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 U.S. Embassy.

Qualifications

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. 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 allowed to utilize this option to obtain another expedited appointment for the same purpose of travel.

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 a regular visa appointment well in advance.

Generally, only requests falling into the following categories will be considered for an emergency appointment:

  1. Humanitarian request for applicants traveling to meet and assist a seriously ill immediate family member (spouse, child, parent, sibling), or one with a family emergency.
  2. Students (F-1, M-1 ), exchange visitor (J-1) who have not been refused a visa in the last 12 months and if there are no online appointments available in time for the expected start date of your program or you are a returning student/exchange visitor.
  3. Beneficiaries of petitions approved by USCIS to work or perform in the United States (H, P, R) who have not been refused a visa in the last 12 months and if there are no online appointments available in time for the expected start date of your employment or performance schedule.
  4. Crewmen (C1/D) who have not been refused a visa in the last 12 months and if there are no online appointments available in time for the expected date on which you must join your vessel.
  5. Business travelers who are attending specific meetings at the written request of an U.S. company, who are not traveling for general purposes or for mixed meeting and pleasure purposes.
Medical Need

Purpose of travel is to obtain urgent medical care, or to accompany an immediate family member (spouse, child, parent, sibling) 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.
  • Proof that your transportation, medical and living expenses in the United States will be paid. This may be in the form of bank or other statements of income/savings or certified copies of income tax returns (either yours or the person or organization paying for your treatment).
Funeral/Death

Purpose of travel is to attend the funeral or to make arrangements for repatriating the body of an immediate family member (spouse, child, parent, sibling) 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.
  • 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:

  • 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.

or

  • Evidence of a necessary training program in the United States of three months duration or less, to include letters from both the local 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 local 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.

Essential documentation:

  • Original Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 indicating start date of program within 60 days.
  • Evidence that you have paid the SEVIS fee (when applicable).
Beneficiaries of Approved Petitions to Work or Perform in the United States

Purpose of travel is to begin or resume work pursuant to a valid petition for non-immigrant worker approved by USCIS. This option is limited only to those who are within 60 days of their start date.

Essential documentation:

  • Evidence of the approved petition.
Crewmen

Purpose of travel is to begin or resume work on a vessel entering and exiting U.S. waters. This option is limited only to those who are within 60 days of their start date.

Essential documentation:

  • Letter from employer stating position, salary and start date.

Applying for an Expedited Appointment

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 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. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.