How long does the process take for a USA citizen to petition his sibling? 12 Answers as of June 02, 2013

How long does the process take for a USA citizen to petition his sibling?

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Law Offices of Svetlana Boukhny
Law Offices of Svetlana Boukhny | Svetlana Boukhny
It is taking about 10-12 years for most countries. It is a long process.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/16/2012
Feldman Feldman & Associates, PC
Feldman Feldman & Associates, PC | Lynne Feldman
Wait times depend on the country of birth of the sibling but it's around 12 years plus.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 12/30/2011
Calderón Seguin PLC
Calderón Seguin PLC | Ofelia L. Calderon
Like 10 years. Google visa bulletin state department and look at category F-4.
Answer Applies to: Virginia
Replied: 12/29/2011
Law Offices of Alan R. Diamante, APLC
Law Offices of Alan R. Diamante, APLC | Alan R. Diamante
This is the fourth preference category on the visa bulletin. It takes years. 11 years for Mexicans for example.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 12/29/2011
All American Immigration
All American Immigration | Tom Youngjohn
Eleven years, unless the sibling was born in Mexico, then it's 15 years, unless born in the Philippines, then it's 23 years. Which seems messed up to me, because, of all the aliens we might wish to keep from immigrating to the US, Filipinas just ain't on that list. If the US citizen was originally petitioned by way of adoption, then it's a no go.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 12/28/2011
    Law Offices of Grinberg and Segal
    Law Offices of Grinberg and Segal | Alexander Segal
    The immigrant visa petition is typically adjudicated in 6 months so long as there is sufficient proof of the sibling relationship. The problem is that a sibling petition is considered a preference petition and you must wait for an immigrant visa to be available. This is where the years of delay take place. Depending upon what country you are from, immigrant visas take 10 or more years to be current.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 12/27/2011
    Christian Schmidt, Attorney at Law
    Christian Schmidt, Attorney at Law | Christian Schmidt
    At least 10 years.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/2/2013
    Law Office of Eric Fisher | Eric Fisher
    A U S citizen can file an I-130 visa petition for his sibling, but the wait before they person can apply for an immigrant visa is approximately 15 years, depending upon their nationality.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 12/27/2011
    Law Office of Rebecca White
    Law Office of Rebecca White | Rebecca White
    An I-130 immigrant visa petition may be filed by the US citizen sibling, but it will be years (perhaps a decade or longer) before an immigrant visa number becomes current. You can review the US Department of States visa bulletins at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html. That will give you some idea as to the variations and wait times.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 12/27/2011
    Matthew Cameron Attorney at Law
    Matthew Cameron Attorney at Law | Matt Cameron
    This depends on what country your sibling is from. At minimum, however, it takes about 12-14 years before an immigrant visa will be available. Look up the US Department of State's Visa Bulletin and check the current times for "4th Preference" petitions for more information.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 12/27/2011
    Bell, Nunnally & Martin, LLP | Karen-Lee Pollak
    It depends which country your sibling is a national of but it will take at least 10 years according to the current visa bulletins.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 12/27/2011
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