Often, clients will ask me whether they can help their family members obtain lawful immigration status in the United States. In certain circumstances, a client may petition to bring a family member to the United States.
For example, if Jane is a United States citizen and she wants to bring her sister to the United States from Mexico, she may complete and file immigration documents on behalf of her sister. It is important to understand that for many visa categories, there is a very long wait until a visa is available. In this situation, if Jane filed a petition on May 1, 2013, to bring her sister to the United States, her sister will have to wait about seventeen years until she is legally allowed to come to the United States. Currently, the United States government is processing visa applications filed by United States citizens for their brothers and sisters from Mexico that were filed in 1996. This means that if Jane would have filed for her sister in 1996, it would now be Jane’s sister’s turn to immigrate to the United States.
It is important to understand that the wait time is not the same for all countries. Individuals wishing to immigrate from China, India, Mexico, and the Philippines have the longest wait before a visa is available. You can learn more by viewing the April 2013 visa bulletin, available at: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5900.html.
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