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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Russia

What is the immigration procedure for bringing over a mentally challenged relative? The situation is as follows. I am a US citizen since Nov. 2006. I successfully petitioned for my mother who was granted permanent residence last week (the whole process took less than 4 months). My mother has a mentally challenged brother who is still in Russia. Their father (my grandfather) passed away in March and her brother was left all by himself. Luckily, some relatives took him in temporarily until my mom comes back to Russia and figures something out. My mom is her brother's legal guardian. I looked on the INS website and did not find anything specific to these kind of situations. Has anyone heard of similar situations or know where to research? Please help us if you know anything about this.

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Filed: Country: Indonesia

It would be your mother after she becomes USC, petition for her brother. I am not sure if any specific medical condition allows for other path of visa.



Jun 28 2004 : Received at NSC

Oct 25 2004 : Transferred to CSC

Oct 29 2004 : Received at CSC

Nov 8 2004 : Received response from CSC that my file is being requested & review will be done

Nov 10 2004 : Email & online status Approved

Nov 15 2004 : NOA 2 in mail

Dec 16 2004 : NVC assigns case number

Dec 20 2004 : NVC sent DS 3032 to beneficiary, copy of DS 3032 & I-864 fee bill to petitioner

Jan 3 2005 : Petitioner received copy of DS 3032 and I-864 fee bill. Post-marked Dec 23rd.

Jan 11 2005 : Beneficiary received DS 3032 in Indonesia

Jan 31 2005 : Sent DS 3032 to NVC

Feb 8, 2005 : NVC received DS 3032

Feb 21, 2005 : IV fee generated

Feb 25, 2005 : Sent I-864 fee bill

Feb 28, 2005 : I-864 fee bill delivered to St Louis

Mar 3, 2005 : IV fee bill received

Mar 7, 2005 : Sent IV fee bill

Mar 9, 2005 : IV fee bill delivered to St Louis

Mar 28, 2005 : I-864 fee credited against case.

April 6, 2005 : Received I-864 package

April 7, 2005 : Immigrant Visa fee credited against case.

April 11, 2005 : DS 230 is generated

Aug 12, 2005 : I-864 & DS 230 received by NVC

Sep 14, 2005 : RFE on I-864

Nov 3, 2005 : Checklist response received at NVC

Nov 25, 2005 : Case completion

Dec 9, 2005 : Police Cert requested from the Netherlands

Jan 12 2006 : Interview success - Approved !!

Jan 19 2006 : Visa & brown envelope picked up

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Carrying on from what tom&tata said, your mother has to wait to become a US citizen before she can apply to bring her brother to the United States.

He would fall into the fourth preference category (F4) which is the lowest.

According to the latest visa bulletin from the Dept of State, the priority date for F4 visas at the moment is from June 1996. They are in for a very long wait...probably close to fifteen years, and that's assuming that you can still apply for siblings once she becomes a USC. The current immigration overhaul that they're proposing would eliminate that family immigration category.

Good luck.

24 June 2007: Leaving day/flying to Dallas-Fort Worth

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