||8,238||9,940||11,733|
|Internationally recognized athletes or entertainers (P1)||85,583||95,470||99,351|
|Artists or entertainers in reciprocal exchange programs (P2)||12,306||13,808||14,292|
|Artists or entertainers in culturally unique programs (P3)||9,512||11,191||11,729|
|Spouses and children of P1, P2, or P3 (P4)||3,565||3,390||3,754|
|Workers in international cultural exchange programs (Q1)||2,685||2,976||2,988|
|Workers in religious occupations (R1)||14,191||13,839||14,109|
|Spouses and children of R1 (R2)||4,337||3,781||3,526|
|North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional workers (TN)||612,535||712,737||787,180|
|Spouses and children of TN (TD)||59,708||69,840||82,265|
|Intracompany transferees (L1)||503,206||591,728||648,611|
|Spouses and children of L1 (L2)||220,435||243,979||269,002|
|Treaty traders and investors||373,360||422,025||449,732|
|Treaty traders and their spouses and children (E1)||71,652||78,100||78,511|
|Treaty investors and their spouses and children (E2)||279,288||314,464||335,820|
|Treaty investors and their spouses and children (CNMI only) (E2C)||5||D||-|
|Australian Free Trade Agreement principals, spouses and children (E3)||22,415||29,459||35,401|
|Representatives of foreign information media||45,827||46,054||48,236|
|Representatives of foreign information media and spouses and children (I1)||45,827||46,054||48,236|
|Academic students (F1)||1,577,509||1,737,927||1,886,948|
|Spouses and children of F1 (F2)||71,167||78,215||83,004|
|Vocational students (M1)||19,106||20,534||19,878|
|Spouses and children of M1 (M2)||1,443||988||831|
|Exchange visitors (J1)||433,534||486,827||502,372|
|Spouses and children of J1 (J2)||59,403||70,933||73,975|
|Diplomats and other representatives||373,330||421,144||438,477|
|Ambassadors, public ministers, career diplomatic or consular officers and their families (A1)||34,548||39,239||40,410|
|Other foreign government officials or employees and their families (A2)||164,896||179,956||183,104|
|Attendants, servants, or personal employees of A1 and A2 and their families (A3)||1,381||1,642||1,449|
|Principals of recognized foreign governments (G1)||15,254||15,274||15,947|
|Other representatives of recognized foreign governments (G2)||16,011||19,346||21,481|
|Representatives of nonrecognized or nonmember foreign governments (G3)||864||804||943|
|International organization officers or employees (G4)||108,478||116,363||121,890|
|Attendants, servants, or personal employees of representatives (G5)||1,137||1,116||1,093|
|North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) officials, spouses, and children (N1 to N7)||30,761||47,404||52,160|
|Temporary visitors for pleasure||48,346,018||59,784,922||61,017,237|
|Temporary visitors for pleasure (B2)||29,915,467||40,457,847||41,671,997|
|Visa Waiver Program – temporary visitors for pleasure (WT)||17,168,958||18,161,646||18,138,442|
|Guam Visa Waiver Program – temporary visitors for pleasure to Guam (GT)||X||X||X|
|Guam - Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Visa Waiver Program - temporary visitors for pleasure to Guam or Northern Mariana Islands (GMT)||1,261,593||1,165,429||1,206,798|
|Temporary visitors for business||6,299,533||7,734,191||8,008,659|
|Temporary visitors for business (B1)||3,498,688||4,755,509||4,933,958|
|Visa Waiver Program – temporary visitors for business (WB)||2,798,130||2,976,445||3,070,226|
|Guam Visa Waiver Program – temporary visitors for business to Guam (GB)||X||X||X|
|Guam - Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Visa Waiver Program - temporary visitors for business to Guam or Northern Mariana Islands (GMB)||2,715||2,237||4,475|
|Aliens in continuous and immediate transit through the United States (C1)||608,396||987,546||672,420|
|Aliens in transit to the United Nations (C2)||2,269||638||524|
|Foreign government officials, their spouses, children, and attendants in transit (C3)||18,046||16,732||17,046|
|Canadian or Mexican national academic commuter students (F3)||105,263||109,833||100,495|
|Canadian or Mexican national vocational commuter students (M3)||-||-||-|
|Alien Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens and children||29,773||41,778||35,266|
|Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens (K1)||26,046||36,680||30,942|
|Children of K1 (K2)||3,727||5,098||4,324|
|Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act||3,014||2,275||1,627|
|Spouses of U.S. citizens, visa pending (K3)||1,262||1,004||644|
|Children of U.S. citizens, visa pending (K4)||417||336||99|
|Spouses of permanent residents, visa pending (V1)||867||647||563|
|Children of permanent residents, visa pending (V2)||271||252||307|
|Dependents of V1 or V2, visa pending (V3)||197||36||14|
X Not applicable.
D Data withheld to limit disclosure.
- Represents zero.
1 Estimated admission totals rounded to the nearest hundred thousand. Excludes sea and air crew admissions (D1 and D2 visas).
2 Beginning in 2010, the number of I-94 admissions greatly exceeds totals reported in previous years due to a more complete count of land admissions.
3 Beginning in 2006, annual increases in H2A admissions may be due to more complete recording of pedestrian admissions along the Southwest border.
4 Issuances 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.