Santa Ana, CA asked in Immigration Law for California

Q: What is the time frame to bring an alien relative over to the US? California more specifically.

I applied for an I-130 (petition for alien relative) for my wife back in late August - early September and so far have not heard anything back except that the application was received and accepted. I wanted to know what the process length would typically be like here in Southern California and what I could do to speed up the process? I have heard it can take up to 2 years... side note... she lives in Spain but is still a citizen of Morocco. So she wasn't even allowed a visitors visa a few years ago when she applied for one during the former administration because there was basically a ban for Muslim countries. Would this also be a factor in a delay in process?

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Stanley Dale Radtke
Stanley Dale Radtke
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • San Leandro, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You can always check with the USCIS website that notes the case processing wait times.

As of today, here is the I-130 wait times:

Estimated time range Form type Receipt date for a case inquiry

22.5 Months to 29 Months Permanent resident filing for a spouse or child under 21 October 01, 2019

29.5 Months to 38.5 Months U.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 21 December 16, 2018

44.5 Months to 57.5 Months U.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21 May 11, 2017

59.5 Months to 77.5 Months Permanent resident filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21 September 14, 2015

112 Months to 145.5 Months U.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21 January 18, 2010

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