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Table 7. Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status by Type and Detailed Class of Admission: Fiscal Year 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.

 

Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens
Type and Class of Admission Total Adjustments of status New arrivals
      Total, all immigrants 1,127,167 549,086 578,081
Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens 516,508 252,231 264,277
   Spouses, new arrivals (IR1) 74,429 - 74,429
   Spouses, adjustments (IR6) 42,816 42,816 -
   Spouses, new arrivals, conditional (CR1) 40,425 - 40,425
   Spouses, adjustments, conditional (CR6) 104,715 104,715 -
   Spouses, new arrivals, self petitioning (IB1) 194 - 194
   Spouses, adjustments, self petitioning (IB6) 3,247 3,247 -
   Spouses, widows or widowers, new arrivals (IW1) 388 - 388
   Spouses, widows or widowers, adjustments (IW6) 384 384 -
   Spouses, entered as fiance(e), adjustments, conditional (CF1) 25,535 25,535 -
   Spouses, entered as fiance(e), adjustments (IF1) 776 776 -
   Children, new arrivals (IR2) 46,462 - 46,462
   Children, adjustments (IR7) 7,231 7,231 -
   Children, new arrivals, conditional (CR2) 6,632 - 6,632
   Children, adjustments, conditional (CR7) 5,336 5,336 -
   Children, Amerasian, adjustments (AR6) D D -
   Children, new arrivals, self petitioning (IB2) 67 - 67
   Children, adjustments, self petitioning (IB7) 221 221 -
   Children of IB1 or IB6, new arrivals (IB3) 262 - 262
   Children of IB1 or IB6, adjustments (IB8) 234 234 -
   Children of IW1 or IW6, new arrivals (IW2) 132 - 132
   Children of IW1 or IW6, adjustments (IW7) 29 29 -
   Children of CF1, adjustments, conditional (CF2) 3,370 3,370 -
   Children of IF1, adjustments (IF2) 309 309 -
   Children adopted abroad under the Hague Convention, new arrivals (IH3) 2,897 - 2,897
   Children adopted abroad under the Hague Convention, adjustments (IH8) 3 3 -
   Children to be adopted under the Hague Convention, new arrivals (IH4) 170 - 170
   Children to be adopted under the Hague Convention, adjustments (IH9) 3 3 -
   Orphans adopted abroad, new arrivals (IR3) 1,340 - 1,340
   Orphans adopted abroad, adjustments (IR8) 8 8 -
   Orphans to be adopted, new arrivals (IR4) 278 - 278
   Orphans to be adopted, adjustments (IR9) D D -
   Parents of adult U.S. citizens, new arrivals (IR5) 90,597 - 90,597
   Parents of adult U.S. citizens, adjustments (IR0) 57,966 57,966 -
   Parents battered or abused, of U.S. citizens, new arrivals, self petitioning (IB5) 4 - 4
   Parents battered or abused, of U.S. citizens, adjustments, self petitioning (IB0) 43 43 -

 

Family-Sponsored Preferences
Type and Class of Admission Total Adjustments of status New arrivals
Family-sponsored preferences 232,238 13,478 218,760
   First: Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their children 26,219 1,929 24,290
      Unmarried Amerasian sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, new arrivals (A11) D - D
      Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, new arrivals (F11) 14,459 - 14,459
      Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, adjustments (F16) 1,819 1,819 -
      Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, new arrivals, self petitioning (B11) 5 - 5
      Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, adjustments, self petitioning (B16) 3 3 -
      Children of A11 or A16, new arrivals (A12) D - D
      Children of F11 or F16, new arrivals (F12) 9,824 - 9,824
      Children of F11 or F16, adjustments (F17) 107 107 -
   Second: Spouses, children, and unmarried sons/daughters of alien residents 113,500 5,846 107,654
      Spouses of alien residents, subject to country limits, new arrivals (F21) 10,220 - 10,220
      Spouses of alien residents, subject to country limits, adjustments (F26) 1,484 1,484 -
      Spouses of alien residents, subject to country limits, new arrivals, self petitioning (B21) 29 - 29
      Spouses of alien residents, subject to country limits, adjustments, self petitioning (B26) 304 304 -
      Spouses of alien residents, subject to country limits, new arrivals, conditional (C21) 16 - 16
      Spouses of alien residents, subject to country limits, adjustments, conditional (C26) 17 17 -
      Spouses of alien residents, exempt from country limits, new arrivals (FX1) 25,801 - 25,801
      Spouses of alien residents, exempt from country limits, adjustments (FX6) 615 615 -
      Spouses of alien residents, exempt from country limits, new arrivals, self petitioning (BX1) 4 - 4
      Spouses of alien residents, exempt from country limits, adjustments, self petitioning (BX6) 142 142 -
      Spouses of alien residents, exempt from country limits, new arrivals, conditional (CX1) 22 - 22
      Spouses of alien residents, exempt from country limits, adjustments, conditional (CX6) 10 10 -
      Children of alien residents, subject to country limits, new arrivals (F22) 6,581 - 6,581
      Children of alien residents, subject to country limits, adjustments (F27) 578 578 -
      Children of alien residents, subject to country limits, new arrivals, self petitioning (B22) 19 - 19
      Children of alien residents, subject to country limits, adjustments, self petitioning (B27) 45 45 -
      Children of C21, C22, C26, or C27, subject to country limits, new arrivals, conditional (C23) D - D
      Children of B21, B22, B26, or B27, subject to country limits, new arrivals (B23) 8 - 8
      Children of B21, B22, B26, or B27, subject to country limits, adjustments (B28) 32 32 -
      Children of F21, F22, F26, or F27, subject to country limits, new arrivals (F23) 3,906 - 3,906
      Children of F21, F22, F26, or F27, subject to country limits, adjustments (F28) 18 18 -
      Children of C24 or C29, subject to country limits, adjustments, conditional (C20) D D -
      Children of B24 or B29, subject to country limits, adjustments (B20) 14 14 -
      Children of F24 or F29, subject to country limits, new arrivals (F25) 10,858 - 10,858
      Children of F24 or F29, subject to country limits, adjustments (F20) 115 115 -
      Children of alien residents, subject to country limits, adjustments, conditional (C27) D D -
      Children of alien residents, exempt from country limits, new arrivals (FX2) 26,470 - 26,470
      Children of alien residents, exempt from country limits, adjustments (FX7) 225 225 -
      Children of alien residents, exempt from country limits, adjustments, self petitioning (BX7) 14 14 -
      Children of CX2 or CX7, exempt from country limits, new arrivals, conditional (CX3) D - D
      Children of BX1, BX2, BX6, or BX7, exempt from country limits, adjustments (BX8) 18 18 -
      Children of FX1, FX2, FX7, or FX8, exempt from country limits, new arrivals (FX3) 9,930 - 9,930
      Children of FX1, FX2, FX7, or FX8, exempt from country limits, adjustments (FX8) 20 20 -
      Children of alien residents, exempt from country limits, new arrivals, conditional (CX2) 8 - 8
      Unmarried sons/daughters of alien residents, subject to country limits, new arrivals (F24) 13,778 - 13,778
      Unmarried sons/daughters of alien residents, subject to country limits, adjustments (F29) 2,181 2,181 -
      Unmarried sons/daughters of alien residents, subject to country limits, adjustments, self petitioning (B29) 9 9 -
      Unmarried children of alien residents, subject to country limits, adjustments, conditional (C29) D D -
   Third: Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children 23,260 2,093 21,167
      Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, new arrivals (F31) 6,086 - 6,086
      Married Amerasian sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, adjustments (A36) D D -
      Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, adjustments (F36) 1,018 1,018 -
      Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, adjustments, conditional (C36) D D -
      Spouses of married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, new arrivals (F32) 5,493 - 5,493
      Spouses of married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, adjustments (F37) 777 777 -
      Children of married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, new arrivals (F33) 9,588 - 9,588
      Children of married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, adjustments (F38) 295 295 -
      Children of C31 or C36, subject to country limits, adjustments, conditional (C38) D D -
   Fourth: Brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens (at least 21 years of age) and their spouses and children 69,259 3,610 65,649
      Brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens, new arrivals (F41) 22,611 - 22,611
      Brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens, adjustments (F46) 2,242 2,242 -
      Spouses of brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens, new arrivals (F42) 15,648 - 15,648
      Spouses of brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens, adjustments (F47) 1,018 1,018 -
      Children of brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens, new arrivals (F43) 27,390 - 27,390
      Children of brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens, adjustments (F48) 350 350 -

 

Employment-Based Preferences
Type and Class of Admission Total Adjustments of status New arrivals
Employment-based preferences 137,855 113,330 24,525
   First: Priority workers 41,060 38,496 2,564
      Aliens with extraordinary ability, new arrivals (E11) 903 - 903
      Aliens with extraordinary ability, adjustments (E16) 4,915 4,915 -
      Outstanding professors or researchers, new arrivals (E12) 14 - 14
      Outstanding professors or researchers, adjustments (E17) 2,557 2,557 -
      Multinational executives or managers, new arrivals (E13) 60 - 60
      Multinational executives or managers, adjustments (E18) 8,494 8,494 -
      Spouses of E11, E12, E13, E16, E17, or E18, new arrivals (E14) 706 - 706
      Spouses of E11, E12, E13, E16, E17, or E18, adjustments (E19) 12,258 12,258 -
      Children of E11, E12, E13, E16, E17, or E18, new arrivals (E15) 881 - 881
      Children of E11, E12, E13, E16, E17, or E18, adjustments (E10) 10,272 10,272 -
   Second: Professionals with advanced degrees or aliens of exceptional ability 39,331 36,217 3,114
      Professionals holding advanced degrees, new arrivals (E21) 1,093 - 1,093
      Professionals holding advanced degrees, adjustments (E26) 18,339 18,339 -
      Spouses of E21 or E26, new arrivals (E22) 893 - 893
      Spouses of E21 or E26, adjustments (E27) 11,797 11,797 -
      Children of E21 or E26, new arrivals (E23) 1,128 - 1,128
      Children of E21 or E26, adjustments (E28) 6,081 6,081 -
   Third: Skilled workers, professionals, and needed unskilled workers 38,083 29,377 8,706
      Skilled workers, new arrivals (E31) 1,811 - 1,811
      Skilled workers, adjustments (E36) 4,229 4,229 -
      Professionals with baccalaureate degrees, new arrivals (E32) 926 - 926
      Professionals with baccalaureate degrees, adjustments (E37) 9,780 9,780 -
      Needed unskilled workers, new arrivals (EW3) 367 - 367
      Needed unskilled workers, adjustments (EW8) 1,002 1,002 -
      Chinese Student Protection Act (CSPA) principals, adjustments (EC6) D D -
      Spouses of E31, E32, E36, or E37, new arrivals (E34) 1,933 - 1,933
      Spouses of E31, E32, E36, or E37, adjustments (E39) 8,648 8,648 -
      Spouses of EW3 or EW8, new arrivals (EW4) 278 - 278
      Spouses of EW3 or EW8, adjustments (EW9) 448 448 -
      Children of EX1 or EX6, adjustments (EX8) D D -
      Children of E31, E32, E36, or E37, new arrivals (E35) 2,908 - 2,908
      Children of E31, E32, E36, or E37, adjustments (E30) 4,821 4,821 -
      Children of EW3 or EW8, new arrivals (EW5) 483 - 483
      Children of EW3 or EW8, adjustments (EW0) 446 446 -
   Fourth: Certain special immigrants 9,504 7,610 1,894
      Broadcast (IBCB of BBG) employees, new arrivals (BC1) 4 - 4
      Broadcast (IBCG of BBG) employees, adjustments (BC6) 44 44 -
      Ministers, new arrivals (SD1) 49 - 49
      Ministers, adjustments (SD6) 805 805 -
      Employees of U.S. government abroad, new arrivals (SE1) 449 - 449
      Employees of U.S. government abroad, adjustments (SE6) 18 18 -
      Former employees of the Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone Government, new arrivals (SF1) D - D
      Foreign medical school graduate who was licensed to practice in the United States on Jan. 9, 1978, adjustments (SJ6) D D -
      Retired employees of international organizations, new arrivals (SK1) 5 - 5
      Retired employees of international organizations, adjustments (SK6) 157 157 -
      Certain surviving spouses of deceased international organization employees, adjustments (SK9) D D -
      Juvenile court dependents, new arrivals (SL1) 45 - 45
      Juvenile court dependents, adjustments (SL6) 4,681 4,681 -
      Retired NATO-6 civilian employees, adjustments (SN6) D D -
      Religious workers, new arrivals (SR1) 21 - 21
      Religious workers, adjustments (SR6) 557 557 -
      Spouses of BC1 or BC6, new arrivals (BC2) 3 - 3
      Spouses of BC1 or BC6, adjustments (BC7) 16 16 -
      Spouses of SD1 or SD6, new arrivals (SD2) 51 - 51
      Spouses of SD1 or SD6, adjustments (SD7) 327 327 -
      Spouses of SE1 or SE6, new arrivals (SE2) 362 - 362
      Spouses of SE1 or SE6, adjustments (SE7) 11 11 -
      Spouses of SK1 or SK6, new arrivals (SK2) 3 - 3
      Spouses of SK1 or SK6, adjustments (SK7) 48 48 -
      Spouses of SR1 or SR6, new arrivals (SR2) 21 - 21
      Spouses of SR1 or SR6, adjustments (SR7) 124 124 -
      Children of BC1 or BC6, new arrivals (BC3) 4 - 4
      Children of BC1 or BC6, adjustments (BC8) 24 24 -
      Children of SD1 or SD6, new arrivals (SD3) 109 - 109
      Children of SD1 or SD6, adjustments (SD8) 396 396 -
      Children of SE1 or SE6, new arrivals (SE3) 735 - 735
      Children of SE1 or SE6, adjustments (SE8) 13 13 -
      Certain unmarried children of SK1 or SK6, new arrivals (SK3) D - D
      Certain unmarried children of SK1 or SK6, adjustments (SK8) 239 239 -
      Children of SR1 or SR6, new arrivals (SR3) 30 - 30
      Children of SR1 or SR6, adjustments (SR8) 143 143 -
      Certain unmarried sons/daughters of SN1 or SN6, adjustments (SN8) 3 3 -
   Fifth: Employment creation (investors) 9,877 1,630 8,247
      Employment creation, not in targeted area, new arrivals, conditional (C51) 50 - 50
      Employment creation, not in targeted area, adjustments, conditional (C56) 43 43 -
      Employment creation, targeted area, pilot program, new arrivals, conditional (I51) 2,628 - 2,628
      Employment creation, targeted area, pilot program, adjustments, conditional (I56) 619 619 -
      Employment creation, targeted area, new arrivals, conditional (T51) 108 - 108
      Employment creation, targeted area, adjustments, conditional (T56) 57 57 -
      Investor pilot program, not targeted, new arrivals, conditional (R51) 3 - 3
      Spouses of C51 or C56, new arrivals, conditional (C52) 40 - 40
      Spouses of C51 or C56, adjustments, conditional (C57) 34 34 -
      Spouses of E51 or E56, new arrivals (E52) D - D
      Spouses of I51 or I56, new arrivals, conditional (I52) 1,799 - 1,799
      Spouses of I51 or I56, adjustments, conditional (I57) 286 286 -
      Spouses of T51 or T56, new arrivals, conditional (T52) 77 - 77
      Spouses of T51 or T56, adjustments, conditional (T57) 42 42 -
      Spouses of R51 or R56, new arrivals, conditional (R52) D - D
      Children of C51 or C56, new arrivals, conditional (C53) 64 - 64
      Children of C51 or C56, adjustments, conditional (C58) 52 52 -
      Children of I51 or I56, new arrivals, conditional (I53) 3,331 - 3,331
      Children of I51 or I56, adjustments, conditional (I58) 461 461 -
      Children of T51 or T56, new arrivals, conditional (T53) 138 - 138
      Children of T51 or T56, adjustments, conditional (T58) 36 36 -
      Children of R51 or R56, new arrivals, conditional (R53) 6 - 6

 

Diversity
Type and Class of Admission Total Adjustments of status New arrivals
Diversity 51,592 918 50,674
   Principals, new arrivals (DV1) 26,145 - 26,145
   Principals, adjustments (DV6) 539 539 -
   Spouses of DV1 or DV6, new arrivals (DV2) 11,514 - 11,514
   Spouses of DV1 or DV6, adjustments (DV7) 219 219 -
   Children of DV1 or DV6, new arrivals (DV3) 13,015 - 13,015
   Children of DV1 or DV6, adjustments (DV8) 160 160 -

 

Refugees and Asylees
Type and Class of Admission Total Adjustments of status New arrivals
Refugees and asylees 146,003 146,003 -
   Refugees 120,356 120,356 -
      Cuban refugees (P.L. 89-732 of 1966) (CU6) 53,998 53,998 -
      Non-Cuban spouses or children of Cuban refugees (CU7) 3,156 3,156 -
      Refugee parolees (P.L. 95-412 of 1978) (R86) D D -
      Other refugees (P.L. 96-212 Refugee Act of 1980) (RE6) 24,546 24,546 -
      Spouses of RE6 (RE7) 10,308 10,308 -
      Children of RE6 (RE8) 28,344 28,344 -
      Other relatives (RE9) D D -
   Asylees 25,647 25,647 -
      Asylees (AS6) 13,879 13,879 -
      Spouses of AS6 (AS7) 4,830 4,830 -
      Children of AS6 (AS8) 6,938 6,938 -

 

All Other Types of Admission
Type and Class of Admission Total Adjustments of status New arrivals
Parolees 26 26 -
   Parolees, Soviet/Indochinese (LA6) 13 13 -
   Parolees, Indochinese (ID6) 13 13 -
Children born abroad to alien residents (NA3) 75 - 75
Certain Iraqis and Afghans employed by U.S. Government 19,191 46 19,145
   Principal, new arrivals (SQ1) 5,106 - 5,106
   Principal, adjustments (SQ6) 15 15 -
   Spouses of SQ1 or SQ6, new arrivals (SQ2) 4,221 - 4,221
   Spouses of SQ1 or SQ6, adjustments (SQ7) 11 11 -
   Children of SQ1 or SQ6, new arrivals (SQ3) 9,818 - 9,818
   Children of SQ1 or SQ6, adjustments (SQ8) 20 20 -
Cancellation of removal 3,539 3,539 -
   Sec. 244, P.L. 89-236, subject to 4,000 annual limit (Z13) 2,798 2,798 -
   Battered spouses or children (Violence Against Women Act), P.L. 103-322 of 1994, subject to 4,000 annual limit (Z14) 51 51 -
   Salvadoran, Guatemalan and former Soviet bloc country nationals (NACARA Section 203, P.L. 105-100 of 1997) (Z15) 690 690 -
Victims of human trafficking 1,317 1,317 -
   Adjustment of T1 nonimmigrant (ST6) 603 603 -
   Adjustment of T2 nonimmigrant (ST7) 210 210 -
   Adjustment of T3 nonimmigrant (ST8) 464 464 -
   Adjustment of T4 nonimmigrant (ST0) 21 21 -
   Adjustment of T5 nonimmigrant (ST9) 14 14 -
   Adjustment of T6 nonimmigrant (ST1) 5 5 -
Victims of crimes, and their spouses and children 18,065 17,993 72
   Adjustment of U1 nonimmigrant (SU6) 10,608 10,608 -
   Spouses of SU6, new arrivals (SU2) D - D
   Children of SU6, new arrivals (SU3) 70 - 70
   Parents of SU6, new arrivals (SU5) D - D
   Adjustment of U2 nonimmigrant (SU7) 2,218 2,218 -
   Adjustment of U3 nonimmigrant (SU8) 3,558 3,558 -
   Adjustment of U4 nonimmigrant (SU0) 1,204 1,204 -
   Adjustment of U5 nonimmigrant (SU9) 405 405 -
IRCA legalization 25 25 -
   Entered without inspection before 1/1/82 (W16) 20 20 -
   Entered as nonimmigrant and overstayed visa before 1/1/82 (W26) 5 5 -
IRCA legalization dependents 16 11 5
   Spouses of legalized aliens, adjustments, conditional (CB6) 10 10 -
   Children of LB1 or LB6, new arrivals (LB2) 3 - 3
   Children of CB1 or CB6, new arrivals, conditional (CB2) D - D
   Children of CB1 or CB6, adjustments, conditional (CB7) D D -
Other 717 169 548
   Children of AA1 or AA6, adjustments (AA8) D D -
   Amerasians, born in Vietnam between 1/1/62-1/1/76, new arrivals (AM1) 7 - 7
   Spouses or children of AM1 or AM6, new arrivals (AM2) 17 - 17
   Mothers, guardians, or next of kin of AM1 or AM6, new arrivals (AM3) D - D
   Individuals born under diplomatic status, adjustments, (DS1) 33 33 -
   Haitian asylum applicants (HRIFA)(HA6) 4 4 -
   Haitian parolees (HRIFA)(HB6) D D -
   Haitian children orphaned in the United States (HRIFA)(HD6) D D -
   Spouses of HA6 (HA7) D D -
   Spouses of HB6 (HB7) D D -
   Children of HA6 (HA8) D D -
   Children of HB6 (HB8) D D -
   Unmarried sons/daughters of HB6 (HB9) D D -
   Cuban Haitian entrants, adjustments (P.L. 99-603) (CH6) 8 8 -
   American Indians born in Canada, new arrivals (S13) 211 - 211
   Spouses of DT1 or DT6, adjustments (DT7) D D -
   Children of DT1 or DT6, adjustments (DT8) D D -
   Principals Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA)(NC6) 26 26 -
   Spouses of NC6 (NC7) 4 4 -
   Children of NC6 (NC8) 4 4 -
Unmarried sons/daughters of NC6 (NC9) D D -
   Special immigrant interpreters who are nationals of Iraq or Afghanistan, new arrivals (SI1) 71 - 71
   Special immigrant interpreters who are nationals of Iraq or Afghanistan, adjustments (SI6) 3 3 -
   Spouses of SI1 or SI6, new arrivals (SI2) 63 - 63
   Children of SI1 or SI6, new arrivals (SI3) 159 - 159
   Late amnesty applicants (Immigration Reform and Control Act) (W46) D D -
   Presumed lawfully admitted for permanent residence (XB3) D D -
   Children born subsequent to issuance of parent's employment-based preference visa, new arrivals (XE3) D - D
   Children born subsequent to issuance of parent's family-sponsored preference visa, new arrivals (XF3) 4 - 4
   Children born subsequent to issuance of parent's immediate relative of U.S. citizen visa, new arrivals (XR3) 6 - 6
   Children born subsequent to issuance of parent's visa other, new arrivals (XN3) 6 - 6
   Entered 6/29/40-1/1/72, Section 249, P.L. 89-236, adjustments (Z66) 73 73 -

D Data withheld to limit disclosure.
- Represents zero.

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Last Published Date: October 2, 2018

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