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Hello, I hope you can answer my questions.  Okay, back in 2001 my uncle who is a U.S. citizen made a petition for my mom, who has been here for over fourteen years. The petition was approved. My first question is this, how much longer do you think it will take for my mom to finally get her residency?  My second question is: I heard of someone who also petitioned for his sister and not only did she received her residency but so did her children and husband. Can this really happen?  If this is true then my last question is this: I'm twenty years old, will I be able to get my residency through my mom considering the fact that I'm over 18?


A U.S. citizen can sponsor his or her brother or sister for permanent residence. However, under this category (4th Preference), it usually takes about 10 years to obtain the green card, from the approval of the I-130. You should check the Visa Bulletin.
Furthermore, when your mom will reach the front of the line, you can join her by applying for an immigrant visa (as long as you are unmarried and under 21).


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Annick Tchokonte-Koloko


Ms. Koloko's practice includes removal defense, political asylum, federal litigation, consular processing, criminal law, and assistance in business and family based visas. Ms. Koloko is an experienced litigator who practices regularly in courts throughout the United States.


Ms. Koloko had litigated cases before the Immigration Courts as well as the Board of Immigration Appeals. Ms. Koloko also handled successfully numerous non-immigrant and immigrant applications before USCIS, as well as US Consular Posts.

AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) Admitted to practice in U.S. District Court, Western District of New York Admitted in New York

Ms. Koloko received a JD from the University of Paris, as well as Master of Laws (LLM) from Franklin Pierce Law Center.

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