Apply for an Expedited Appointment (Immigrant visa categories)

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Certain immigrant visa applicants who meet one of the criteria listed below may qualify for an expedited appointment depending on availability at the U.S. Embassy. It is important to ensure you meet all the 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 eligibility. If it appears during your visa interview that you misrepresented the reasons for expedited travel, such facts will be noted on your case file and may adversely influence the outcome of your visa application.

Applicants who are granted an expedited appointment but are subsequently refused a visa or who or missed their interview at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate will not be allowed to utilize this option to obtain another expedited appointment.

Please note that if your request for an expedited appointment is denied you won’t be able to make a second request during the course of your visa application. You will need to schedule a regular appointment in this case.

National Visa Center Approved Expedite

For those applicants who have already requested and received approval from the National Visa Center to expedite the processing of their immigrant visa.

Essential documentation:

  • Written notification from the National Visa Center (NVC) that your expedite request was approved.

Petition Filed and Approved in Moscow

For those applicants who currently live in Russia and were permitted to file an I-130 petition for an immediate family member with the USCIS office in Moscow.

Returning Resident (SB1)

For those who previously held lawful permanent resident (green card) status in the United States, have been out of the U.S. for more than one year, and want to apply for a visa as a returning resident.

Essential documentation:

  • Proof that you previously had lawful permanent resident status in the U.S. (copy of green card, if available).

How to Apply

    Step 1

    Complete the Request Form in your profile. Please note that call center cannot create an expedited request on your behalf, but agents are able to assist you if you have questions on process of making the request. 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, which will come via email.

    Step 2

    If the U.S. 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 U.S. Embassy/Consulate deny your request for an expedited appointment, you will be notified of the denial by email and you should make a regular interview 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 3

    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 and all other documents as instructed by the U.S. Embassy. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.

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