The August Visa Bulletin for immigrant visas, available at http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5749.html, shows the government’s progress for August. The Visa Bulletin shows the processing time for immigrant visas. For example, if your United States citizen brother filed immigration documents for you in February 2001, the United States government is now ready to process your request for lawful permanent residence (i.e. your green card).
But, the processing times vary depending upon your nationality. For example, if you are from the Philippines, the government is now processing requests for lawful permanent residence that were filed in 1989. The variation is due in part to the large numbers of individuals intending to immigrate to the United States from certain countries.
If a family member filed immigration documents for you, it is important that you check the Visa Bulletin every month. Once the government is processing requests near the month that your family member filed documents, you should contact an immigration attorney.