Apply for an Expedited Appointment

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Overview

If you have an unforeseen travel need, you may qualify for an expedited appointment depending on availability at the U.S. Embassy.

Qualifications

The U.S. Embassy accepts expedited appointment requests for applicants traveling for urgent medical treatment or for another emergency reason.  Before you apply for an expedited appointment, you must first schedule an appointment through the regular appointment scheduling procedure and also ensure that you have documentary evidence to prove the urgency. Requests 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 allowed to utilize this option to obtain another expedited appointment for the same purpose of travel. Please note that applicants with an expedited appointment MUST submit supporting documentation at the time of interview as well.

Note: Travel for the purpose of attending weddings and graduation ceremonies, assisting pregnant relatives, or enjoying last-minute tourism does not qualify for expedited appointments. For such travel, please schedule a regular visa appointment well in advance.

Applying for an Expedited Appointment

Step 1

Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa 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 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 which will arrive via email.

Step 4

If the U.S. Embassy 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 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 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.

Applicants traveling due to the medical emergency of a family member in the United States should bring official documentation from the medical institution in the United States about the nature of the illness of the family member whom you plan to visit.

Applicants traveling to receive medical treatment should bring the following documents:

  • Medical diagnosis from a local physician, explaining the nature of the ailment and the reason the applicant requires treatment in the United States;
  • Official letter from a physician or medical facility in the United States, expressing a willingness to treat this specific ailment and detailing the projected length and cost of treatment (including doctors’ fees, hospitalization fees, and all medical-related expenses);
  • Statement of financial responsibility from the individual(s) or organization which will pay for the patient’s transportation, medical, and living expenses. The individual(s) or organization guaranteeing payment of these expenses must provide proof of ability to do so, often in the form of bank or other statements of income/savings or an IRS-generated transcript of income tax returns.