Q: My parent was issued an immigrant visa and it will expire soon. Can we extend the validity of the immigrant visa?
She is not ready yet to travel to US
The easiest option is for your parent to enter the United States before the expiration of the immigrant visa, as once they are admitted they will receive a stamp in their passport that makes the immigrant visa valid for 1 year. They can come to the United States and then return to their home country to get everything in order. Otherwise, they will have to request the re-issuance of the visa.
Per the Department of State this is the process to get an immigrant visa re-issued:
My immigrant visa expired before I was able to travel to the United States. What should I do?
You should contact the Immigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that issued your visa. You do not need to file a new petition with USCIS, but you may need to submit a new application (DS-260) and pay another immigrant visa application processing fee. In addition, you may need to submit new supporting documents, such as a new medical examination and police certificate. Please be prepared to return your unused, expired visa and visa package (if applicable). Requests to reissue or replace visas are considered on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants are required to re-establish their eligibility; there is no guarantee that you will receive a new visa.
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