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Who had the longest wait for an immigrant visa this month?

Source: Visa Bulletin for June 2012, 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.

We're well into June, meaning it's time to take a look once again at the line for legal entry via the U.S. State Department’s monthly Visa Bulletin. The bulletin lists the wait times for hopeful immigrants waiting to come to the U.S. legally in several family-sponsored visa categories, sponsored by relatives here. And once more, the longest waits continue to be endured by hopeful immigrants in the Philippines, followed by people waiting in Mexico.

For the patient souls still waiting, the line hasn't really budged since last month. Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens waiting to come legally as immigrants from the Philippines have endured a wait of more than two decades: Those who filed petitions in January 1989 are finally up to receive their visas. Here are the top four categories of immigrants who have waited longest this month:

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Who had the longest wait for an immigrant visa this month?

Source: Visa Bulletin for April 2012, 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.

Illegal immigration to the U.S. may have slowed, but the long line for legal entry that many blame in part for driving some to take the illegal route doesn't seem to be moving any more quickly.

Now that it's May, it's time to take a look once more at the U.S. State Department’s monthly Visa Bulletin, which lists the wait times for hopeful immigrants waiting to come to the U.S. legally on family-sponsored visas. And as is the norm, the longest waits continue to be endured by those being sponsored by U.S relatives in the Philippines, followed by people waiting in Mexico.

Until recently, hopeful immigrants from the Philippines in this visa category had been waiting in line since 1988. Now, those who filed petitions in January 1989 are finally up to receive immigrant visas - which means that people who remained in line all this time have had to wait 23 years.

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