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Study Report

Study Number: SC-011-001-1-1-United States-OPR-1996

Subject Area: Social Processes and Indicators

Bibliographic Citation: The new immigrant survey (NIS), pilot, round one and follow-up.  [machine-readable data file] / Jasso, Guillermina  [principal investigator(s)] / Office of Population Research, Princeton University  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: NIS

Date Accessioned: 1/28/2016

Number of Files Received: 0

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Access Status: Unrestricted access

Documentation: Codebooks, questionnaires and other information about the NIS are available from the NIS website.

Abstract: The New Immigrant Survey (NIS) is a panel survey of a nationally representative sample of new legal immigrants to the United States based on probability samples of administrative records of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Its baseline interviews (NIS-P) were started in October of 1996 and completed in February 1998. The first full cohort (NIS-2003) sampled immigrants in the period May-November 2003. It was in the field from June 2003 to June 2004. The follow-up interview (NIS-2003-2) was conducted from June 2007 to December 2009. NIS is designed to provide data to answer some important questions about immigration and concomitantly and shed light on basic aspects of human development. NIS survey instruments covers a variety of topics: health, schooling, marriage and family, skills, languages and English language skills, labor force participation, earnings, use of government services, networks, travel, and religion. In addition, NIS content has a special focus on immigrant children and the children of immigrants by including assessment of their academic abilities, skills, and achievements. The NIS design allows for comparability with other major U.S. longitudinal surveys, such as the National Longitudinal Surveys and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. It facilitates comparisons of immigrants and the native born.

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