One of the most common questions asked by our clients is, “How long do I have to wait for a Family-Based Visa?” There are a variety of factors that the waiting period for a family-based visa depends on. Here is what you need to know.
Family-Based Visa | Waiting Period
That depends on a couple of factors, including your citizenship status, and your relationship to the relative you seek to sponsor. The processing time for U.S. citizens petitioning for relatives is commonly shorter than the time legal permanent residents face when doing the same. Also, spouses, parents, and unmarried children under the age of twenty-one are generally accorded a shorter processing time than siblings and married children.
The State Department also publishes Visa Bulletins every month. It rates the backlog according to country, relationship, and citizenship status of the petitioning relative. This chart is a reliable predictor of the processing time, once all the paperwork and interviews are complete.
Family-Based Visa | Hire an Experienced Immigration Lawyer
At The Scheer Immigration Law Group, our New Jersey Family Immigration Lawyer recognizes the importance of family. Many citizens and legal permanent residents seek family based visas to reunite with their loved ones and continue their lives together in the United States. Obtaining a visa can be an arduous and complicated process but having an experienced New Jersey Family Immigration Lawyer on your side can prevent a host of problems and delays. Over the past 25 years, Susan Scheer has developed a high level of proficiency helping people obtain family based visas. If you are a citizen or an LPR, and have a relative you wish to sponsor, please contact our Morristown office to speak with a knowledgeable New Jersey immigration lawyer experienced in family based immigration.