(CNSNews.com) – Foreign nationals with family ties to American citizens and green-card holders accounted for about two-thirds (748,000) of the total 1.1 million individuals who were granted legal permanent residency status by the
The number of foreign nationals who became legal permanent residents (LPRs) of the U.S. in 2009 as a result of family ties (66 percent) outpaced those who became LPRs on the basis of employment skills (13 percent) and humanitarian reasons (17 percent), the CBO revealed in a December 2010 report entitled, Immigration Policy in the United States: An Update.
“People granted permanent admission to the
An individual who becomes an LPR or
“In 2009, the
“About 536,000—or almost half—of the LPRs admitted in 2009 were immediate relatives of U.S. citizens…other relatives admitted under family-sponsored preferences constituted the next largest category, accounting for 212,000 new LPRs in 2009,” the CBO stated.
There are five categories under which the
The sub-categories under family-sponsored preferences admissions include – First preference: unmarried adult sons and daughters of
According to CBO, family-based admissions of individuals who were granted permanent residency status under the immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and family-sponsored preferences categories refer to those granted to “certain relatives of U.S. citizens and LPRs (such as spouses, parents, and unmarried children under age 21).”
Annual limits apply to “admissions based on family-sponsored preferences, employment based preferences, and diversity,” meanwhile “admissions of immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and admissions for humanitarian reasons are unlimited,” explained the CBO.
Given the unlimited cap of admission for relatives of
The employment-based preferences category refers to when “the
“Other people may enter the
Of the 1.1 million individuals who were granted legal permanent residency status in 2009, 66 percent were family-based admission, 17 percent were humanitarian admissions, 13 percent were granted under employment-based preferences, and four percent under the Diversity Program admissions, the CBO revealed.
From 2004 to 2009, “the two uncapped categories of LPR admissions (those of immediate relatives of
“By contrast, admissions in the other three categories (family-sponsored preferences,
employment-based preferences and the Diversity Program) are numerically limited, resulting in relatively little change from 2004 to 2009,” the CBO added.
The CBO also revealed that the majority of those who were granted LPR status in 2009 had both family ties to a
“In 2009, about 40 percent of the 1.1 million individuals granted LPR status entered the
“Eligible people who are in the
“Most of those adjustments to LPR status were based on a family relationship with a current
Furthermore, the CBO stated, “of the total LPR admissions in 2009, the largest share was people born in Mexico (15 percent) and the second largest share was people born in China (6 percent).”
However, a bigger picture by CBO of the 1.1 million individuals who were granted LPR status in 2009 showed that “413,000 (or 37 percent) were born in
The remaining individuals were born in