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My parents in law had their immigration visa approved in November 2015 from the US embassy in Islamabad in Pakistan. The deadline for the entry into US is by March 1st 2016.

Here is the dilemma. My mother in law recentlyt got diagnosed with cancer and her chemotherapy and radiation will go past the US entry deadline of March 1st 2016. Understandably the doctor does not want her travel during her chemotherapy.

Is there a way to have an extension because of her chemotherapy. I understand that they need to contact the US embassy in Islamabad one way or another. Is there a form or procedure they need to fill or follow?


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Have your inlaws come over before chemo starts. Then they can go back for treatment once they get that visa stamped it will be good for 1 year and can travel back for a bit.

I don't want to explain it wrong so will let others explain that better.

I'm sorry about your mother in law.

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Thank you

Yeah the issue is they need to start chemo asap. I am thinking if she has to come, if she's strong enough God willing then she can come between chemotherapy treatments for like a week and a half and then go back to Pakistan after. Would that pose a problem for immigration officers?

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There is no visa extensions, but I have seen visa re-issuance for health issues (and other issues, such as a close relative having health issues, or derrivative kids wanting to finish the school year). Basically, they would contact the embassy, and make an appointment near but BEFORE the deadline on their current visa to have a visa re-issued. They may need to provide a new medical and police clearance, depending on when those expire, and pay the visa fee again.

The potential issue I could see with this is that now, the mother-in-law has cancer, and while that is not a reason alone to deny a visa, they MAY ask for more funds/ proof of health insurance to (re) issue the visa, to ensure she does not become a public charge for her treatments in the USA.

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Thank you all for your guidance.

Yeah I was just thinking, if my mother-in-law does write an email to the embassy, would that automatically put her at risk for her having her visa denied if she is not able to provide funds. She should be able to as many of her family members and I can help with funds, but I just wanted to check that emailing the embassy wont automatically put her at risk for rejection of her already approved visa.

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