An average of 4,400 Guyanese are granted immigrant visas on a yearly basis by the US Embassy, according to figures provided by the embassy.
According to the figures, in 2006 the embassy issued some 5,135 immigrant visas.
In 2007, 3,059 immigrant visas were granted. This was followed by 4,836 in 2008 and 4,586 in 2009. So far for this year some 2,624 immigrant visas have been granted.
The figures were provided after a request was made during a roundtable discussion outgoing Charge d’Affaires Karen Williams had with members of the media yesterday.