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Basic information published by the U.S. government shows that hundreds of thousands of new nonimmigrant visas authorizing employment are issued each year; it also shows the average aggregate size of the population of persons who hold nonimmigrant visas in the United States. However, the U.S. government does not have an adequate, reliable estimate for the total number of temporary foreign workers who are authorized to be employed in the U.S. labor market in the main nonimmigrant visa classifications that authorize employment. This report seeks to add to the limited existing literature on the size and makeup of temporary foreign worker programs in the United States by reviewing and assessing the available data in the main nonimmigrant visa classifications that authorize employment. It estimates that 1.42 million temporary foreign workers were employed in the United States with nonimmigrant visas in fiscal 2013. This number is approximately equal to 1 percent of the U.S. labor force.