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Light at the end of the immigration line

Those who want to immigrate to the United States often hear these words: "Get in line. Wait your turn." As Newsweek magazine points out, there is often no line to get into and when there is one, the anticipated wait is beyond the person's life expectancy.

According to the State Department, there are nearly 5 million people waiting in other countries for their chance to enter the U.S. with a visa.

The backlog for green cards can create mind-boggling waits. For instance, the Department of Homeland Security says more than 46,000 Indians waiting for a chance at an EB-2 and EB-3 employment-based visa. The State Department lists another 30,000 people waiting in India for an employment-based visa. That's about 76,000 people in India waiting in that line people are told to wait in.

The wait can be 12 years or longer, according to Newsweek, though we cannot be sure how long someone applying today will wait.

The magazine says that when it looks at the visa application numbers from 2008 onward, it estimates that about 230,000 are in a line for visas - a line that carries a nearly 50-year wait. Then it adds that "the situation is likely worse than that."

Worst-case scenario? More than 2 million highly skilled Indian immigrants are in line and that the wait is somewhere between 50 years and 350 years.

The numbers show that U.S. immigration "is broken worse than anyone can even know," Newsweek says.

There is light at the end of that line, however. An experienced immigration law firm serving New York City and Philadelphia can help businesses and workers get through the lines, the paperwork and the bureaucracy.

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