Who is Coming to America on a Visa?

Most immigrants applying to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for a visa will qualify on the basis of family relationships or sponsorship by an employer. In fact, these type of visa applications make up over 95% of all applications for long-term entry into the United States.

Once a visa application has been submitted, the applicant is then placed on a waiting list and assigned a priority date based on when the application was filed. While the USCIS processes them based on these priorities, they also have to consider a per-country limit on the amount of visas that can be issued in a single year. If this maximum has been met in any given year, the applicants must then wait until the following year to be eligible.

At the conclusion of 2016, the waiting list for applicants seeking visa applications under the family or employment sections of the law included:

Mexico - 1,309,282
Philippines - 387,232
India - 331,423
Vietnam - 266,297
China (mainland) - 252,497
Dominican Republic - 199,055
Bangladesh - 179,504
Pakistan - 127,768
Haiti - 115,580
Cuba - 106,351
El Salvador - 78,947
Jamaica - 54,398
All Others - 958,627

As a result, the top 10 native languages for these applicants include:

  1. Spanish
  2. Filipino (Tagalog)
  3. Hindi
  4. Vietnamese
  5. Mandarin
  6. Bengali
  7. Urdu (Pakistani)
  8. Haitian Creole
  9. Persian
  10. Korean

This obviously has significant impact on a business like Lingomod; as a result, we focus on these areas and ensure we have the best translators.  Going forward, we continue to watch the changes in U.S. immigration policy and any impact it may have on what types of individuals are applying for U.S. visas.