The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued an Annual Flow Report, listing statistics for those who were granted lawful permanent residence status (green cards) in 2014.
The report is divided into sections describing the gender and age breakdown, immigration category (family, employment, etc.), country of origin and US residence.
The report shows that the majority (63.5%) of new permanent residents in 2014 immigrated using a family-based category. Another 15% were granted green cards based on an employment relationship, 13% were refugees/asylees and the remainder were miscellaneous categories such as diversity, Haitian Refugees, etc.
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.