Many lawful permanent residents (green card holders) are currently living in the United States, separated from their families.
These are mostly young families — a husband or wife, separated from their spouse and young child. They are waiting for their I-130 petitions (petition for relative) to be approved. The current waiting time is 5 years.
While they wait, their spouse and child are not allowed to enter the U.S., even for a brief visit. The permanent resident, on the other hand, must reside predominantly in the U.S., otherwise they lose their permanent residency status.
Immigration law is splitting them.
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November 12, 2013: State Department Visa Bulletin for December released. No change in priority dates since the October bulletin.
October 11, 2013: State Department Visa Bulletin for November released. No change in priority dates since the October bulletin.
September 11, 2013: State Department Visa Bulletin for October released. Mexico's priority date is September 1, 2013. All other countries are at September 8, 2013.
August 14, 2013: State Department Visa Bulletin for September released. All countries are current.