Green Card Holders Can Now Petition for Family Members- Wait Time Reduced Dramatically


 F2A:  Spouses and children of permanent residents (child = under 21 years and unmarried)
 F2B:  Unmarried sons and daughters (21 years of age or older) of permanent residents


The F2A (not the F2B) category, has seen a dramatic movement in the visa.  The movement has dramatically REDUCED the wait time for spouses (including same-sex couples) and children of green card holders to in turn receive their green cards through the petitioning LPR in their family.

This is a very significant change as the average wait time has been reduced by several years for this category.

Under past visa bulletins issued by the Department of State (DOS), the average wait time was at least 4 years before either a spouse or child of an LPR could apply for their immigrant visa:

·     April 2013 the wait time was over 3 years.

·     F2A categories were ‘current’ from August 2013.

·     May 2014 visa bulletin has a wait time from September 2013 (approx. only 7 month wait time).

What does this mean for you and your family?

Family reunification has been the principal policy underlying US immigration law.  Current trends under the F2A category have dramatically reduced the wait time for a green card holder petitioning for either their spouse or child now takes them to receive their green cards.

However, we don’t know when the visa bulletin time frames will change, therefore you must act now!

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