How long does it take to bring a relative legally to the United States? Sometimes decades, as we illustrate each month on this site in a regular feature on who has been waiting the longest.
So then, how about what critics of family sponsorship refer to as "chain migration," when the sponsored immigrant then sponsors someone new to come to the U.S.? For immigrants from some countries, try more than 40 years.
An illuminating post in Forbes titled "The Myth of Chain Migration" breaks the timeline down in a chart, using data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Used as an example is legal "chain migration" from Mexico, where hopeful immigrants endure some of the longest waits for visas. From the piece: