The U.S. State Department recently published a table on estimated visa appointment wait times for specific case types at posts around the world, allowing applicants to see wait times globally in one place.

Key Points:

  • Nonimmigrant visa applicants can check the estimated wait time for a visa interview appointment at specific U.S. embassies or consulates using this table or this webpage.
  • Embassies and consulates may have a separate process for visa applications when the in-person interview requirement is waived; individuals should check the specific post’s website to determine if their case is eligible for an in-person interview waiver and for guidance on how to apply for an appointment using the interview waiver process.
  • Applicants scheduling visa appointments in a location different from their place of residence should check specific post websites for nonresident wait times.
  • The State Department reminds applicants that estimated wait times for an interview appointment at U.S. embassies or consulates can change weekly and is based on incoming workload and staffing.

BAL Analysis: While processing times continue to improve, appointment and processing delays should be expected at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world. Service levels vary from post to post and wait times online may not be reflective of actual wait times. Expedited services may be available in some cases involving business, medical or humanitarian travel; however, the availability of these services has varied from post to post.

BAL will continue to monitor efforts to address processing delays and will provide more information as it becomes available. Employers and employees should continue to consult their BAL professional before planning international travel.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice Group. For additional information, please contact

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