Apply for an Expedited Appointment

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Overview

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

U.S. Embassy Consular section considers expedited non-immigrant visa appointment requests only in cases of emergency. Please note that we are not able to accommodate every request for an expedited appointment. To be considered for an emergency or expedited appointment you must satisfy one or more of the criteria listed below.

  • You are a student or exchange visitor who is within 30 days of the start date of your valid program and who was not denied a visa within the last six months, AND an appointment is not available to accommodate your “report by” date.
  • You are a temporary worker (H & L visas only) whose visa has expired and who wants to renew your visa and return to your employment in the United States.
  • You need to attend to an urgent business matter where the need to travel to the United States could not be predicted in advance.
  • You need to obtain emergency medical care or accompany a relative for emergency medical care.
  • You need to attend the funeral of an immediate family member (mother, father, brother, sister, child, grandparent or grandchild).
  • You need to make an appearance in a U.S. court.

Please note that expedited appointment requests not meeting one of the criteria above, but based on tickets being purchased in advance of visa interview or based on the applicant not scheduling an interview early despite the trip being known about in advance, will not be granted.

Qualifications for Expedited Appointment

Before you apply for an expedited appointment, you must ensure that you have documentary evidence to prove the urgency. 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 are subsequently refused a visa or who missed their interview at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate will not be allowed to utilize this option to obtain another expedited appointment.

Please note, that if your request for an expedited appointment is denied you wouldn’t be able to make a second request during the course of your visa application. You will have to attend the regular appointment you scheduled initially.

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

Medical Needs

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

Essential documentation:

  1. A letter from your doctor in Georgia describing the medical condition and why you are seeking medical care in the United States.
  2. 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.
  3. 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, grandparent, or grandchild) in the United States.

Essential documentation:

  1. A letter from the funeral director stating the contact information, the details of the deceased, and the date of the funeral.
  2. You must also present 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:

  1. 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 that either the U.S. or local company will suffer a significant loss of opportunity if an expedited appointment is not available.
  1. Or
  2. Evidence of a necessary training program in the United States of three months duration or less, to include letters from both the Georgian employer and the U.S. company providing the training. Both letters should include a detailed explanation of the training and explain why either the U.S. or Georgian company will suffer a significant loss of opportunity if an expedited appointment is not available.

Students or exchange visitors

Purpose of travel is to begin or resume a valid program of study in the United States within 60 days when no regular visa appointments are available. This option is limited only to students and exchange students who are within 60 days of their start date. It is also limited only to applicants who have not been refused a visa within the last six months at the U.S. Embassy.

Essential documentation:

  1. Original Form I-20 or DS-2019 indicating start date of program within 60 days.
  2. Evidence that you have paid the SEVIS fee (when applicable).

What you need to consider:
If you believe you qualify for an emergency appointment, please read the following points very carefully before you try to obtain an emergency appointment.

  1. You must ensure that you have documentary evidence to prove that you satisfy one or more of the criteria for an emergency appointment. (See above.)
  2. If you obtain an emergency appointment you are treated as a normal visa applicant; you must qualify for a U.S. visa in every respect;
  3. The Visa Application Fee is nonrefundable;
  4. If the consular officer determines in the interview that you do not have a genuine emergency, as defined by the criteria above, the officer will postpone your subsequent interview 120 days from the date you appeared under the emergency provision;
  5. If the consular officer finds you misrepresented your reason for travel to the United States, a record of the misrepresentation goes in your case file and may adversely influence the outcome of your current and future visa applications.
  6. If you recently applied for the same purpose of travel at a different consular section, you will not be granted an expedited appointment. If you are applying at multiple consular sections at the same time due to wait times, you will not be granted an expedited appointment.
  7. Please do not purchase tickets until you have received your U.S. visa and your passport with visa has been returned to you. Expedited appointment requests will not be granted due to tickets being purchased contrary to our guidance and before visa interviews or issuance.
  8. Essential documentation:

ESTA Denied

You may request an expedited visa appointment if you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but have received notice that you are no longer eligible to travel to the United States under that program.

 Such travelers include those who are dual nationals of Iraq, Iran, Sudan or Syria, or those who have travelled to Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, or Somalia after March 1, 2011.  Your travel must be imminent to qualify for an expedited appointment. Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel.

Essential documentation:

  • A copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you received regarding your ESTA status.

Applying for an Expedited Appointment

Step 1

Pay the visa application fee.

Step 2

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

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 or contact the Request Form 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 Embassy, which will arrive via email

Step 4

If the 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. After your emergency request has been approved you will need to cancel your current appointment and reschedule for a new emergency slot. Should the 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 the original visa fee payment receipt. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.

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