Reasonable Accommodation for Applicants with Disabilities or Special Needs

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Reasonable Accommodation for B1/B2, F1, F2, J1, and J2 Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants with Special Needs or a Disability

If you require reasonable accommodation for your appointment, our office encourages you to request special accommodation immediately by using expedited request option, once you schedule your regular appointment.  We will make every effort to provide accommodation to persons with disabilities, serious medical conditions, and special needs.   Please note that reasonable accommodation will NOT result in an earlier appointment date, rather the applicant and their caregiver/immediate family members will be provided a specific time slot on the week of your appointment that is less crowded than routine visa processing times.  Petition-based visas (H1B, L1, etc.) are already interviewed during less crowded times, but if attending the interview with an applicant who has special needs, please notify the Consular Section in advance through


Before you request for special accommodation through expedited appointment option, you must first schedule an appointment through the regular appointment scheduling procedure, and provide documents that supports your accommodation request while submitting expedited request. Request for special accommodation 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 special accommodation, such facts will be noted on your case file and may adversely influence the outcome of your visa application.

Examples where reasonable accommodation may be requested include, but are not limited to:

  • If you require a more private appointment time due to a medical condition or disability, we may schedule an alternative time for you to come in for your interview.
  • If you or your child has a disability and requires a private appointment in a quiet space without distraction, we may schedule an alternative time for you and your family to come in for your interview.
  • If you are unable to speak, you may be allowed to respond to questions in an agreed-upon nonverbal manner such as using pen and paper.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may bring a sign language interpreter to translate during the interview if needed.
  • The waiting room of the Consular Section and the restrooms are wheelchair accessible; thus, applicants who must rely upon wheelchairs may appear during routine interview hours, although applicants with very serious medical conditions and who must use a wheelchair may request reasonable accommodation.

How to apply

All Reasonable Accommodation requests should be made in English. Please follow the process mentioned here.