The Department of Homeland Security recently released a report, “Estimates of the Size and Characteristics of the Resident Nonimmigrant Population in the United States: January 2012.”
It analyzes the size and characteristics of resident “nonimmigrants” in the U.S. in terms of variables such as age, country of origin, and type of visa. Nonimmigrants are defined as foreign-born nationals with a visa as opposed to permanent residents, tourists or business travelers.
The report showed:
- A total of about 1.9 million nonimmigrants lived in the U.S. in 2012.
- Majority of them (80%) were between the ages of 18 and 44.
- About half of the resident nonimmigrants (980,000) were citizens of Asian countries, including India (23% or 430,000), China (11% or 210,000), South Korea (8% or 140,000) and Japan (5% or 90,000).
- The largest categories (45% or 840,000) were temporary workers and their families and students (38% or 720,000) and their families.
- Nearly 50% of the students were citizens of China (22%), India (14%) or South Korea (13%).
- Their top destination states were California, New York, Texas, Florida, and Massachusetts.