Immigrant Visas


Only Limited Services 

As of September 14, 2020, the United States Embassy in Ankara, Turkey is only providing the following immigrant visa services: 

  • Spouses of US Citizens (IR1-CR1 Applicants)
  • Minor children of U.S. Citizens (IR2/CR2 applicants)
  • Adoptions (IR4 applicants)
  • Certain Special Immigrant Visa applicants (SI and SQ applicants)
  • Boarding foil applications for LPRs with lost or stolen green cards

Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the U.S. Embassy is temporarily unable to provide immigrant visa services to non-Turkish Citizens or non-residents.  Currently, services are limited to those categories mentioned above.  If you are a Turkish permanent resident, please email with a copy of your Turkish residency permit and we will provide additional guidance. If we are able to schedule you for an appointment we will provide additional guidance

You may monitor our website for updates related to visa services in Turkey at: 

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.

While the Embassy in Ankara aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs.   If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at following links to request an emergency appointment.

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:

For more information about traveling to the U.S. via the Schengen zone, please visit our main visas webpage. 

*** Important Note: We advise applicants not to make any travel arrangements before they physically receive their visas. ***

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

For further information please visit the links below:

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