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Table 25. Nonimmigrant Admissions By Class Of Admission: Fiscal Years 2014 To 2016

The 2016 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 Admission201420152016
Table 25. Nonimmigrant Admissions By Class Of Admission: Fiscal Years 2014 To 2016
Total all admissions 1180,500,000181,300,000178,700,000
Total I-94 admissions 274,930,60676,638,23676,786,751
Temporary workers and families3,398,9613,722,5433,896,674
   Temporary workers and trainees2,095,1752,306,9622,420,840
     CNMI-only transitional workers (CW1)4,0455,0967,609
     Spouses and children of CW1 (CW2)777883989
     Temporary workers in specialty occupations (H1B)511,773537,450534,365
     Chile and Singapore Free Trade Agreement aliens (H1B1)2993268
     Registered nurses participating in the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas (H1C)D-7
     Agricultural workers (H2A) 3240,620283,580348,052
     Nonagricultural workers (H2B)105,413120,207119,446
     Returning H2B workers (H2R) 4D1211
     Trainees (H3)4,3063,5142,786
     Spouses and children of H1, H2, or H3 (H4)184,045205,521206,180
     Workers with extraordinary ability or achievement (O1)83,00193,086101,930
     Workers accompanying and assisting in performance of O1 workers (O2)24,19026,59328,659
     Spouses and children of O1 and O2 (O3)9,94011,73313,553
     Internationally recognized athletes or entertainers (P1)95,47099,35198,998
     Artists or entertainers in reciprocal exchange programs (P2)13,80814,29213,285
     Artists or entertainers in culturally unique programs (P3)11,19111,72913,123
     Spouses and children of P1, P2, or P3 (P4)3,3903,7543,763
     Workers in international cultural exchange programs (Q1)2,9762,9883,038
     Workers in religious occupations (R1)13,83914,10914,095
     Spouses and children of R1 (R2)3,7813,5263,629
     North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional workers (TN)712,737787,180816,149
     Spouses and children of TN (TD)69,84082,26590,905
   Intracompany transferees835,707917,613954,394
     Intracompany transferees (L1)591,728648,611677,583
     Spouses and children of L1 (L2)243,979269,002276,811
   Treaty traders and investors422,025449,732473,211
     Treaty traders and their spouses and children (E1)78,10078,51179,023
     Treaty investors and their spouses and children (E2)314,464335,820353,067
     Treaty investors and their spouses and children (CNMI only) (E2C)D-D
     Australian Free Trade Agreement principals, spouses and children (E3)29,45935,40141,120
   Representatives of foreign information media46,05448,23648,229
     Representatives of foreign information media and spouses and children (I1)46,05448,23648,229
Students1,837,6641,990,6611,954,373
     Academic students (F1)1,737,9271,886,9481,858,644
     Spouses and children of F1 (F2)78,21583,00476,183
     Vocational students (M1)20,53419,87818,726
     Spouses and children of M1 (M2)988831820
Exchange visitors557,760576,347574,617
     Exchange visitors (J1)486,827502,372505,448
     Spouses and children of J1 (J2)70,93373,97569,169
Diplomats and other representatives421,144438,477438,725
     Ambassadors, public ministers, career diplomatic or consular officers and their families (A1)39,23940,41041,183
     Other foreign government officials or employees and their families (A2)179,956183,104180,685
     Attendants, servants, or personal employees of A1 and A2 and their families (A3)1,6421,4491,278
     Principals of recognized foreign governments (G1)15,27415,94716,246
     Other representatives of recognized foreign governments (G2)19,34621,48120,163
     Representatives of nonrecognized or nonmember foreign governments (G3)8049431,010
     International organization officers or employees (G4)116,363121,890124,770
     Attendants, servants, or personal employees of representatives (G5)1,1161,0931,019
     North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) officials, spouses, and children (N1 to N7)47,40452,16052,371
Temporary visitors for pleasure59,784,92261,017,23760,834,687
     Temporary visitors for pleasure (B2)40,457,84741,671,99740,848,579
     Visa Waiver Program – temporary visitors for pleasure (WT)18,161,64618,138,44218,703,963
     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)1,165,4291,206,7981,282,145
Temporary visitors for business7,734,1918,008,6598,293,746
     Temporary visitors for business (B1)4,755,5094,933,9585,147,037
     Visa Waiver Program – temporary visitors for business (WB)2,976,4453,070,2263,142,597
     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)2,2374,4754,112
Transit aliens1,004,916689,990633,549
     Aliens in continuous and immediate transit through the United States (C1)987,546672,420617,467
     Aliens in transit to the United Nations (C2)638524480
     Foreign government officials, their spouses, children, and attendants in transit (C3)16,73217,04615,602
Commuter students109,833100,49567,522
     Canadian or Mexican national academic commuter students (F3)109,833100,49567,522
     Canadian or Mexican national vocational commuter students (M3)---
Alien fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens and children41,77835,26642,634
     Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens (K1)36,68030,94237,173
     Children of K1 (K2)5,0984,3245,461
Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act2,2751,6271,208
     Spouses of U.S. citizens, visa pending (K3)1,004644439
     Children of U.S. citizens, visa pending (K4)3369993
     Spouses of permanent residents, visa pending (V1)647563237
     Children of permanent residents, visa pending (V2)252307425
     Dependents of V1 or V2, visa pending (V3)361414
Other727488
Unknown37,09056,86048,928

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.

Last Updated: 01/04/2018
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