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Majority of Immigrants Obtain Green Card Through Family

Nov 26, 2019

Because Congress has capped the number of employment-sponsored green cards at 140,000 per year (about 13% of the total), the majority of immigrants in the United States obtain their green cards based on a family relationship.

This is even true for immigrants from China and India, in part because of country-specific caps that further constrain employment-based immigration from large nations. As of now, many more Chinese and Indian nationals obtain green cards through family sponsors, compared with employer sponsors.

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In fact, South Korea is the only major country whose employer-sponsored immigrants to the United States outnumber family-sponsored immigrants. Even then, it’s worth noting that roughly half of the employer-sponsored immigrants are actually spouses and children of the primary worker.

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