Sections & Offices

The Consular Sections of United States Consulate General in Turkey, located in Istanbul, is ready to provide assistance to American Citizens and Non-Immigrant applicants.

The Consulate is located at İstinye Mahallesi, Üç Şehitler Sokak No.2, İstinye, 34460.  The consular section is open every workday, from 08:00-16:30, for normal business. The consular sections may be reached through the 24-hour switchboard (90) (212) 335-9000.

The Immigrant Visa Unit which is now consolidated into the American Embassy in Ankara, processes all immigrant visa cases for Turkey. This unit also processes Diversity Visa Lottery winners.

Consular services are also offered in Ankara and Adana.

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.

The Public Diplomacy Section is responsible for media, cultural, and educational affairs for the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul. Working closely with the Turkish media, Public Affairs organizes public outreach for Embassy and Consulate personnel, visiting U.S. officials, and American cultural programs.  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, Public Diplomacy 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.

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

Public Diplomacy 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 underprivileged audiences engaging these artists and emphasizing the role of art in building a better community.

Information on Obtaining Press Accreditation for Journalists Working for U.S.-Based Media Outlets