Hello there! So I am applying for my mother for a green card this year. After she has her green card how long will it take for her to apply for my 13 years old sister ? I heard that it can take up to 2 years. My family lives in Malaysia. I also have a brother who just turned 21 and is unmarried. I heard that it will take him 6 to 7 years for him to come to the U.S. if my mother applied for him by her green card. How hard is it to bring him on a student visa? I really do not want to separate my family. Thank you in advance.
You can check the visa bulletin for the priority dates for F2A [minor child of permanent resident]. https://www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo
The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an attorney to discuss your individual case.
To estimate the amount of time see the visa bulletin on the US department of state website.
Attorney Robert Brown's (former INS Director, 1972-99) reply to your question is general in nature, and does not constitute legal advice as all facts are known to him. For specific advice or representation you should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law. Mr. Brown's reply on AVVO does not create an attorney/client relationship not constitute legal advice.
Filing an immigrant petition for your brother can take 14 years or so for the immigrant visa to become available, filing for your sister would be the same, filing for your mother can be approximately about a year to 15 months, and once your mother enters the US as an LPR, she may then file for your sister and her son if he remains unmarried at the time. Each of their processing times will differ due to their ages. It is a long-term planning process and would be better suited to a private consultation, especially if there are other visa options to explore.
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