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Table 6. Legal Permanent Resident Flow by Age: Fiscal Years 2004 to 2006

Total. . . . . . . . . . . . .

1,266,264

100.0

1,122,373

100.0

957,883

100.0

Under 5 years . . . . . . .

45,570

3.6

42,194

3.8

40,653

4.2

5 to 14 years. . . . . . . .

146,100

11.5

132,895

11.8

108,708

11.3

15 to 24 years. . . . . . .

232,977

18.4

195,783

17.4

164,468

17.2

25 to 34 years. . . . . . .

311,302

24.6

295,638

26.3

268,327

28.0

35 to 44 years. . . . . . .

244,575

19.3

225,049

20.1

183,655

19.2

45 to 54 years. . . . . . .

138,494

10.9

117,663

10.5

94,884

9.9

55 to 64 years. . . . . . .

82,077

6.5

63,343

5.6

53,866

5.6

65 years and over . . . .

65,119

5.1

49,789

4.4

43,282

4.5

Unknown age . . . . . . . .

50

-

19

-

40

-

2006

2005

2004

Number Percent

Number Percent

Number Percent

Table 7. Legal Permanent Resident Flow by Gender: Fiscal Years 2004 to 2006

Age

Median age (years). . . .

31

31

31

  • -

    Figure rounds to 0.0.

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Computer Linked Application Information Management System (CLAIMS), Legal Immigrant Data, Fiscal Years 2004 to 2006.

Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . Male . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Female . . . . . . . . . . . . Unknown . . . . . . . . . . .

1,266,264 563,034 703,213

100.0 44.5 55.5

1,122,373 509,104 613,192

100.0 45.4 54.6

957,883 434,496 523,226

100.0 45.4 54.6

17

-

77

-

161

-

  • --

    Figure rounds to 0.0.

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Computer Linked Application Information Management System (CLAIMS), Legal Immigrant Data, Fiscal Years 2004 to 2006.

Table 8.

Legal Permanent Resident Flow by Marital Status: Fiscal Years 2004 to 2006

2006

2005

2004

Number Percent

Number Percent

Number Percent

Gender

2005. None of these visas were used in 2006. In addition, the REAL ID Act of 2005 recaptured 50,000 unused employment-based visas, 5,125 of which were used in 2005. In 2006, 33,341 of these visas were used, exceeding the 2006 employment preference limit of 143,949. The majority of the visa numbers recaptured by the REAL ID Act were issued to individuals whose country of origin was the Philippines (57 percent) or India (22 percent).

The refugee and asylee LPR flow increased from 13 percent of the total flow in 2005 to 17 percent in 2006 due to the increase in asylee adjustments from the REAL ID Act. Asylee adjustments increased 286 percent from 30,286 in 2005 to 116,845 in 2006. The asylee share of the total LPR flow increased from 3 percent in 2005 to 9 percent in 2006. In contrast, the refugee LPR flow declined 12 percent from 2005 to 2006.

Diversity immigrants accounted for 3.5 percent (44,471) of new LPRs in 2006. The annual number of LPRs admitted under the Diversity program has decreased each year since 2004.

Region and Country of Birth

The leading regions of birth for persons becoming LPRs in 2006 were Asia (33 percent) and North America (33 percent)(see Table 3). These two regions accounted for approximately two-thirds of the LPR flow each year from 2004 to 2006. The number of LPRs from Africa increased 38 percent from 85,102 in 2005 to 117,430 in 2006. Approximately 50 percent of this increase was due to greater numbers of African asylee adjustments of status.

Marital Status

Number

Percent

Number Percent

Number Percent

Total. . . . . . . . . . . . .

1,266,264

100.0

1,122,373

100.0

957,883

100.0

Single . . . . . . . . . . . . .

470,393

37.1

421,335

37.5

357,926

37.4

Married . . . . . . . . . . . .

730,327

57.7

650,829

58.0

561,886

58.7

Other. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

58,062

4.6

45,594

4.1

35,770

3.7

Unknown . . . . . . . . . . .

7,482

0.6

4,615

0.4

2,301

0.2

2006

2005

2004

Management System

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Computer Lin (CLAIMS), Legal Immigrant Data, Fiscal Years 2004 to 2006.

ked Application Information

In 2006, 14 percent of all persons becoming LPRs were born in Mexico. The second leading country of birth was China (6.9 percent), followed by the Philippines (5.9 percent), India (4.8 percent), Cuba (3.6 percent), Colombia (3.4 percent), the Dominican Republic (3.0 percent), El Salvador (2.5 percent), Vietnam (2.4 percent), and Jamaica (2.0 percent). These 10 countries accounted for almost 50 percent of all new LPRs in 2006.

Employment preferences, including principals and their dependents, represented 13 percent of the total LPR flow in 2006, down from 22 percent in 2005. The LPR flow for employment preferences decreased 36 percent from 246,878 in 2005 to 159,081 in 2006. The large number of LPRs in the employment preferences in 2005 was primarily due to the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act of 2000, which recaptured 130,107 unused employment-based visa numbers from 1999 and 2000 to be made available to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd preference employment- based immigrants once the annual limit had been reached. Approxi- mately 94,000 of those recaptured visa numbers were used in

The removal of the 10,000 annual cap on asylee adjust- ments of status was partially responsible for increases in the number of LPR adjustments from China and Colombia between 2005 and 2006. In addition, the use of recaptured employment based visas resulted in an increase for the Philippines.

State and Metropolitan Statistical Area of Residence

California was the residence of approximately one-fifth (21 percent) of persons becoming LPRs in 2006 (seeTable 4). Other leading states of residence included NewYork (14 percent), Florida (12 percent),Texas (7 percent), NewJersey (5.2 percent) and Illinois

DHS Office of Immigration Statistics

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