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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy


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People often ask me how long they'll have to wait on their green card when they're stuck in backlogs. I don't have a clear answer because a lot depends on the future demand for visas. The State Department has made statistics available, however, that will at least give an idea of what the backlogs look like based on nationality.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    Are foreign spouses of US citizens subject to quotas or are they exempt? It is not clear from this piece.
  2. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Immediate relatives (spouses, minor children, parents) of USC do not have a quota.
  3. waiting's Avatar
    Wait is very very LONG!!! Its been 4 years and looks like I will have to wait for may be another 4 years
  4. My 2 cents's Avatar
    The EB backlogs seem to be misleading where did all petitions filed during the visa gate fiasco in Aug 2007 go? I think there were over 200000 applications filed.
  5. rajani's Avatar
    Hi Greg,

    I did go through the statistics. I note that only about 27,000 applications are pending for EB three skilled workers from India (Hope the RNs come under this category). If this is the case and assuming around 8,000 visas will be issued a year, dont you think priority date of 2007 will become current by 2011 or 2012? Will appreciate if you could write little more as to how the backlog move forward. Thanks
  6. Marcelo's Avatar
    It would be nice if for the EB categories they passed some kind of ammendment to the AC21 so that you didn't have to work in a same or similar job. Who knows what professional opportunities and life changes I'll pass up in the next 4-5 years because I'm required to have a job that's almost exactly the same as the one I had 5 years ago?
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