Immigrant Visas

For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 travel restrictions, Presidential Proclamations, or visa related questions, please visit the following website:

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 prioritizing immigrant visa services for Turkish Citizens and Turkish residents. For Third Country Nationals (“TCNs”) who have Turkish resident permits, please email 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.

For more information on prioritization of visa services, please visit:

** 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

Emergency Travel

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:

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:

Geographic Presidential Proclamations Remain in Effect

Five geographical COVID-19 Proclamations (P.P. 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996, and 10041) remain in effect. Foreign nationals who have been physically present in the following countries in the last 14 days will not be permitted entry into the United States:

  • South Africa;
  • Brazil;
  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;
  • The Republic of Ireland;
  • The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,  Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland;
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran;
  • The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens. For the most recent information regarding these exemptions, please visit:

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 [] for the most up to date information on travel requirements to the United States.

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

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

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.