How long will my processing be for an I-130 unmarried child of US citizen over 21?

I am a Canadian citizen who filed a I-130 under the category of an “unmarried child of a US citizen over the age of 21.” I recently received an approval of this application and was told that it will be passed along to the NVC. Am I close to the interview stage? My priority date is in 2011, and the USCIS website says they are processing applications for my category only from 2004! Does this mean I have a 7-year wait? Some on the internet say I will get an interview within 6 months, others that it will be 10+ years. What is correct?

Asked on September 21, 2011 under Immigration Law, New Jersey

Answers:

SB, Member, California / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

First of all, if you are the Canadian child, then your US citizen parent and not you would have been the one to file the I-130.  Secondly, it is a very long time to get the priority date to become current under this family-based preference category and it is likely that you will need to wait about 7 years as the NVC is currently processing petitions that were filed in June 2004.

However, if you are a Canadian citizen and have a higher level education, it should be fairly straightforward for you to get a job in the US and obtain a TN visa under NAFTA to be eligible to work in the US.  I would suggest that you consult with an immigration attorney to undertand all your options.  Good luck.


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