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 USA NonImmigrant Visa Issuance Statistics 2005 - 2009 

Type of Nonimmigrant Visa

Description

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009*

Totals

 

5,388,951

5,836,730

6,444,285

6,603,076

5,804,182

A-1

Ambassador, public minister, career diplomat, consul, and immediate family

9,944

10,159

10,216

10,152

10,313

A-2

Other foreign government official or employee, and immediate family

83,051

81,144

82,341

86,181

91,326

A-3

Attendant, servant, or personal employee of A-1 and A-2, and immediate family

1,227

1,017

1,000

1,000

1,186

B-1

Temporary visitor for business

52,649

56,432

61,461

47,899

42,261

B-2

Temporary visitor for pleasure

245,829

305,645

356,224

407,723

443,100

B-1/B-2

Temporary visitor for business and pleasure

2,709,468

3,053,656

3,318,802

3,490,013

2,924,368

B-1/B-2/BCC

Combination B-1/B-2 and Border Crossing Card

732,566

660,482

777,680

750,483

707,255

BCC

Border Crossing Card

-

-

-

-

-

C-1

Person in transit

65,272

54,994

47,714

34,466

27,589

C-2

Person in transit to United Nations Headquarters

44

21

32

22

18

 

Foreign government official, immediate family, attendant, servant, or personal

 

 

 

 

 

C-3

employee in transit

10,537

12,198

13,392

12,745

10,780

C-1/D

Combination transit/crew member visa

229,115

214,942

241,947

217,428

205,893

D

Crew member (sea or air) (individual issuance)

19,989

20,488

20,162

24,706

23,634

D-Crew

Crewlist visa

-

-

-

-

-

E-1

Treaty trader, spouse and children

8,867

8,015

7,413

6,862

6,432

E-2

Treaty investor, spouse and children

28,290

29,453

29,298

28,588

24,033

E-3

Australian professional in specialty occupation

4

1,918

2,572

2,961

2,191

E-3D

Spouse or child of E-3

3

1,053

1,368

1,568

1,421

E-3R

Returning E-3

0

0

6

114

561

F-1

Student (academic or language training program)

237,890

273,870

298,393

340,711

331,208

F-2

Spouse or child of F-1 student

18,061

20,748

22,036

23,193

21,817

F-3

Border commuter academic or language student

42

19

119

519

773

 

Principal resident representative of recognized foreign member government to

 

 

 

 

 

G-1

international organization, staff, and immediate family

4,995

4,894

5,270

5,105

5,467

 

Other representative of recognized foreign member government to international

 

 

 

 

 

G-2

organization, and immediate family

13,703

11,946

12,319

14,715

12,509

 

Representative of nonrecognized or nonmember foreign government to international

 

 

 

 

 

G-3

organization, and immediate family

309

284

278

341

329

G-4

International organization officer or employee, and immediate family

20,930

20,887

21,768

23,830

24,660

 

Attendant, servant, or personal employee of G-1 through G-4, and immediate family

 

 

 

 

 

G-5

 

998

940

1,058

973

911



H1

Temporary worker of distinguished merit and ability

-

-

-

-

-

H1A


Temporary worker performing services as a registered nurse

-

-

-

-

-

 


 

 

 

 

 

H1B

Visa for qualifying graduates and workers

124,099

135,421

154,053

129,464

110,367



H1B1

performing services in a specialty occupation

Free Trade Agreement worker (Chile/Singapore)

275

440

639

719

621


H1C

Nurse in health professional shortage area

63

8

26

174

128




H-2

Temporary worker performing services unavailable in U.S.

-

-

-

-

-

H-2A

Temporary worker performing agricultural services

31,892

37,149

50,791

64,404

60,112

H-2B

Temporary worker performing other services

87,492

71,687

60,227

93,250

44,847

H-2R

Returning H-2B worker

1,643

50,854

69,320

1,054

-

H-3

Trainee

1,763

2,369

3,096

3,427

2,084

H-4

Spouse or child of H-1A/B/B1/C, H-2A/B/R, or H-3

70,266

74,326

86,219

71,019

60,009

I

Representative of foreign information media, spouse and children

16,975

15,514

15,885

17,069

15,219

J-1

Exchange visitor

275,161

309,951

343,946

359,447

313,597

J-2

Spouse or child of exchange visitor

28,661

30,104

32,236

32,642

31,944

K-1

Fiance(e) of U.S. citizen

33,910

30,575

33,190

30,288

27,679

K-2

Child of fiance(e) of U.S. citizen

5,308

5,013

5,455

5,013

4,188

K-3

Spouse of U.S. citizen awaiting availability of immigrant visa

11,312

10,341

9,816

7,854

7,210

K-4

Child of K-3

3,438

2,935

2,474

1,856

1,568

 

Intracompany transferee (executive, managerial, and specialized personnel continuing

 

 

 

 

 

L-1

employment with international firm or corporation)

65,458

72,613

84,532

84,078

64,696

L-2

Spouse or child of intracompany transferee

57,523

61,984

70,340

71,683

59,579

M-1

Vocational or other nonacademic student

5,822

7,227

9,221

10,475

9,257

M-2

Spouse or child of M-1 student

153

178

219

278

250

M-3

Border commuter vocational or other nonacademic student

0

0

0

1

0

 

Principal permanent representative of member state to NATO (including any of its

 

 

 

 

 

 

subsidiary bodies) resident in the U.S., and resident members of official staff;

 

 

 

 

 

NATO-1

principal NATO officers; and immediate family

28

5

5

11

37

 

Other representatives of member states to NATO (including any of its subsidiary

 

 

 

 

 

 

bodies), and immediate family; dependents of member of a force entering in

 

 

 

 

 

 

accordance with provisions of NATO agreements; members of such force if issued

 

 

 

 

 

NATO-2

visas

5,893

5,911

6,406

6,381

6,741

 

Official clerical staff accompanying a representative of member state to NATO, and

 

 

 

 

 

NATO-3

immediate family

1

0

7

2

0

 

Officials of NATO (other than those classifiable as NATO-1), and immediate family

 

 

 

 

 

NATO-4

 

353

333

287

358

266

 

Experts, other than NATO-4 officials, employed in missions on behalf of NATO, and

 

 

 

 

 

NATO-5

their dependents

69

88

67

87

69

 

Members of a civilian component accompanying a force entering in accordance with

 

 

 

 

 

NATO-6

the provisions of NATO agreements, and their dependents

201

176

164

127

196

 

Attendant, servant, or personal employee of NATO-1 through NATO-6, and

 

 

 

 

 

NATO-7

immediate family

5

2

2

3

3

N-9

Child of N-8 or of SK-1, SK-2, SK-4, SN-1, SN-2, or SN-4 special immigrant

4

0

0

3

2

TN

NAFTA professional

1,902

2,972

4,091

4,761

4,124

TD

Spouse or child of TN

1,941

2,779

3,438

3,715

3,203

 

Person with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics

 

 

 

 

 

O-1

 

6,712

6,961

7,653

9,014

9,368

O-2

Person accompanying and assisting in the artistic or athletic performance by O-1

3,387

3,726

4,218

5,054

4,702

O-3

Spouse or child of O-1 or O-2

1,861

1,912

2,238

2,642

2,396

 

Internationally recognized athlete or member of an internationally recognized

 

 

 

 

 

P-1

entertainment group

23,907

22,698

24,737

27,240

23,920

P-2

Artist or entertainer in a reciprocal exchange program

125

92

168

135

119

P-3

Artist or entertainer in a culturally unique program

9,611

9,949

9,732

10,277

8,847

P-4

Spouse or child of P-1, P-2, or P-3

1,022

1,007

1,059

1,140

1,124

Q-1

Participant in an International Cultural Exchange Program

1,972

1,541

1,661

2,443

1,626

Q-2

Irish Peace Process trainee

6

80

1

1

0

Q-3

Spouse or child of Q-2

0

3

0

0

0

R-1

Person in a religious occupation

8,538

8,716

10,372

10,061

2,771

R-2

Spouse or child of R-1

3,267

3,234

3,216

2,941

1,160

 

Informant possessing critical reliable information concerning criminal organization or

 

 

 

 

 

S-5

enterprise

0

0

0

0

0

 

Informant possessing critical reliable information concerning terrorist organization,

 

 

 

 

 

S-6

enterprise, or operation

0

0

0

0

0

S-7

Spouse, married or unmarried son or daughter, or parent of S-5 or S-6

0

0

0

0

0

T-1

Victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons

0

0

-

-

0

T-2

Spouse of T-1

35

11

20

34

8

T-3

Child of T-1

65

43

70

132

81

T-4

Parent of T-1 under 21 years of age

7

5

5

5

3

T-5

Sibling under 18 years of age of T-1 under 21 years of age

5

1

3

8

3

U-1

Victim of criminal activity

0

0

0

0

8

U-2

Spouse of U-1

0

0

0

0

0

U-3

Child of U-1

0

0

0

0

5

U-4

Parent of U-1 under 21 years of age

0

0

0

0

0

U-5

Sibling under 18 years of age of U-1 under 21 years of age

0

0

0

0

0

V-1

Spouse of lawful permanent resident awaiting availability of immigrant visa

911

166

30

0

0

V-2

Child of lawful permanent resident awaiting availability of immigrant visa

951

133

23

0

0

V-3

Derivative child of V-1 or V-2

1,165

281

51

0

0

Revalidations

Revalidated visas

-

-

-

-

-


Source: US Government 
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