748,000 Foreign Nationals Granted Permanent Residency in 2009 through Family

January 12, 2011 § 2 Comments

Foreign nationals with family ties to US 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 in 2009, according to the Congressional Budget Office. As such, family immigration (66%) outpaced green cards through employment (13%) and humanitarian reasons (17%). The December 2010 report, “Immigration Policy in the United States: An Update” notes that people granted permanent admission to the US are formally classified as legal permanent residents and given a green card, eligible to live and work in the US, own property, and join the armed forces. Eventually, they may apply for citizenship. (cns)

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