Bringing Your Sibling to the U.S.: A Journey Through the I-130 Petition Process

In the realm of U.S. immigration, the process of bringing a sibling to the States often appears labyrinthine, filled with steps and procedures that can bewilder even the most determined. Today, we delve into this intricate process, aiming to demystify the journey and provide clarity for those embarking on this path.

The Journey Begins:

As a U.S. citizen looking to sponsor a sibling, your first waypoint is the I-130 Petition. This form, a beacon in the complex immigration process, is your initial stride towards reuniting with your sibling. It’s important to note that the processing times are not swift; they currently hover around 14 to 16 months, depending on where you reside.

Navigating Through Dates and Receipts:

Upon approval of your I-130, you’re presented with a priority date and a receipt number. These are not just mundane figures; they are the keys to tracking the progress of your case. The priority date, in particular, is a significant marker in this journey, representing the moment your case took its first breath.

The Waiting Game in the Preference System:

Unlike spouses or children under 21, siblings are categorized within a preference system, which means a longer wait for visa availability. This system, akin to a waiting room, dictates the pace at which your sibling can move forward.

Consulting the Visa Bulletin:

The Visa Bulletin is your map in this terrain. It guides you through the availability of visas for your sibling’s category and country. For instance, the waiting time might span over 14 years, depending on their nation of origin.

Advancing to the National Visa Center:

Once the auspicious day arrives and your priority date becomes current, the National Visa Center (NVC) steps in. Here, you’ll submit additional forms and documents, showcasing your financial readiness to support your sibling.

The Final Hurdles:

The visa interview and medical exam are the last few hurdles. Conducted at the U.S. Embassy, these steps are crucial for the final approval of your sibling’s journey to the U.S.


Though the path to bring a sibling to the U.S. is strewn with waiting and paperwork, understanding each phase makes it less daunting. While siblings do have a longer wait, remember there are other visa avenues they can explore in the meantime. If you’re in need of personalized assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out.

If you or your family members have any questions about how immigration and nationality laws in the United States may affect you, or if you want to access additional information about immigration and nationality laws in the United States or Canada, please do not hesitate to contact the immigration and nationality lawyers at NPZ Law Group. You can reach us by emailing or by calling us at 201-670-0006 extension 104. We also invite you to visit our website at for more information.