As those who have waited for or currently are waiting to secure an immigration visa are probably well aware, it can take quite some time for the process to be complete. A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court could make that wait even longer for some individuals. Those who may be impacted by the decision are children who are currently waiting to obtain a visa with their parents.
Specifically the ruling affects those whose parents have been sponsored by family members who live in the U.S. either as legal residents or citizens. It determined that the children, waiting with parents who have been sponsored, who turn 21 before receiving a visa must start the process over, on their own.
It is likely that those who could find themselves facing this situation are frustrated with the decision. They may have been waiting for years to obtain a visa only to learn that they will have to go to the back of the line and wait many more. This is because under this program there are only a limited number of visas made available each year.
The decision divided the court 5-4, with the justices in the majority having different reasons for their decision.
It is possible that the decision will cause confusion for some individuals who are unclear as to if and how they are affected. As is the case with most immigration matters, the best place for these individuals to go to seek answers is usually an immigration attorney.
Source: Reuters, “Supreme Court rules against immigrants over visa eligibility,” Lawrence Hurley, June 9, 2014