When the Visa is Issued
Generally, an immigrant visa is valid for six (6) months from the date of issuance. The validity of a visa, however, may also be limited because of medical restrictions or other reasons. If an applicant knows that departure will not be possible within this period, he or she should request to have the interview moved to a later date. The Embassy does not extend the validity of an issued visa. However, an expired visa may be replaced if the applicant is able to demonstrate that his/her ability to use the visa was due to extreme circumstances well beyond his/her control. If an applicant is determined to be eligible for a replacement visa, he/she will be asked to update his record and will be charged the applicable consular fees. To request a replacement visa, the expired visa needs to be surrendered at the Embassy with a letter explaining the reasons why the visa was not used.
IMPORTANT - USCIS Immigrant Visa Fee
Resources for New Immigrants
The United States is welcoming legal immigrants with a new Web site that helps them find such things as the requirements for naturalization to the location of nearby English-language classes.
WelcometoUSA.gov links to all federal government resources for new immigrants as well as to some state agencies and faith-based and community groups. There are also sections on U.S. history and government, federal benefits, health care and housing, education, child care, employment and financial management. WelcometoUSA.gov is a comprehensive site aimed at helping newcomers learn about America’s civic values and history, settle into their new communities and take part in the life of the nation.