Expedited Appointments

If the applicant has already booked an appointment through this service, but needs to request an earlier interview date, the applicant must follow this procedure:

  1. The requestor must be in Canada and already have made an appointment at a U.S. Consulate in Canada (even if it is on a date too distant to be useful)
  2. There should be a valid reason for the request. The following list, though not all-encompassing, includes some of the circumstances that would likely merit favorable consideration:
    • 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.)
    • Students/Exchange Students: Travel to the U.S. to attend classes or to work 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.)
    • Emergency Business Travel: Travel to attend to a business matter where the travel requirement could not be predicted sufficiently in advance.
    • 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.)
    • A lost or stolen visa.
    • An unexpected visit that is of significant cultural, political, journalistic, or economic importance.
  3. 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.

Processing Details for the Embassy and the Consulates

If the applicant has already booked an appointment through this service, but needs to request an earlier interview date, the applicant may contact the Consular Section directly using the fax number or e-mail address shown below.

The Consular Section will strive to answer the request as expeditiously as possible. If the applicant's expedition request is accepted, the applicant should receive a phone call or e-mail response within 48 hours. Do include a phone number where the applicant can be reached during normal business hours. If the applicant's request for an expedited appointment is approved, the applicant will be given a specific date and time to appear at the Consular Section.

If the applicant does not receive an answer after 48 hours of having submitted the request this means that the expedition was not approved and 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.

Please include the following information in the fax or e-mail:

  1. Applicant's full name
  2. Passport number
  3. Date and place of birth
  4. Nationality
  5. Appointment Confirmation Number
  6. Visa status in Canada
  7. Previous visa status in the United States (if any)
  8. Applicant's e-mail and postal mail addresses
  9. Home/work/cell phone and fax numbers
  10. Reason for seeking an expedited appointment (see above)

Ottawa

E-mail ottawaemergencyapp@state.gov

Approved visas are generally ready by 3pm on the following workday, however the Embassy cannot guarantee it.

Calgary

Fax 403-263-2241

E-mail usconsulatecalgary@state.gov

Halifax

Fax 902-423-6861

E-mail consularh@state.gov

Montreal

e-mail Montreal-NIV@state.gov

Quebec City

Fax 418-692-4640

E-mail quebecniv@state.gov

Toronto

E-mail TRTNIV@state.gov

The e-mail's subject line must state: Expedited Visa Appt. Request: name of applicant + applicant's Appointment Confirmation Number

Responses may take up to 72 hours.

Approved visas are generally ready by 3 p.m. on the second working day following the interview. However, the Consulate cannot guarantee it.

Vancouver

Fax 604-685-7175

E-mail Vancouverniv@state.gov

Approved visas are generally ready by 2:15 p.m. within 2 business days following the interview. However, the Consulate cannot guarantee it.