Resuming Limited Routine Services
Due to COVID-19 precautions, access to Mission Turkey facilities is limited to individuals that have been physically present in Turkey for at least 14 days. This also applies to individuals seeking consular services.
The U.S. Mission to Turkey understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until December 31, 2021, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.
As of July 13, 2020, the United States Embassy in Ankara and Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey are resuming certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services. Due to this limited service, nonimmigrant visa appointments are limited to those applicants who are currently residing in Turkey. Please visit the following links for both services to determine which visas we are currently resuming service for.
- Immigrant services: https://tr.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/
- Nonimmigrant services: https://tr.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/
Please see the following notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic:
For more information go to:
- Travel restrictions: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html
- U.S. Mission in Turkey’s COVID-19 page: https://tr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
- Appointment updates: https://usvisa-info.com, then select Turkey
On June 22, the President signed a Proclamation which extends the previous Proclamation 10014 and suspends the entry of certain additional foreign nationals to the United States through December 31, 2020. The Department of State is implementing this Proclamation in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security and interagency partners, and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The full text of the presidential proclamation is available on the White House website at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/
The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
What is a Visa?
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.
(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).
To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:
- Telephone (From Turkey): +90 (850) 390-2884
- Telephone (From the U.S): +1 (703) 520-2490
Immigrant Visa Inquiries: (Returning Residents, Fiancée Visas, Family Based Visas, Employment Based Visas, Diversity Visas (Green Card Lottery), Following-to-Join Refugee and Asylum Cases (V92-93), Special Immigrant Visas): Please note Ankara processes all immigrant visas. Please send all your immigrant visa inquiries to Ankara.
E-mail (Ankara): Question Form
Nonimmigrant Visa Inquiries: Ankara and Istanbul process nonimmigrant visas, so please direct your inquiries to the location where you applied or intend to apply.
E-mail (Istanbul): Question Form
E-mail (Ankara): Question Form
Customer Service Statement
The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States. We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known. Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.
We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:
- We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
- We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
- We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
- We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
- We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
- We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
- We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
- We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.
Furthermore, if you are a:
- Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
- Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
- Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.
At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:
- Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
- Complete your application fully and accurately.
- Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
- Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.