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PERSONS OBTAINING LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS BY TYPE AND MAJOR CLASS OF ADMISSION: FISCAL YEARS 1999 TO 2009
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Source: DHS Yearbook of Immigration Statistics 2008 and 2009, Table 6
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Type and class of admission19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009SUMMARY - 2009 (For 10-year summary, see Line 37)BY NATURE OF ADMISSION - 2009
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STATUS ADJUSTMENTS AND NEW ARRIVALSStatus adj.New arrivalTotal
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Total644,787841,0021,058,9021,059,356703,542957,8831,122,2571,266,1291,052,4151,107,1261,130,818Family 747,41366.1%Family 46.7%53.3%100.0%
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Family-sponsored preferences216,705235,092231,699186,880158,796214,355212,970222,229194,900227,761211,859Employment144,03412.7%Employment88.3%11.7%100.0%
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First: Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their children22,34627,63527,00323,51721,47126,38024,72925,43222,85826,17323,965Diversity47,8794.2%Diversity2.7%97.3%100.0%
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Second: Spouses, children, and unmarried sons/daughters of alien residents107,945124,540112,01584,78553,19593,609100,139112,05186,151103,45698,567Refugees118,83610.5%Refugees100.0%0.0%100.0%
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Third: Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children24,01822,80424,83021,04127,28728,69522,95321,49120,61129,27325,930Asylum seekers58,5325.2%Asylum seekers100.0%0.0%100.0%
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Fourth: Brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens (at least 21 years of age) and their spouses and children62,39660,11367,85157,53756,84365,67165,14963,25565,28068,85963,397All other14,1241.2%All other93.0%7.0%100.0%
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Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens257,715346,350439,972483,676331,286417,815436,115580,348494,920488,483535,554
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Spouses127,370196,405268,294293,219183,796252,193259,144339,843274,358265,671317,129Total1,130,818100.0%Total59.1%40.9%100.0%
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Children 169,03182,63891,27596,94177,94888,08894,858120,064103,828101,34298,270
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Parents61,31467,30780,40393,51669,54277,53482,113120,441116,734121,470120,155
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Employment-based preferences56,678106,642178,702173,81481,727155,330246,877159,081162,176166,511144,034
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First: Priority workers14,84427,56641,67234,16814,45331,29164,73136,96026,69736,67840,924
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Second: Professionals with advanced degrees or aliens of exceptional ability8,55720,25542,55044,31615,40632,53442,59721,91144,16270,04645,552
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Third: Skilled workers, professionals, and unskilled workers27,92049,58985,84788,00246,41585,969129,07089,92285,03048,90340,398
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Fourth: Special immigrants5,0729,0148,4427,1865,3895,40710,1339,5395,4819,52413,472
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Fifth: Employment creation (investors)285218191142641293467498061,3603,688
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Diversity47,53550,92041,98942,82046,33550,08446,23444,47142,12741,76147,879
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Refugees39,16456,09196,870115,60134,36261,013112,67699,60954,94290,030118,836
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Asylees3,3456,83711,11110,19710,40210,21730,286116,84581,18376,36258,532
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ParoleesD3,1625,3496,0184,1967,1217,7154,5691,9991,1722,385
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Children born abroad to alien residents9731,004899783743707571623597637587
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Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA)11,21920,36418,6639,3072,4982,2921,155661340296296
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Cancellation of removal8,90112,15422,18823,64228,99032,70220,78529,51614,92711,1288,156
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Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA)D43510,0645,3451,4062,4512,8203,3752,4481,580552
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Other6411,9511,3961,2732,8013,7964,0534,8021,8561,4052,148
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ADJUSTMENTS OF STATUS
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Total243,268433,723648,086675,067345,209583,921738,302819,248621,047640,568667,776
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Family-sponsored preferences28,24559,69472,91363,36329,03264,42770,45979,70952,05956,89939,787
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First: Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their children3,8368,3949,5238,6485,2417,7826,3898,2757,3585,6505,112
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Second: Spouses, children, and unmarried sons/daughters of alien residents20,88644,24754,09744,88817,96645,66955,36262,50737,04641,88124,597
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Third: Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children1,1152,4253,2143,5832,3704,6724,1643,9543,1263,8113,306SUMMARY -- 2000 to 2009
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Fourth: Brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens (at least 21 years of age) and their spouses and children2,4084,6286,0796,2443,4556,3044,5444,9734,5295,5576,772
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Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens105,569186,921271,037305,304177,192269,964266,851357,127277,188251,090309,073Type200020012002200320042005200620072008200910-yr total10-yr mean% of Total
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Spouses79,735143,237209,791238,367137,659209,358208,758275,676211,843191,197242,123Family-sponsored235,092231,699186,880158,796214,355212,970222,229194,900227,761211,8592,096,541209,65420.4%
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Children 115,97726,56834,79235,25120,94430,70630,73843,82631,35125,46528,586Immediate relatives346,350439,972483,676331,286417,815436,115580,348494,920488,483535,5544,554,519455,45244.2%
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Parents9,85717,11626,45431,68618,58929,90027,35537,62533,99434,42838,364Employment-based106,642178,702173,81481,727155,330246,877159,081162,176166,511144,0341,574,894157,48915.3%
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Employment-based preferences41,84984,594137,318133,78352,151128,238219,999121,587133,099149,542127,135Other152,918208,529214,986131,733170,383226,295304,471200,419224,371239,3712,073,476207,34820.1%
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First: Priority workers11,59621,93729,59224,5878,08927,06060,24032,06023,80235,08239,420
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Second: Professionals with advanced degrees or aliens of exceptional ability7,71918,39836,01738,99312,96931,13441,10920,93942,99168,83244,336Total841,0021,058,9021,059,356703,542957,8831,122,2571,266,1291,052,4151,107,1261,130,81810,299,4301,029,943100.0%
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Third: Skilled workers, professionals, and unskilled workers18,91137,01165,28164,55426,96265,875109,71360,39062,64238,98133,525
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Fourth: Special immigrants3,4587,1026,3005,5584,1064,1008,7497,9183,3496,3168,869
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Fifth: Employment creation (investors)165146128912569188280315331985
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Diversity2,8932,8821,9421,9862,5912,0311,8501,8531,3601,4401,277
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Refugees39,16456,09196,870115,60134,36261,013112,67699,60954,94290,030118,836
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Asylees3,3456,83711,11110,19710,40210,21730,286116,84581,18376,36258,532
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ParoleesD3,1625,3496,0184,1967,1217,7154,5691,9991,1722,385
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Children born abroad to alien residents-----------
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Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA)11,21920,36418,6639,3072,4982,2921,155661340296296
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Cancellation of removal8,90112,15422,18823,64228,99032,70220,78529,51614,92711,1288,156
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Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA)D43510,0645,3451,4062,4512,8203,3752,4481,580552
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Other1725896315212,3893,4653,7064,3971,5021,0291,747
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NEW ARRIVALS
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Total401,519407,279410,816384,289358,333373,962383,955446,881431,368466,558463,042
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Family-sponsored preferences188,460175,398158,786123,517129,764149,928142,511142,520142,841170,862172,072
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First: Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their children18,51019,24117,48014,86916,23018,59818,34017,15715,50020,52318,853
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Second: Spouses, children, and unmarried sons/daughters of alien residents87,05980,29357,91839,89735,22947,94044,77749,54449,10561,57573,970
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Third: Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children22,90320,37921,61617,45824,91724,02318,78917,53717,48525,46222,624
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Fourth: Brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens (at least 21 years of age) and their spouses and children59,98855,48561,77251,29353,38859,36760,60558,28260,75163,30256,625
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Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens152,146159,429168,935178,372154,094147,851169,264223,221217,732237,393226,481
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Spouses47,63553,16858,50354,85246,13742,83550,38664,16762,51574,47475,006
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Children 153,05456,07056,48361,69057,00457,38264,12076,23872,47775,87769,684
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Parents51,45750,19153,94961,83050,95347,63454,75882,81682,74087,04281,791
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Employment-based preferences14,82922,04841,38440,03129,57627,09226,87837,49429,07716,96916,899
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First: Priority workers3,2485,62912,0809,5816,3644,2314,4914,9002,8951,5961,504
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Second: Professionals with advanced degrees or aliens of exceptional ability8381,8576,5335,3232,4371,4001,4889721,1711,2141,216
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Third: Skilled workers, professionals, and unskilled workers9,00912,57820,56623,44819,45320,09419,35729,53222,3889,9226,873
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Fourth: Special immigrants1,6141,9122,1421,6281,2831,3071,3841,6212,1323,2084,603
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Fifth: Employment creation (investors)12072635139601584694911,0292,703
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Diversity44,64248,03840,04740,83443,74448,05344,38442,61840,76740,32146,602
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Refugees-----------
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Asylees-----------
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Parolees-----------
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Children born abroad to alien residents9731,004899783743707571623597637587
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Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA)-----------
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Cancellation of removal-----------
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Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA)-----------
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Other4691,362765752412331347405354376401
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D Data withheld to limit disclosure.
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- Represents zero.
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1 Includes orphans.
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Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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