Number of Indians receiving green cards grows

People born in India ranked third behind people born in Mexico and China for receiving green cards in the U.S. in 2010 due to a significant increase in the number of Indian-born people attaining legal residence status over previous years.

According to the Deccan Herald, people born in Mexico represented 13 percent of all those who got green cards last year, while China and India-born people made up approximately 7 percent each, official figures say.

While the number of Indian-born people being granted green cards increased last year, green card acquisition among people of other backgrounds decreased. More people from Latin America and the Caribbean acquired green cards in 2009 than in 2010, according to the Antigua Observer.

The official data also indicated the states of residence of those who were recently issued green cards. According to the Herald, one fifth of those granted green cards last year reside in California. New York was also a popular state for green card holders to reside in, with 14.2 percent of all those issued legal residence last year living there. Combined with Florida, Texas and New Jersey, these five states housed 58 percent of all people who were issued green cards in 2010, the news provider reports.