Going to the Back of the Line: A Primer on Lines, Visa Categories, and Wait Times

Going to the Back of the Line: A Primer on Lines, Visa Categories, and Wait Times

"Contrary to popular belief, there is not one “line” that leads to lawful permanent residence; current immigration law provides multiple paths to permanent residency. This brief, the first in a new series of issue briefs related to the ongoing comprehensive immigration reform debate, examines who is in the “line,” what are the various visa categories involved in family- and employment-based immigration, wait times, countries most affected by the backlogs, and more." - MPI, March 2013.