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Asked 671 days ago by a user from Davenport, IA
My brother just became a US citizen and I am living in US illegally for nine years. Can I apply for legal status, if my brother is a citizen? Is this possible? Can you recommend a lawyer that can help me?
Your brother can file a family petition for you right away. However, your visa will not yet be available. Availability depends on your country of origin. Right now, you are facing a wait time of well over ten years. Even with a petition from your brother, you would need to consult with an attorney who can examine your specific case and tell you whether you would be able to adjust status to Legal Permanent Resident here in the United States, based on your brother's petition. I know that waiting for ten years can sound demoralizing, but the years will pass whether you do anything or not, so the best thing to do is to consult an attorney who can advise you as to whether filing the petition is a good idea in your case.