Persons Obtaining Legal Permanent Status by Type & Class Of Admission

Summary: Number or persons obtaining legal permanent status in the U.S. by type and class

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This database lists the number or persons obtaining legal permanent status, sometimes called green card holders, in the U.S. by type and class by Fiscal Year (Oct. 1-Sept. 30).  Type includes:

  • All (Adjustment of Status plus New Arrivals)
  • Adjustment of Status

  • more

Classes and sub-classes include:

  • Family-sponsored preferences (sum of four sub-classes below)
    • First: Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their children
    • Second: Spouses, children, and unmarried sons/daughters of alien residents
    • Third: Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children
    • Fourth: Brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens (at least 21 years of age) and their spouses and children
  • Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens (sum of three sub-classes below)
    • Spouses
    • Children
    • Parents
  • Employment-based preferences (sum of five sub-classes below)
    • First: Priority workers
    • Second: Professionals with advanced degrees or aliens of exceptional ability
    • Third: Skilled workers, professionals, and unskilled workers
    • Fourth: Certain special immigrants
    • Fifth: Employment creation (investors)
  • Diversity
  • Refugees
  • Asylees
  • Parolees
  • Children born abroad to alien residents
  • Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA)
  • Cancellation of removal
  • Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA)
  • Other

For additional information, see the Department of Homeland Security.

Geographic Coverage: U.S.

Periodicity: Biennially

Series Begins/Ends: 2002 - 2017

Data Source: Department of Homeland Security

Updated:  Jun. 24, 2019 Estimated next update: Jun. 30, 2021

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