Immigrant Visas

Suspension of Routine Consular Services

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, U.S. Consulate Istanbul, U.S. Consulate Adana, and U.S. Consular Agency Izmir have suspended routine consular services.

All appointments have been canceled. If you have a medical or humanitarian emergency, log into your account at the official U.S. Department of State Visa Appointment Service to request an expedite and explain what the emergency is:

As a result of reduced services, emails, administrative processing, case status checks and other routine services will be significantly reduced. As this is an evolving situation, we do not know when normal services will resume.

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An immigrant visa is required of anyone who wishes to enter the United States to reside there permanently, whether or not that person plans to seek employment in the United States. U.S. immigration law provides for the issuance of immigrant visas in four general categories: immediate relatives, family-based, employment-based, and Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, also known as the “green card” lottery.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program. Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

The Immigrant Visa Unit is open Monday through Friday. Interviews are only by appointment.

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Please visit our website to learn more about Other Visa Categories, Medical Requirements and Administrative Process Status.