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Q: Hi! What does it mean when in the USCIS it’s written that my case was received, is it bad or good?

My uncle is a US citizen, and in 2013 he petition our family for permanent resident, and now in the USCIS I write our receipt number and it shows that our case was received, can you say about how many years we have for waiting? Thank you

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Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL

A: Likely, its not the approval of the USCIS petition, but the visa, itself, which can take many years. The 4th preference family visas can take over a decade or two. This means that if you are over 21 years old at the time that the visa is available, you will be unable to immigrate, since you can 'age out.' There is a law that may help to give you hope, but it may not subtract enough months or years from your age to prove useful.

As a result, I strongly recommend a teleconference with a competent and experienced immigration attorney before you place too much faith in this petition. You should consider other options.

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