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


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 subsequently refused a visa at the U.S. Embassy will not be allowed to utilize this option to obtain another expedited appointment.

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.


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 North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Sudan or Syria, or those who have travelled to North Korea, 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.


Medical Need

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

Essential documentation:

  • A letter from your doctor in South Korea 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.
  • 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, or child) 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.


Students or exchange visitors

Purpose of travel is to begin or resume a valid program of study in the United States within two weeks when no regular visa appointments are available. This option is limited only to students and exchange students who are within two weeks of their start date. 

Essential documentation:

  • Original Form I-20 or DS-2019 indicating start date of program.  If you are starting a new program and your start date will have already passed at the time of interview, you must ask your program sponsor to update the start date in the SEVIS system before coming to the visa interview.  Visas can only be issued when the new start date has been updated in SEVIS and the applicant can actually arrive in the United States by the start date.
  • Evidence that you have paid the SEVIS fee (when applicable).


Petition-Based Visas
Purpose of travel is to attend to urgent matters in the United States. Please provide a short justification as all requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Travel for the purpose of handling matters that can be resolved over a short business trip does not qualify for an expedited appointment. 

Essential documentation:

  • Approved Petition (I-797 Approval Notice)


Treaty Trader/Treaty Investor Visas (E Visas)
Purpose of travel is to attend to urgent business matters directly relating to the business in the United States.  Please provide a short justification as all requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Travel for the purpose of handling matters that can be resolved over a short business trip does not qualify for an expedited appointment. 

Essential documentation:

  • Complete application package must have been submitted electronically in advance.  


Applying for an Expedited Appointment

All expedited appointment request should be made in English.

Step 1

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

Step 2

Pay the visa application fee. Save your receipt.

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. The call center cannot complete the form, but can help you with questions. You must complete the form. 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 or Consulate, which will come via email.

Step 4

If the Embassy or 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 Embassy or 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. Embassy 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 photograph taken within the last six months, your current passport and all old passports. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.