In the video below, we describe the following family-based visa categories and the factors which may enable you to speed up your waiting time for a green card.
F1 – Unmarried adult sons and daughters of US citizens
F2A – Spouses and children of lawful permanent residents (LPRs)
F2B – Unmarried adult sons or daughters of LPRs
F3 – Married sons and daughters of US citizens
F4 – Brothers and sisters of US citizens
We also discuss how to apply for your relatives under the family-based visa categories and explain the following concepts: priority dates, alternate chargeability, changing categories and calculating waiting times.
Your priority date is your place in line for a green card. For family-based visas, your priority date is the when your petitioning relative files an I-130 visa petition on your behalf with the U.S. government.
Alternate changeability allows you to use your spouse’s country of birth to immigrate to the U.S. if his/her country has less of a backlog that your country of birth does.Your family-based visa category may change if you get married or divorced after an I-130 visa petition is filed on your behalf, or if your petitioning relative naturalizes.
In the video, we discuss how to convert your family-based visa petition into a category with a shorter waiting time.
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It should be noted that the Visa Bulletin indicates how long people whose priority has become current have waited since being petitioned by a relative, not the waiting times for petitions being filed now. The waiting times for current applicants are often much longer than the bulletin indicates.
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Immigration Attorney Carl Shusterman has 40+ years of experience. He served as an attorney for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) from 1976 until 1982, when he entered private practice. He has testified as an expert witness before the US Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Carl was featured in SuperLawyers Magazine. Today, he serves as Of Counsel to JR Immigration Law Firm.