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Definitely your first option for you to petition your sister as sibling of a US citizen is the least desirable.
It will take at this time 13 years and the line keeps getting longer.
The best course of action is for your mother to file the petition immediately upon her receiving her resident card.
She can upgrade your sister's petition in 5 years to single adult child of US citizen but when she files now she sets your sister's priority date and she get her place in line. She keeps that place when your mother upgrades the petition as a US citizen. Your mother just sends the Dept of State National Visa Center a copy of her naturalization certificate to up grade the petition. Nothing new has to be filed.
Jan 8, 2010 is the date which is current for adult children of a permanent resident.
May 22, 2009 is the current priority date of adult children of a US citizen. So there is not that much difference - 7 months. But it is a fluctuating and fluid length of time to wait because there is no way to predict absolutely what the demand will be for the limited visa numbers years from now. We can only assume the dates will advance one month per month and keep an eye on it.
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