What Does the Legal Immigration System Actually Look Like?

Recently, the Reason Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank based in Los Angeles, published a helpful chart on the complexities of the legal immigration system. The flow chart shows how individuals often have to wait 10 to 20 years just to get a green card, not to mention the waits and delays in applying for U.S. citizenship. For a closer look, click on the image below:

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