How The Immigration System Works

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US Immigration Quizzes & Trivia

Immigration is a complex issue that lies at the intersection of federal, state, and local policymaking. Many myths and misconceptions surround the topic, making it difficult to have a constructive, well-informed national conversation about immigration policies. Take our Immigration Facts quiz to test your knowledge of how the immigration system works.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What percentage of the U.S. population is foreign-born?
    • A. 

      5%

    • B. 

      13%

    • C. 

      25%

    • D. 

      42%

  • 2. 
    Approximately what percentage of immigrants living in the United States are unauthorized?
    • A. 

      10%

    • B. 

      28%

    • C. 

      56%

    • D. 

      75%

  • 3. 
    What percentage of unauthorized immigrants arrived on temporary tourist, student, or work visas and stayed after those visas expired, as opposed to those who crossed the border without proper documents?
    • A. 

      5%

    • B. 

      25%

    • C. 

      40%

    • D. 

      70%

  • 4. 
    What percentage of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States in 2013 arrived before 2000?
    • A. 

      5%

    • B. 

      24%

    • C. 

      39%

    • D. 

      57%

  • 5. 
    How do most people admitted for permanent residence, those known as green card holders, enter the United States?
    • A. 

      The employment-based system, determined by skills and U.S. labor market needs

    • B. 

      The family-based system, which considers relationships to family members in the United States

    • C. 

      The refugee system, which admits people for humanitarian reasons

    • D. 

      As unauthorized immigrants, outside the legal immigration system

  • 6. 
    Which of these groups can apply for certain family members to join them permanently in the United States?
    • A. 

      Green card holders can petition for their parents

    • B. 

      U.S. citizens can petition for their cousins

    • C. 

      Green card holders can petition for their married children

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    Approximately how many people are waiting in the family- and employment-based immigration backlogs?
    • A. 

      3,000

    • B. 

      100,000

    • C. 

      2,500,000

    • D. 

      4,400,000

  • 8. 
    Which of the following steps must an employer take to submit a petition to hire a foreign temporary agricultural worker (the H-2A visa category)?
    • A. 

      Demonstrate that not enough U.S. workers are able, willing, qualified, and available to do the temporary work

    • B. 

      Show that the employment of H-2A workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers

    • C. 

      Demonstrate that the jobs are temporary and seasonal in nature

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 9. 
    Most employers who want to hire foreign temporary specialty or high-skilled workers (requiring H-1B visas) are subject to a national limit on the number of visas that the federal government will grant in a given year. What is the current limit?
    • A. 

      5,000

    • B. 

      85,000

    • C. 

      500,000

    • D. 

      1.2 million

  • 10. 
    Approximately how many refugees were admitted to the United States in 2012? Refugees are defined as those who can prove a “well-founded fear of persecution” due to their race, membership in a social group, political opinion, religion, or national origin in their home country.
    • A. 

      0

    • B. 

      1,000

    • C. 

      60,000

    • D. 

      1 million