Sections & Offices

In alphabetical order

General Information

The Consular Section is ready to provide assistance to American Citizens, Immigrant, and Non-Immigrant applicants.

The Embassy is located at 110 Ataturk Boulevard, Kavaklidere, Ankara 06100.  The consular section is accessed through Gate 3A of the Embassy, on Paris Street, and is open every workday, from 08:30-17:30, for normal business. For questions, please contact the Consular Section using the Email links located below or use the following numbers:

American Citizens Services:

ACS public hours :13:30-16:30, Monday through Thursday. (closed to the public all day Fridays) at 0312-455 5555(Tel) or 0312-466-5684 (Fax). You need to make an online appointment before you visit Online Appointment System.

Immigrant Services

Monday-Thursday, 16:00-17:00
at 0312-455 5555(Tel) or 0312-468-6103 (Fax)

Non-Immigrant Services:

Monday-Thursday, 11:00-12:00
at 0312-455 5555(Tel) or 0312-466-1586 (Fax)

An Embassy duty officer may be reached 24-hours a day through the Embassy switchboard for emergencies (90) (312) 455-5555.

Some consular services are also offered in Istanbul and Adana.

E-mail Contact:

The American Citizen Services: Contact ACS by e-mail

The Immigrant Visa:  E-mail (Ankara): Question Form

The Non-Immigrant Visa: E-mail (Ankara)Question Form  |  E-mail (Istanbul)Question Form 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) / U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) opened its Attaché Office in the U.S. Embassy, Ankara on August 26, 2012.   The DHS/CBP Attaché Office is responsible for all DHS headquarters and component representation in Turkey, regularly coordinating recurring in-country activities and interests of CBP, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Citizenship and  Immigration Services (CIS), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Secret Service (USSS). The DHS/CBP Attaché Office closely works with Turkish ministries and law enforcement components to identify and pursue areas for cooperation regarding countering the risk of terrorist threats, traveler screening, border security and management, cargo security and facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is the lead U.S. Federal agency responsible for the investigation of narcotics and precursor chemicals used in manufacturing illicit drugs. The DEA has two offices in Turkey. The offices are located in Ankara and Istanbul. DEA Turkey’s area of responsibility includes Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Turkmenistan, and Georgia.

The primary mission of DEA Turkey is to disrupt, dismantle and destroy major narcotics trafficking organizations which produce, transport, and distributre illegal drugs destined for the United States and other international markets. The supply reduction priority for DEA Turkey is heroin, precursor chemicals used in the production of heroin, and morphine base. DEA Turkey also investigates how illegal drug proceeds are laundered worldwide.

The secondary mission of DEA Turkey is to assist foreign Drug Law Enforcement Agencies in their counter-narcotic efforts. This support includes technical assistance, logistical support and training. Training on a regional level is accomplished with financial assistance from the State Department (INL). In-country training is provided by the DEA International Training Unit based in Quantico, Virginia.

DEA Turkey maintains a good working relationship with law enforcement counterparts throughout the region. A similar relationship exists with other Drug Liaison Officers (DLO) asssigned to Turkey from the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the Netherlands, Iran, Belgium and other countries. The Turkish National Police (TNP), Customs, and Gendarme are extremely cooperative in the area of drug law enforcement and work to support all drug liaison officers in their efforts to monitor regional drug trafficking.

For more information regarding employment opportunities with the Drug Enforcement Administration, you may wish to visit the DEA’s World Wide Web Site.

The Embassy’s Economic Section monitors and manages economic relations between the United States and Turkey. The section provides U.S. government agencies in Washington D.C. and other U.S. embassies around the world with accurate, timely, first-hand information and expert analysis on Turkish economic and financial developments. It supports U.S. economic and commercial interests by informing U.S. economic policy toward Turkey, encouraging further liberalization of Turkish markets, advocating for policies that improve the business and investment climate in Turkey, and promoting bilateral trade and investment. The Economic Section works closely with other Embassy offices including the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service and the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service.

During the 1940s, FBI Special Agents took part in efforts overseas to address threats of World War II.  Recognizing the value the FBI brought to the overseas mission, the U.S. Department of State request a Special Agent be posted to the U.S. embassy in Bogota, Columbia, as part of the diplomatic community.  Thus began the FBI’s Legal Attaché program and with it, the FBI’s commitment to overseas engagement.  The FBI’s efforts in Turkey cover, with the exception of narcotics investigations, all the statutory violations investigated by the FBI in the United States.  The Legal Attaché Office works directly with many different departments of the Turkish National Police in both investigations and training activities.  Moreover, the FBI supports the U.S. Department of State in protecting the safety and the rights of Americans in Turkey.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

United States Department of Agriculture office in Ankara covers Turkey, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Georgia

The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Agricultural Counselor and staff of the Office of Agricultural Affairs at the American Embassy in Ankara are responsible for representing the interests of USDA in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. The mission of FAS is to expand opportunities for U.S. food, agricultural, forestry, and fisheries products and to promote world food security.

 

The office primarily focuses on three areas: 

  1. Reporting on commodity and trade developments and statistics,
  2. Coordinating trade policy issues with host government officials, and
  3. Promoting the sale of U.S. food, agricultural, forestry, and fisheries products for each of the covered countries. As part of this work, the office provides trade services for local importing companies who wish to buy American goods, and to U.S. companies who are developing new markets or expanding established ones.

Agricultural trade between the United States and Turkey is an important part of the close bilateral relationship.  Please contact the Office of Agricultural Affairs (FAS) within the Embassy for further details on these or other agricultural topics of interest.

Contact Information

Agricultural Service
Office of Agricultural Affairs
Foreign Agriculture Service

American Embassy
110 Atatürk Bulvd.
Kavaklıdere, 06100 Ankara, Turkey

Phone: (+90 312)  457 7393, or (+90 312) 455 5555
Fax: (+90 312) 467 0056
Istanbul: (+90-212) 335 9140

Email: agankara@fas.usda.gov (Ankara Office)
agistanbul@fas.usda.gov (Istanbul Office)
dzirkvadzed@state.gov  (Tbilisi Office)

Web: http://www.fas.usda.gov

Foreign Commercial Service

To create and nurture long-term U.S.-Turkish small, medium and large-sized business partnerships through market-focused public and private sector engagements that positively impact the American-Turkish relationship.

The U.S. Commercial Service in Turkey, with offices in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir and our liaison relationship with the U.S. Consulate in Adana can help your American exporting firm get to market faster, cheaper, and position your company for long-term success. Our multilingual American and Turkish business development professionals have identified key industry sectors where market demand is strong for U.S goods and services. The U.S Mission in Turkey, led by Charge d’Affaires Philip Kosnett is committed to supporting American business in Turkey through proactive commercial diplomacy project advocacy and B2B matchmaking. Put the worldwide resources of the U.S Commercial Service in Turkey to work for your U.S business and build long-term, profitable relationships in this strategic market.

On this page you will be able to find solicitations issued by the Embassy of the United States of America in Ankara for the acquisition of commodities and/or services.

The Mission provides equal opportunity as well as fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

Please note that the HR Office will only accept applications associated with a specific vacancy announcement. Please DO NOT send in general applications that are not associated with a posted vacancy.

Applications received after the closing date will NOT be considered.

Office of Defense Cooperation Turkey conducts military to military discussions between the Governments of the United States of America and of the Republic of Turkey based on the Agreement for Cooperation on Defense and Economy (DECA) signed in 1980. Pursuant to Article V of the DECA, the Government of the Republic of Turkey authorizes the Government of the United States to participate in joint defense measures at agreed Turkish Armed Forces Installations.

 

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) established a Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) program in Turkey in 2006. The RLA is stationed at the US Embassy in Ankara and works to ensure a continued collaborative and cooperative relationship between the governments of the United States and Turkey, particularly as it relates to matters of terrorism and terrorism financing. The RLA works with local prosecutors and other law enforcement personnel, and assists in developing trainings appropriate for the shared efforts of the United States and Turkey. Past training programs have focused on money laundering, cyber crimes, extradition, and criminal pre-trial resolution.

Please visit the OPDAT homepage.

The Political Section is responsible for advising the Ambassador on overall political relations between the United States and the Republic of Turkey. Political officers work closely with the Turkish Government, the Parliament, military and security services, political parties, and civil society representatives to expand and enhance this strong bilateral relationship. They focus on areas of mutual interest, including: countering the threats to our homelands from terrorists and violent extremists, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; combatting trafficking in persons; promoting our shared values of democracy and the rule of law; and advancing respect for human rights around the world and locally. The section also keeps the U.S. Government informed about political and social developments in Turkey, Turkish foreign and security policy, and any potential impact on U.S.-Turkey relations.

Political officers tend to concentrate on external relations, internal developments, or security-related issues. All members of the section frequently travel throughout Turkey to gain a better understanding of the country’s diversity, to advance close ties and to promote mutual understanding.

The Section is headed by the Counselor for Political Affairs, and includes fifteen other officers, many of whom are fluent in Turkish, six Turkish citizen political specialists, an office manager, and technical specialist support staff.

The Press Section handles relations between the Embassy and the media in Turkey. The Embassy Information Officer responds to questions from the press and provides information on U.S. foreign policy and current issues to the media.

Press inquiries, please contact: e-mail: AnkaraPress@state.gov

The Press Section arranges media events including press conferences, media coverage of key events in Turkey involving the United States Government, and requested interviews with the Ambassador, other Embassy personnel, and visiting U.S. Government officials.

The Press Office also works with the Turkish press corps to facilitate travel to the U.S. by Turkish media for training and reporting purposes.  Occasionally, the Press Section will sponsor journalism training sessions and arrange for speaking tours by media experts and other professionals with schools of communication in Turkey.

The Public Affairs sections in Turkey, located in Ankara, Istanbul and Adana, are responsible for media, cultural, and educational affairs for the U.S. Mission in Turkey. Promoting cultural and educational ties with the United States is a major responsibility of the Public Affairs sections in Turkey. They work closely with Turkish institutions in organizing exchanges, lectures, seminars, workshops, and presentations by U.S. academics, specialists, writers and artists. Our goal is to disseminate accurate information about the United States to a wide audience, including on the topics of politics, environment, business and economics, defense, international relations, civic education, English language teaching, and American culture.

By promoting projects to collaborate on topics of interest or importance for both countries, the Public Affairs Section works closely with NGOs as well as government officials on these issues, and provides International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange programs in the United States, allowing Turkish professionals to meet with their American counterparts.

We also work with the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Turkey commonly known as the Fulbright Commission which provides a rich variety of academic exchanges through its Humphrey and Fulbright scholarship programs and through educational advising.

The Public Affairs Section provides support for the teaching of American English, especially in under-served communities that often struggle with mastery of the English language. Through the Embassy Speaker Program, our Embassy officers regularly visit high schools to share various aspects of American culture with Turkish students and educators. Public Affairs Section cooperates with higher education institutes, bringing American subject experts to participate in conferences/lectures taking place at Turkish institutions.

Public Affairs Section also seeks to promote American values through showcasing the best of American art and culture to the local audience. It supports and facilitates visits of major American artists in various fields such as dance, music, film-making, literature, painting and more. It also organizes special events for unprivileged audiences engaging these artists and emphasizing the role of art in building a better community.

The Regional Security Office (RSO) provides comprehensive security  and law enforcement support to the Embassy in Ankara, the Consulate General in Istanbul and the Consulate in Adana. The office staff includes; Special Agents of the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service, a Marine Security Guard Detachment, a local guard force and other security support personnel . The Regional Security Office Ankara is managed by the Senior Regional Security Officer/ Special Agent-in-Charge who has oversight of all Diplomatic Security personal in Turkey.

Our Mission

The primary responsibility of the RSO is to create a safe environment in which the U.S. Government can carry out its diplomatic mission. The RSO does this by instituting procedures and countermeasures that decrease the possibility that our personnel and facilities will be targeted by hostile elements. In addition to serving as the Ambassador’s principal liaison with host country law enforcement, DS Agents conduct both criminal and personnel investigations, assist other U.S. law enforcement agencies, report on incidents involving terrorism and crime, and provide security related guidance and training to Mission personnel as well as to the American private sector. Finally, the RSO coordinates the protective requirements for visiting VIPs.

The RSO also manages Rewards for Justice, a terrorist rewards program that has paid more than $100 million to over 60 people who provided information that prevented international terrorist attacks or helped bring to justice those involved in prior acts.

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The Syria Transition Assistance Response Team (START) is the interagency team in Turkey responsible for providing U.S. Government assistance to Syrians in Syria and Turkey. START and its partners save lives, alleviate suffering, promote moderate voices to combat extremism, and support Syrians as they build with dignity a peaceful democratic Syria. START is composed of representatives from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  The diverse team is responsible for coordinating and implementing U.S. assistance efforts to Syria and is an integral part of the U.S. government’s campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Located in Turkey, START works with international organizations, Syrian NGOs, the Government of Turkey, and other donor nations to implement, and oversee humanitarian assistance and stabilization programs that address the needs of Syrians both inside Syria and in Turkey.