Map of Family-Sponsored Immigrants In the United States


Although most family-sponsored immigrants nationwide came from Mexico, that’s not true for all states.

Nov 26, 2019


This map shows the home state for most immigrants with recently obtained green cards. You can click to see detailed numbers on which green card categories were used within a particular state.

Not surprisingly, the most permanent residents live in the most populous states: California, Florida, Texas, and New York.

Perhaps more surprisingly, many states in the Northwest and Midwest have a comparable number of immigrants who obtained a green card for refugees and asylees vs. a family-sponsored green card.


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The next map focuses only on family-sponsored green cards. You can click to see detailed numbers for the top 10 countries of origin within a particular state.

While Mexico is the top country of origin for family-sponsored immigrants in most states, the top spot is held by the Dominican Republic in much of the Northeast, and there is a surprising degree of variation across the country. For example:

StateTop country of origin
AlaskaPhilippines
ConnecticutJamaica
DelawareIndia
MaineVietnam
MarylandNigeria
MichiganYemen
MinnesotaEthiopia
OhioIndia
PennsylvaniaDominican Republic
VirginiaEl Salvador

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Learn more in our 2019 family-based immigration report.


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRATION:

Trump Administration’s Plan Would Drastically Reduce Family-Sponsored Immigration

Wait Time for Some Green Card Categories Could Be 100 years Plus

Family-Sponsored Immigrants Better Educated Than Native-Born U.S. Citizens

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Nearly 4 Million People Waiting For Family-Sponsored Green Card

Spouses and Children of Green Card Holders Sometimes Wait Years to Live Together In U.S.

Canada and Australia Issue Twice the Number of Permanent Resident Visas Compared to U.S.

Majority of Immigrants Obtain Green Card Through Family

Wait Times for Family-Sponsored Green Cards Have Nearly Doubled


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