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Hi I Am A US citizen and I have petition my brother back in 1997. I was wondering how long does he have to wait to be called to get his residence. I had received only one letter at the beginning of the process and I haven't received anything else should I be concern?
Please help! and Thanks for your help in advance.

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Hi,

Information about the family sponsorship categories is here: www.h1b1.com/sponsor.htm

Unless your brother was born (country of chargeability) in Mexico or Philippines, where the waiting period for the 4th family preference category is longer, the priority date is current according to the current visa bulletin: www.h1b1.com/visawaiting.htm

You should be concerned about the lack of response. Please contact the USCIS at 800-375-5283 if you have not received the I-130 approval notice, or the National Visa Center (NVC) if the USCIS approved the I-130 petition but you have not heard from the NVC: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3177.html

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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