Apply for an Expedited Appointment

On this page:


Overview

If you have an unforeseen travel need as per one of the criteria listed below, you may qualify to apply for an expedited appointment depending on availability at the U.S. Embassy.


Please bear in mind that an expedited appointment does not guarantee that a visa will be issued.  All applicants are unique and the consular officers adjudicate cases in accordance with the U.S. immigration law.

Qualifications

Before you apply for an expedited appointment, you must first schedule an appointment through the regular appointment scheduling procedure and provide documents that demonstrate the urgency of your request. Request for emergency appointments will not be considered unless an initial appointment has been scheduled online. If it appears during your visa interview that you misrepresented the reasons for urgent travel, such facts will be noted on your case file and may adversely influence the outcome of your visa application. All applicants requesting an expedited appointment are required to first pay visa fees for a regular visa appointment. Applicants who are granted an expedited appointment but subsequently refused a visa at the U.S. Embassy will not be granted another expedited appointment for the same purpose of travel.

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a Consular Officer. Applicants are advised of this requirement when they apply. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview. When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on individual circumstances of each case. Visa applicants are reminded to apply early for their visa, well in advance of the anticipated travel date.

Before making inquiries about status of administrative processing, applicants or their representatives will need to wait at least 60 days from the date of interview or submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later.

 

Purpose of travel not considered as an emergency:

Following travel purposes do not qualify for an expedited appointment. For such travel, applicant must please schedule a regular visa appointment well in advance.

  • Attending weddings
  • Attending graduation ceremonies
  • Assisting pregnant relatives
  • Participating in an annual business/academic/professional conference
  • Enjoying last-minute tourism
  • Any planned trip relevant to personal business or tourism  

Purpose of travel considered as an emergency:

In accordance with the U.S. State Department regulations, expedite requests must be reserved for cases with urgent humanitarian need for travel, such as medical treatment or a death in the applicant's family and cases where there is clear and significant U.S. government interest. If any of the following criteria matches the travel plan, applicants may submit a request for an expedited appointment through our online form. 

  • To receive or continue receiving medical treatment in the US;
  • Attending a family funeral;
  • Visiting family member who is seriously ill;
  • Unexpected, time sensitive business travel significant to U.S. Government interest

Medical Need
Purpose of travel is to obtain urgent medical care, or to accompany a relative or employer for urgent medical care.

Essential documentation:

  • A letter from your doctor describing the medical condition and why you are seeking medical care in the United States.
  • A letter from the physician or hospital in the United States indicating that they are prepared to treat the case and providing the approximate cost of the treatment.
  • Evidence of how you will pay for the cost of the treatment.

Funeral/Death

Purpose of travel is to attend the funeral of or make arrangements for repatriating the body of an immediate family member (mother, father, brother, sister, child,) in the United States.


Essential documentation:

  • A letter from the funeral director stating the contact information, the details of the deceased, and the date of the funeral.
  • Evidence that the deceased is an immediate relative.

 

Urgent Business Travel
Purpose of travel is to attend to an urgent business matter where the travel requirement could not be predicted in advance.


Essential documentation:

  • A letter of invitation from the corresponding company in the United States attesting to the urgency of the planned visit, describing the nature of the business and explain why the U.S. Company will suffer a significant loss of opportunity if an expedited appointment is not available.
  • The evidence must make sense that the expedite appointment request is truly time sensitive business travel significant to U.S. Government interest

Or

  • Evidence of a necessary training program in the United States of three months duration or less, to include letters from the U.S.  Company providing the training. Both letters should include a detailed explanation of the training and explain why the U.S. Company will suffer a significant loss of opportunity if an expedited appointment is not available.
  • The evidence must make sense that the expedite appointment request is truly time sensitive business travel significant to U.S. Government interest

Applying for an Expedited Appointment

All expedited appointment requests should be made in English.

Step 1

Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.

Step 2

Pay the visa application fee.

Step 3

Schedule an appointment online for the earliest available date. Please note that you must schedule an appointment before you can request an expedited date. At the time you schedule your appointment, you will see an onscreen message showing the earliest available appointment date, which includes expedited appointments. Accordingly, you may find that it is not necessary to request an expedited appointment because there are no earlier dates available.

If you wish to proceed with requesting an expedited appointment, then complete the Expedited Request Form in English or contact the call center to request assistance. Please be sure to note the type of urgency you believe qualifies you for an expedited appointment. Once you have submitted your request, please wait for a response from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate which will arrive via email.

Step 4

If the U.S. Embassy or Consulate approves your request, then you will receive an email alerting you to schedule your expedited appointment online. Please understand that the call center cannot schedule your expedited appointment for you, but agents are able to assist you if questions arise. Should the U.S. Embassy or Consulate deny your request for an expedited appointment, you will be notified of the denial by email and you should keep your existing appointment.

Note: The email confirming or denying your request will come from no-reply@ustraveldocs.com. Some email applications have rules which filter unknown senders into a spam or junk mail folder. If you have not received your email notification, please look for the message in your junk and spam email folders.

Step 5

Visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview. You will need to bring a printed copy of your appointment letter, your Form DS-160 confirmation page, one photograph taken within the last six months, your current and all old passports and supporting documents. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.