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Taking a look at immigration statistics

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, roughly six million applications and petitions are submitted to the agency each year. Some of the applications are given the green light, while others are denied or listed as pending. In Miami-Dade, and across the state of Florida, many people file petitions with the USCIS to become a U.S. citizen, obtain a green card or gain access to employment as a nonimmigrant. Sometimes, employers submit applications on behalf of prospective workers.

Over the course of 2014, more than one million people became a lawful permanent resident in the United States, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Among those who were approved, 64 percent were relatives of a lawful permanent resident or U.S. citizen and 53 percent were living in the country when their application was approved. During 2014, lawful permanent residents came from a variety of nations, including India (seven percent), China (seven percent) and Mexico (13 percent). In fiscal year 2014, 53 percent of those approved for lawful permanent residency were female, while 46 percent were male. Moreover, a majority were married (58 percent) in comparison to those who were single.

When it comes to immigration, each person's circumstances are unique. People apply for a variety of visas and the legal issues they may encounter vary from one person to another. As a result, those who are preparing to file a petition should develop a solid understanding of relevant laws related to immigration and carefully approach the immigration process. By correctly filling out paperwork and satisfying all of the requirements, people who are applying for visas can avoid unnecessary difficulties.

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