Non-Immigrant Expedited Visa Services
Expedited Non-Immigrant Visa Interview Requests
(The procedures for requesting an expedited appointment do change, so please periodically check back for updates.)
Under certain circumstances, applicants who cannot wait for a normal non-immigrant visa interview appointment may request an expedited appointment. Requests will only be considered when submitted by email to Shanghaiexpedite@state.gov. Please note, applicants must first schedule an appointment through the Visa Information Call Center before requesting an expedited appointment.
Expedited appointment requests for applicants refused a visa within the past 6 months will not be approved. These applicants must call the Visa Call Center to schedule a new appointment. Applicants reapplying after a recent refusal are encouraged to bring new information to their interview in order to demonstrate a change in personal situation or circumstances.
The Consular Section only considers expedited appointment requests for applicants residing in the Shanghai Consular District, which includes Shanghai Municipality, Anhui, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang province. Applicants residing outside the Shanghai Consular District should contact the appropriate United States Consulate serving their place of residence.
Generally, only requests falling into the following categories will be considered for an expedited interview:
- Humanitarian requests: for immediate family members traveling to meet and assist a seriously ill relative or to assist with a family emergency.
- Students visa (F, M, J visa): in the current academic year whose classes will start before their current visa interview date. The Consular Section will not approve an expedited appointment request for student (F or M) or exchange visitor (J) applicants who are clearly eligible for our "Frequent Traveler" renewal service with CITIC Bank.
- Emergency business trip: which if missed will cause economic loss.
The Consular Section is unable to approve expedited appointment requests for applicants wishing to attend events for which they could have planned well in advance, including large conventions, annual meetings, graduation ceremonies, wedding attendance, or tourism. These applicants should contact the Visa Call Center for rescheduling. To schedule an appointment or ask general questions about visas, you must first obtain a PIN card from CITIC Bank. Using the PIN card, the Visa Call Center can be reached from within China by dialing 4008-872-333 or internationally by dialing 86-21-3881-4611. The American Citizen Services section will not answer visa related inquiries outside of American Citizen’ Visa Hour.
If the applicant qualifies for the Consulate’s Visa Renewal or Frequent Traveler program, the Consular Section will not accept an expedited interview request. For the fastest turnaround of an application eligible for Visa Renewal or Frequent Traveler program, we suggest you use the CITIC Bank location at the corner of West Nanjing Road and Jiangning Road, across the street from the Consular Section’s office in Westgate Mall.
The Consular Section encourages all applicants to apply well before their planned travel dates to the U.S. Do not confirm your travel plans until you have received your approved non-immigrant visa.
An expedited interview appointment does not improve an applicant's chances of obtaining a U.S. visa; it simply results in an earlier appointment date for the visa interview. Emergencies are not grounds for the issuance of a U.S. visa; applicants applying for a non-immigrant visa must still prove they meet the requirements of the visa class in question.
If you have any material for consideration during a future interview, it must be given directly to the applicant, who can then present it to the interviewing consular officer at the time of application. All information received before or after the interview and outside the request of the Consulate will not be considered.
INFORMATION OF REQUESTING AN EXPEDITED APPOINTMENT
Requests for expedited visa interview may only be submitted by e-mail submission.
Requests for expedited appointments MUST contain all of the following information:
- Applicant’s Full Name
- Applicant’s Date of Birth
- Passport number
- Visa class
- Date and Time of Original Interview and Appointment Number
- Previous U.S. visas issued or refused, if any, where
- Confirmation Bar Code Number from a complete and accurate Online Visa Application (Form DS-160)
- Detailed justification as to why an expedited interview is being requested
- Contact information (phone and e-mail) for the applicant in China
- Place of Residence and Work for the past 6 months in the Shanghai Consular District
- 1-2 pages of proof. I-20 for F, J student; DS-2019 for exchanger visitor; invitation letter for business applicant; U.S. doctor or hospital evidence for humanitarian cases
For group requests, please include the name, date of birth, previous visa information, Confirmation Bar Code Number from the completed online Visa Application (Form DS-160) for each applicant. Please include the contact information (phone and e-mail) in China for the group organizer.
Expedited appointment requests may only be submitted by e-mail Shanghaiexpedite@state.gov
If the expedited appointment request is approved, the Consular Section will contact the applicant directly in 1-2 business days. New appointment times will be granted on a space available basis, according to the urgency of the request. If the applicant or organization has previously received an expedited appointment in the past, we will normally not approve another expedited interview.
Once interviewed, visas for most approved applicants are printed and mailed out within 2 business days of the interview. Should the processing of the visa application be delayed, the applicant will be notified at the time of the interview. Please be advised that we cannot issue visas on the same day as the interview.
The Consular Section encourages all approved applicants to maintain a valid U.S. non-immigrant visa using the Visa Renewal Frequent Traveler program.