Nonimmigrant Admissions to the United States: 2012
Nonimmigrants are foreign nationals granted temporary admission into the United States. The major purposes for which nonimmigrant admission may be authorized include temporary visits for business or pleasure, academic or vocational study, temporary employment, or to act as a representative of a foreign government or international organization.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) collects information on the characteristics of certain nonimmigrant admissions from I-94 arrival records. This Office of Immigration Statistics Annual Flow Report presents information gathered from I-94s on the number and characteristics of nonimmigrant admissions to the United States in 2012.
Country of Citizenship
The leading countries of citizenship for nonimmigrant admissions to the United States in 2012 were Mexico (31 percent), the United Kingdom (8.3 percent), Japan (7.7 percent), Germany (4.3 per-cent), France (3.6 percent), Brazil (3.3 percent), China (3.3 per-cent), South Korea (2.8 percent), Canada (2.7 percent), and Australia (2.5 percent) (see Table 2).