TABLE 2.3 Allocation of Permanent Residence Visas, Fiscal Year 1995

Type of Visa

1995 Limit

1995 Admissions

Family-sponsored preferences, total

253,721

238,122

1st

Unmarried adult children of U.S. citizens

23,400

15,182

2nd

Spouses, minor children, and unmarried adult children of permanent residents

114,200

144,535

3rd

Married adult children of U.S. citizens

23,400

20,876

4th

Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens (at least 21 years of age)

65,000

57,529

Employment-based preferences, total

146,503

85,336

1st

Priority workers

41,858

17,339

2nd

Professionals with advanced degrees or aliens of exceptional ability

41,858

10,475

3rd

Skilled workers and professionals, Chinese Student Protection Act, and needed unskilled workers

41,858

50,245

4th

Special immigrants

10,465

6,737

5th

Employment creation (''investors")

10,465

540

IRCA dependents

0

277

Diversity immigrants

55,000

47,245

Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens

none

220,360

Children born abroad to permanent residents

none

1,894

Refugee and asylee adjustments to permanent resident

none

114,664

Miscellaneous categories (IRCA legalization, Amerasians, parolees)

none

12,563

Total

 

720,461

IRCA = Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

Sources: Data from U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (1997:Tables A and 4).



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