Request an Expedited Appointment

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If you meet any of the criteria below and have documentary evidence to prove the circumstance, you may request an expedited immigrant visa appointment.

Please note that early appointment requests will be approved on a case by case basis, depending on the entirety of the circumstances, appointment availability and case eligibility.


Medical Emergency

A petitioner or beneficiary is facing an urgent medical emergency that requires immediate travel.

Required Evidence:

      1. A letter from the doctor treating the patient confirming the illness/injury.


Military Emergency

A U.S. service member petitioner becomes aware of a new deployment or transfer with very little notice. This should be an exception to the regular relocation process for most service members.

Required Evidence:

      1. A copy of the petitioner's transfer orders.


Cases Close to Aging Out

An applicant is within 60 days of turning 21 years old, at which time they will age out of eligibility and no longer qualify for the immigrant visa category.

Required Evidence:

      1. A copy of the applicant's birth certificate or government ID showing date of birth.



K-2 Derivatives

K-2 derivative applicants must apply within one year of their Principal Applicant's visa issuance. If fewer than 30 days remain until that anniversary date, then an applicant may request an expedited appointment.

How to Apply

Step 1

Pay the visa application fee. If you have not already paid your visa fees at NVC, please be prepared to pay them at the U.S. Embassy cashier on the day of your interview. If you are an NIV/K applicant, please follow these instructions to pay at RCBC.

Step 2

Schedule an appointment online for the earliest available 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 regular dates available. If you wish to proceed with requesting an expedited appointment, please be sure to note the criteria you believe qualifies you for an expedited appointment. Once you have submitted your request, please wait for a response from the U.S. Embassy/Consulate, which will come via email.

Step 3

If the U.S. Embassy/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, but agents are able to assist you if questions arise. Should the U.S. Embassy/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 that 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 4

Visit the U. S. Embassy/Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview. You will need to bring a printed copy of your appointment letter, your current passport and all old passports. You must have completed your medical exam before your interview. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.

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