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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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