Expediting Your Case at the National Visa Center: Life or Death Emergencies

The NVC may be able to expedite your relative’s visa processing if: (1) your relative is the beneficiary of an approved petition with the USCIS, (2) a visa is currently available for your relative’s immigrant category, and (3) there is a life or death medical emergency that requires your relative’s presence in the U.S. To request consideration of an expedite request by the NVC, you will need to submit a scanned letter or statement from a physician or medical facility detailing the life or death medical emergency. The letter must include the physician’s or medical facility’s contact information and declare that a life or death medical emergency exists. The letter or statement may be submitted for consideration to the NVC via email at the following address: NVCExpedite@state.gov.

Please be sure to include your case or receipt number on the subject line of the email, along with at least one of the of the following:

  • Petitioner’s name and date of birth
  • Beneficiary’s name and date of birth
  • Invoice ID number

If a visa is not currently available, unfortunately there is nothing that NVC can do to expedite the case. Immigrant visa processing is governed by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, as amended, which controls availability of visas. There is no provision within the law that would allow the Department of State to issue a visa to someone for whom a visa is unavailable.