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US Grants 5.46 Million Work Permits to Foreigners from 2009 to 2014

February 2015, 09
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US Grants 5.46 Million Work Permits to Foreigners
The number of visas issued to foreigners by the US Government over the past five years has hit the records. Notably, 5.46 million work permits were issued to non-immigrant overseas nationals between 2009 and 2014, citing figures of a conservative think-tank.

The data was obtained from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services via a Freedom of Information Act request as per the statement issued by the director of the center for Immigration Studies, Jessica Vaughan. 

The data provided by the center comprises of work permits issued to permanent or pre-permanent groups including authorized permanent residents, fiancées and those under temporary categories such as overseas journalists, travelers and temporary workers and special groups including those in Palau and Northern Marianas. 

The center stated that 1.8 million new work permits were granted to foreigners holding temporary visas or under the Visa waiver regime. Out of these, around 67 percent (1.2 million) people had a visa status for which employment is not approved by law. For instance, over 470,000 work permits were granted to foreigners on visit visas and 532,000 were granted to overseas students. Over 156,000 were granted to dependents of guest workers and students in all categories. 

Vaughan added that 963,000 new work permits were granted to non-citizens under permanent status or for a status that leads to a green card. Additionally, she added that 982,000 work permits were issued to overseas nationals with no proper documents.

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