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Table 3. Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status By Region Of Birth: 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.

Table 3. Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status By Region Of Birth: Fiscal Years 2014 To 2016
Region of Birth 2014 2015 2016
   Total 1,016,518 1,051,031 1,183,505
Africa 98,413 101,415 113,426
Asia 430,508 419,297 462,299
Europe 83,266 85,803 93,567
North America 324,354 366,126 427,293
Oceania 5,112 5,404 5,588
South America 73,715 72,309 79,608
Unknown 1,150 677 1,724

 

Table 3. Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status By Country Of Birth: Fiscal Years 2014 To 2016
Country of Birth 2014 2015 2016
   Total 1,016,518 1,051,031 1,183,505
Afghanistan 10,527 8,328 12,513
Albania 3,828 4,653 5,773
Algeria 1,669 1,775 2,180
American Samoa - - -
Angola 148 154 198
Anguilla 20 22 20
Antigua and Barbuda 369 290 324
Argentina 3,874 3,730 4,091
Armenia 2,913 2,962 3,543
Aruba 40 38 23
Australia 2,809 3,034 3,239
Austria 438 474 432
Azerbaijan 672 676 784
Bahamas 654 725 656
Bahrain 122 145 138
Bangladesh 14,645 13,570 18,723
Barbados 384 376 371
Belarus 2,015 1,994 2,127
Belgium 632 662 691
Belize 789 772 851
Benin 517 466 577
Bermuda 106 112 99
Bhutan 7,298 6,325 4,217
Bolivia 1,719 1,626 1,595
Bosnia and Herzegovina 693 859 971
Botswana 58 61 78
Brazil 10,429 11,424 13,812
Brunei 25 21 31
Bulgaria 2,981 2,688 2,670
Burkina Faso 583 575 642
Burma 11,144 12,808 13,065
Burundi 273 351 415
Cabo Verde 1,154 1,253 2,242
Cambodia 2,536 1,868 3,173
Cameroon 3,943 4,374 4,899
Canada 11,586 12,673 12,793
Cayman Islands 48 53 55
Central African Republic 155 234 202
Chad 119 175 136
Chile 1,581 1,596 1,698
China, People's Republic 76,089 74,558 81,772
Colombia 18,175 17,316 18,610
Comoros 9 5 4
Congo, Democratic Republic 4,347 5,345 6,791
Congo, Republic 552 496 625
Costa Rica 1,966 2,029 2,224
Cote d'Ivoire 1,477 1,497 1,617
Croatia 297 348 388
Cuba 46,679 54,396 66,516
Curacao 27 22 35
Cyprus 129 113 131
Czechia 606 637 650
Czechoslovakia (former) 74 58 62
Denmark 514 609 521
Djibouti 190 370 281
Dominica 345 229 298
Dominican Republic 44,577 50,610 61,161
Ecuador 10,960 10,187 10,757
Egypt 11,477 12,085 12,045
El Salvador 19,273 19,487 23,449
Equatorial Guinea 15 25 18
Eritrea 2,002 2,220 2,267
Estonia 220 189 211
Ethiopia 12,300 11,394 13,232
Fiji 802 875 866
Finland 350 407 489
France 4,284 4,693 5,159
French Polynesia 24 14 27
Gabon 167 146 165
Gambia 1,111 1,142 1,247
Georgia 1,240 1,410 1,635
Germany 5,584 5,436 5,306
Ghana 7,115 6,186 6,949
Greece 1,235 1,211 1,451
Grenada 633 525 585
Guatemala 10,238 11,773 13,002
Guinea 1,375 1,389 1,501
Guinea-Bissau 30 39 37
Guyana 6,267 5,543 5,771
Haiti 15,274 16,967 23,584
Honduras 8,156 9,274 13,302
Hong Kong 2,278 2,085 2,510
Hungary 996 1,095 1,048
Iceland 86 104 97
India 77,908 64,116 64,687
Indonesia 2,139 2,084 2,129
Iran 11,615 13,114 13,298
Iraq 19,153 21,107 18,904
Ireland 1,605 1,607 1,759
Israel 3,805 3,965 4,142
Italy 3,298 3,544 4,078
Jamaica 19,026 17,642 23,350
Japan 5,545 5,395 5,207
Jordan 5,187 4,664 5,269
Kazakhstan 1,221 1,201 1,310
Kenya 5,884 5,602 6,274
Kiribati 6 D 9
Korea, North 142 55 47
Korea, South 1 20,423 17,138 21,801
Kosovo 758 814 1,020
Kuwait 1,057 1,055 1,186
Kyrgyzstan 707 790 847
Laos 806 917 856
Latvia 384 480 391
Lebanon 3,245 2,813 2,971
Lesotho 13 23 19
Liberia 3,874 3,795 3,619
Libya 524 734 642
Lithuania 747 750 735
Luxembourg 26 27 34
Macau 105 99 109
Macedonia 960 1,060 1,262
Madagascar 86 72 88
Malawi 172 160 205
Malaysia 2,622 2,749 3,382
Maldives 13 8 11
Mali 604 587 598
Malta 39 58 65
Marshall Islands 56 32 32
Mauritania 320 298 317
Mauritius 81 96 110
Mexico 134,052 158,619 174,534
Micronesia, Federated States 5 6 11
Moldova 2,341 2,496 2,929
Monaco 8 10 11
Mongolia 651 644 750
Montenegro 289 251 387
Montserrat 38 14 14
Morocco 3,605 3,710 4,586
Mozambique 71 107 101
Namibia 44 86 87
Nepal 12,357 12,926 12,851
Netherlands 1,195 1,309 1,319
Netherlands Antilles (former) 45 22 18
New Caledonia 6 9 5
New Zealand 796 855 846
Nicaragua 2,886 3,324 3,486
Niger 71 55 119
Nigeria 12,828 11,542 14,380
Norway 271 310 362
Oman 90 85 116
Pakistan 18,612 18,057 19,313
Palau 12 15 14
Panama 1,095 1,052 1,029
Papua New Guinea 18 11 23
Paraguay 391 382 434
Peru 10,606 10,148 10,940
Philippines 49,996 56,478 53,287
Poland 5,689 5,275 5,603
Portugal 892 857 1,006
Qatar 202 229 272
Romania 3,246 3,376 3,554
Russia 9,079 8,799 9,297
Rwanda 555 732 1,357
Saint Kitts and Nevis 263 222 250
Saint Lucia 844 739 777
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 448 415 422
Samoa 239 207 219
Sao Tome and Principe 5 6 12
Saudi Arabia 1,696 1,744 2,117
Senegal 1,273 1,244 1,533
Serbia 1,143 1,278 1,351
Serbia and Montenegro (former) 267 232 202
Seychelles 7 11 16
Sierra Leone 1,740 1,599 1,535
Singapore 779 781 812
Sint Maarten 45 45 42
Slovakia 460 424 483
Slovenia 78 107 119
Solomon Islands 5 D 3
Somalia 5,190 6,796 6,958
South Africa 2,676 2,907 3,023
South Sudan 74 127 124
Soviet Union (former) 1,136 1,022 1,042
Spain 2,928 3,303 3,519
Sri Lanka 1,767 1,763 1,913
Sudan 2,442 3,580 3,159
Suriname 158 134 156
Swaziland 23 19 20
Sweden 954 1,066 1,144
Switzerland 656 640 743
Syria 3,540 3,840 4,800
Taiwan 4,697 4,888 5,120
Tajikistan 516 595 593
Tanzania 774 799 788
Thailand 6,197 7,502 7,039
Togo 1,612 1,547 1,938
Tonga 320 327 283
Trinidad and Tobago 3,988 3,212 3,469
Tunisia 429 518 518
Turkey 3,834 4,201 4,469
Turkmenistan 254 226 235
Turks and Caicos Islands 40 38 39
Uganda 1,409 1,664 1,649
Ukraine 7,752 7,987 10,422
United Arab Emirates 1,039 1,193 1,370
United Kingdom 12,225 12,592 12,673
United States 358 370 468
Uruguay 1,128 1,078 972
Uzbekistan 5,194 3,977 4,359
Venezuela 8,427 9,144 10,772
Vietnam 30,283 30,832 41,451
Virgin Islands, British 56 38 40
Yemen 3,492 3,194 13,040
Zambia 441 460 487
Zimbabwe 797 779 815
All other countries 2 31 34 31
Unknown 1,150 677 1,724

NA Not available.

X Not applicable.

D Data withheld to limit disclosure.

- Represents zero.

1 Data for South Korea prior to Fiscal Year 2009 include a small number of cases from North Korea.

2 Includes countries with less than 10 lawful permanent residents per year.

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Last Published Date: December 18, 2017

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