For Some Immigrants, There Is No Visa 'Line'

For Some Immigrants, There Is No Visa 'Line'

"Sergio Garcia, the Californian granted a law license despite being in the U.S. illegally, has been waiting in vain since 1994 to get an immigration visa.  Depending on their connections and home country, the wait for some would-be immigrants is far shorter, but delays of a decade or two are routine for many others — notably from the Philippines and Garcia’s homeland, Mexico. ... “Most of the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants would love to get in line if they could,” Texas-based immigration lawyer Dan Kowalski wrote in a Washington Post op-ed last year.  “They remain without papers because they don’t fit into any visa preference... Without a relative to petition for them under a family-based preference or a job that fits into an employment-based category, there’s no line to enter.”" - Associated Press, Jan. 3, 2013.