We understand. When you go through the immigration process, it can be difficult to imagine or plan for the future. When you apply for a green card, it is challenging not to know every detail of the process or where your case currently stands. Furthermore, there can be long periods where there are no status updates.
The idea of waiting two years (or more) may seem impossible. To put it in perspective, unmarried adults who are the sons or daughters of US citizens may wait 7-8 years before obtaining a green card/ immigrant visa. At present, if you are a citizen of the Philippines, you may be looking at a timeline that extends beyond 10 years, 20 if you are a citizen of Mexico.
Those times are not meant to deter or frighten you. They are merely examples of what the process will look like. Although it is difficult, many of the milestones are out of everyone’s direct control. Adults who have US citizens as parents have to wait until a green card is available. A significant piece of the immigration process is waiting for the next step.
We Want the Same Thing
The long waiting periods can be frustrating. However, it is out of your control. Nothing can be gained by being anxious, although these feelings are more than understandable. Shift your focus on what is in your control. Choose an attorney who will be there when the process is over—and cares as deeply as you do about becoming a legal permanent resident or citizen.
Having legal counsel who feels this way about you and your case may make the waiting easier. During the long stretches of waiting, you can take comfort in knowing that your attorney is constantly ready to move your case forward when the opportunity arises.
Embassies are not immune to the challenges that the rest of the world has faced. They continue to operate with a limited number of people. Personnel shortages directly affect waiting times.
Even immediate relatives of US citizens may wait up to three years for their case to be processed. A significant reason for this is the backlog of applications and the lack of personnel needed to process them.
We take your immigration journey as seriously as you do—and we want to be the ones delivering you good news. Put your trust in us. During these extended weight times, know that ZafiroLaw regularly checks your case. We will inform you immediately when there is a change. To speak with us about your immigration process, contact ZafiroLaw to schedule a consultation.