“We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.”
Immediate relatives do not face waiting times for visa availability. Immediate relatives in the United States may qualify to file Form I-485 to adjust status. Preference relatives often face very long waiting times, due to strict annual limits on permanent immigration benefits. The length of the wait depend on upon which family preference category is appropriate, as well as the country of origin.
Depending on the type of family relationship, foreign nationals can immigrate to the U.S. based on a petition filed by a family member. But there is a major difference in processing, depending on the type of relationship.
First preference — Adult, unmarried son or daughter of a U.S. citizen: 6-year backlog
Second preference (A) — Spouse or child of lawful permanent resident: 5-year backlog
Second preference (B) — Adult son or daughter (unmarried) of LPR: 8-year backlog
Third preference — Adult, married son or daughter of U.S. citizen: 9-year backlog
Fourth preference — Sibling of a U.S. citizen: 10- to 15-year backlog
The sponsoring relative must file a petition (Form I-130) on behalf of the qualifying foreign national relative. If the relative is outside the U.S., the immigrant visa case will proceed via consular processing.
How We Can Help You
Reggie Law Firm can assist in preparation for and representation at interviews at USCIS offices or U.S. consulates. We will also advise with regard to legal issues and may assist in all types of family-based immigration cases at local USCIS offices, service centers, and U.S. consulates abroad.
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