More Than One Million Legally Immigrated to United States in 2002
Mexico accounts for largest number of legal immigrants
More than one million persons legally immigrated to the United States in fiscal year 2002, about the same number as the previous year, according to a July 14 announcement by the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS).
The bureau reports in a press release that, of the total number of legal immigrants, 384,427 obtained their immigrant visas abroad, and 653,259 were already living in the United States and became permanent residents by applying for adjustment of status with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) -- which became BCIS when the Department of Homeland Security was created earlier this year.
Mexico accounted for the largest number of legal immigrants with 219,380, followed by India (71,105), The People's Republic of China (61,282), Philippines (51, 308) and Vietnam (33, 627).
Following is the text of the BCIS announcement:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
BCIS Announces Legal Immigration Figures for FY 2002
Washington, D.C. - The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) today announced the number of persons who legally immigrated to the United States in fiscal year 2002. This total includes new arrivals to the United States who obtained immigrant visas abroad through the Department of State, and persons who were already living in the United States and who became permanent residents by applying for adjustment of status with the INS.
The number of persons granted lawful permanent residence in the U.S. in FY 2002 was about the same as in FY 2001. Legal immigration in recent years, including FY 2002, has been affected by a backlog in adjustment of status applications pending.
FY 2002 Highlights
-- A total of 1,063,732 persons legally immigrated to the United States. Of that total, 384,427 obtained their immigrant visas abroad from the Department of State and 653,259 were granted adjustment of status i.e. permanent residence, by the INS.
-- The major categories of immigrants were: immediate relatives of U.S. citizens (486,748), family preferences (187,069), employment preferences (179,968), refugee/asylee adjustments (126,084) and diversity program (42,829).
-- Sixty-five percent of legal immigrants settled in the following six states: California (291,216), New York (114,827), Florida (90,819), Texas (88,365), New Jersey (57,721), and Illinois (47,235).
-- Five countries accounted for 40 percent of immigrants:
Mexico (219,380), India (71,105), The People's Republic of China (61,282), Philippines (51,308), and Vietnam (33,627).
Unlike the U.S. Census reports on the foreign-born population, these immigration counts refer only to the number of persons granted lawful permanent resident status in the United States during a one-year period. It is not a population count and does not include all foreign-born persons.
Complete reports are available on the BCIS website at www.bcis.gov