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Emergency Appointments

Criteria for Expedited/Emergency Appointments 

U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv expedites a limited number of nonimmigrant visa interview appointments in the following instances:

  • Life-threatening medical emergencies that require treatment at a U.S. medical facility
  • Visits to gravely ill/dying relatives in the United States or the death of an immediate relative
  • Students and Exchange Visitors (F, M, and J visas) who could not otherwise travel to the United States in time for enrollment and class/program attendance
  • Persons with approved employment-based visa petitions (visa categories H, L, P and O) who cannot otherwise arrive for their work start dates
  • Unexpected urgent business purposes, including unexpected travel of significant cultural, political, journalistic or economic importance. 

How do I apply for an emergency appointment? 

Step 1: Schedule an Appointment — Schedule an appointment through the visa scheduling system at  

Step 2: After you paid the MRV fee and scheduled your interview, you may request an emergency appointment online by selecting the Request Expedite option on your account or with the help of a call center representative at 03-7621694. 

Please note that documents that support the applicant’s claim to an emergency appointment (i.e. hospital notes, medical reports, etc.) should be sent to immediately upon submission of the emergency request. Please make sure that your email contains the full name and the passport number of the applicant requesting the emergency appointment. 

The Consular Section grants emergency appointments based on workload and other considerations. The section strives to respond to each emergency request as quickly as possible. If approved, the applicant will be notified about a new appointment date by email. The email notification will be sent to the email address registered in the appointment system.  If the request is not approved, the applicant should attend the initial appointment.

Please note that the granting of an emergency appointment in no way guarantees visa issuance. U.S. law places the burden of qualifying for a visa solely on the applicant.