Source: Visa Bulletin for February 2013, U.S. Department of State
Nations with current longest waits for family-sponsored based immigrant visas: The priority dates shown are when applicants now up for processing filed petitions. Some hopeful immigrants, like siblings of U.S. citizens from the Philippines, face waits of more than two decades.
'The line' for legal immigration is already about 4 million people long - NPR More on what lawmakers mean when they refer to 'the back of the line' in immigration reform talks. It's a place where hopeful immigrants can languish for many years in visa backlogs; hear one local family's story here.
Immigrants, advocates grow impatient with Obama on pace of legislation - Washington Post Although President Obama's evolving immigration stance has helped his cause with some, lingering anger over record deportations "could pose a surprising complication in coming weeks to the delicate negotiations to overhaul the nation’s immigration system that are now underway."
Immigration reform and the American worker - The New Yorker One big obstacle to bipartisan immigration reform could be "the fact that many Americans are convinced that more immigration will be bad for American workers and for the U.S. economy."
Business, labor groups find little accord on immigration - Wall Street Journal After unsuccessful talks, the "lack of agreement between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO means that senators attempting to write an immigration bill will have to find a compromise on their own on the flow of foreign workers into the country."
Same-sex couples seek equal immigration rights, with powerful support - Voice of America Although they can marry in nine U.S. states, federal law still prevents same-sex couples from seeking immigration status from their spouses.
California voters want driver's licenses, other privileges for illegal immigrants - Sacramento Bee A new Field Poll shows changing attitudes among California voters. A majority of those polled said they support allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, something that's been hotly debated for years.