April 14, 2010
In 2009, a total of 1,130,818 people became Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) of the United States. The majority of new LPRs (59 percent) already lived in the United States when they were granted LPR status. Nearly two-thirds were granted LPR status based on a family relationship with a US citizen or LPR of the United States. The leading countries of birth of new LPRs were Mexico (15 percent), China (6 percent), and the Philippines (5 percent).