Temporary Work Visa Holders in the United States, By the Numbers

The Trump administration is expected to unveil an executive action in the near future that would significantly restrict temporary (“nonimmigrant”) work visa categories.  While there are multiple public data sets available from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State relevant to these visa categories, they are unfortunately not sufficient to answer these basic questions with great precision: How many individuals enter the country each year, for the first time, using each of these visa categories? How many individuals are already in the United States at any given moment, having previously entered using each of these visa categories?

The goal of this report is to synthesize the relevant data and clearly present what it can—and cannot—reveal about the number of individuals potentially impacted by work visa restrictions. You can read the full report here.

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