If you have an unforeseen travel need as per one of the criteria listed below, you may qualify for an expedited appointment at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, depending on availability. You must provide evidence to prove the urgency of your request.
Please note that only the payment options SOFORT and Debit Card will allow you to request an expedited appointment immediately. When using Online Bank Transfer or Cash at a Bank, you may experience bank processing wait times from up to two business days before you may request an expedited appointment.
You may request an expedited visa appointment if you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but have received notice that you are no longer eligible to travel to the United States under that program. Your travel must be imminent and you must be a citizen of, or recently traveled to, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, and Syria. Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel.
- A copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you received regarding your ESTA status.
Urgent Business Travel
Purpose of travel is to attend to an urgent business matter where the travel requirement could not be predicted in advance.
- A letter of invitation from the corresponding company in the United States explaining the urgency of the planned visit, describing the nature of the business and how either the U.S. or local company will suffer a significant loss of opportunity if an expedited appointment is not available.
- Evidence of a necessary training program in the United States of three months duration or less, to include letters from both the local employer and the U.S. Company providing the training. Each letter should include a detailed explanation of the training, why the need to travel is urgent and explain how either the U.S. or local company will suffer a significant loss of opportunity if an expedited appointment is not available.
Students or exchange visitors
Purpose of travel is to begin or resume a valid program of study in the United States when no regular visa appointments are available before the program start date.
- Original Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 indicating start date of program within 60 days.
- Evidence that you have paid the SEVIS fee (when applicable).
Purpose of travel is to obtain urgent medical care, or to accompany a relative or employer for urgent medical care.
- A letter from your doctor describing the medical condition and why you are seeking medical care in the United States.
- 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.
- Evidence of how you will pay for the cost of the treatment.
Purpose of travel is to attend the funeral of or make arrangements for repatriating the body of an immediate family member (mother, father, brother, sister, child,) in the United States.
- A letter from the funeral director stating the contact information, the details of the deceased, and the date of the funeral.
- You must also present evidence that the deceased is an immediate relative.
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.
Applying for an Expedited Appointment (within www.ustraveldocs.com/de)
Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.
Pay the visa application fee.
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 earlier dates available.
If you wish to proceed with requesting an expedited appointment, then complete the Expedited Request Form in English 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 U.S. Embassy or Consulate which will arrive via email.
If the U.S. Embassy or 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 for you, but agents are able to assist you if questions arise. Should the U.S. Embassy or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate 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 supporting documents. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.
Applicants who are granted an expedited appointment but who are subsequently refused a visa, or who missed their interview 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 wouldn’t be able to make a second request during the course of your visa application. You will have to attend the regular appointment you scheduled initially.