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According to a new survey of the immigrant population in the United States, American immigration has reached an all-time high in recent years, with immigrants comprising 13.3 percent of U.S. residents in 2014. This marks the highest annual percentage in 94 years.

The report, published by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), analyzed fresh census data of the foreign-born population in the U.S. to reveal that 42.2 million immigrants were living in the U.S. in 2014 – the highest number ever recorded. Data also revealed the number of residents born in countries such as India, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Iraq, and Pakistan have all risen substantially.

Increases in immigration from 2010 to 2014 by native country are as follows:

  • Saudi Arabia: 93% increase
  • Bangladesh: 37% increase
  • Iraq: 36% increase
  • Egypt: 25% increase
  • India: 24% increase
  • Pakistan: 24% increase

While these countries had the greatest percentage increase, Mexico, India, China, sent the greatest numbers of immigrants during this timeframe, followed by the Philippines, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam. Interestingly, the majority of foreign-born Saudi Arabian immigrants did not accept citizenship, while more than 60% of immigrants from India, Pakistan, and Egypt became citizens.

Looking forward, the census predicts that by 2060, roughly one out of every five US residents will be an immigrant, mostly due to legal immigration. The foreign-born population is expected to exceed 51 million by the year 2030.


Although American immigration is booming, the associated process of legally entering the country and applying for citizenship can still be notoriously complex to navigate. At USILaw, our Montgomery County immigration attorneys have years of experience helping clients from around the globe legally live and work the United States and can provide the guidance you need to maximize your chances of success.

Get in touch with us online today to review your legal options in full detail.

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