Immigrant Visas

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.

Current Operations:

U.S. Embassy Ankara is processing all categories of immigrant and fiancé(e) (K1 and K2) visas.  As a result of the suspension of routine visa services associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a backlog in all types of visa categories.

Please note that the National Visa Center (NVC) is responsible for scheduling immigrant visa appointments. For more information on NVC’s role in the immigration process, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/national-visa-center.html

If your case is at NVC, and you have an urgent medical or humanitarian emergency, you may request an expedite by emailing NVCExpedite@state.gov

Diversity visas are scheduled by the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC). For more information on their process, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/diversity-visa-program-entry/diversity-visa-submit-entry1.html?wcmmode=disabled

Fiancé(e) visas applicants and applicants wishing to file a returning resident petition (DS-117) may schedule their appointments directly at: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-tr/iv Appointments are limited, please continue to monitor the website for additional appointment availability. New appointments are opened regularly.

Due to health and safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara and the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul are not currently scheduling DNA test collection or fingerprinting appointments for U.S. visa or U.S. passport and citizenship/naturalization services. This includes DNA testing cases referred from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.  We do not have an estimated timeframe for when these services will resume.

Important Note on Visa Interviews:

Interviews are conducted in English, Turkish and Persian. An applicant must bring an interpreter if he or she does not speak English, Turkish or Persian well enough to participate unassisted in the visa interview. If you need to conduct your interview in another language, please contact us at https://tr.usembassy.gov/visas/contact-immigrant-visa-section/ with your language preference and we will provide you further instructions.

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

Emergency Travel

If you have an emergency and need to travel immediately, please contact one of the following, depending on the where your case is pending:

Fee Payment Extension

The U.S. Mission to Turkey understands that some K visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. Please note that payment/fee validity were extended through September 30, 2022

Vaccine requirement for Immigrant Visa Applicants:

Effective October 1, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) technical instructions for panel physicians with limited exceptions require all immigrant visa applicants to receive a full COVID-19 vaccine series as part of their medical exam prior to being issued a visa.  For more details on this new requirement please visit:
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/covid-19-faqs-for-travel-to-the-us-information.html and https://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/panel-physicians/covid-19-technical-instructions.html 

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:

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