US Consulates and US Embassies provide the US Visa stamping services for anyone seeking a US Visa. As part of the process to apply for US Visa, one need to book an appointment for the same at these locations. Depending on the country and demand for getting a US Visa, there can be wait times for getting US visa appointments. To avoid long wait times and abuse of appointment system, the US consulates limit the number of times someone can use the visa appointment fee for scheduling or changing appointments. In this article we will outline what does US visa appointment reschedule mean, how it varies by country, how many times you can do the same with guidance on the same from official sources and communication with visa appointment system support team.
What is rescheduling or changing US Visa Appointment?
If for some reason, you cannot attend your US Visa appointment, either in-person visa interview with consular officer or for giving Biometrics, the visa appointment booking system provides an option to change the appointment date and time. This option to modify or change the visa appointment times is called the rescheduling option or change of appointments option. This change of appointment can be done for the in-person interview at US Consulate, for biometrics given at Visa Application Center (VAC) or for both.
How to reschedule or change US Visa appointment? Confirmation ?
The appointment booking system at USTravelDocs.com that points to CGI Federal website provides the option to reschedule/ change or cancel the existing appointment. You can use the reschedule option for OFC Appointment that is for Biometrics collection and Visa interview appointment at Consulate. Let’s look at how it works.
If you are scheduling appointment for the first time, you would see only option that says “New Application / Schedule Appointment” as in below screenshot on the left-hand side navigation. After you do this step, then you will see the re-schedule option.
Once you book the appointment and want to reschedule or change the same, you will have the option to reschedule, cancel or even request for emergency appointment. To reschedule, you should click on the option in left hand navigation that says “Reschedule Appointment”. Also, it will clearly tell on this screen about your current appointment, when it is schedule on the screen saying “Your current appointment is scheduled for …” Also, you would see on the top where it says, if it if for biometrics at OFC or for visa interview. See below screenshot that shows the same.
After you reschedule the appointment and it is successful, you would get a confirmation message that says “Your Appointment has been rescheduled”. See below screenshot on how it looks.
You can also see the history of your US Visa appointment reschedules that you have done by clicking on the “Appointment History” in the left navigation, it will show you the complete list of your previous and current appointments with Appointment Date, Applicant Name, Consulate/ Post location, Visa Type and Status. See below screenshot on how it looks.
How many times can I change my US Visa appointment?
The number of times you can change or reschedule the US Visa appointment totally varies by country. Depending on the staff, wait times of appointments, you can re-schedule the visa appointments in the online system anywhere from 2 to 6 times. The US Consulates or US Embassy in that particular country define how many times you can schedule an appointment with a Visa application fee receipt (MRV fee receipt). We will look at number of times for some of the common countries like India, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, others.
How many times can I reschedule my US Visa appointment in India?
You can apply for US Visa appointment in India at 4 US consulates ( Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata) and 1 US embassy (New Delhi). The appointment booking system is managed by USTravelDocs and CGI Federal website. The USTravelDocs.com India Appointments scheduling page, does not tell the exact number of times, you can schedule or reschedule your US Visa appointment. All it tells is you have limited number of times you can reschedule. See below screenshot.
As the number of times, you can schedule or reschedule is not available for public, one of our blog readers (anonymous – thanks to the user) reached out the USTravelDocs CGI Federal customer service to enquire the same. As per them, in India, using the MRV Fee receipt (Visa fee receipt), you can schedule visa appointment for 5 times. This 5 times, include the initial appointment scheduling. What it means is that you can re-schedule or change the appointment for 4 times after your initial appointment. See below screenshot of the exact email inquiry and the response from them.
Many of our users in social media groups confirmed the same that we can re-schedule or change appointment only 4 times after the initial setup. If you want to confirm again, you can also reach out to US Consulates in India using their email, phone for double confirmation.
One more thing, the system would tell you, if you cannot reschedule anymore. Let’s look at that now.
What happens if US Consulate Cancels appointment ? Do I lose a chance ?
If the US Consulate or Embassy cancels the appointment for whatever reason it may be, they will waive off the scheduling chance for the cancellation. Meaning, they will not count the reschedule you did after cancellation towards the total count of reschedule options. Below is the screenshot of the confirmation from the USTravelDocs customer service on the same that says they will waive off that chance.
How would I know, if I have used all my chances for appointment re-scheduling ?
The system will give a message saying that you have used up all your chances to re-schedule. This way you would know that you cannot re-schedule anymore with your current MRV fee receipt. You will see a message that says “If you cancel this appointment, then you will have exceeded the limit of appointments canceled, and will not be able to schedule another appointment until another MRV fee is paid”. It looks like in below screenshot.
How many times can I reschedule my US Visa appointment in Other Countries ?
Philippines : The demand for US Visa appointments is much higher and there are fewer locations in Philippines. So, US Embassy in Manila has restricted the total appointments you can schedule to 3 times with one visa fee payment receipt (MRV Visa Fee receipt). You can schedule the initial appointment once and then you are given option to reschedule the appointment for two times. If you cancel your second rescheduling appointment, you will be asked to wait for 90 days. Below is the screenshot of official guidance from USTravelDocs Philippines Website
Japan : In Japan, you can reschedule your US Visa appointment up to 6 times. If you exceed the 6 times, then you need to pay new MRV fee. Check below screenshot from USTravelDocs.com website of Japan.
Thailand : In Thailand, you can reschedule your US Visa appointment for a maximum of 3 times. If you exceed the 3 times, then you need to pay new MRV fee. Check below screenshot from USTravelDocs.com website of Thailand.
Every country has different rules and the number of times you can re-schedule your US Visa appointment varies. So, you must reach out to the US Consulate or USTravelDocs CGI federal support team to get the correct answer.
What was your experience re-scheduling your appointment in your country ? Add your comments, thoughts in comments.