I have received an immigrant
visa from U.S. consulate in my country, and my immigrant visa is based
on Form I-130 immigration application filed by my brother who is a U.S.
citizen. How long is an immigrant visa valid? and what if I must delay
my arrival in the U.S.?
The consulate may issue an
immigrant visa with a maximum validity of six months. If you must delay
travel to the U.S. beyond six months, you should contact the U.S.
consulate and arrange to have the interview scheduled closer to your
If an immigrant visa has already been issued and circumstances force
you to remain abroad longer, you should contact the U.S. consulate and
request an extension of your immigrant visa's validity. If the validity
of your immigrant visa expires, a new one may be issued upon payment of
the application and issuance fees.