to the United States
Legal immigration to the United States totals
approximately 800,000 per year.
Family-sponsored immigrants total 480,000 each year.
These immigrants are:
Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens (spouses,
children and parents of U.S. citizens (no numerical
limit, approximately 220,000 to 240,000 per year);
Unmarried Adult Children of U.S. Citizens (23,400);
Spouses and Children of Lawful Permanent Residents
Unmarried Adult Children of Lawful Permanent
Married Adult Children of U.S. Citizens (23,400);
Brothers and Sisters of U.S. Citizens (65,000)
Employment-based immigrants total 140,000 each year.
These are primarily skilled professionals with
exceptional ability and other priority workers,
immigrating to jobs for which U.S. Department of
Labor has certified that no qualified U.S. worker is
Diversity immigrants total 55,000 per year under the
present lottery system that makes immigrant visas
available to nationals from "undersubscribed"
Refugee admissions are determined annually. They
presently total approximately 120,000, with nearly
half these numbers being assigned to nationals from
the former Soviet Union and one-third to Southeast
The leading source countries for legal immigration
the Philippines (59,000), and
the republics of the former Soviet Union (44,000).*
The leading source countries for refugee admissions
are the republics of the former Soviet Union
Nearly three-fourths of all new immigrants intend to
reside in six states: California, New York, Texas,
Florida, New Jersey, and Illinois.
Undocumented immigration total approximately 300,000
annually, according to the INS. One half of these
undocumented immigrants arrive in the U.S. legally
and overstay their non-immigrant visa.
* Based on 1992 figures; all others are current
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