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Table 3. Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status by Region and Country of Birth: Fiscal Years 2016 to 2018

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.

Table 3. Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status by Region of Birth: Fiscal Years 2016 to 2018
Region of Birth 2016 2017 2018
      Total 1,183,505 1,127,167 1,096,611
Africa 113,426 118,824 115,736
Asia 462,299 424,743 397,187
Europe 93,567 84,335 80,024
North America 427,293 413,650 418,991
Oceania 5,588 5,071 4,653
South America 79,608 79,076 78,869
Unknown 1,724 1,468 1,151

 

Table 3. Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status by Country of Birth: Fiscal Years 2016 to 2018
Country of Birth 2016 2017 2018
      Total 1,183,505 1,127,167 1,096,611
Afghanistan 12,513 19,538 12,935
Albania 5,773 5,722 5,049
Algeria 2,180 2,139 2,123
American Samoa - D D
Angola 198 209 176
Anguilla 20 23 23
Antigua and Barbuda 324 322 325
Argentina 4,091 3,482 3,080
Armenia 3,543 3,437 3,217
Aruba 23 47 45
Australia 3,239 2,906 2,693
Austria 432 387 401
Azerbaijan 784 881 1,015
Bahamas 656 725 759
Bahrain 138 130 143
Bangladesh 18,723 14,693 15,717
Barbados 371 373 318
Belarus 2,127 1,919 1,951
Belgium 691 625 537
Belize 851 746 632
Benin 577 648 573
Bermuda 99 68 65
Bhutan 4,217 2,940 2,350
Bolivia 1,595 1,510 1,523
Bosnia and Herzegovina 971 846 682
Botswana 78 112 72
Brazil 13,812 14,989 15,394
Brunei 31 24 29
Bulgaria 2,670 2,184 1,798
Burkina Faso 642 541 525
Burma 13,065 12,897 8,182
Burundi 415 1,094 762
Cabo Verde 2,242 2,618 1,929
Cambodia 3,173 4,056 3,187
Cameroon 4,899 4,668 4,236
Canada 12,793 11,484 9,898
Cayman Islands 55 67 47
Central African Republic 202 178 304
Chad 136 205 251
Chile 1,698 1,625 1,519
China, People's Republic 81,772 71,565 65,214
Colombia 18,610 17,956 17,545
Comoros 4 4 8
Congo, Democratic Republic 6,791 8,709 9,941
Congo, Republic 625 632 580
Costa Rica 2,224 2,184 2,171
Cote d'Ivoire 1,617 1,810 1,375
Croatia 388 375 286
Cuba 66,516 65,028 76,486
Curacao 35 34 56
Cyprus 131 117 120
Czechia 650 582 534
Czechoslovakia (former) 62 52 51
Denmark 521 461 353
Djibouti 281 222 281
Dominica 298 510 492
Dominican Republic 61,161 58,520 57,413
Ecuador 10,757 10,594 11,472
Egypt 12,045 9,834 9,826
El Salvador 23,449 25,109 28,326
Equatorial Guinea 18 20 17
Eritrea 2,267 2,449 2,428
Estonia 211 176 151
Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) 20 19 18
Ethiopia 13,232 14,637 12,403
Fiji 866 805 730
Finland 489 439 442
France 5,159 4,782 4,276
French Polynesia 27 20 10
Gabon 165 150 112
Gambia 1,247 1,134 1,023
Georgia 1,635 1,629 1,643
Germany 5,306 4,662 4,443
Ghana 6,949 8,455 8,394
Greece 1,451 1,314 1,214
Grenada 585 544 501
Guatemala 13,002 13,198 15,638
Guinea 1,501 1,348 1,282
Guinea-Bissau 37 48 27
Guyana 5,771 5,468 5,165
Haiti 23,584 21,824 21,360
Honduras 13,302 11,387 13,794
Hong Kong 2,510 2,415 2,075
Hungary 1,048 972 917
Iceland 97 86 89
India 64,687 60,394 59,821
Indonesia 2,129 1,914 1,756
Iran 13,298 13,791 10,116
Iraq 18,904 14,203 14,351
Ireland 1,759 1,485 1,401
Israel 4,142 3,802 3,706
Italy 4,078 3,655 3,329
Jamaica 23,350 21,905 20,347
Japan 5,207 4,635 4,317
Jordan 5,269 5,264 5,322
Kazakhstan 1,310 1,377 1,378
Kenya 6,274 6,957 7,190
Kiribati 9 D D
Korea, North 47 32 41
Korea, South 1 21,801 19,194 17,676
Kosovo 1,020 1,014 886
Kuwait 1,186 1,177 1,090
Kyrgyzstan 847 715 908
Laos 856 685 863
Latvia 391 359 356
Lebanon 2,971 2,818 2,581
Lesotho 19 24 12
Liberia 3,619 4,155 3,101
Libya 642 780 499
Lithuania 735 645 658
Luxembourg 34 33 30
Macau 109 109 91
Macedonia 1,262 1,027 1,082
Madagascar 88 60 79
Malawi 205 228 257
Malaysia 3,382 4,109 3,051
Maldives 11 5 D
Mali 598 544 488
Malta 65 75 58
Marshall Islands 32 23 23
Mauritania 317 287 212
Mauritius 110 96 67
Mexico 174,534 170,581 161,858
Micronesia, Federated States 11 6 19
Moldova 2,929 2,480 2,206
Monaco 11 14 13
Mongolia 750 661 636
Montenegro 387 323 299
Montserrat 14 12 20
Morocco 4,586 4,229 3,077
Mozambique 101 96 100
Namibia 87 130 75
Nepal 12,851 11,610 11,953
Netherlands 1,319 1,056 998
Netherlands Antilles (former) 18 9 7
New Caledonia 5 4 6
New Zealand 846 798 719
Nicaragua 3,486 3,072 3,061
Niger 119 116 93
Nigeria 14,380 13,539 13,952
Norway 362 290 284
Oman 116 104 110
Pakistan 19,313 17,408 15,802
Palau 14 13 7
Panama 1,029 889 897
Papua New Guinea 23 18 27
Paraguay 434 391 389
Peru 10,940 10,115 9,878
Philippines 53,287 49,147 47,258
Poland 5,603 4,845 4,357
Portugal 1,006 939 889
Qatar 272 224 236
Romania 3,554 2,953 2,448
Russia 9,297 8,918 8,621
Rwanda 1,357 1,394 1,620
Saint Kitts and Nevis 250 238 250
Saint Lucia 777 777 696
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 422 361 333
Samoa 219 194 179
Sao Tome and Principe 12 10 9
Saudi Arabia 2,117 2,135 2,100
Senegal 1,533 1,470 1,420
Serbia 1,351 1,410 1,217
Serbia and Montenegro (former) 202 144 132
Seychelles 16 10 6
Sierra Leone 1,535 2,058 1,527
Singapore 812 818 801
Sint Maarten 42 35 27
Slovakia 483 388 370
Slovenia 119 108 95
Somalia 6,958 7,404 7,557
South Africa 3,023 2,912 3,010
South Sudan 124 160 185
Soviet Union (former) 1,042 939 1,022
Spain 3,519 3,045 2,841
Sri Lanka 1,913 1,627 1,594
Sudan 3,159 3,515 3,658
Suriname 156 136 182
Sweden 1,144 950 889
Switzerland 743 565 570
Syria 4,800 5,877 14,686
Taiwan 5,120 4,858 5,079
Tajikistan 593 652 893
Tanzania 788 1,415 3,186
Thailand 7,039 6,311 5,556
Togo 1,938 1,572 1,534
Tonga 283 262 225
Trinidad and Tobago 3,469 3,100 2,758
Tunisia 518 535 517
Turkey 4,469 4,844 5,585
Turkmenistan 235 251 286
Turks and Caicos Islands 39 35 41
Uganda 1,649 1,898 2,412
Ukraine 10,422 10,135 11,879
United Arab Emirates 1,370 1,314 1,379
United Kingdom 12,673 10,948 9,908
United States 468 409 306
Uruguay 972 1,001 960
Uzbekistan 4,359 4,095 4,612
Venezuela 10,772 11,809 11,762
Vietnam 41,451 38,231 33,834
Virgin Islands, British 40 25 37
Yemen 13,040 6,029 1,885
Zambia 487 537 477
Zimbabwe 815 810 749
All other countries 2 34 37 33
Unknown 1,724 1,468 1,151

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 Published Date: January 6, 2020

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