Fourth Preference - Brothers/Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens
The family-based fourth preference category is for brothers and sister of U.S. citizens. Unfortunately there is generally a 15 year backlog of visa numbers for this preference category.
The number of immigrant visas in the family preference categories are subject to an annual numeric limitation for nationals of each country. The filing date of the immigrant visa petition establishes the priority date for the application. The beneficiary of the petition cannot apply for permanent residence (green card) until that priority date is reached. Click the Department of State Visa Bulletin for the priority dates for preference category petitions and to find the backlog for each preference category.
To request a consultation regarding a petition for a brother or sister of a U.S. citizen, please contact our office here.