USATODAY.com: "Few visa categories, high expenses and processing times that can stretch decades put several obstacles along the legal road to immigration.
... The process can take years. Take a man from the Philippines with brother who holds U.S. citizenship. If he wants to immigrate but has no advanced degrees or special skills, the man could have his brother file a petition for an F4 visa, capped at 65,000 a year. The family will have to wait for a number to be assigned to the case before the visa application can be processed. That wait is currently 23 years.