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Are Expedited CR-1 & IR-1 Visa Interview Appointments Possible?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing IR-1 and CR-1 interview appointments and whether or not they can be expedited. This question has come up a lot here recently. I do understand, people are frustrated. I am frustrated with the overall Immigration process right now. I don't hate it all the time but sometimes when people say "it is what it is" it is kind of a cop out, and I am not trying to cop out. I do understand people's frustrations. Long story short, I am not a magical God that can control the Immigration Bureaucracy of the United States. I am not trying to be snarky, that is not the point of this video but I have had a lot of folks that have been very frustrated about how this process is working and everybody, we are just trying to move through it as best we can under the circumstances. 

Now the question posed in this video is “Is it possible to expedite an appointment?” The first thing I would say is unlike the K Visa I don't even think this is all that relevant. Yes there is a mechanism under certain circumstances to ask for a faster visa appointment but long story short is National Visa Center essentially sends these cases to the Embassy as and when appointment "slots" if you will open up. It is kind of a “first come, first served” between NVC and the Embassy. I don't wish to sound resigned, that is not the point of this video. The point of this video is simply that yeah it is a difficult time to be dealing with Immigration. Things are moving slowly. I think one of the main reasons for that is they are doing less interviews; there are just less appointment slots. I think that is due to space consideration and crowd control consideration of how many people they can have at the facility at any given time as they have certain administrative regulations associated with the response to COVID-19. 

So the thing to take away from this video is, as a practical matter, in theory yes an expedite may be possible. I would say under virtually all circumstances or in virtually all cases it is probably not going to happen. If there is a substantial genuine emergency, yeah it might be possible to get an appointment expedited or get put to the front of the line. That said, if there isn't an actual genuine emergency, no, don't presume it is going to be possible and don't lie to create the impression that there is an emergency because Embassies don't like being lied to. I understand folks are just trying to get loved ones back the United States, I get it but that can lead to even bigger problems most notably a finding of fraud and misrepresentation and possibly being found inadmissible to the United States of America.