The good news is that there are less than a million visa applicants waiting in 2012 than the year before. The bad news is that despite the reduction in visa applicants worldwide, the waiting period remains lengthy – up to 22 years for sisters and brothers of US citizens. A piece of good news is that there are other visa options in the US or other countries that you may take if your visa date is at least 3 to 5 years away.
How Many Are Waiting for Immigrant Visas?
The good news is that there are less than a million visa applicants waiting in 2012 than the year before.
The bad news is that despite the reduction in visa applicants worldwide, the waiting period remains lengthy – up to 22 years for sisters and brothers of US citizens.
A piece of good news is that there are other visa options in the US or other countries that you may take if your visa date is at least 3 to 5 years away.
Family-based Waiting in Line
To see which Family-based categories moved faster – or slower – because there are less applicants in 2012 than there were in 2011, check the table below:
Categories Nov 2011 Nov. 2012
Family First 295,168 288,705
Family Second A 839,755 706,910
Family Second B 322,636 220,313
Family Third 846,520 830,906
Family Fourth 2,519,623 2,473,114
Total 4,501,066 4,299,635
If you have a US Citizen brother or sister who intends to file a family-petition for you as a sibling, you would be better off if your brother or sister gets you an employer or as a logical career pathway, gets you admitted into a college or university since you could apply for change of status to working visa and later to immigrant visa while in the United States.
Employment-based Waiting in Line
Note that the EB5 (Employment-Fifth) category for Philippines is zero, zilch, nada. Why? Because this category is for investors with at least $500,000.00 to set up a commercial enterprise in the US. Given the performance of the US and Philippine economies, if you have half-a-million dollars, your investment would earn more in the country than outside.
Unless $500,000 is like P100 pesos to you and getting a green card based on investment is not the main reason for applying. Or you are one of those who look at the financial crisis in the US as an opportunity, such as buying foreclosed properties with the intention of holding on to them and selling when the economy recovers, or you would be engaged in lending or providing loans for businesses in need. Note, however, that there are no Philippine applicants in this immigrant investor category. Top on the list of the EB5 are China, South Korea, Mexico, Iran, Venezuela and Russia.
Categories Nov. 2011 Nov. 2012
Employment First 2,118 2,547
Employment Second 6,888 6,892
Employment Third 112,023 99,978
Skilled/Professionals 97,060 86,862
Other Workers 14,963 13,116
Employment Fourth 498 479
Employment Fifth 1,806 3,162
Total 4,624,399 4,412,693
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For the complete list, click on this link to the National Visa Center - http://www.travel.state.gov/pdf/WaitingListItem.pdf