Status Descriptions

Notes  Status 

Processing Pending

Your visa case has been refused under Section 221(g) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act.

Further administrative processing of your application is required before a decision can be made regarding your eligibility for a visa. Administrative processing, on average takes four months, but we are unable to estimate the amount of time it will take for any particular applicant.

As soon as this processing is completed, the Embassy will send you an email providing further instructions.

Note: If the status of the principal applicant is “pending”, derivatives must need to wait for the principal applicant.

Processing Pending

Immediate attention required

Before we can continue processing your visa application, we need you to send the information and/or documents marked urgent to us. No further action can be taken on your file before this information reaches our office. We require a response within 20 days. Late responses may cause additional delays in processing your case.

Please submit this information via the web Contact Form.

Need Info

Processing Completed

We are pleased to inform you that the administrative processing for your case is completed. Your case number will also be announced on our website within the week.

Applicants may send us their passports and required documents via the Turkish postal service (PTT).

Applicants whose status is marked “Processing Completed” are encouraged to send their documents to the Embassy at least two weeks prior to their processing expiration date. Applicants with “Processing Pending” or other statuses should not send their passports and should not come to the Embassy.

After your documents are received, a consular officer will review your case to ensure each applicant meets eligibility and admissibility criteria. If everything is in order, your visa packet will be prepared and sent to the PTT office which you chose. If additional work is needed for your case, your passport(s) will be returned to the PTT office with an explanation. In most cases, you will receive a decision five work days after your submission.

Prior to coming to the Embassy, each applicant should do the following:

1. Send a valid passport. Each visa applicant needs to have a passport valid for six months beyond the intended of entry into the United States.

2. Register with PTT. Each family member applying for a visa needs to register their pickup location individually with the Turkish postal service (PTT), and to provide a copy of their registration to the Embassy. This registration must be completed every time applicants bring passports and documents to the Immigrant Visa Unit. To register, please click on the Courier Info link or call +90 850 390-2884 from Turkey or (703) 520-2490 from the United States.

3. Confirm medical clearance validity. Immigration/refugee medical examinations are valid for 6 months or less. The validity of your immigrant visa will be limited to match the validity of your medical clearance. If your medical report has expired, or will expire before you intend to arrive in the United States, you are required to renew your medical examination and to submit an updated medical report to our office. Please do not send us a copy of your x-ray results.

4. Check Visa Bulletin. Before sending passports or coming to the Embassy, applicants for family-preference immigrant visas (ex. F1, F2, F3, F4) should check the current month’s visa bulletin for their visa class and foreign state of chargeability. Visa numbers are available only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed in the bulletin.

5. Send any other documents that were requested by a consular officer.

Processing Completed

Case Closed 

We are pleased to inform you that you and all of your family members (if any) have been issued a visa. If you have not received your visa packet yet, please contact the PTT branch you have chosen.

Case Closed

Pending for Missing Documents 

Before we can continue processing your visa application, we need you to send the information and/or documents marked urgent to us.  No further action can be taken on your file before this information reaches our office.

Pending for Missing Documents

Fail to Show-up

You can request to reschedule an immigrant visa appointment through http://usvisa-info.com. Applicants/petitioners can also call the Visa Information Service at 0850 390 2884 from Turkey or (703) 520-2490 from the United States to reschedule. The requests coming through these channels will be evaluated and you will be informed of the new appointment date by email.

Fail to Show-up

Re-interview Required 

You are required to attend an additional immigrant visa interview with the United States Embassy in Ankara, Turkey because more than a year has passed since your first interview and/or a consular officer determined it necessary.

 

Re-interview Required

Principal Applicant is Issued a Visa

The Principal Applicant and some of the derivatives (if any) have been issued a visa. However, please note that applications for other family members are still under process.

PA Issued

Error 

If you receive an error message when you enter your case number into the system please try several times and if you still receive an error message, please contact us.

Error

Not Required 

Additional administrative reviewing is not required. However, your case is still pending for other family members’ processing.

Not Required

Under Review 

Your case is still under review. A consular officer will review your case to ensure each applicant meets eligibility and admissibility criteria. You will receive a decision as soon as the reviewing is completed.

Under Review

Diversity Visa Program has reached the mandated numerical limit for DV applicants

We regret to inform you that the 2017 Diversity Visa (DV) Program has reached its mandated numerical limit for DV applicants.

The Embassy cannot issue any more Iranian DV 2017 visas even for those who were initially selected and who previously interviewed for the visa and were waiting for administrative processing.

As noted in the diversity visa instruction packet which lottery selectees receive, more individuals are selected each year for diversity visas than can receive visas because many people who initially win the lottery do not eventually qualify.  The DV program runs until September 30 or until all available DV numbers have been exhausted, whichever comes first.  In this case, we reached our mandated numerical limit before the September 30, 2017 deadline.

Therefore, please do not send your passport to us even if you previously received notification that your administrative processing was complete. There currently are NO more available visas for DV applicants in Fiscal Year 2018, which ends in September 30, 2018.

Please be assured that your Diversity Visa application was given every consideration under U.S. law. You may still apply for future DV programs.  We sincerely regret any inconvenience this may cause.

DV Limit

212(f)

This is to inform you that a consular officer found you ineligible for a visa under Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 9645. The decision cannot be appealed. Taking into account the provisions of the Proclamation, a waiver will not be granted in your case.

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The consular officer is reviewing your eligibility for a waiver under the Proclamation. To approve a waiver, the consular officer must determine that denying your entry would cause undue hardship, that your entry would not pose a threat to the national security or public safety of the United States, and that your entry would be in the national interest of the United States. This can be a lengthy process, and until the consular officer can make an individualized determination on these three factors, your visa application will remain refused under Section 212(f). You will be contacted with a final determination on your visa application as soon as practicable.

Please note that this is an extensive and time-consuming process and as soon as it is completed, we will immediately contact you with the next steps on your case. 

As soon as the reviewing is completed, we will update your  case status on our website at https://tr.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/iv-status-check/.   If we need further information, we will contact you via email.

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