For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 travel restrictions, Presidential Proclamations, or visa related questions, please visit the following website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html
Our Current Operating Posture – Limited Services
Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, as of February 4, 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara is only providing immigrant visa services to Turkish Citizens and Turkish residents. For Third Country Nationals (“TCNs”) who have Turkish resident permits, please email AnkaraIV@state.gov with the front and back of your Turkish resident permit so we can discuss the next steps. Unless there is a genuine humanitarian or medical emergency, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara is unable to provide visa services to TCNs who do not have Turkish resident permits. Please note that appointments are limited due to reduced staffing and health and safety precautions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
For Turkish nationals and individuals with Turkish residency, the U.S. Embassy is providing the following services by appointment only: immigrant visas for immediate relatives and fiancés of American Citizens, adoption cases, family-based immigrant visas for relatives of American Citizens and legal permanent residents, returning resident visas (SB-1), asylee following-to-join and refugees following-to-join cases, delivery of USCIS travel documents received at post, I-131A boarding foils for legal permanent residents, certain petitions that can be accepted at post (I-130/I-360/I-600), parole cases, and for certain Special Immigrant Visas (SI and SQ). We are not providing the following services: employment-based visas, Diversity Visas processing, DNA testing, fingerprint services for USCIS applications, or DS-117 (returning resident) applications.
Please note that 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
For an update regarding worldwide visa services, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/visa-services-operating-status-update.html
** Due to COVID-19 precautions, access to Mission Turkey facilities is limited to individuals who have been physically present in Turkey for at least 10 days. In addition, if you have had cold or flu-like symptoms in the past 14 days, such as a fever, shortness of breath, or a persistent cough you will need to reschedule. This also applies to individuals seeking consular services. To reschedule a pending consular appointment, please contact us at visit https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-tr/iv.
If you have an emergency and need to travel immediately, you can request an emergency appointment by visiting the following links:
Fee Payment Extension
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. At this time, we are only providing limited services due to health and safety concerns. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission has extend the validity of your payment/fee until September 30, 2022. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.
Rescission of Presidential Proclamations 9645, 9983, and 10014
On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” This proclamation ends the travel restrictions under P.P. 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen. For FAQs and more information related to P.P. 9645 and 9983, please visit: https://tr.usembassy.gov/visas/faqs-regarding-pp-9645-and-pp-9983/
On February 24, 2021, President Biden rescinded P.P. 10014, entitled “Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak.” For more information, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/rescission-of-presidential-proclamation-10014.html
COVID-19 Geographical Restrictions
Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9996,10041, and 10189 (adding India) limiting travel for foreign nationals who were physically present in certain countries within the last 14 days are still in effect. For details visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html
However, as of April 8, 2021 all immigrant and K visa holders are excepted from these proclamations. For more information, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/updates-to-national-interest-exceptions-for-regional-covid-proclamations.html
CDC Requirements for Entry into the United States
Effective January 26, 2021, the United States requires all air passengers, including U.S. citizens, arriving from a foreign country to get tested for COVID-19 infection no more than 3 days (72 hours) before their flight departs, and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. Please note that requirements are subject to change. Please visit the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/ for the most up to date information on travel requirements to the United States.
- For information on COVID-19 testing and mask requirements please, visit the CDC website for international travelers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-air-travel.html
- Please see the list of testing centers listed by each province in Turkey: https://hsgm.saglik.gov.tr/tr/haberler/yetkilendirilmis-covi-d-19-tani-laboratuvarlari.html
- See our Directory of Visa Categoriesto determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html
- Appointment updates: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/, then select Turkey
- S. Mission in Turkey’s COVID-19 page: https://tr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-2/
- Travel restrictions: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html
- Arriving to the United States via passenger airlines:
*** Important Note: We advise applicants not to make any travel arrangements before they physically receive their visas. ***
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 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 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.
For further information please visit the links below:
- Family-Based Immigration
- Fiancé(e) Visa
- Employment-Based Immigration
- Diversity Visa
- Returning Resident Visa