Immigrant Visa Section – Question Form Submitted

Thank you for your inquiry.   Please read this email in its entirety to find answers to commonly asked questions. If your question is addressed below, we will NOT respond to your email.  You may also visit our immigrant visa website and travel.state.gov for further detailed information, including how to file I-130 and I-129F petitions.  Many of your questions may be answered by carefully reading these webpages. 

Scheduling/Re-scheduling

If your file is currently at the National Visa Center (NVC) and is documentarily qualified, you will receive a notification when the appointment is scheduled.  Due to a backlog in scheduling, there is a delay between when your case is documentarily qualified at NVC and when your case is scheduled for an appointment. For more information or to contact NVC please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/step-1-submit-a-petition/step-2-begin-nvc-processing.html

Reschedule/ Canceled or missed immigrant visa appointments: You can put in a request to reschedule an immigrant visa appointment 24 hours after the interview date passes through https://ais.usvisa-info.com. After you register your original appointment date on this web site please click on “group actions” menu and select “missed my appointment” and “send request”. Once we approve your request, you will be able to select a new appointment date on the website.

***If there are not available appointments on the website, please check this website regularly for availability. If you encounter any technical issues with your account, you can contact our service provider through https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-tr/iv/information/contact_us.  

Important Note on Visa Interviews: Interviews are conducted in English, Turkish and Farsi.  If you need to have your interview in another language, you can bring a sworn translator who has been certified by a Turkish Notary Public on the day of your interview. The translator needs to speak English and/or Turkish and your native language. Please provide your interpreter’s full name, date of birth, copy of his/her ID card/passport bio page and copy of his/her translator certification by sending an email to ankaraiv@state.gov 48 hours before your interview. Please make sure that your interpreter brings his/her original documents. Petitioners or family members (unless they are also applying for visa with you as a derivative applicant), cannot be accepted as a translator.  

Fiancé K-1 visas

Once we receive a file from NVC, we will email the petitioner and beneficiary and provide instructions on required documents and procedures.  When you receive the notification from NVC that your file has been sent to Ankara, please provide the beneficiary and petitioner’s valid email addresses by contacting ankaraiv@state.gov with the beneficiary’s case number and full name on the subject line. Any I-129F petitions that expire during this period will be extended as necessary to cover the additional time.

When the K beneficiary prepares all the required documents, please visit https://ais.usvisa-info.com/ to schedule an interview appointment.

***If there are not available appointments on the website, please check this website regularly for availability. If you encounter any technical issues with your account, you can contact our service provider through https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-tr/iv/information/contact_us.  

Before Your Immigrant Visa Interview

Documents submitted on the interview date must be originals. All non-English and non-Turkish documents must be accompanied by sworn translations into English.  Please ensure you bring all required documents to the interview to reduce processing time. If your case is electronic (PIVOT) please go to the Department of State’s Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) at https://ceac.state.gov/IV. You will need your NVC case number and invoice ID number to log into your account. If you have not already uploaded the required documents, or if they are expired, please ensure that they are uploaded before your interview to avoid delays in processing your case. If you need help uploading your documents, please see instructions at https://tr.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/91/Uploading-to-CEAC-instructions.pdf.

Important note: Before coming to the Embassy for your interview, applicants should select a passport delivery address in Turkey.  If a visa is issued, the passports and visa packets are sent to a Turkish Postal Service (PTT) branch in Turkey for you to pick up in person.  In order to make this selection, please visit https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-tr/iv  or call 0 850 390 2884 from Turkey or (703) 520-2490 from the United States.

Emergency Requests

If you already have a scheduled appointment and need to request an earlier appointment due to a medical or humanitarian emergency, please log into your account at the official U.S. Department of State Visa Appointment Service site https://ais.usvisa-info.com/ and select “Request Expedite” under “Group Actions” and detail the emergency.

If your case is still at the National Visa Center and you are experiencing a medical or humanitarian emergency please visit the following website and include all relevant documents and information regarding your situation: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/ask-nvc.html

Case Transfer Requests

In general, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara does not accept transfer cases from other Embassies except in cases of extreme medical or humanitarian emergencies.  If you are experiencing a medical or humanitarian emergency, please send an email to ankaraiv@state.gov and include the case number(s), beneficiary(ie)’s name(s) and all relevant documents and information regarding your situation. Due to our high-volume workload, even if your transfer request is approved, it may take several months before an interview is scheduled for your case.

If you wish to transfer your case from Ankara to another post, please contact the US Embassy or Consulate you wish your file to be processed at to request the transfer from here to that office. If they agree to the transfer, they will request the file directly from us.

Diversity Visas 

Detailed information about the Diversity Visa Program can be found at https://dvprogram.state.gov.

KCC is responsible for assigning Diversity Visa cases. If your case is still at KCC, please reach out directly to KCC at KCCDV@state.gov to inquire about your Diversity Visa case. Please attend your assigned interview date because the DV program is quota-limited, and a visa number may not be available for you in subsequent month(s) if you do not attend your interview.

We are aware of several court orders related to the diversity visa program years for 2020 and 2021, including Gomez v. Biden. Goh v. Blinken, Rai v. Biden, and Goodluck v. Biden, which are currently being appealed.  Information regarding the implementation of those court orders for processing of diversity visa applications from the 2020 program year (i.e., those with case numbers starting with “2020”) and information regarding the processing of diversity visa applications from the 2021 program year (i.e., those with case numbers starting with “2021”) is available at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/diversity-visa-2020-and-2021-updates.html

Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR

If your green card is expired, lost, or stolen, and you have remained outside of the United States for less than one year, you will need to apply for a “Boarding Foil.” More information is available at: https://tr.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/immigrant-visa-additional_info/loststolenexpired-green-card-instructions/

If you are seeking to return to the United States and have remained outside the U.S. for more than one year or beyond the validity of your re-entry permit (Form I-327), you will require a new immigrant visa to enter the United States and resume permanent residence. For details visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/returning-resident.html or contact USCIS https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/contact-us.

Submitting Missing Documents

Documents may be submitted to the U.S Embassy via any courier service and must also be uploaded to your file in the Department of State’s Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) at https://ceac.state.gov/IV, for electronic cases.  If you need help uploading your documents, please see instructions at https://tr.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/91/Uploading-to-CEAC-instructions.pdf

If you already submitted additional documents for your case as requested by the Embassy, please note that it takes an average of 5-10 business days for a consular officer to reassess your case.  Due to the volume of mail received, you will not be notified of receipt of your documents unless we require additional information.  Please refrain from sending multiple emails with the same inquiry.  Once the additional information is evaluated, we will notify you of required further steps.

Administrative Processing and Case Status Checks

Immigrant visa applicants can verify the status of their application online by visiting the Department of State’s Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) website: https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC/, and clicking the link for “Check My Visa Application Status” located under the “IMMIGRANT” category.  You will be required to enter your case number.

If your case is currently pending administrative processing, please check your email regularly for correspondence regarding updates. As soon the processing is completed, we will e-mail you and provide you further guidance; you will not receive an individual response to email inquiries about this topic. Note that we cannot predict how long the process will take and we cannot give advice on where to wait while this process is on-going.

Expired or Expiring Visas, Extensions, and Reissuance

If your IV is close to expiring, please consider immediate travel to the United States.  If your IV has expired and you are planning to travel to the United States in the next six months, please send an email to AnkaraIV@state.gov with the subject line “reissuance request”.

To file an I-130 petition or other petition 

We do not routinely accept I-130 petitions.  I-130 petition acceptance is limited to only cases involving “exceptional circumstances” as defined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).  For additional information, please visit: https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-6-part-b-chapter-3 and https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/step-1-submit-a-petition/filing-petitions-outside-the-us.html

Afghanistan

If you have an active SIV case that has been assigned by NVC to a US Embassy and Consulate, please provide your case number. If you have already provided this information in your inquiry, you do not need to send another email. For all other questions regarding Afghanistan please visit https://www.state.gov/afghanistan-inquiries/

Admission Questions 

Admission to the United States is under the jurisdiction of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The Embassy cannot provide advice on procedures at the port of entry. For additional information please contact CBP directly: https://help.cbp.gov/s/?language=en_US.

Uniting for Ukraine

On April 21, 2022, the United States announced a key step toward fulfilling President Biden’s commitment to welcome Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion. Uniting for Ukraine provides a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are outside the United States to come to the United States and stay temporarily in a two-year period of parole. Ukrainians participating in Uniting for Ukraine must have a supporter in the United States who agrees to provide them with financial support for the duration of their stay in the United States. For more information on how to apply for Uniting for Ukraine, please visit https://www.dhs.gov/ukraine.

To be eligible for this process, children under the age of 18 must be traveling to the United States in the care and custody of their parent or legal guardian. Under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA), any child under the age of 18 who is not accompanied by their parent or legal guardian generally must be turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and vetted to protect against exploitation and abuse. Sponsors must be vetted before that child can be released and reunified. As a result, children traveling on their own, or with a non-parent or non-legal guardian adult, are not currently eligible for this process.

From April 25, 2022, Ukrainian nationals who present at U.S. Southwest border land ports of entry without a valid visa or without pre-authorization to travel to the United States through Uniting for Ukraine may be denied entry and referred to apply through this process.

Єднання заради України

21 квітня 2022 року Сполучені Штати оголосили про ключовий крок у напрямку виконання зобов’язань Президента Байдена приймати в США українців, які рятуються від російського вторгнення. Програма «Єднання заради України» надає можливість громадянам України та найближчим членам їх родин, які знаходяться поза межами Сполучених Штатів, приїхати до США і тимчасово перебувати в країні протягом двох років гуманітарного паролю. Українці, які беруть участь у програмі «Єднання заради України», повинні мати спонсора в Сполучених Штатах, який погоджується надавати їм фінансову підтримку на час перебування в США. Детальну інформацію стосовно програми «Єднання заради України» можна знайти на сайті https://www.dhs.gov/ukraine.

Для того, щоб скористатися програмою, діти віком до 18 років повинні подорожувати до Сполучених Штатів у супроводі батьків або законного опікуна. Відповідно до Закону про перевірку захисту жертв торгівлі людьми від 2008 року (TVPRA), будь-яка дитина віком до 18 років, яку не супроводжують батьки чи законний опікун, як правило, повинна бути направлена до Міністерства охорони здоров’я та соціальних служб (HHS) і пройти перевірку щодо захисту від експлуатації та жорстокого поводження. Перш ніж дитину можна буде передати для возз’єднання зі спонсором, цього спонсора необхідно перевірити. Таким чином, діти, які подорожують самостійно, або з дорослими, які не є їх батьками чи опікунами, наразі не можуть скористатися цією процедурою.

З 25 квітня 2022 року громадянам України, які намагатимуться перетнути південно-західний кордон США через сухопутні пункти в’їзду і не матимуть дійсної візи або попереднього дозволу на перетин кордону Сполучених Штатів по програмі «Єднання заради України», може бути відмовлено у в’їзді. Такі особи повинні будуть зареєструватися у програмі «Єднання заради України».

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