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Longest waits for immigrant visas: November

Source: Visa Bulletin for November 2010, 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 their petitions.

We're into the second week of November, which means it's high time that I post the longest current waits as listed in the U.S. State Department’s monthly Visa Bulletin.

The longest waits listed are those endured by family members abroad who are being sponsored for green cards by relatives in the United States. People in some countries, especially Mexico and the Philippines, have far longer waits than others.

Here’s why: Every nation is allotted the same percentage from a pool of family and employer-based visas available each year, regardless of the demand from any individual nation. For those waiting in countries represented by large immigrant populations here, making for a high demand for family reunification, the wait to enter the country legally can take many years, sometimes as much as two decades.

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