The Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") Office of Immigration Statistics recently announced the number and characteristics of nonimmigrant admissions to the U.S. in 2013. In 2013, there were 173 million nonimmigrant admissions to the U.S. according to DHS.
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Nonimmigrant Admissions to U.S. In 2013The DHS* collects information on nonimmigrant admissions mainly from Form I-94 arrival records. The 173 million nonimmigrant admissions in 2013 included tourists and business travelers from Canada, Mexican nationals with Border Crossing Cards, and nonimmigrants who were issued Form I-94 (I-94 admissions).
Admissions using I-94s accounted for 35 percent (61.1 million) of the total nonimmigrant admissions. Of those 61 million, 90% were temporary visitors for business and pleasure. Only approximately 5% were temporary workers (including workers on H-1B visas) and families. Finally, a mere 3% were for students. The leading countries of citizenship for I-94 admissions were Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Canada.