Suppose if an U.S. citizen files paperwork for his sibling residing in India how many years will it take for her and her spouse and children to move here?
Although it is impossible to give you an exact time frame, the best estimate at this time is that your sister and her husband and children would need to wait approximately 12 years from the date that the US Citizen properly files a petition. This estimate of 12 years is just that - only an estimate. It is based on the "Visa Bulletin" that is published each month by the U.S. Department of State.
If there are no changes in the law, the only estimate that can be given is how long it took for the people who are just now getting here with their immigrant visas. Right now, Indian-born siblings of USCs who have a priority date (filing date) of 4/15/2001 are able to immigrate. However, chances are good - absent a change in law - that your sibling would have to wait much much longer. There is no way to know exactly how many people would be "ahead" of her in line if you filed for her right now.
Filing a family petition can also have unintended consequences. It may make it more difficult for your sister to come to the U.S. just to visit.
It's never a bad idea to consider consulting a lawyer before acting when it comes to immigration matters.
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