Filipinos are classified as Asian for both United States Census and Social Security Administration purposes. The separation of Asian and Pacific Islander categories occurred in 2000.
Prior to the year 2000, people of Asian and Pacific Island descent were grouped into one category by various governmental agencies in the United States. However, the distinction helps more specifically delineate people from different regions. For example, people with Asian origin are now identified as those with ties to the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia or Indian subcontinent. Those of Pacific Island origin are now identified as Native Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, Marshallese, Fijan, Chamorro or Guamanian, and the peoples of various U.S. jurisdictions on other islands in the region.