I am a U.S. citizen, my
brother is in India. How could I apply for my brother's immigration
into U.S.? and how long it may take?
For a U.S. citizen with
brothers or sisters in their home country, the U.S. citizen has the
right to apply for immigrant visa for the brothers or sisters to come
to United States to live and work, in the status of lawful permanent
residence or Green Card, along with their spouses and unmarried
children under the age of 21.
To apply for immigration visa for brothers or sisters, the U.S. citizen
must be 21 years of age or older, and should be able to guarantee that
the sibling and their family will be financially supported in the U.S.
by the U.S. citizen, not require any government assistance.
U.S. citizen's brothers or sisters immigration is in the family-based
fourth preference (F4) category, which is the slowest immigration
category. After starting the immigration process by filing an
immigration visa petition on USCIS Form I-130, the U.S. citizen's
brothers or sisters will be placed on the waiting list for an immigrant
The immigrant visa waiting time is very long, may be more than 10 years
for some countries, such as Mexico, India, China, and Philippine. After
the waiting time is over, getting the actual immigrant visa and green
card can take another several months.