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 Admission||2014||2015||2016|
|Total all admissions 1||180,500,000||181,300,000||178,700,000|
|Total I-94 admissions 2||74,930,606||76,638,236||76,786,751|
|Temporary workers and families||3,398,961||3,722,543||3,896,674|
|Temporary workers and trainees||2,095,175||2,306,962||2,420,840|
|CNMI-only transitional workers (CW1)||4,045||5,096||7,609|
|Spouses and children of CW1 (CW2)||777||883||989|
|Temporary workers in specialty occupations (H1B)||511,773||537,450||534,365|
|Chile and Singapore Free Trade Agreement aliens (H1B1)||29||93||268|
|Registered nurses participating in the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas (H1C)||D||-||7|
|Agricultural workers (H2A) 3||240,620||283,580||348,052|
|Nonagricultural workers (H2B)||105,413||120,207||119,446|
|Returning H2B workers (H2R) 4||D||12||11|
|Spouses and children of H1, H2, or H3 (H4)||184,045||205,521||206,180|
|Workers with extraordinary ability or achievement (O1)||83,001||93,086||101,930|
|Workers accompanying and assisting in performance of O1 workers (O2)||24,190||26,593||28,659|
|Spouses and children of O1 and O2 (O3)||9,940||11,733||13,553|
|Internationally recognized athletes or entertainers (P1)||95,470||99,351||98,998|
|Artists or entertainers in reciprocal exchange programs (P2)||13,808||14,292||13,285|
|Artists or entertainers in culturally unique programs (P3)||11,191||11,729||13,123|
|Spouses and children of P1, P2, or P3 (P4)||3,390||3,754||3,763|
|Workers in international cultural exchange programs (Q1)||2,976||2,988||3,038|
|Workers in religious occupations (R1)||13,839||14,109||14,095|
|Spouses and children of R1 (R2)||3,781||3,526||3,629|
|North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional workers (TN)||712,737||787,180||816,149|
|Spouses and children of TN (TD)||69,840||82,265||90,905|
|Intracompany transferees (L1)||591,728||648,611||677,583|
|Spouses and children of L1 (L2)||243,979||269,002||276,811|
|Treaty traders and investors||422,025||449,732||473,211|
|Treaty traders and their spouses and children (E1)||78,100||78,511||79,023|
|Treaty investors and their spouses and children (E2)||314,464||335,820||353,067|
|Treaty investors and their spouses and children (CNMI only) (E2C)||D||-||D|
|Australian Free Trade Agreement principals, spouses and children (E3)||29,459||35,401||41,120|
|Representatives of foreign information media||46,054||48,236||48,229|
|Representatives of foreign information media and spouses and children (I1)||46,054||48,236||48,229|
|Academic students (F1)||1,737,927||1,886,948||1,858,644|
|Spouses and children of F1 (F2)||78,215||83,004||76,183|
|Vocational students (M1)||20,534||19,878||18,726|
|Spouses and children of M1 (M2)||988||831||820|
|Exchange visitors (J1)||486,827||502,372||505,448|
|Spouses and children of J1 (J2)||70,933||73,975||69,169|
|Diplomats and other representatives||421,144||438,477||438,725|
|Ambassadors, public ministers, career diplomatic or consular officers and their families (A1)||39,239||40,410||41,183|
|Other foreign government officials or employees and their families (A2)||179,956||183,104||180,685|
|Attendants, servants, or personal employees of A1 and A2 and their families (A3)||1,642||1,449||1,278|
|Principals of recognized foreign governments (G1)||15,274||15,947||16,246|
|Other representatives of recognized foreign governments (G2)||19,346||21,481||20,163|
|Representatives of nonrecognized or nonmember foreign governments (G3)||804||943||1,010|
|International organization officers or employees (G4)||116,363||121,890||124,770|
|Attendants, servants, or personal employees of representatives (G5)||1,116||1,093||1,019|
|North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) officials, spouses, and children (N1 to N7)||47,404||52,160||52,371|
|Temporary visitors for pleasure||59,784,922||61,017,237||60,834,687|
|Temporary visitors for pleasure (B2)||40,457,847||41,671,997||40,848,579|
|Visa Waiver Program – temporary visitors for pleasure (WT)||18,161,646||18,138,442||18,703,963|
|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)||1,165,429||1,206,798||1,282,145|
|Temporary visitors for business||7,734,191||8,008,659||8,293,746|
|Temporary visitors for business (B1)||4,755,509||4,933,958||5,147,037|
|Visa Waiver Program – temporary visitors for business (WB)||2,976,445||3,070,226||3,142,597|
|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)||2,237||4,475||4,112|
|Aliens in continuous and immediate transit through the United States (C1)||987,546||672,420||617,467|
|Aliens in transit to the United Nations (C2)||638||524||480|
|Foreign government officials, their spouses, children, and attendants in transit (C3)||16,732||17,046||15,602|
|Canadian or Mexican national academic commuter students (F3)||109,833||100,495||67,522|
|Canadian or Mexican national vocational commuter students (M3)||-||-||-|
|Alien fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens and children||41,778||35,266||42,634|
|Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens (K1)||36,680||30,942||37,173|
|Children of K1 (K2)||5,098||4,324||5,461|
|Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act||2,275||1,627||1,208|
|Spouses of U.S. citizens, visa pending (K3)||1,004||644||439|
|Children of U.S. citizens, visa pending (K4)||336||99||93|
|Spouses of permanent residents, visa pending (V1)||647||563||237|
|Children of permanent residents, visa pending (V2)||252||307||425|
|Dependents of V1 or V2, visa pending (V3)||36||14||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.