190 Green cards issued to Antiguans last year


News Americas: The Caribbean saw a big drop in nationals becoming legal permanent residents or green card holders in the United States last year, a News Americas analysis of latest Department of Homeland Security data has found.

Latest statistics released by DHS show just 76,528 Caribbean immigrants became green card holders last year versus 144,429 in 2019. That’s a drop of nearly 68,000.

The highest number of LPR’s or green card holders were from the Dominican Republic with 30,005. This was followed by Cuba with 16,367 and Jamaica and Haiti with 12,826 and 9,338, respectively.

By contrast, in 2019, 49,911 nationals of the Dominican Republic became legally permanent residents of the US while 41,641 Cubans got their green cards.

In 2019, 21,689 Jamaicans secured LPR status while 17,253 Haitians did the same. That’s almost a 50 percent decline.

Some 3,027 Guyanese secured their green cards in 2020 compared to 5,385 in 2019 while 1,718 Trinidad and Tobagonians secured LPR status in 2020 compared to 3,150 in 2019.

Other Caribbean nations saw only triple or double-digit numbers. Here’s where they stack from highest to lowest:

COUNTRY                                2020

  • Bahamas                                    614
  • Belize                                        475
  • St. Lucia                                    463
  • Grenada                                     307
  • Dominica                                    287
  • Barbados                                    226
  • St. Vincent & The Grenadines   196
  • Antigua & Barbuda                    190
  • Suriname                                   117


  • St. Kitts & Nevis                       106
  • Bermuda                                      67
  • Cayman Islands                           50
  • Turks & Caicos                            33
  • Curacao                                        31
  • BVI                                               29
  • Aruba                                           22
  • Sint Maaarten                              21
  • Anguilla                                     11

To qualify for a US Green Card to live and work in America, you must be eligible under one of the categories:

Green Card through Family

  • Green Card through Employment
  • Green Card as a Special Immigrant
  • Green Card through Refugee or Asylee Status
  • Green Card for Human Trafficking and Crime Victims
  • Green Card for Victims of Abuse
  • Green Card through Other Categories
  • Green Card through Registry.

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  1. Dane Knight already boast that he has his USA Passport and that an Antiguan passport is of NO VALUE to him! He said so on radio.

  2. SMH: Are you Gas-Man Browne? So what if Knight did say so.I have an American Passport for the past 43 years.They told some time ago in Antigua,if I wished to return and run for Public Office.I would have to renounced my Citizenship of the USA.I looked at them and could not control myself with laughter.I just thought they were out of their freaking minds.

    • So what if he say that a 🇦🇬 passport is of NO value to him??? That’s the former Mill Reef storeroom worker who rants and bitches nightly on radio PRETENDING TO CARE ABOUT the same 🇦🇬

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