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6. Immigrants Admitted, by Class of Admission

[For fiscal year ending September 30. For definition of immigrants, see text of this section\]

 
CLASS OF ADMISSION 1980 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
 
      Immigrants, total 530,639 570,009 601,708 601,516 643,025 1,090,924 1,536,483 1,827,167 973,977 904,292 804,416 720,461 915,900 798,378 660,477
        New arrivals 339,355 356,365 376,110 386,995 377,885 402,431 435,729 443,107 511,769 536,294 490,429 380,291 421,405 380,719 357,037
        Adjustments 191,284 213,644 225,598 214,521 265,140 688,493 1,100,754 1,384,060 462,208 367,998 313,987 340,170 494,495 417,659 303,440
 
Preference immigrants, total 264,367 266,703 269,556 269,328 259,499 274,833 272,742 275,613 329,321 373,788 335,252 323,458 411,673 303,938 268,997
  Family-sponsored immigrants, total 216,856 213,257 212,939 211,809 200,772 217,092 214,550 216,088 213,123 226,776 211,961 238,122 294,174 213,331 191,480
    Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S.
     citizens and their children (1st preference) 5,668 9,319 10,910 11,382 12,107 13,259 15,861 15,385 12,486 12,819 13,181 15,182 20,909 22,536 17,717
    Spouses, unmarried sons/daughters of alien
     residents, and their children (2nd pref.) 110,269 114,997 110,926 110,758 102,777 112,771 107,686 110,126 118,247 128,308 115,000 144,535 182,834 113,681 88,488
    Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens (3rd preference) 1 10,752 18,460 20,702 20,703 21,940 26,975 26,751 27,115 22,195 23,385 22,191 20,876 25,452 21,943 22,257
    Brothers or sisters of U.S. citizens (4th preference) 1 90,167 70,481 70,401 68,966 63,948 64,087 64,252 63,462 60,195 62,264 61,589 57,529 64,979 55,171 63,018
  Employment-based immigrants, total 47,511 53,446 56,617 57,519 58,727 57,741 58,192 59,525 116,198 147,012 123,291 85,336 117,499 90,607 77,517
    Priority workers (1st preference) 1 (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) 5,456 21,114 21,053 17,339 27,501 21,810 21,408
    Professionals w/ advanced degrees (2nd preference) 1 (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) 58,401 29,468 14,432 10,475 18,462 17,059 14,384
    Skilled workers, professionals, unskilled workers
 
      (3rd preference) 1 (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) 47,568 87,689 76,956 50,245 62,756 42,596 34,317
    Special immigrants (4th preference) 1 3,142 2,551 2,992 3,646 5,120 4,986 4,463 4,576 4,063 8,158 10,406 6,737 7,844 7,781 6,584
    Employment creation (5th preference) 1 (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) 59 583 444 540 936 1,361 824
    Professional or highly skilled immigrants 1 2 18,583 24,905 26,823 26,921 26,680 26,798 26,546 27,748 340 (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X)
    Needed skilled or unskilled workers 1 2 25,786 25,990 26,802 26,952 26,927 25,957 27,183 27,201 311 (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X)
 
Immediate relatives 161,171 207,797 226,918 221,749 222,337 220,254 234,090 239,327 237,600 257,089 251,647 222,254 302,090 322,440 284,270
  Spouses of U.S. citizens 96,854 129,790 137,597 132,452 130,977 125,744 125,426 125,397 128,396 145,843 145,247 123,238 169,760 170,263 151,172
  Children of U.S. citizens 27,207 35,592 40,639 40,940 40,863 41,276 46,065 48,130 42,324 46,788 48,147 48,740 63,971 76,631 70,472
    Orphans 5,139 9,286 9,945 10,097 9,120 7,948 7,088 9,008 6,536 7,348 8,200 9,384 11,316 12,596 14,867
  Parents of U.S. citizens 33,682 38,986 45,232 45,183 47,500 50,494 60,189 63,576 64,764 62,428 56,370 48,382 66,699 74,114 61,724
  Children born abroad to alien residents 3,428 3,429 3,450 3,174 2,997 2,740 2,410 2,224 2,116 2,030 1,883 1,894 1,660 1,432 902
 
Refugees and asylees 88,057 95,040 104,383 91,840 81,719 84,288 97,364 139,079 117,037 127,343 121,434 114,664 128,565 112,158 54,645
  Refugee adjustments 86,807 90,040 99,383 86,840 76,274 79,143 92,427 116,415 106,379 115,539 115,451 106,827 118,528 102,052 44,645
    Cuban Refugee Act, Nov. 1966 6,021 14,288 30,152 26,869 10,993 5,206 5,730 5,486 5,365 6,976 8,316 9,579 20,131 (NA) (NA)
    Indochinese Refugee Act, Oct. 1977 22,497 166 136 83 42 40 33 22 29 24 11 10 5 (NA) (NA)
    Refugee-Parolee Act, Oct. 1978 46,058 3,766 1,720 866 437 381 153 69 82 53 20 22 9 (NA) (NA)
    Refugees, Refugee Act of 1980 (X) 71,820 67,375 59,022 64,801 73,516 86,511 110,838 100,902 108,486 107,104 97,169 98,383 (NA) (NA)
    Other refugees 12,231 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 47 0 (NA) (NA)
  Asylee adjustments 1,250 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,445 5,145 4,937 22,664 10,658 11,804 5,983 7,837 10,037 10,106 10,000
 
Other immigrants 17,044 469 851 18,599 79,470 511,549 932,287 1,173,148 290,019 146,072 96,083 60,085 73,572 59,842 52,565
  Diversity Programs 3 (X) (X) (X) 3,040 6,029 7,068 29,161 22,070 36,348 33,480 41,056 47,245 58,790 49,374 45,499
  Amerasians (P.L. 100-202) 4 (X) (X) (X) (X) 319 8,589 13,059 16,010 17,253 11,116 2,822 939 956 738 346
  Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
    legalization adjustments (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) 478,814 880,372 1,123,162 163,342 24,278 6,022 4,267 4,635 2,548 955
  Legalization dependents 5 (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) 52,272 55,344 34,074 277 184 64 21
  Other 17,044 469 851 15,559 73,122 17,078 9,695 11,906 20,804 21,854 12,109 7,357 9,007 7,118 5,744


NA Not available. X Not applicable.
1 Includes spouses and children.
2 Category was eliminated in 1992 by the Immigration Act of 1990.
3 Includes categories of immigrants admitted under three laws intended to diversify immigration: P.L. 99-603, P.L. 100-658, and P.L. 101-649.
4 Under Public Law 100-202 Amerasians are aliens born in Vietnam between January 1, 1962 and January 1, 1976 who were fathered by U.S. citizens.
5 Spouses and children of persons granted permanent resident status under provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Source: U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Statistical Yearbook, annual. http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/aboutins/statistics/index.htm



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