By D’Vera Cohn of Pew Research
- One million immigrants receive lawful permanent resident status each year – also known as a green card – that puts them on a path to citizenship.
- The most common regions of origin for lawful immigrants differ from those of unauthorized immigrants.
- Lawful immigrants are more concentrated in certain metro areas than the overall population.
- Lawful immigrants are more likely to be of working age (18 to 64) than people born in the U.S., and they are overrepresented in particular occupations.
- Not all U.S. lawful immigrants eligible to apply for citizenship do so.