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

Note for B1/B2 Applicants: Due to the global pandemic, the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Panama is experiencing extremly high  wait times for B1/B2 visa appointments. There are currently B1/B2 appointments available in 2023 ONLY. 

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. 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. 

Some applicants of business/tourism visas (B1/B2) may apply for renewal of their visa through authorized courier service via the Interview Waiver Program. Renewal via The Interview Waiver Program may take up to TWELVE (12) weeks. For more information please CLICK HERE.

Qualifications

Before you apply for an expedited appointment, you must ensure you  submit documentary evidence to prove the urgency with your request and at time of interview. 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 a regular visa appointment well in advance.

Medical Need

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 Panama 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. 

Funeral/Death

Purpose of travel is to attend the funeral of or make arrangements for repatriating the body of a family member (mother, father, brother, sister, child, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew) 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. 

Urgent Business Travel Needs

            1. Documentation demonstrating an urgent need for travel. Please be prepared to fully explain need for travel.  

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. It is also limited only to applicants who have not been refused a visa within the last six months at the U.S. Embassy.

Essential documentation:

              1. Original Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 indicating start date of program within 60 days.
              2. Evidence that you have paid the SEVIS fee (when applicable).

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 Embassy, which will arrive via email.

Step 4

If the 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 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. You can also contact our call center visiting the website https://ustraveldocs.com/pa/pa-main-contactus.asp to live chat or calling a agent.

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 the original visa fee payment receipt. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.