Apply for an Emergency Appointment


Important Notice:  

Prioritization guidance, health and safety protocols, and resource constraints continue to impact the consular section's capacity to accommodate requests for expedited nonimmigrant visa interviews. At this time, students, temporary workers, and applicants in need of medical treatment will be given greatest consideration for expedited interview appointments.

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.

To request an emergency or expedited interview appointment, follow the five steps at the bottom of this webpage after reviewing the material in the qualifications section immediately below. 


It is essential that you possess all required documentation for your desired visa type before you make this request. Please be aware that false statements about the need for an emergency appointment may adversely affect the credibility of your case during the visa interview.

Medical Needs 

Purpose of travel is to obtain urgent medical care, or to accompany a relative for urgent medical care. In order for your emergency appointment request to be considered, you must include the below items in your request. 

Essential documentation: 

  1. A letter from your doctor in Ghana describing the medical condition and why medical care is needed in the United States. 
  2. A letter from the physician or hospital in the United States indicating that they are prepared to treat the case and providing the estimated 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. 

Students or Exchange Visitors 

Purpose of travel is to begin or resume a valid program of study in the United States within 60 days.  Students and exchange program applicants who have previously been refused a visa at the U.S. Embassy in Accra do not qualify for emergency appointments.  In order for your emergency appointment request to be considered, you must include the below items in your request. 

Essential documentation: 

  1. A scanned copy of your Form I-20 or DS-2019 

Urgent Business Travel 

Purpose of travel is to attend to an urgent business matter where the travel requirement could not be predicted in advance.  In order for your emergency appointment request to be considered, you must include the below items in your request. 

Essential documentation:  

  1. A letter of invitation from the corresponding company in the United States attesting to the urgency of the planned visit, describing the nature of the business, and the significant loss the U.S. or Ghanaian enterprise will suffer if an emergency appointment is not available. 
  2. If applicable, evidence of a necessary training program in the United States of three months duration or less, to include letters from both the Ghanaian employer and the U.S. company providing the training.  Both letters should include a detailed explanation of the training and explain how either the U.S. or Ghanaian company will suffer a significant loss if an emergency appointment is not available. 

ESTA Denied

You may request an emergency visa appointment if you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but have received notice that you are no longer eligible to travel to the United States under that program. Such travelers include those who are dual nationals of Iraq, Iran, Sudan or Syria, or those who have travelled to Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, or Somalia after March 1, 2011.  Your travel must be imminent to qualify for an emergency appointment. Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel.

Essential documentation:

  • A copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you received regarding your ESTA status.

Applying for an Emergency Appointment

Step 1

Pay the visa application fee.

Step 2

Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.

Step 3

Schedule a regular appointment online for the earliest available date; you must schedule a regular appointment before you can request an emergency appointment. After scheduling a regular appointment, access your profile dashboard on this link and click on Request Emergency Appointment on the left side menu to fill out the request form.  Contact the call center to request assistance. In the "Brief Explanation of Emergency" field, please note under which criteria you believe you qualify for an emergency appointment, explain the emergency, and attach supporting documents (example: medical evaluations, letters from the sending or inviting organization, I-20 form, etc.). Once you have submitted your request, please wait for a response from the Embassy, which will come via email from If your request is approved, you will need to access your profile dashboard on this link to select from available emergency appointment dates, or to confirm the date set for you by the consular section.

Step 4

If the Embassy approves your request then you will receive an email alerting you to schedule your emergency  appointment online. Please understand that the call center cannot schedule your emergency appointment for you, but agents are able to assist you if questions arise. Should the Embassy deny your request for an emergency appointment, you will be notified of the denial by email and you should keep your existing appointment.

Note: The email confirming or denying your request will come from Some email applications have rules which filter unknown senders into a spam or junk mail folder. If you have not received your email notification, please look for the message in your junk and spam email folders.

Step 5

Visit the U. S. Embassy in Accra on the date and time of your interview. Bring all required documents with you.