In a major shift in immigration patterns over the next 50 years, Asians will surge past Hispanics to become the largest group of immigrants heading to the United States, according to estimates in a new immigration study by the Pew Research Center.
Most Asians are legal immigrants with high levels of education who come to the United States with visas based on their employment skills.
In part as a result of the Asians’ arrival, education levels of immigrants overall are increasing.
Of new immigrants in 2013, 41 percent had at least a bachelor’s degree. About 30 percent of native-born Americans have a college degree.