Refugees currently undergo the most rigorous security screening process of anyone who comes to the United States.
AILA Doc No. 03071441 | Dated July 14, 2003
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services
Washington, D.C. 20536
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
Phone: (202) 514-2648
July 14, 2003
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
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.
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 03071441.