Apply for an Expedited Appointment

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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 Consulate. It is important to ensure you meet all criteria, because applicants are only allowed to create one expedited appointment request.

Before you apply

Appointment availability for expedited appointments is limited. Expedited appointments are generally for an in-person interview. We are currently extending expedited processing for applicants that qualify for an expedited appointment and qualify for Apply by Mail but are unable to travel due to border restrictions in Australia.


Due to COVID-19 related public health guidance, visa operations have been significantly curtailed, and expedited appointment requests falling within some of the scenarios listed below may not be approvable at this time. If your situation falls within one of the scenarios, you can submit an expedited appointment request and you will be notified if your request can be accommodated.

  • To attend the funeral of an immediate family member;
  • Medical emergency;
  • Member of cultural group replacing an original member due to illness/unforeseen contingency;
  • F1/ M1/ J1 visa applicants who received DS-2019 or I-20 form less than 14 days before program is due to start;
  • Unexpected, time sensitive business travel significant to U.S. economic interest;
  • Journalists traveling to cover fast-breaking news;
  • Applicants who have been unable to enroll in EVUS due to incorrect information on the prior visa.
  • Applicants whose visa was revoked following attempted EVUS enrollment.
  • Applicants requiring a visa in response to COVID-19 such as doctors, medical students, crew for air and land

Don't qualify?

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 either schedule a regular visa appointment well in advance or review the Apply by Mail option as we find many of our applicants do not require an interview. If you do not meet either of these options please check back to the website daily - or even twice daily - for any openings as we sometimes have last-minute cancellations. If there is an opening on the website, you may reschedule for that date.

Documentary Evidence

You will be required to scan the appropriate documentary evidence to your profile to prove the urgency of why you are requesting an expedited appointment. These items could be a letter from a hospital or doctor explaining the medical emergency, a funeral notice, letter from U.S. employer, a copy of the approved petition, DS-2019 or I-20. If you do not provide this information your request will be further delayed or rejected.


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 Australia 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.


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.

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. Your travel must be imminent and you must be a citizen of, or recently traveled to, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Syria and/or North Korea. Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel.   Essential documentation:

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

How to Apply

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 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 Consulate, which will come via email.

Step 4

If the 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 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 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. Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview. You will need to bring a printed copy of your appointment letter, your DS-160 confirmation page, one recent photograph, your current and all old passports and the original visa fee payment receipt. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.