How to Request an Expedited Appointment

Step 1:

Make an appointment using the online appointment system, following this hyperlink or by entering https://evisaforms.state.gov/default.asp?postcode=BUJ&appcode=3 into your browser window. Follow the instructions and schedule an appointment using the barcode number on your application confirmation sheet.

Step 2:

Send a written request to change your regular appointment to an expedited appointment by sending an email to this address: bujumburac@state.gov. Applicants should be prepared to submit documentary evidence as to why they require an expedited appointment. Be sure to include a phone number which can be reached during normal business hours.

The email request should also include the following information:

  1. Applicant’s name
  2. Applicant’s date and place of birth
  3. Applicant’s passport number and nationality
  4. Applicant’s application barcode number
  5. Applicant’s phone number
  6. Applicant’s reason for requesting an expedited appointment
  7. Applicant’s regular scheduled appointment date
  8. Applicant’s I-20/DS2019 and sevis fee payment for F1/J1 visa type

Step 3:

Once the Consular Section receives your email, the non-immigrant visa unit chief will review the request for an expedited appointment and determine whether it is possible to grant an earlier interview.  You will receive an email from the Consular Section approving the emergency request. The email will include additional instructions about when to appear for the interview.  If a request for an early appointment does not meet the criteria, the appointment will not be granted and you will not receive an email from our office.  In this case your regular appointment will still be valid.

Please be advised that the granting of an expedited appointment in no way guarantees visa issuance. U.S. law places the burden of qualifying for any visa solely on the applicant. All applicants must be eligible for a U.S. non-immigrant visa and should be prepared to demonstrate sufficient ties to Burundi to overcome the required legal presumption that they are intending to immigrate to the U.S.