Depending on the case particulars. Some considerations like delays, case transfers, processing considerations, flaws, RFEs or Requests for Additional Evidence may extend the case's decision.
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It depends on the preference category. It can range from a few months for "immediate relatives" to over 23 years for some siblings. Please see
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It depends on the type of petition, the type of visa application (adjustment of status or immigrant visa) and the immigrant's admissibility. Some times it can be the same day as the I-130 approval. Other times it can be decades. Check www.uscis.gov and the Department of State's Visa Bulletin to get an estimate for the particular case.
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