The 2018 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||2016||2017||2018|
|Total all admissions 1||178,700,000||181,100,000||186,200,000|
|Total I-94 admissions 2||77,112,073||77,643,267||81,279,692|
|Temporary workers and families||3,937,765||3,969,276||3,919,567|
|Temporary workers and trainees||2,445,854||2,447,014||2,378,940|
|CNMI-only transitional workers (CW1)||7,830||8,154||4,743|
|Spouses and children of CW1 (CW2)||1,025||903||729|
|Temporary workers in specialty occupations (H1B)||542,621||531,280||570,368|
|Chile and Singapore Free Trade Agreement aliens (H1B1)||275||452||581|
|Registered nurses participating in the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas (H1C)||8||97||66|
|Agricultural workers (H2A) 3||352,462||412,820||298,228|
|Nonagricultural workers (H2B)||120,843||124,319||120,351|
|Returning H2B workers (H2R) 4||11||11||9|
|Spouses and children of H1, H2, or H3 (H4)||212,783||219,716||230,219|
|Workers with extraordinary ability or achievement (O1)||102,347||111,516||120,625|
|Workers accompanying and assisting in performance of O1 workers (O2)||28,685||30,659||33,780|
|Spouses and children of O1 and O2 (O3)||13,890||15,343||16,074|
|Internationally recognized athletes or entertainers (P1)||99,262||103,097||105,856|
|Artists or entertainers in reciprocal exchange programs (P2)||13,351||14,684||16,476|
|Artists or entertainers in culturally unique programs (P3)||13,178||13,439||14,182|
|Spouses and children of P1, P2, or P3 (P4)||3,799||3,917||3,890|
|Workers in international cultural exchange programs (Q1)||3,086||3,406||3,443|
|Workers in religious occupations (R1)||14,282||14,359||14,672|
|Spouses and children of R1 (R2)||3,758||4,461||4,212|
|North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional workers (TN)||817,517||741,899||731,496|
|Spouses and children of TN (TD)||92,039||89,845||86,606|
|Intracompany transferees (L1)||680,621||687,096||703,102|
|Spouses and children of L1 (L2)||284,607||289,412||290,186|
|Treaty traders and investors||478,278||496,936||503,199|
|Treaty traders and their spouses and children (E1)||79,720||77,657||75,500|
|Treaty investors and their spouses and children (E2)||356,990||374,201||378,374|
|Treaty investors and their spouses and children (CNMI only) (E2C)||D||-||-|
|Australian Free Trade Agreement principals, spouses and children (E3)||D||45,078||49,325|
|Representatives of foreign information media||48,405||48,818||44,140|
|Representatives of foreign information media and spouses and children (I1)||48,405||48,818||44,140|
|Academic students (F1)||1,892,644||1,845,739||1,862,828|
|Spouses and children of F1 (F2)||79,436||74,461||75,344|
|Vocational students (M1)||19,006||19,129||18,838|
|Spouses and children of M1 (M2)||854||842||842|
|Exchange visitors (J1)||513,905||523,864||537,705|
|Spouses and children of J1 (J2)||71,599||70,321||73,668|
|Diplomats and other representatives||442,418||450,457||457,599|
|Ambassadors, public ministers, career diplomatic or consular officers and their families (A1)||41,932||42,459||43,715|
|Other foreign government officials or employees and their families (A2)||181,761||180,796||184,669|
|Attendants, servants, or personal employees of A1 and A2 and their families (A3)||1,307||1,406||1,178|
|Principals of recognized foreign governments (G1)||16,575||16,824||17,332|
|Other representatives of recognized foreign governments (G2)||20,215||21,578||22,036|
|Representatives of nonrecognized or nonmember foreign governments (G3)||1,017||1,048||1,079|
|International organization officers or employees (G4)||125,565||130,056||132,853|
|Attendants, servants, or personal employees of representatives (G5)||1,060||1,006||972|
|North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) officials, spouses, and children (N1 to N7)||52,986||55,284||53,765|
|Temporary visitors for pleasure||61,029,117||61,600,219||64,819,854|
|Temporary visitors for pleasure (B2)||41,045,833||41,117,760||44,054,664|
|Visa Waiver Program – temporary visitors for pleasure (WT)||18,698,451||19,161,211||19,591,879|
|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)||1,284,833||1,321,248||1,173,311|
|Temporary visitors for business||8,290,712||8,456,038||8,967,224|
|Temporary visitors for business (B1)||5,156,708||5,301,451||5,725,099|
|Visa Waiver Program – temporary visitors for business (WB)||3,129,890||3,152,656||3,239,672|
|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)||4,114||1,931||2,453|
|Aliens in continuous and immediate transit through the United States (C1)||618,997||483,076||441,276|
|Aliens in transit to the United Nations (C2)||483||357||169|
|Foreign government officials, their spouses, children, and attendants in transit (C3)||15,607||14,839||12,278|
|Canadian or Mexican national academic commuter students (F3)||67,527||35,297||18,917|
|Canadian or Mexican national vocational commuter students (M3)||-||-||-|
|Alien fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens and children||44,390||40,878||29,077|
|Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens (K1)||38,672||35,546||25,072|
|Children of K1 (K2)||5,718||5,332||4,005|
|Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act||1,212||704||522|
|Spouses of U.S. citizens, visa pending (K3)||437||98||47|
|Children of U.S. citizens, visa pending (K4)||94||52||16|
|Spouses of permanent residents, visa pending (V1)||237||200||224|
|Children of permanent residents, visa pending (V2)||431||348||226|
|Dependents of V1 or V2, visa pending (V3)||13||6||9|
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.