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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June 11, 2013: State Department Visa Bulletin for July released. Priority date for Mexico is September 1, 2011. Priority date for all other countries is October 8, 2011.
May 21, 2013: Senate Judiciary Committee approves S. 744. Section 2305(a) of this bill reclassifies spouses and children of lawful permanent residents as immediate relatives, thus exempting them from visa quotas.
May 14, 2013: State Department Visa Bulletin for June released. Priority date for Mexico is May 8, 2011. Priority date for all other countries is June 8, 2011.
January 15, 2012: Facebook page created.