Q. I am a United States Citizen and I am filed a petition for my brother who is 30 years old. He is single and is a Mexican citizen living in Guerrero. It has been a few years since I applied for him. How do I check to determine when he will get his green card?
Your brother is in the family fourth category. Currently the wait for a green card for a person in this category from Mexico is about 20 years. However, this time period is not “set in stone” and it can change over time. You are wise to check regularly to see if your brother is eligible for his green card. You should read our blog post on the wait time for a sibling of a United States Citizen. (Or, if you have questions about the subject ( how do you get a green card), please visit our website for more information.
There are two steps to this process. First, you have to have an approved petition filed for your brother. While the petition is pending you can check the status of your immigration petition online or in person. If you want to check your status online visit the USCIS website at uscis.gov. Once there click the “Check My Case Status” link and enter your receipt number.
After you enter your receipt number, circles will appear on your screen. The circle which is highlighted will indicate the immigration status of the case you are researching.
You can also always make an appointment to speak to an Immigration officer by visiting the same USCIS website and making an appointment using INFOPASS. Obviously, as a United States citizen you can use the INFOPASS process (please do not make this appointment with USCIS if you are here illegally or out of status).
Once the petition is approved you have to wait for a visa to become available for your brother. You should regularly check the visa bulletin that comes out every month. It is also critical to make sure that the National Visa Center has your current address.
You can always call our office and we can help you check on your brother’s immigration Status for Free.
Lawrence Gruner is a christian immigration attorney with almost 20 years of experience. He has office locations throughout northern California. His office handles immigration cases throughout California (including San Francico, Oakland, San Jose, San Diego and Sacramento) the United States and the World. You may reach our Sacramento office location at 916-760-7270 or you can reach us from anywhere in the world toll free at 888-801-6558 . You may also email us your questions. Attorney Gruner would be happy to review your situation and all of your options. He can help you come up with a plan for your Immigration case.
The information provided on this site is not legal advice but general information only. Laws can and do change and additional laws may apply in your case. Contrary to what your friends tell you every immigration case is different. Please contact our office or the office of another immigration attorney to review your matter prior to filing any documentation with USCIS
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