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Expedited Appointments

Important Notice

Prioritization guidance and resource constraints impact our capacity to accommodate requests for expedited nonimmigrant visa interviews. The consular section cannot guarantee an interview date prior to any work or study program’s start date, even with an approved expedite request.  Students unable to secure an interview before their program’s start date should work with their academic institution to update any permitted start date or defer initial enrollment to the next semester.


Before you apply for an expedited appointment, ensure that you have documentary evidence to prove the urgency. Applicants who are granted an expedited appointment but are subsequently refused a visa or who missed their interview will not be allowed to utilize this option to obtain another expedited appointment.

Urgent Business Travel

Purpose of travel is to attend to an urgent business matter where the travel requirement could not be predicted in advance.

Essential documentation:

A letter of invitation from the corresponding company in the United States describing:

  1. The urgency of the planned visit
  2. The nature of the business
  3. How either the U.S. or local company will suffer a significant loss of opportunity if an expedited appointment is not available.


Evidence of a necessary training program in the United States of three months duration or less. Submit letters from both the local employer and the U.S. company providing the training. Each letter should include:

  1. A detailed explanation of the training
  2. Why the need to travel is urgent
  3. How either the U.S. or local company will suffer a significant loss of opportunity if an expedited appointment is not available.

Students or Exchange Visitors (F/M/J)

Purpose of travel is to begin or resume a valid program of study in the United States within 60 days when no regular visa appointments are available.  This option is limited only to students or exchange visitors who are within 60 days of their start date.  It is also limited only to applicants who have not been refused a visa within the last six months.

Essential documentation:

  1. Original Form I-20 or DS-2019 indicating start date of program within 60 days.
  2. Evidence that you have paid the SEVIS fee (when applicable).

Medical Needs

Purpose of travel is to obtain urgent medical care, or to accompany an immediate relative for urgent medical care.

Essential documentation:

  1. A letter from your doctor in Niger describing the medical condition and why you are seeking medical care in the United States.
  2. A letter from the physician or hospital in the United States indicating that they are prepared to treat your case and providing the approximate cost of the treatment.
  3. Evidence of how you will pay for the cost of the treatment.
  4. If applicable, evidence of your relationship to the sick or injured person.


Purpose of travel is to attend the funeral of an immediate family member or to make arrangements for repatriating the body of an immediate family member (mother, father, brother, sister, child,) in the United States back to Niger.

Essential documentation:

  1. A letter from the funeral director stating the contact information, the details of the deceased, and the date of the funeral.
  2. You must also present evidence that the deceased is an immediate relative.

Expedited Visa Appointment

To make a request for an expedited visa appointment, please email the Consular Section at ConsulateNiamey@state.gov.

Your email should include the following information about the visa applicant:

  1. Applicant’s name
  2. Applicant’s date and place of birth
  3. Applicant’s passport number and nationality
  4. Applicant’s phone number
  5. Current interview date
  6. Reason for expedited interview
  7. Documentation to support the reason for the expedited appointment
  8. Applicant’s I-20/DS2019 and SEVIS fee payment for F1/J1 visa type

Note: Travel for the purpose of attending weddings and graduation ceremonies, assisting pregnant relatives, participating in an annual business/academic/professional conference, or last-minute tourism does not qualify for emergency appointments. For such travel, please schedule a regular visa appointment well in advance and continue to monitor the schedule in case an earlier appointment opens.

Please click HERE to schedule your Nonimmigrant Visa appointment online.  Appointments are scheduled via internet only. We do not accept appointments by direct calls to the Embassy or Consular Section.

Email: ConsulateNiamey@state.gov.