Appointment Wait Times

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Overview

All applicants are processed as efficiently as possible and the U.S. Embassy strives to keep the wait time for appointments as short as possible. That said, the earlier you book your appointment, the more likely you are to be able to get the interview date and time you want.

Non-immigrant visa applicants are encouraged to apply at least three months in advance of the intended date of travel. So remember, apply early!

Visa Processing Time

Although visa processing time is typically three working days, processing time for specific cases may vary due to individual circumstances and other special requirements.

Current Wait Time and Availability

The new appointment system also allows applicants with more immediate travel plans to elect an option to inform them if earlier appointments become available after theirs are scheduled. We encourage anyone with short-term travel plans to sign up for this option when scheduling their appointments.

Although we are still able to accommodate a small number of emergency appointments per day, these are generally reserved for life or death emergencies, urgent medical treatment in the United States, last-minute business travel, or students. Requests for emergency appointments must be made online following the instructions here.