Q: Can I bring my Filipina wife's little sister to the States?
My wife is from the philippines and she has a little sister still living there. The parents are both still living in the Philippines. We all have talked about bringing her to the USA to live with my wife and I.
Would it be possible to file the right paperwork to bring her little sister to the States with us? If so, how could I make this happen?
A: You can't file a family based petition for her like you could for your wife. When your wife becomes a citizen of the United States she could file for her but that takes a VERY long time to result in resident status.
When you say little sister, does that mean school age? She might be able to come over temporarily as a student for a number of years.
A: If your wife is a USC, she can petition her sister, but the sister would need to wait over twenty years before she could actually immigrate.
Depending on the sister’s age, she could come to the US to study, and you and your wife could provide the necessary financial support.
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