While this likely does not make understanding our immigration system any easier, it does give a sense of how complicated the process is right now. A job opportunity in the United States puts a potential immigrant on one track; a relative in America kicks off a completely separate process. Marriage status, age and ability to invest can all play a role. Reason has put together a similar flowchart which shows how the process can take as many as 28 years to complete.
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