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QUESTION: My father is a US citizen. He filed an I-130 application for me in 2012, which was approved in 2012. At the time I was unmarried, but I got married in 2014. My father is 92 years old and since my I-130 changed from the F1 category to the F3 category, I am worried that he may no longer be here by the time I can apply for a visa. Is there any way to expedite our application, based on my father’s age?
THE IMMIGRATION ANSWER MAN – ARI SAUER: Unfortunately, there is no way to expedite the wait for a visa to become available for an immigrant petition. It is entirely based on what preference category your petition falls into, the priority date for that petition, and your country of chargeability. There is no way to jump ahead in that line.
Your father should hopefully live for a very long time. But since you are concerned about what would happen should he pass away before you are able to become a US permanent resident based on his petition, you should know that in certain situations a petition can be reinstated if it becomes revoked due to the death of the petitioner. You can learn more about reinstatement of an immigrant petition from my previous blog post on this topic: https://immigrationanswerman.com/2012/04/10/if-my-i-130-petitioner-dies-can-i-have-the-i-130-reinstated/
Published 10/8/18 by attorney Ari Sauer.
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