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  • Writer's pictureThamys Gaertner

Sibling Petitions

In most cases, pursuing a sibling petition may not be the most practical option for individuals seeking to immigrate to the United States. This is because the wait time for sibling petitions can be quite lengthy, often taking many years or even decades before a visa becomes available. In addition, the processing times for these petitions can be unpredictable, making it difficult to plan for the future.

Furthermore, sibling petitions are subject to annual limits, which means that the number of visas available for this category is limited each year. As a result, the backlog for sibling petitions can be significant, and the chances of being selected can be quite low.


Given these challenges, many individuals opt to pursue alternative options, such as employment-based visas or other family-sponsored categories with shorter wait times. For example, a spouse or parent of a U.S. citizen may be eligible for an immediate relative visa, which can offer a faster path to permanent residency.


That being said, there are some circumstances in which a sibling petition may be the best or only option for family reunification. For example, if an individual has no other immediate family members who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or if their sibling is the only family member with whom they have a close relationship.

Ultimately, the decision to pursue a sibling petition should be made on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the individual's goals and circumstances. One of our experienced immigration attorneys can help to evaluate the options and determine the best strategy for your case.

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