Statement from the U.S. Mission to Turkey on Re-opening of Limited Visa Services

November 6, 2017

We have received initial high-level assurances from the Government of Turkey that there are no additional local employees of our Mission in Turkey under investigation.  We have also received initial assurances from the Government of Turkey that our local staff will not be detained or arrested for performing their official duties and that Turkish authorities will inform the U.S. government in advance if the Government of Turkey intends to detain or arrest a member of our local staff in the future.

Based on these preliminary assurances, we believe the security posture has improved sufficiently to allow for the resumption of limited visa services in Turkey.  We continue to have serious concerns about the existing cases against arrested local employees of our Mission in Turkey.  We are also concerned about the cases against U.S. citizens who have been arrested under the state of emergency.  U.S. officials will continue to engage with their Turkish counterparts to seek a satisfactory resolution of these cases.

For questions regarding rescheduling a canceled appointment or other issues as a result, please see our Non-Immigrant Visa page.