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Legal Non-immigrant Admissions by Class & Citizenship

Summary: Number of non-immigrant admissions by class of admission and country of citizenship

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This database contains the number of nonimmigrant admissions (I-94 only) by selected class of admission and country of citizenship by Fiscal Year (Oct. 1-Sept. 30). Nonimmigrant admissions refer to arrivals of persons who are authorized to stay in the United States for a limited period of time. Most nonimmigrants enter the United States as tourists or business travelers, but some come to work, study, or engage in cultural exchange programs.

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.  Beginning in 2010 the number of I-94 nonimmigrant admissions greatly exceeds totals reported in previous years due to a more complete count of land admissions.  2008-2011 Issuances of H2R (returning H2B workers not subject to annual numerical limits) ceased at the end of 2007.  2005 class admission totals include unknown countries.  For additional background on categories, see the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Australia includes Australia, Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, and Cocos (Keeling) Island.
  • China includes the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Macau.

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Geographic Coverage: U.S.

Periodicity: Annually

Series Begins/Ends: 2005 - 2019

Data Source: Department of Homeland Security

Updated:  May 21, 2021 Estimated next update: May 21, 2022

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