In the event that interview appointments at the U.S. consulate are temporarily unavailable, urgent travel plans can quickly be jeopardized. Emergency appointments at the U.S. consulates seem to be a possible rescue here. However, they are only granted for justified emergencies. We will help you to arrange an urgent appointment. Please feel free to contact us at any time!
Under certain circumstances, a visa applicant may request an emergency appointment with the U.S. consulate. The U.S. consulate lists the exceptions in which emergency appointments may be requested. Provided the emergency appointment is needed for one of the following reasons, it may be allowed by the U.S. consulate:
Please note that the decision to grant an emergency appointment, is always made by the U.S. consulate. There is no guarantee that your emergency appointment request will be accepted.
Failure to apply for a U.S. visa in a timely manner does not constitute grounds for an emergency appointment. Moreover, for business travelers, referring to an urgent client appointment for meetings might not necessarily qualify as an emergency.
In order to request an emergency appointment, the first step is to make a regular visa appointment. Accordingly, you must pay the consular fee in the usual way, schedule an interview appointment, and complete and submit the online DS-160 visa application.
Before requesting an urgent appointment, be sure to check the availability of consular interview appointments at U.S. consulates in the home country. Emergency appointments are usually only made if there are no appointments available at all locations where one can apply for the desired U.S. visa.
Applicants in Germany, for example, have the option of attending a visa interview in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main or Munich. While in Austria the consular section of the U.S. embassy in Vienna is responsible, applicants in Switzerland can contact the U.S. embassy in Bern.
If there are no available regular interview appointments, emergency appointments can be given for the next available appointment at the U.S. consulates in your home country.
After you have prepared the application as far as possible and reserved the next available regular appointment, you can request an emergency appointment through the visa profile.
In any case, the urgency of the trip to the U.S. must be proven with supporting documents. These can be letters from the U.S., proof of appointments or invitations, for example. Students should also include confirmation that the SEVIS fee has been paid in addition to the evidence of the start of the program. In case of an ESTA denial, a printout or proof of the rejection must be submitted as well.
The letter of justification must be written in English and supported by other documents.
If your request is classified as an emergency by the U.S. consulate, you will receive an e-mail notification that an emergency appointment can be scheduled. You will then see the emergency appointments available to you in your visa profile, which you used to book the first regular appointment. Once the emergency appointment has been booked, the rest of the application process will proceed as usual and you will be able to prepare for the in-person interview at the U.S. consulate with the appropriate application documents.
It should be noted that the emergency appointment may not necessarily take place at the applicant's preferred location – e.g. close to home. The time and, in particular, the place of application cannot be chosen by the applicant at an emergency appointment. Furthermore, an urgent appointment can only be requested once you have all the necessary documents.
Updated on 9.9.2021