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Table 25. Nonimmigrant Admissions by Class of Admission: Fiscal Years 2015 to 2017

The 2017 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 25. Nonimmigrant Admissions by Class of Admission: Fiscal Years 2015 to 2017
Class of Admission20152016 12017
Total all admissions 2181,300,000178,700,000181,100,000
Total I-94 admissions 376,638,23677,112,07377,643,267
   Temporary workers and families3,722,5433,937,7653,969,276
      Temporary workers and trainees2,306,9622,445,8542,447,014
         CNMI-only transitional workers (CW1)5,0967,8308,154
        Spouses and children of CW1 (CW2)8831,025903
        Temporary workers in specialty occupations (H1B)537,450542,621531,280
        Chile and Singapore Free Trade Agreement aliens (H1B1)93275452
        Registered nurses participating in the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas (H1C)-897
        Agricultural workers (H2A) 4283,580352,462412,820
        Nonagricultural workers (H2B)120,207120,843124,319
        Returning H2B workers (H2R) 5121111
        Trainees (H3)3,5142,8022,637
        Spouses and children of H1, H2, or H3 (H4)205,521212,783219,716
        Workers with extraordinary ability or achievement (O1)93,086102,347111,516
        Workers accompanying and assisting in performance of O1 workers (O2)26,59328,68530,659
        Spouses and children of O1 and O2 (O3)11,73313,89015,343
        Internationally recognized athletes or entertainers (P1)99,35199,262103,097
        Artists or entertainers in reciprocal exchange programs (P2)14,29213,35114,684
        Artists or entertainers in culturally unique programs (P3)11,72913,17813,439
        Spouses and children of P1, P2, or P3 (P4)3,7543,7993,917
        Workers in international cultural exchange programs (Q1)2,9883,0863,406
        Workers in religious occupations (R1)14,10914,28214,359
        Spouses and children of R1 (R2)3,5263,7584,461
        North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional workers (TN)787,180817,517741,899
        Spouses and children of TN (TD)82,26592,03989,845
     Intracompany transferees917,613965,228976,508
        Intracompany transferees (L1)648,611680,621687,096
        Spouses and children of L1 (L2)269,002284,607289,412
     Treaty traders and investors449,732478,278496,936
        Treaty traders and their spouses and children (E1)78,51179,72077,657
        Treaty investors and their spouses and children (E2)335,820356,990374,201
        Treaty investors and their spouses and children (CNMI only) (E2C)-D-
        Australian Free Trade Agreement principals, spouses and children (E3)35,401D45,078
     Representatives of foreign information media48,23648,40548,818
        Representatives of foreign information media and spouses and children (I1)48,23648,40548,818
  Students1,990,6611,991,9401,940,171
        Academic students (F1)1,886,9481,892,6441,845,739
        Spouses and children of F1 (F2)83,00479,43674,461
        Vocational students (M1)19,87819,00619,129
        Spouses and children of M1 (M2)831854842
  Exchange visitors576,347585,504594,185
        Exchange visitors (J1)502,372513,905523,864
        Spouses and children of J1 (J2)73,97571,59970,321
        Diplomats and other representatives438,477442,418450,457
        Ambassadors, public ministers, career diplomatic or consular officers and their families (A1)40,41041,93242,459
        Other foreign government officials or employees and their families (A2)183,104181,761180,796
        Attendants, servants, or personal employees of A1 and A2 and their families (A3)1,4491,3071,406
        Principals of recognized foreign governments (G1)15,94716,57516,824
        Other representatives of recognized foreign governments (G2)21,48120,21521,578
        Representatives of nonrecognized or nonmember foreign governments (G3)9431,0171,048
        International organization officers or employees (G4)121,890125,565130,056
        Attendants, servants, or personal employees of representatives (G5)1,0931,0601,006
        North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) officials, spouses, and children (N1 to N7)52,16052,98655,284
  Temporary visitors for pleasure61,017,23761,029,11761,600,219
        Temporary visitors for pleasure (B2)41,671,99741,045,83341,117,760
        Visa Waiver Program – temporary visitors for pleasure (WT)18,138,44218,698,45119,161,211
        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)1,206,7981,284,8331,321,248
  Temporary visitors for business8,008,6598,290,7128,456,038
        Temporary visitors for business (B1)4,933,9585,156,7085,301,451
        Visa Waiver Program – temporary visitors for business (WB)3,070,2263,129,8903,152,656
        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)4,4754,1141,931
  Transit aliens689,990635,087498,272
        Aliens in continuous and immediate transit through the United States (C1)672,420618,997483,076
        Aliens in transit to the United Nations (C2)524483357
        Foreign government officials, their spouses, children, and attendants in transit (C3)17,04615,60714,839
  Commuter students100,49567,52735,297
        Canadian or Mexican national academic commuter students (F3)100,49567,52735,297
        Canadian or Mexican national vocational commuter students (M3)---
  Alien fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens and children35,26644,39040,878
        Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens (K1)30,94238,67235,546
        Children of K1 (K2)4,3245,7185,332
  Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act1,6271,212704
        Spouses of U.S. citizens, visa pending (K3)64443798
        Children of U.S. citizens, visa pending (K4)999452
        Spouses of permanent residents, visa pending (V1)563237200
        Children of permanent residents, visa pending (V2)307431348
        Dependents of V1 or V2, visa pending (V3)14136
Other749063
Unknown56,86086,31157,707

X Not applicable.
D Data withheld to limit disclosure.
- Represents zero.
1 Beginning in 2017, the preceding year’s figures (i.e. 2016) will be updated to correct any undercounting due to lag in reporting within the data system between the publication of last year’s data and the current year.
2 Estimated admission totals rounded to the nearest hundred thousand. Excludes sea and air crew admissions (D1 and D2 visas).
3 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.
4 Beginning in 2006, annual increases in H2A admissions may be due to more complete recording of pedestrian admissions along the Southwest border.
5 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: 11/06/2018
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