The Department of Homeland Security recently issued a report stating that 1,130,818 individuals became lawful permanent residents (i.e. “green card” holders) of the U.S. in 2009. 59% of those green card holders already resided in the U.S. when their green card was approved. Approximately 2/3’s of the individuals received their green card through family (through either a U.S. citizen or green card holder). Of the 1,130,818 green card applicants, the majority were born in either China, Mexico or the Philippines.