Immigrant Visas

Resuming Limited Routine Services 

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

  • Diversity Visas for DV-2020
  • Spouses of U.S. 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  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.  Currently, services are limited  to those mentioned above.   


Please note that  the DV-2020 Program expires on September 30, 2020 and, in accordance with law, diversity visas may no longer be issued after that date.  The Department expects that, due to resource constraints, limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and country conditions, we will not be able to adjudicate applications for all Diversity Visa selectees by that expiration date.


As ordered by the court, we are prioritizing individual named plaintiffs in the court case Gomez v. Trump and its companion cases who are applying for Diversity Visas.  Beyond that, we have established priorities based on statutory standards and categories of cases most likely to result in timely issuances for eligible applicants.  Accordingly, we are prioritizing applicants who have already been interviewed and who either have been determined eligible for a visa or may be determined eligible for a visa with additional information.  We will also prioritize applicants with appointments that were cancelled in March, April, or May due to the COVID-19 pandemic and worldwide suspension of routine processing.  Diversity Visa Selectees who have heard from the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) that they are documentarily qualified, but awaiting an interview date, will be scheduled in accordance with their rank order and post’s capacity, consistent with our standard processes. For more details, see


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:

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 Unite d 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:

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.

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.