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Emergency Appointments

limited number of visa applicants may qualify for emergency visa interview appointments. To obtain an emergency appointment you must satisfy one or more of the criteria listed below.

The criteria:

  • You need to obtain urgent medical care in the U.S.
  • You need to accompany an immediate family member who requires urgent medical care  (Immediate family members include mother, father, brother, sister, child, grandparent or grandchild.)
  • An immediate family member in the U.S. has a serious medical condition and requires your presence urgently.
  • You need to attend the funeral of an immediate family member.
  • You need to attend an urgent and late breaking business matter, where the need to travel to the U.S. could not have been foreseen.
  • You need to make an appearance in a U.S. court.

What you need to consider:

If you believe you qualify for an emergency appointment, please read the following points carefully, before you apply for an emergency appointment:

  • In order to initiate your request for an emergency appointment, you must first have applied for a regular appointment.
  • You must have documentary evidence to prove that you satisfy one or more of the criteria for an emergency appointment. (See above.)
  • Once you obtain an emergency appointment, you are treated as a normal visa applicant; you must qualify for a U.S. visa in every respect.
  • The Visa Application Fee and the appointment fee are nonrefundable.
  • If the consular officer finds you misrepresented your reason for travel to the U.S., a record of the misrepresentation goes in your case file and may adversely influence the outcome of your current and future visa applications If the consular officer determines you do not have a genuine emergency, as defined by the criteria above, the officer will ask you to come back on your regular appointment date.

How to request an emergency appointment:

If you consider that you qualify for an emergency appointment send your request along with supporting evidence to