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

Source: Visa Bulletin for January 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.

It's a brand new year, but the wait for family-sponsored immigrant visas is about where we left it a month ago. As usual, brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens from the Philippines are enduring the longest waits, followed by these citizens' adult married sons and daughters. Hopeful immigrants from Mexico follow in line.

The line doesn't budge much month to month, so how about year by year? For kicks, let's compare a few numbers from U.S. State Department's January 2013 visa bulletin with a similar list we published two years ago, from January 2011.

As of January 2013, here's who's waiting longest for visas:

1) Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens from the Philippines, a wait of more than 23 years (petitions filed April 15, 1989).

2) Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens from the Philippines, a wait of more than 20 years (petitions filed August 8, 1992)

3) Unmarried adult (21 and over) sons and daughters of U.S. legal permanent residents from Mexico, a wait of more than 20 years (petitions filed November 22, 1992)

4) Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens from Mexico, a wait approaching  20 years (petitions filed March 8, 1993)

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

Source: Visa Bulletin for December 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.

Who had to stand in line longest this month for family-sponsored immigrant visas? As usual, the wait exceeds two decades for siblings and adult children of immigrants from Mexico and the Philippines.

The U.S. State Department’s monthly Visa Bulletin for December reports that siblings of U.S. citizens from the Philippines who filed paperwork in March of 1989 are just arriving at the front of the line for visas; that makes them the ones who have waited longest.

Here are this month’s top four categories of hopeful immigrants who face the longest waits:

1) Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens from the Philippines, a wait of more than 23 years (petitions filed March 22, 1989).

2) Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens from the Philippines, a wait of more than 20 years (petitions filed August 1, 1992)

3) Unmarried adult (21 and over) sons and daughters of U.S. legal permanent residents from Mexico, a wait of more than 20 years (petitions filed November 1, 1992)

4) Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens from Mexico, a wait that's getting close to 20 years (petitions filed March 1, 1993)

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

Source: Visa Bulletin for July 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 July, which means it's time for another look at the wait times for family-sponsored visas. The long line has shifted somewhat, but it hasn’t budged much. According to the U.S. State Department’s monthly Visa Bulletin, the longest waits continue to be endured by siblings of U.S. citizens from the Philippines, with waits stretching beyond two decades.

Hopeful immigrants from the Philippines who filed petitions in February of 1989 - that's more than 23 years ago - are finally up to receive immigrant visas for the U.S. Here are this month’s top four categories of immigrants facing the longest waits:

1) Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens from the Philippines, a wait of more than 23 years (petitions filed February 1, 1989).

2) Unmarried adult (21 and over) sons and daughters of U.S. legal permanent residents from Mexico, a wait of more than 20 years (petitions filed January 1, 1992)

2) Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens from the Philippines, a wait that’s coming up on 20 years (petitions filed July 22, 1992)

4) Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens from Mexico, a wait of more than 19 years (petitions filed January 22, 1993)

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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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