Expedited Appointments


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

Step 1: Schedule an Appointment

  1. The requestor must be in Mexico and already have scheduled an NIV appointment at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Mexico. 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 NIV appointment at any of the Mexico consular sections at this website:
  3. http://www.usembassy-mexico.gov/emxvisit_emergencies.html.
  4. Be sure to fill out all required fields.

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 answer the request as expeditiously as possible, generally within two business days. 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 will need to wait for the original appointment date.
  • 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.

Immigrant visa applicants may request an emergency appointment at http://ciudadjuarez.usconsulate.gov/public_inquiry_form.html.

Immigrant visa waiver applicants can contact USCIS at cdj.uscis@dhs.gov