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Table 6. Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status by Type and Major Class of Admission: Fiscal Years 2017 to 2019

The 2019 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 6. Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status by Type and Major Class of Admission: Fiscal Years 2017 to 2019
Class of Admission (Adjustments of Status and New Arrivals) 2017 2018 2019
      Total 1,127,167 1,096,611 1,031,765
Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens 516,508 478,961 505,765
   Spouses 292,909 268,149 304,334
   Children1 74,989 66,794 61,303
   Parents 148,610 144,018 140,128
Family-sponsored preferences 232,238 216,563 204,139
   First: Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their children 26,219 27,251 24,497
   Second: Spouses, children, and unmarried sons/daughters of alien residents 113,500 109,841 93,398
   Third: Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children 23,260 19,531 25,213
   Fourth: Brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens (at least 21 years of age) and their spouses and children 69,259 59,940 61,031
Employment-based preferences 137,855 138,171 139,458
   First: Priority workers 41,060 39,514 39,471
   Second: Professionals with advanced degrees or aliens of exceptional ability 39,331 40,095 39,506
   Third: Skilled workers, professionals, and unskilled workers 38,083 39,228 41,787
    Fourth: Certain special immigrants 9,504 9,711 9,609
   Fifth: Employment creation (investors) 9,877 9,623 9,085
Diversity 51,592 45,350 43,463
Refugees 120,356 155,734 80,908
Asylees 25,647 30,175 26,003
Parolees 26 14 16
Children born abroad to alien residents 75 69 60
Certain Iraqis and Afghans employed by U.S. Government and their spouses and children 19,191 10,297 8,081
Cancellation of removal 3,539 4,421 4,033
Victims of human trafficking 1,317 1,208 818
Victims of crimes and their spouses and children 18,065 15,012 18,442
Other 758 636 579

 

Adjustments of Status
Class of Admission (Adjustments of Status) 2017 2018 2019
      Total 549,086 567,884 572,513
Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens 252,231 237,321 311,474
   Spouses 177,473 156,475 217,646
   Children1 16,749 16,765 20,608
   Parents 58,009 64,081 73,220
Family-sponsored preferences 13,478 12,448 18,999
   First: Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their children 1,929 1,952 3,606
   Second: Spouses, children, and unmarried sons/daughters of alien residents 5,846 4,389 8,205
   Third: Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children 2,093 1,539 2,303
   Fourth: Brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens (at least 21 years of age) and their spouses and children 3,610 4,568 4,885
Employment-based preferences 113,330 110,347 110,689
   First: Priority workers 38,496 35,373 37,229
   Second: Professionals with advanced degrees or aliens of exceptional ability 36,217 36,821 36,072
   Third: Skilled workers, professionals, and unskilled workers 29,377 28,568 28,248
   Fourth: Certain special immigrants 7,610 7,886 7,528
   Fifth: Employment creation (investors) 1,630 1,699 1,612
Diversity 918 1,117 1,003
Refugees 120,356 155,734 80,908
Asylees 25,647 30,175 26,003
Parolees 26 14 16
Children born abroad to alien residents - - -
Certain Iraqis and Afghans employed by U.S. Government and their spouses and children 46 32 22
Cancellation of removal 3,539 4,421 4,033
Victims of human trafficking 1,317 1,208 818
Victims of crimes and their spouses and children 17,993 14,909 18,326
Other 205 158 222

 

New Arrivals
Class of Admission (New Arrivals) 2017 2018 2019
      Total 578,081 528,727 459,252
Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens 264,277 241,640 194,291
   Spouses 115,436 111,674 86,688
   Children1 58,240 50,029 40,695
   Parents 90,601 79,937 66,908
Family-sponsored preferences 218,760 204,115 185,140
   First: Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their children 24,290 25,299 20,891
   Second: Spouses, children, and unmarried sons/daughters of alien residents 107,654 105,452 85,193
   Third: Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children 21,167 17,992 22,910
   Fourth: Brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens (at least 21 years of age) and their spouses and children 65,649 55,372 56,146
Employment-based preferences 24,525 27,824 28,769
   First: Priority workers 2,564 4,141 2,242
   Second: Professionals with advanced degrees or aliens of exceptional ability 3,114 3,274 3,434
   Third: Skilled workers, professionals, and unskilled workers 8,706 10,660 13,539
   Fourth: Certain special immigrants 1,894 1,825 2,081
   Fifth: Employment creation (investors) 8,247 7,924 7,473
Diversity 50,674 44,233 42,460
Refugees - - -
Asylees - - -
Parolees - - -
Children born abroad to alien residents 75 69 60
Certain Iraqis and Afghans employed by U.S. Government and their spouses and children 19,145 10,265 8,059
Cancellation of removal - - -
Victims of human trafficking - - -
Victims of crimes and their spouses and children 72 103 116
Other 553 478 357

- Represents zero.
1 Includes orphans.

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Last Published Date: October 28, 2020

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