I want to petition for my sister who is in the United States. She has a valid five year multiple B1 B2 visa and 6 months stay. I want to know how long the processing takes before she is approved
If you are contemplating in presenting a sibling petition on behalf of your sister you should keep in mind that an immigrant visa will not be available for at least 12 years or more depending on the country of origin. Your sister should explore other options by visiting with an experienced immigration attorney.
It depends. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you cannot petition for your sister.
if you are an adult U.S. citizen, you may petition for her to obtain a green card. She would be in the F4 category. Currently they are handling F4 cases of those who applied in 2003. They are handling F4 cases of Mexican nationals from 1997, and nationals of the Philippines from 1992. So depending on her nationality she might be waiting anywhere from 13 years to 24 years.
She might want to look into other options to live and work in the U.S. by consulting with an immigration attorney.
You petitioning for your sister may not be the best option, due to the long backlog. Speak to an experienced immigration attorney to explore possible other options available..
Currently, it's a 24 year wait for a visa number if the alien (your sister) was born in the Philippines, a 19 year wait if born in Mexico, and a 13 year wait for a person born anywhere else. Consult an immigration lawyer to see what other option, if any, currently exists by which she can remain in the U.S. You should definitely speak with a lawyer before she overstays, at least a couple of months before the deadline for her to leave the U.S. Applying for an extension of her stay from now won't hurt either as these requests take months to be decided and granted. An immigration lawyer will be able to guide you. Have a great week.
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