US Visa: Here Is How You Can Apply For An Emergency Visa Appointment


As you may be aware, the US Embassy has started scheduling appointments for all types of visas. However, when you applied for a nonimmigrant visa in New Delhi, the wait times have risen to as much as 833 days.

According to a report of Mint, a US Embassy representative said that the visa cancellation or delays, which happened in 2021, are a thing of the past and won’t affect your visa at the moment.

According to the representative, all visa appointments scheduled now are genuine appointments that may be rescheduled if applicants find earlier appointments but will not be cancelled by the US Embassy or Consulates unless there are exceptional circumstances.

US Emergency Visa Appointments

In response to questions about US Emergency Visa Appointments, the representative stated that anyone wishing to request an emergency non-immigrant visa appointment must first schedule a first-timer (walk-in) appointment and then submit an emergency appointment request for consideration.


The US Embassy, on the other hand, has very strict criteria for qualifying for emergency appointments on

“We cannot expedite interview waiver appointments in any visa classification. Visa applicants with an existing interview waiver appointment and you wish to request an emergency appointment, you must first cancel your existing interview waiver appointment, then make a first timer (walk-in) appointment and then request the emergency appointment.”

“It must include pertinent documentation. Please remember that if your request is denied, you cannot revert to your original interview waiver appointment, but you could reschedule back into a new interview waiver appointment if desired, though likely at a later date than your original appointment.”

said the representative

How to apply for Emergency US Visa Appointment in India?

The US Embassy and Consulates offer an “Expedited Appointment,” also known as an “Emergency Appointment” (EA). If you meet the requirements, you can use this option to request an expedited or emergency appointment by following the below step-by-step process;

  • Step 1: Register at USTravelDocs Website and Pay the visa application fee.
  • Step 2: Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.
  • Step 3: Schedule an appointment online for the earliest available date.
  • Step 4: Create an Emergency Request for Appointment.
  • Step 5: If the U.S. Embassy/Consulate approves your request then you will receive an email alerting you to schedule your emergency appointment online.

In-person Interview Waiver

According to a statement from the US Embassy in India, some visa applicants may not need to appear in person for an interview until the end of December 2022.

The authorization, however, does not apply to applicants whose applications have previously been rejected and have not been reversed or waived. If adjudicating consular authorities require additional information from applicants, they may request a face-to-face interview.

If applicants renew their visas within 48 months of their expiration, they will still be qualified for the interview waiver.

In addition to the high demand for appointments across all visa categories, the majority of routine nonimmigrant visa appointments at the US Embassy in New Delhi and the consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai may experience longer wait times due to reduced staffing and numerous pandemic-related operations disruptions since March 2020.


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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, he's passionate about writing.

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