In December of 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its Annual Flow Report for nonimmigrant admissions to the United States in 2015 [PDF version].1 The Flow Report includes eight pages of interesting information and charts with various nonimmigrant admissions statistics for 2015, and it is well worth reading in its entirety. In this post, I will highlight the 2015 statistics for nonimmigrant admissions by class of admission and for nonimmigrant admissions by country.
The following statistics cover individuals who were admitted with Forms I-94/I-94W. The document explains that “[t]he I-94 data do not describe all nonimmigrant admissions because certain visitors are not required to fill out I-94 forms.” Notably, many visitors from Mexico and Canada are not required to complete the I-94. Because citizens of Mexico and Canada “make up the vast majority of all nonimmigrant admissions,” this has a significant effect on the following statistics. Furthermore, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began automating the I-94 process for aliens admitted at air and seaports, which explains an apparent jump in admissions beginning in FY-2014 in the following statistics.
Nonimmigrant Admissions (I-94 only) by Class of Admission
Page 4 of the DHS's Annual Flow Report contains a chart that details nonimmigrant admissions by class of admission, Form I-94 only, for fiscal years 2013 to 2015.
Fiscal Year 2015 saw a total of 76,638,236 nonimmigrants admitted into the United States. This was an increase of just over 1.7 million from 2014 and nearly 15.5 million from 2013.
79.6% of all nonimmigrants admitted were admitted as temporary visitors for pleasure. Of these, 54.4% of all nonimmigrants admitted were admitted as B2 temporary visitors for pleasure, and 23.7% were admitted under the Visa Waiver Program as visitors for pleasure (WV). The remaining 1.6% of nonimmigrants admitted as visitors for pleasure were admitted under the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program.
10.4% of all nonimmigrants admitted were admitted as temporary visitors for business. 6.4% of these were admitted as B1 nonimmigrants, and 4.0% were admitted under the Visa Waiver Program as temporary visitors for business (WB).
Combined, temporary visitors for pleasure and temporary visitors for business made up approximately 90% of all nonimmigrant admissions in FY-2015. Their combined total was approximately 90.1% in 2014 and 89.5% in 2013, meaning that the percentage of all nonimmigrants admitted in 2015 who were temporary visitors for pleasure or business remained steady in FY-2015. Please see our website's section on Travel Visas to learn more about visiting the United States for business or please [see article].
Temporary workers and families made up 4.9% of all of the nonimmigrant admissions in 2015. The largest individual group in this category were intracompany transferees and their families, who made up 1.2% of the total. 1% of the total were North American Free Trade Agreement professionals (admitted in TN status). We discuss work visas on our website [see article].
2.5% of all of the nonimmigrants admitted were nonimmigrant students and their families (F1 and M1 students). 0.9% of all of the nonimmigrants were transit aliens (C1, C2, and C3); 0.8% were J1 exchange visitors and family, and 0.6% were admitted as diplomats and other representatives and family members thereof.
Nonimmigrant Admissions (I-94 only) by Country of Citizenship
The second and final chart we will look at in this post breaks down the countries of citizenship of the 76,638,236 Form I-94 nonimmigrants who were admitted in FY-2015. The 2015 statistics are listed below:
- Mexico - 26.6%
- Canada - 17.5%
- United Kingdom - 6.5%
- Japan - 5.2%
- China - 3.8%
- Brazil - 3.3%
- Germany - 3.1%
- France - 2.7%
- South Korea - 2.5%
- India - 2.5%
26.2% of the nonimmigrants come from countries outside of the top 10. An additional 0.1% were listed as “unknown.”
In terms of its share of the total, China saw a significant jump, making up 3.8% of all nonimmigrant admissions in 2015 after only 3.4% in 2014. Japan saw a significant decrease in its share of the total, falling to 5.2% from 5.6%.
The DHS's Annual Flow Report contains many interesting charts that we did not cover here with statistics regarding the most used ports-of-entry, destination states, and age/gender of nonimmigrants admitted. Please see the full document for more statistics regarding nonimmigrant admissions in FY-2015.
To learn about many of the nonimmigrant categories discussed in this article, please see our website's sections on Travel Visas [see category], Work Visas [see category], and Student Visas [see category].