Legal Immigrants from India on H-1B and F1 visas surpass Mexicans entering the US

China maintains No. 1 position.

By Raif Karerat

Immigrants from India and China, many with student or work visas, have overtaken Mexicans as the largest groups coming into the U.S., according to U.S. Census Bureau.

While Mexicans still dominate the overall composition of immigrants in the U.S., accounting for more than a quarter of the foreign-born people, of the 1.2 million newly arrived immigrants in the U.S. legally and illegally in 2013, China led with 147,000, followed by India with 129,000 and Mexico with 125,000.

“We’re not likely to see Asians overtake Latin Americans anytime soon (in overall immigration population). But we are sort of at the leading edge of this transition where Asians will represent a larger and larger share of the U.S. foreign-born population,” said Marc Rosenblum, deputy director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program for the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute, according to the Associated Press.

Without revisions in immigration policy, experts say the change to the overall immigrant population will be slow. One reason is that the number of Mexicans who become legal permanent residents is about twice the number of Indian and Chinese people who do, according to Michael Fix, president of the Migration Policy Institute.

But a rising number of Indians and Chinese will become permanent residents, as about half of the total number of Asian immigrants here on temporary work visas are obtaining that status, Fix said.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Census bureau indicates the immigration population in the United States will continue to rise steadily in the coming years, with more than 1 million immigrants entering the United States in 2016.

Bretibart has also reported that President Barack Obama’s administration “has been approving work authorizations for immigrants beyond admission limits and for some categories of immigrants that Congress never intended to work in the U.S.”

Immigrants who received work permits include undocumented immigrants granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, immigrants granted Temporary Protective Status (TPS), spouses of guest workers who are on H4 visas, various types of foreign students, especially on F1 and J visas, immigrants granted voluntary departure, parolees, as well as asylum-seekers and refugees.


  1. The number of people on H-1B is capped at maximum of 85k/year. The surge in the total immigrants coming to U.S mostly come from family reunion. Only in the U.S more people come here from that way rather than sponsorship from companies.They are mostly unskilled, have no job and live off food stamps. However this biased article is misleading people by blaming high-skilled people who come here, earn big, and pay hefty taxes, for the rise of immigrants. Nice try though!

    • Where is the prove that “they” are mostly unskilled and are living off food stamps. We need concrete evidence.

  2. The F-1 or H-1B visas are both ‘non-immigrant’ visas.
    An H-1B visa can lead to permanent residence but that is a rare occurrence, requiring the sponsorship of the employer.
    Just because a visa allows you to enter the country doesn’t mean you get to stay.

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