Expedited Appointments

To request an expedited/emergency appointment, an applicant must first pay their MRV fee and schedule an appointment. Only after an appointment is scheduled can they request that the Embassy/Consulate grant an earlier appointment date based on emergency circumstances.

Step 1: Schedule an Appointment

  1. The requestor must be in Kenya and already have scheduled an appointment at a U.S. Embassy in Kenya. This must be done even if the appointment scheduled does not fit the need of the applicant.
  2. After scheduling the appointment, an applicant may request an emergency appointment at the Consular Section in Nairobi, Kenya:
    • Appointments are always available, usually on a next workday basis, for applicants with urgent need of travel to the United States. Please send an email to visitorvisanairobi@state.gov with your full name, date of birth, passport number, and reason for urgent travel. Please also indicate if you have ever been denied a visa, and if so, the month and year of the denial.
    • If an early interview request is granted you should bring all the necessary documentation along with proof to support your stated emergency.
      • Please note that if your case does not constitute a genuine emergency, you will not be interviewed and will have to reschedule a new appointment.

Step 2: Request an Expedited Appointment

Emergency Appointments will only be granted at the Consular Section’s discretion. The following is a list of circumstances that may merit favorable consideration. Please note that list is not all-encompassing.

  1. Medical Emergency: Travel to obtain emergency medical treatment in the United States, or to travel in support of another person receiving treatment. (Note: applicants must provide the name, relationship, place and description of the matter, and attending physician’s contact information.)
  2. Students/Exchange Students: Travel to return to the U.S. to attend classes or resume working in a timely manner. (Note: The I-20 or DS-2019 should show a start date that is earlier than the first available visa appointment.)
  3. Emergency Business Travel: Travel to attend to a business matter where the travel requirement could not be predicted sufficiently in advance.
  4. Family Emergency: Travel due to a family emergency, such as a death or illness of an immediate family member (mother, father, brother, sister, child, grandparent or grandchild) in the United States. (Note: applicants must provide the name, relationship, place and description of the matter, and attending physician or funeral home's contact information.)
  5. A lost or stolen visa.
  6. An unexpected visit that is of significant cultural, political, journalistic, or economic importance.

In all cases, the applicant will be expected to bring to the interview documentation which substantiates the emergency in addition to those forms and supporting documents normally required.

Step 3: Consular Determination to Expedite

The Consular Section will strive to respond to the request as expeditiously as possible, generally within two business days by scheduling a new appointment. If the applicant's request for an expedited appointment is accepted, the applicant will receive a new confirmation e-mail with a specific date and time to appear at the Consular Section. If the request is not approved, the applicant should attend the original appointment.

Please be advised that the granting of an expedited appointment in no way guarantees visa issuance. U.S. law places the burden of qualifying for any visa solely on the applicant.