Immigration to the United States: Facts, Figures, & Trends

Immigration continues to be one of the most hotly debated issues in American politics, and is embedded into the most basic foundation of the nation. Below is a quick overview of the facts, figures, and trends of immigration to the United States.



Immigration by the Numbers: Today

  • As per the US Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey (ACS), foreign nationals numbered in at over 41.3 million, comprising about 13% of the American population.
  • From 2012-13, over a half million new immigrants settled in the United States, showing 1.3% increase in the immigrant population.
  • These numbers become even more substantial when considering the children of these immigrants. Altogether, immigrants and their children compose an astounding 25% of the American population with a strong foothold of 80 million people.


Immigration by the Numbers: Yesteryear

  • The US Census Bureau first began to collect data on Americans’ native origins in 1850. Immigrants accounted for 10% of a general population numbering approximately 22 million people.
  • Immigration rates grew to a steady 13-15% from 1860-1920.
  • Due to federal restrictions on immigration in the early 1920s, paired with the devastation of the Great Depression in the 1930s and WWII shortly thereafter, immigration rates declined to an all-time low of 5% (or 9.5 million people) by 1970.
  • Revised legislation has allowed the immigrant population to quadruple over the past four decades, which continues to diversify the face, culture, and essence of the United States of America.



Major Moments in US Immigration History

  • Immigration to the United States is typically divided into three time periods:
    • 1700s-1850
    • 1850-1970
    • 1970-present
  • The Emergency Quota Act of 1921 enacted a cap of 3% additional immigrants annually for each country of origin (e.g. if 1,000 citizens of country X resided in the US in a given year, only 30 additional migrants from that country were permitted that year). This legislation favored northern Europeans at the expense of Southern and Eastern Europeans, and in fact did not apply to Latin Americans.
  • The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, also known as the Hart-Celler Act, allowed immigration to prosper yet again. It eradicated the Emergency Quota Act of 1921 and set up new criteria and revised quotas in which skilled foreign nationals, as well as those with familial ties to American citizens, were given preferred status to immigrate.


Top Countries of Origin for Immigration to the US

The following list comprises the top ten countries with the largest migration to the United States from 1820-2000:


  • Germany: 7 million
  • Mexico: 6 million
  • Great Britain: 5 million
  • Ireland: 5 million
  • Italy: 5 million
  • Canada: 5 million
  • Austria & Hungary: 4 million
  • Russia: 4 million
  • The Philippines: 2 million
  • China: 1 million


Essentially, the United States is a nation of now largely assimilated one-time immigrants and their progeny. The federal government continues to oversee regulated settlement in the US while combatting the sensitive issue of illegal immigration.
The Green Card Lottery allows people from countries of presently low immigration rates the chance to live and work legally in the United States, further diversifying the already rich substance of America. If your country qualifies and your personal background meets the minimum requirements mandated by the US Department of State, we invite you to register with the Global USA Green Card Organization to help turn your American Dream into a lasting reality.


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How to Get a Green Card

Perhaps you’ve been thinking up your American Dream for years, or maybe you’ve only recently learned about the myriad opportunities that the green card can possibly provide for you. Obtaining a green card is a complex process that involves much foresight, proper planning, and above all, patience. This post will address the major different ways* in which you can apply for the green card and attain lawful permanent residency in the United States.


Obtaining a green card through family

One of the most common ways to get a green card is through the sponsorship of a family member who is eitherwe a US citizen or a green card holder himself/herself.

  • Only the following family members are permitted to apply for a green card with the sponsorship of a US citizen:
    • legal spouses
    • unmarried children under the age of 21
    • parents of citizen petitioners over the age of 21
  • Family members of US citizens who fit within the following categories are also permitted to apply for the green card:
    • unmarried children 21 or older
    • married children of any age
    • immediate siblings 21 or older
  • Only the following family members are permitted to apply for a green card with the sponsorship of a green card holder:
    • legal spouses
    • unmarried children
  • Individuals within the following special categories are also permitted to apply to the green card:
    • victims of domestic abuse (children, spouses, parents) who have an immediate family member who is a US citizen/green card holder
    • widow(er)s of US citizens
    • fiancé(e)s and minor children of US citizens/green card holders – known as K Nonimmigrants
    • spouses or children of lawful permanent residents – known as V Nonimmigrants
    • children of foreign diplomats in the US

Obtaining a green card through a job

Green card applicants can attempt to obtain a green card by means of their professional background and/or business dealings.

  • Job offer: An employer can petition for an employee to get a green card by obtaining a labor certification and then filing Form I-140, the Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker.
  • American investments: Foreign investors, entrepreneurs, and creators of American jobs (often with sizable assets in the United States) may apply for the green card.
  • Self-petition: Skilled and educated “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability” who can prove to considerably contribute to the American workforce are permitted to apply for the green card, without the need of a labor certification.
  • Special jobs: Those amongst the following list of professionals are permitted to apply for the green card with Form I-360, the Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant:
    • Afghan & Iraqi translators
    • Broadcast journalists
    • Employees of international organizations
    • Iraqis who have aided the US government
    • Civilian NATO employees (past and present) and their spouses, unmarried children, and widow(er)s – known as NATO-6 nonimmigrants
    • Employees of the Panama Canal
    • Physicians (apply under the Physician National Interest Waiver)
    • Religious workers


Obtaining a green card through refugee/asylum status

  • A foreign individual admitted to the US as (a) a refugee, (b) an asylee, or (c) a qualifying family member of an individual granted asylum may apply for a green card one year after entering the US/being granted asylum.
  • Refugees are required to apply for lawful permanent residence, while asylees are not (but are still eligible to do so).


Obtaining a green card through the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery program

  • The DV Lottery takes place only once annually, with application submission in October and the unveiling of results in May/June of the following year. Millions of hopefuls apply for the Lottery each year, with only 55,000 lucky winners.
  • The US Department of State’s online application has rigid instructions and guidelines, and the time window for input lasts just a mere 30 minutes. Many applicants are ruled out on account of improper formatting, missing information, and input oversight. In fact, up to 90% of GUSGC’s clients submit initially incorrect uploads that would disqualify them for eligibility.
  • The Global USA Green Card Organization takes pride in providing its clients with a user-friendly web application, outstanding customer service, and conducting business guided by complete transparency. While we remind potential clients that they can apply for free on the Department of State site on their own, GUSGC guarantees successful participation in the Lottery via focused attention and laser-sharp precision by our experienced Immigration Consultants.


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*Please note that this article addresses only the most popular forms of securing a green card. For a comprehensive list of special programs aimed for niche categories, click here.

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GUSGC unveils new web application for DV Lottery applicants

Private entity aids hopeful clients applying for federally regulated immigration to the US

San Francisco, California – July 22, 2015 – The Global USA Green Card Organization (GUSGC) has just released a unique and advanced web application for applicants of the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery. As a private organization, GUSGC assists international clients applying for the annual DV, or Green Card, Lottery by offering supplemental advisory services before the annual submission of application materials each October.

Operating through the US Department of State, the DV Lottery grants 55,000 American green cards each year in order to encourage immigration to the US by citizens of countries with presently low levels of natural immigration.

Given the complex and rigid structure of the government website’s application, as well as its limited accessibility which is only open one month per year, GUSGC offers 24/7 support and guidance that ensures the successful submission of all Lottery application materials. Emma Louise, the Head of Customer Service at GUSGC, notes that “up to 90% of our applicants submit initially ineligible photos and information, which the company then corrects and validates for an acceptable application.”

GUSGC’s new user-friendly web application includes a free trial version of required forms and photo uploading. A variety of packages are also available for purchase, including automatic resubmission of materials over the course of several years, as well as consular interview consulting, relocation services, and career advice. GUSGC’s official website has already attracted 360,000 unique visitors this calendar year, 40,000 of whom have already registered to receive support from one of the company’s highly experienced immigration

“The Green Card Lottery is an exceptional federal program that has absorbed hundreds of thousands of immigrants into the United States, further diversifying American culture,” Louise says. “Here at GUSGC, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with an honest and transparent procedure of actualizing their American dreams, which all starts with our easy-to-use web application, continues with helpful communication and friendly customer service, and strives toward successful immigration to the United States and easy acclimation to American culture.”

About Global USA Green Card Organization (GUSGC)

GUSGC offers trustworthy guidance and support to applicants of the US Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery program. The organization guarantees the successful submission of application materials, both on time and in full, and strives to make the immigration process as clear, simple, and streamlined as possible. The combination of advanced web application systems, user-friendly interfaces, and highly trained immigration consultants available 24/7 leads to a quick and integrative process to ensure participation in the Green Card Lottery, and hopefully fulfill the dreams of millions of individuals worldwide to live, work, study, and even open a business in the United States of America.



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