What's left?

My brother filed an I-130 petition for me (and my wife and kids) to emigrate to the USA.

After doing a bit of research, it seems that the US immigrations processes are so far behind that it looks like it’s going to be at least 6-7 years before they process the petition. The California department that is processing the forms is currently processing forms submitted in 2001(!). And then there’s the time one will have to spend waiting for an immigration number. Since siblings are fourth preference on the waiting list, this can take another 10-15 years before a number comes available. So we’re talking maybe 20 years waiting to emigrate (IF the petition gets approved). I’m 32 years old now. I’m quite prepared to emigrate to an entirely new place and start over. Do I really want to do that when I’m 52? Also considering by then, my kids will be in their 20’s. It makes no sense.

The only other option is the diversity visa lottery. Both my wife and I have entered 5 times now.

It just seems like a lost cause. I need to consider other options, especially considering that I’m getting so sick of the routine. 5 days a week I go to a job I have begun to hate. There has to be something else I can do, but I must admit that I’m at a bit of a loss right now.

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