The U.S. government recently released a report called “Estimates of the Size and Characteristics of the Resident Nonimmigrant Population in the United States: January 2012.” It analyzes the numbers of “nonimmigrants” in the U.S. (foreign-born people with a visa as opposed to a green card or undocumented status) in terms of variables such as age, country of origin, and type of visa.
Here are some salient factoids from the report:
- A total of about 1.9 million nonimmigrants lived in the U.S. in 2012.
- Almost half of these (45%) were temporary workers and their families (for example, on H visas).
- Another 40% were students and their families.
- Most of them (80%) were between the ages of 18 and 44.
- About half of them hailed from an Asian country (an impressive 50% of foreign students came from China, and 38% of workers came from India).
- Their top destination states were California, New York, Texas, Florida, and Massachusetts.
The bottom line? When you imagine a nonimmigrant, you should probably bring to mind a young Asian worker or foreign student.