How many people become LPRs of the U.S. every year?
Each year, a little over 1 million people become legal permanent residents.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, a total of 1,031,631 people became LPRs in 2012. There were 1,062,040 new permanent residents in 2011 and 1,042,625 in 2010. Legal permanent residency is a lawful immigrant status that allows a person to live and work in the U.S. permanently. Obtaining the status of legal permanent residency usually requires a sponsorship through a family relationship or a job offer with a U.S employer.
A Green Card serves as official proof of legal permanent resident status.
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