How long does it take to get an immigrant visa?

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There are a limited number of immigrant visas available each year. Generally there are more people who want to immigrate than there are immigrant visas. This means that for many people, they will need to wait for a visa number to become available before they will be able to get an immigrant visa.

How long will I have to wait to get my immigrant visa?

For people who are “immediate relatives” of United States citizens, there is no wait for a visa number. Immediate relatives include: spouses of United States citizens, parents of United States citizens, and unmarried children under age 21 of United States citizens. Immediate relatives will still need to wait for their applications to be processed and for their visa interview to be scheduled, but there will not be an additional delay while waiting for a visa number to become available.

For all other immigrant visa categories, you can find out when a visa number will become available by checking the monthly visa bulletin. The visa bulletin is published by the Department of State each month and lists which visa applications are currently being processed. The visa bulletin does this by listing the “priority date” of the immigrant visa petitions that are currently being processed. The priority date is the date that the immigrant visa petition was received by USCIS after it was submitted by the United States citizen or permanent resident petitioner.

Some categories of visas traditionally have very long wait times. For example, brothers and sisters of United States citizens generally need to wait over 10 years for a visa number to become available. Other categories may only have to wait from several months to several years. If you are waiting for a visa number to become available, you should check the visa bulletin each month so that you know when a visa is available and you can move forward with the application process.

About Kimberley Schaefer

Kimberley Schaefer is an immigration lawyer with client meeting locations in Reston, Virginia and Washington DC. She helps future Americans become citizens by assisting them with immigrant visas, fiance visas, adjustment of status and green card applications, applying for immigration waivers, fighting deportation and applying for asylum. To contact her, you can call (703) 424-2979 or send Kimberley an email now.


  1. Bonjour Kimberly,

    Nous sommes mariés depuis un peu plus de un an maintenant.
    mon mari est citoyen américain. Nous venons de déposer I-130 form.
    Combien de temps cela va t il prendre.

    • Kimberley Schaefer says:


      The time for the I-130 approval will depend partly on whether you are filing the I-130 as part of an immigrant visa petition or as part of an adjustment of status application. The immigrant visa process will generally take around 6-8 months, including the I-130 petition, the National Visa Center processing and the immigrant visa interview. However, in some cases it may take longer. For the adjustment of status process, it can take as little as 4-5 months depending on which USCIS office handles the application.


  2. Thank you Kimberly.
    Actually, he lives in USA and I live in Europe ( as I work there)
    We got married in Europe.
    So he filled the I-130 as part of an immigrant visa petition.


  3. I want to ask ..I am a citizen of Jordan married a U.S. citizen ..Made my request I-130 ..Of 6 months and did not we meet reply ..What is the reason?Thank you

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