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Persons Obtaining Legal Status by Type and Major Class


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

This database lists the number or persons obtaining legal permanent status 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.

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Geographic Coverage: U.S.

Periodicity: Annually

Series Begins/Ends: 2002 - 2015

Data Source: Department of Homeland Security

Updated:  Apr. 27, 2017 Next update: Apr. 26, 2018

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