Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 03071441 (posted Jul. 14, 2003)"
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration
Washington, D.C. 20536
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
July 14, 2003
BCIS Announces Legal Immigration Figures for FY
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
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
- 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.