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approval notice unmarried child under 21

Old Aug 7th 2004, 9:00 am
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Peter Suchsland
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Hi,


I need help figuring out what this exactly means... I think its good news...


We just received an I-797 (notice of action) for my wife's daughter who
lives in Thailand.

The notice reads:

"Approval Notice,
Section: Unmarried child under 21 of permanent resident ...

"The above petition ( I-130 Immigrant Petition for relative, fiance, or
orphan) has been approved. We have sent the original to NVC. NVC process
all aprroved immigrant visa petitions that need consular action."


SO... CAN anybody tell US what this really means???? and what do we do, if
anything now???

Thanks
 
Old Aug 10th 2004, 11:51 am
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Sylvia Ottemoeller
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"Peter Suchsland" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...

    > I need help figuring out what this exactly means... I think its good
news...

    > We just received an I-797 (notice of action) for my wife's daughter who
    > lives in Thailand.

    > The notice reads:
    > "Approval Notice,
    > Section: Unmarried child under 21 of permanent resident ...
    > "The above petition ( I-130 Immigrant Petition for relative, fiance, or
    > orphan) has been approved. We have sent the original to NVC. NVC process
    > all aprroved immigrant visa petitions that need consular action."

    > SO... CAN anybody tell US what this really means???? and what do we do, if
    > anything now???

From your other posts, I assume the priority date (date of receipt by USCIS)
of the I-130 petition is about February 2004. There is a numerical
limitation -- quota -- for this category, Family 2A, unmarried child under
21 of permanent resident. The waiting time is currently almost 4 and 1/2
years. See http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi_bulletincurrent.html.

That approved I-130 petition will sit at NVC for about 4 years. Then an
application process will start, which will finish up in an immigrant visa
interview at the consular post. The child will get an immigrant visa and
may enter the U.S. as a permanent resident. Of course that is a terribly
long time to wait for a growing child.

Immediately, you should file an I-130 on behalf of the child. Because the
stepchild relationship was created before the child's 18th birthday, the
child qualifies as a "child" for immigration purposes. The category will be
"immediate relative" -- child of a U.S. citizen. There is no quota for this
category, and there is no waiting time based on the quota. There is waiting
time based on pure bureaucracy. If the I-130 takes the same amount of time
that the previous I-130 did, the whole process will take about a year, maybe
a few months less.

Apparently you have lost 6 months. A lesson for everybody: this is why
people should consult good immigration attorneys.
 

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