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Table 3. Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status by Region and Country of Birth: 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 3. Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status by Region of Birth: Fiscal Years 2015 to 2017
Region of Birth201520162017
      Total1,051,0311,183,5051,127,167
Africa101,415113,426118,824
Asia419,297462,299424,743
Europe85,80393,56784,335
North America366,126427,293413,650
Oceania5,4045,5885,071
South America72,30979,60879,076
Unknown6771,7241,468

 

Table 3. Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status by Country of Birth: Fiscal Years 2015 to 2017
Country of Birth201520162017
      Total1,051,0311,183,5051,127,167
Afghanistan8,32812,51319,538
Albania4,6535,7735,722
Algeria1,7752,1802,139
American Samoa--D
Angola154198209
Anguilla222023
Antigua and Barbuda290324322
Argentina3,7304,0913,482
Armenia2,9623,5433,437
Aruba382347
Australia3,0343,2392,906
Austria474432387
Azerbaijan676784881
Bahamas725656725
Bahrain145138130
Bangladesh13,57018,72314,693
Barbados376371373
Belarus1,9942,1271,919
Belgium662691625
Belize772851746
Benin466577648
Bermuda1129968
Bhutan6,3254,2172,940
Bolivia1,6261,5951,510
Bosnia and Herzegovina859971846
Botswana6178112
Brazil11,42413,81214,989
Brunei213124
Bulgaria2,6882,6702,184
Burkina Faso575642541
Burma12,80813,06512,897
Burundi3514151,094
Cabo Verde1,2532,2422,618
Cambodia1,8683,1734,056
Cameroon4,3744,8994,668
Canada12,67312,79311,484
Cayman Islands535567
Central African Republic234202178
Chad175136205
Chile1,5961,6981,625
China, People's Republic74,55881,77271,565
Colombia17,31618,61017,956
Comoros544
Congo, Democratic Republic5,3456,7918,709
Congo, Republic496625632
Costa Rica2,0292,2242,184
Cote d'Ivoire1,4971,6171,810
Croatia348388375
Cuba54,39666,51665,028
Curacao223534
Cyprus113131117
Czechia637650582
Czechoslovakia (former)586252
Denmark609521461
Djibouti370281222
Dominica229298510
Dominican Republic50,61061,16158,520
Ecuador10,18710,75710,594
Egypt12,08512,0459,834
El Salvador19,48723,44925,109
Equatorial Guinea251820
Eritrea2,2202,2672,449
Estonia189211176
Ethiopia11,39413,23214,637
Fiji875866805
Finland407489439
France4,6935,1594,782
French Polynesia142720
Gabon146165150
Gambia1,1421,2471,134
Georgia1,4101,6351,629
Germany5,4365,3064,662
Ghana6,1866,9498,455
Greece1,2111,4511,314
Grenada525585544
Guatemala11,77313,00213,198
Guinea1,3891,5011,348
Guinea-Bissau393748
Guyana5,5435,7715,468
Haiti16,96723,58421,824
Honduras9,27413,30211,387
Hong Kong2,0852,5102,415
Hungary1,0951,048972
Iceland1049786
India64,11664,68760,394
Indonesia2,0842,1291,914
Iran13,11413,29813,791
Iraq21,10718,90414,203
Ireland1,6071,7591,485
Israel3,9654,1423,802
Italy3,5444,0783,655
Jamaica17,64223,35021,905
Japan5,3955,2074,635
Jordan4,6645,2695,264
Kazakhstan1,2011,3101,377
Kenya5,6026,2746,957
Kiribati49D
Korea, North554732
Korea, South 117,13821,80119,194
Kosovo8141,0201,014
Kuwait1,0551,1861,177
Kyrgyzstan790847715
Laos917856685
Latvia480391359
Lebanon2,8132,9712,818
Lesotho231924
Liberia3,7953,6194,155
Libya734642780
Lithuania750735645
Luxembourg273433
Macau99109109
Macedonia1,0601,2621,027
Madagascar728860
Malawi160205228
Malaysia2,7493,3824,109
Maldives8115
Mali587598544
Malta586575
Marshall Islands323223
Mauritania298317287
Mauritius9611096
Mexico158,619174,534170,581
Micronesia, Federated States6116
Moldova2,4962,9292,480
Monaco101114
Mongolia644750661
Montenegro251387323
Montserrat141412
Morocco3,7104,5864,229
Mozambique10710196
Namibia8687130
Nepal12,92612,85111,610
Netherlands1,3091,3191,056
Netherlands Antilles (former)22189
New Caledonia954
New Zealand855846798
Nicaragua3,3243,4863,072
Niger55119116
Nigeria11,54214,38013,539
Norway310362290
Oman85116104
Pakistan18,05719,31317,408
Palau151413
Panama1,0521,029889
Papua New Guinea112318
Paraguay382434391
Peru10,14810,94010,115
Philippines56,47853,28749,147
Poland5,2755,6034,845
Portugal8571,006939
Qatar229272224
Romania3,3763,5542,953
Russia8,7999,2978,918
Rwanda7321,3571,394
Saint Kitts and Nevis222250238
Saint Lucia739777777
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines415422361
Samoa207219194
Sao Tome and Principe61210
Saudi Arabia1,7442,1172,135
Senegal1,2441,5331,470
Serbia1,2781,3511,410
Serbia and Montenegro (former)232202144
Seychelles111610
Sierra Leone1,5991,5352,058
Singapore781812818
Sint Maarten454235
Slovakia424483388
Slovenia107119108
Somalia6,7966,9587,404
South Africa2,9073,0232,912
South Sudan127124160
Soviet Union (former)1,0221,042939
Spain3,3033,5193,045
Sri Lanka1,7631,9131,627
Sudan3,5803,1593,515
Suriname134156136
Swaziland192019
Sweden1,0661,144950
Switzerland640743565
Syria3,8404,8005,877
Taiwan4,8885,1204,858
Tajikistan595593652
Tanzania7997881,415
Thailand7,5027,0396,311
Togo1,5471,9381,572
Tonga327283262
Trinidad and Tobago3,2123,4693,100
Tunisia518518535
Turkey4,2014,4694,844
Turkmenistan226235251
Turks and Caicos Islands383935
Uganda1,6641,6491,898
Ukraine7,98710,42210,135
United Arab Emirates1,1931,3701,314
United Kingdom12,59212,67310,948
United States370468409
Uruguay1,0789721,001
Uzbekistan3,9774,3594,095
Venezuela9,14410,77211,809
Vietnam30,83241,45138,231
Virgin Islands, British384025
Yemen3,19413,0406,029
Zambia460487537
Zimbabwe779815810
All other countries 2353437
Unknown6771,7241,468

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 fewer than 10 lawful permanent residents per year.

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Last Updated: 10/02/2018
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