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Green card for brothers and sisters of adult u.s. citizens

An adult U.S. citizen may file a family preference visa petition on behalf of their brother or sister.

 

Currently, only 65,000 visas are issued each fiscal year for the F4 preference category, plus any unused visa numbers from the first three preference categories. This numerical limitation has caused a significant backlog in the time it takes for more distant relatives of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents to apply for a green card.

To determine whether a family preference relative may apply for a green card, one must reference the U.S. Department of State visa bulletin. The Department of State releases a visa bulletin each month to summarize the current availability of immigrant numbers. 

 

Unless otherwise indicated on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website, family preference relatives seeking to file a green card application must use the “Final Action Dates” to determine whether their priority date is current, and thus, they are eligible to apply for a green card.

For November 2019, the estimated wait time, or "visa queue", for a sibling of an adult U.S. citizen to apply for a green card is approximately:

Mexico: 20 years, 10 months

Philippines: 20 years, 8 months

India: 14 years, 4 months

China-Mainland Born: 12 years, 4 months

All Other Areas: 12 years, 4 months

See: Visa Bulletin for November 2019

In October 2019, the estimated wait time, or "visa queue", for a sibling of an adult U.S. citizen to apply for a green card was approximately:

Mexico: 20 years, 9 months

Philippines: 20 years, 8 months

India: 14 years, 4 months

China-Mainland Born: 12 years, 4 months

All Other Areas: 12 years, 4 months

See: Visa Bulletin for October 2019

In September 2019, the estimated wait time, or "visa queue", for a sibling of an adult U.S. citizen to apply for a green card was approximately:

Mexico: 20 years, 8 months

Philippines: 20 years, 8 months

India: 14 years, 3 months

China-Mainland Born: 12 years, 5 months

All Other Areas: 12 years, 5 months

See: Visa Bulletin for September 2019

In August 2019, the estimated wait time, or "visa queue", for a sibling of an adult U.S. citizen to apply for a green card was approximately:

Mexico: 20 years, 7 months

Philippines: 21+ years

India: 14 years, 3 months

China-Mainland Born: 12 years, 7 months

All Other Areas: 12 years, 7 months

See: Visa Bulletin for August 2019

In July 2019, the estimated wait time, or "visa queue", for a sibling of an adult U.S. citizen to apply for a green card was approximately:

Mexico: 20 years, 6 months

Philippines: 20 years, 11 months

India: 14 years, 1 month

China-Mainland Born: 12 years, 6 months

All Other Areas: 12 years, 6 months

See: Visa Bulletin for July 2019

In June 2019, the estimated wait time, or "visa queue", for a sibling of an adult U.S. citizen to apply for a green card was approximately:

Mexico: 20 years, 5 months

Philippines: 21 years, 2 months

India: 14 years, 1 month

China-Mainland Born: 12 years, 5 months

All Other Areas: 12 years, 5 months

See: Visa Bulletin for June 2019

In May 2019, the estimated wait time, or "visa queue", for a sibling of an adult U.S. citizen to apply for a green card was approximately:

Mexico: 20 years, 5 months

Philippines: 21 years, 2 months

India: 14 years, 1 month

China-Mainland Born: 12 years, 7 months

All Other Areas: 12 years, 7 months

See: Visa Bulletin for May 2019

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Speak with a Family Immigration Attorney in Woburn, MA

If you are an adult U.S. citizen who is considering filing an immigrant visa petition on behalf of your brother or sister, contact a Family Immigration Lawyer in Woburn, MA. Lally Immigration Services, LLC is located in Woburn, Massachusetts and offers free consultations.