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How many green card holders in the USA: who they are, where they came from and where they live

U.S. Department of State опубликовал a report that provides annual estimates of the size and characteristics of the population living in the United States as legal permanent residents (green card holders, or LPRs) and subgroups potentially eligible for naturalization in January of each year from 2015 to 2019. LPRs are immigrants who have been granted lawful permanent residence in the United States, but who have not yet become citizens of that country.

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Key data was obtained from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) administrative records for LPR, which entered the country in 1980 or later, and was supplemented by estimates from the United States Census Bureau.

How many green card holders live in the USA

More than a million people became green card holders every year, but given naturalization, mortality, and emigration, LPR numbers remain remarkably stable from year to year. The total number of green card holders increased from 13,0 million in 2015 to 13,6 million in 2019. At the same time, the subpopulation, potentially suitable for naturalization, grew from 8,9 million to 9,2 million during this time.

Statistical majority:

  • many potentially eligible green card holders are from Mexico (nearly 30%) - more than any other country;
  • 60% settled or currently resided in California, New York, Texas or Florida;
  • with a small numerical superiority, the majority were women;
  • 60% are between the ages of 35 and 65.

Who are they - legal permanent residents - foreigners

Nearly 34,9 million immigrants who entered the United States in 1980 or later became green card holders by January 1, 2019. About 45% of this total were naturalized and another 5% received citizenship from their parents before they turned 18. Of the remaining 17 million, about 4,8 million have died or emigrated, leaving 12,4 million legal permanent residents. Adding the 1,2 million non-citizens who entered the United States before 1980, this gives a total estimated “pool” of 13,6 million green card holders living in the United States as of January 1, 2019. Of these, about 9,2 million are adults who acquired LPR status long enough to apply for naturalization.

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Country of origin

Where did the holders of green cards who have the right to citizenship come from according to the data for 2019 (the trend has been the same since 2015):

  • Total - 9
  • Mexico - 2
  • China - 490
  • Philippines - 370
  • Cuba - 350
  • Dominican Republic - 340
  • India - 310
  • Canada - 250
  • El Salvador - 220
  • UK - 220
  • Vietnam - 220
  • South Korea - 200
  • Haiti - 160
  • Jamaica - 160
  • Colombia - 140
  • Germany - 140
  • Japan - 120
  • Guatemala - 120
  • Poland - 90
  • Peru - 90
  • Pakistan - 80
  • Unknown - 20
  • Other countries - 2 (most likely, immigrants from the post-Soviet space are in this or the previous category, there is no separate sample for them).

This is where the immigrants potentially eligible for naturalization came from, in parts of the world (2019):

  • Total - 9
  • Asia - 2
  • Europe - 1
  • North America - 4
  • South America - 550
  • Others and unknown - 520

Residence in the United States

Where in the USA live green card holders who are eligible for naturalization (2019):

  • Total - 9
  • California - 2
  • New York - 1
  • Texas - 990
  • Florida - 880
  • New Jersey - 380
  • Illinois - 380
  • Massachusetts - 210
  • Washington - 190
  • Arizona - 190
  • Virginia - 180
  • Pennsylvania - 170
  • Georgia - 170
  • Maryland - 160
  • Michigan - 140
  • North Carolina - 110
  • Colorado - 100
  • Connecticut - 100
  • Nevada - 100
  • Ohio - 90
  • Minnesota - 90
  • Unknown - 20
  • Others - 1

Statistics by gender and age

Of the 9 green card holders who were eligible for naturalization by January 130, 000 are women and 2019 are men.

600 applicants for naturalization - aged 000 to 18 years, 24 - from 1 to 380 years old, 000 - from 25 to 34 years old, 1 - from 620 to 000 years old, 35 - aged from 44 to 2 years old, and 000 are applicants aged 000 and over.

Immigration period

The time period during which immigrants with a green card and the right to citizenship entered the country (as of 2019):

  • Total - 9
  • Until 1980 - 1
  • 1980-1989 - 1
  • 1990-1999 - 1
  • 2000-2009 - 2
  • 2010-2014 - 1
  • 2015 and later - 120

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Immigrants from the former USSR who received green cards

In 2018 (latest available data) based on the results visa lottery Green cards, the actual winners were residents of such post-Soviet countries:

  • Armenia - 2 844
  • Azerbaijan - 961
  • Belarus - 1 466
  • Estonia - 61
  • Georgia - 1 195
  • Kazakhstan - 1
  • Kyrgyzstan - 1
  • Latvia - 91
  • Lithuania - 257
  • Moldova - 1 418
  • Russia - 4
  • Tajikistan - 1
  • Turkmenistan - 306
  • Ukraine - 4 478
  • Uzbekistan - 4 494

But these data do not give an idea of ​​the total number of green card holders from the post-Soviet countries, since the winners of lotteries of previous years will be included in the general list; people coming to the United States through a family reunion program; people who have married US citizens, and other categories eligible for green cards. Unfortunately, there is no complete data on these types of green cards divided by country.

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