Exclusive: The US Embassy clarifies how to request an emergency visa appointment

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The embassy and consulates now schedule appointments in each visa category. Whatever delay or cancellation occurred in 2021 is a thing of the past and nothing like that will affect your visa at this time, Mint told an embassy official.

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All visa appointments scheduled now are actual appointments that may be rescheduled if applicants find prior appointments, but will not be canceled by the U.S. Embassy and Consulates outside of extraordinary circumstances , said the representative.

Anyone wishing to request an emergency appointment for a nonimmigrant visa must schedule a first-time (walk-in) appointment and then submit an emergency appointment request for review. However, the US Embassy has very strict criteria to qualify for emergency appointments at www.ustraveldocs.com, the representative added.

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

“It must include relevant documentation. Remember that if your request is denied, you cannot go back to your original interview waiver appointment, but you can reschedule a new interview waiver appointment if you wish, but probably at a later date than your original appointment,” the rep said.

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Some visa applicants may not need to appear in person for an interview until the end of December 2022, according to a statement from the US Embassy in India. However, the permission does not apply to applicants whose applications were previously rejected and the rejection has not been reversed or reversed since. A face-to-face interview may be requested by the contracting consular authorities if additional information from applicants is required.

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Applicants are still eligible for the interview waiver if they renew their visa within 48 months of its expiration. All visa categories have high demand for appointments, and due to reduced staffing and extensive pandemic-related disruptions to operations since March 2020, wait times may be extended for the majority of appointments. Routine you for non-immigrant visas at the US Embassy in New Delhi and consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.

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