The United States Department of State (“DOS”) has published an interactive webpage allowing non-immigrant visa applicants to check the estimated waiting time for interviews at specific Embassies and Consulates. By clicking on Visa Appointment Wait Times, applicants will be able to identify approximate waiting time for B-1/ B-2 Visitor Visas, Student or Exchange Visas (i.e. F, J and M), and all other non-immigrant visas such as L-1 Intracompany Transfer Visas and E-1 Treaty Trader and E-2 Treaty Investor Visas.
Because the posted waiting time is based on the current workload and staffing at a particular Embassy or Consulate, DOS notes that waiting times are subject to change without notice and does not guarantee non-immigrant visa interview availability.
The DOS also notes that despite the lengthy waiting time for available interviews at Embassies and Consulates, consular sections may be able to approve expedited requests if there is an urgent, unforeseen situation such as a funeral, medical emergency or school start date. Applicants seeking an expedited interview appointment are encouraged to review the information at the specific Embassy or Consulate where the interview is scheduled. Non-immigrant visa appointments for the purposes of attending weddings and graduation ceremonies, assisting pregnant relatives, or last-minute tourism does not qualify for an expedited appointment and applicants are advised to schedule their interview appointments in advance.
Non-immigrant visa applicants in Asia who have questions are encouraged to contact email@example.com and speak with a U.S. immigration attorney in Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Taipei.