Nonimmigrant Visas

Only Limited Services

Pursuant to President Biden’s Proclamation, the visa restrictions under Proclamations 9645 and 9983 are no longer applicable.  The restrictions under those proclamations had applied to certain applicants from the following countries:  Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen.

The five geographical COVID-19 Proclamations (P.P. 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996, and 10041) and the two Labor Market Proclamations suspending entry to certain visa applicants (P.P. 10014 and 10052) remain in effect.  For further information please see:

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.  We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible.  In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee.  Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara and the Consulate General in Istanbul offer Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) interviews by appointment only. All visa applicants should follow instructions at schedule an appointment.

Routine visa services for all visa types have been suspended and only emergency visa requests will be considered, including student and exchange visitor visas (F, M, or J categories). Emergency visa requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.  Pending school admission, business travel, and family visits do not qualify for emergency services. If you feel you have an emergency need, please submit your request via the Contact Us menu below.

Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the U.S. Embassy is not able to provide visa services to non-Turkish Citizens or non-residents, including student and exchange visitor visas (F, M, or J categories).

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

Presidential Proclamation Information

On December 31, 2020, the President signed a Presidential Proclamation on Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Who Continue to Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market.  This proclamation extends Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 10014 and 10052 through March 31, 2021.  P.P. 10014 suspends the entry to the United States of certain immigrant visa applicants, while P.P. 10052 suspends the entry to the United States of certain nonimmigrant visa applicants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the novel coronavirus outbreak.  Specifically, the suspension in P.P. 10052 applies to applicants for H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visas; J-1 visa applicants participating in the intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel programs; and any spouses or children of covered applicants applying for H-4, L-2, or J-2 visas.  For further information on P. P. 10052, please see:

For further information on P. P. 10014 and 10052, please see:

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 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 see the list of testing centers listed by each province in Turkey here

For more information go to:

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

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

If you need to contact the U.S Embassy Consular Section in Ankara please click here, for U.S Consulate General in Istanbul please click here and e-mail us your inquiry.

If you were asked to send your passport or document to non-immigrant visa unit please send it to the visa office where you had your interview:

U.S. Embassy Ankara
Consular Section – Non Immigrant Visa Unit
Ataturk Blv. 110 Kavaklidere
Cankaya 06100

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul
Consular Section – Non Immigrant Visa Unit
Ucsehitler Sokak No: 2
Istinye 34460

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

  • Telephone (From Turkey): +90 (850) 390-2884
  • Telephone (From the U.S): +1 (703) 520-2490

Immigrant Visa Inquiries: (Returning Residents, Fiancée Visas, Family Based Visas, Employment Based Visas, Diversity Visas (Green Card Lottery), Following-to-Join Refugee and Asylum Cases, Special Immigrant Visas): Please note Ankara processes all immigrant visas.
E-mail (Ankara): Question Form

Nonimmigrant Visa Inquiries: Ankara and Istanbul process nonimmigrant visas, so please direct your inquiries to the location where you applied or intend to apply.

E-mail (Istanbul): Question Form
E-mail (Ankara): Question Form

Forbidden Items :

  • NO Purses
  • NO Laptops
  • NO Cell/Mobile Phones (including iPhone & Blackberries)
  • NO Handheld Tablets (iPad or similar) or E-Readers
  • NO MP3 or similar music players (iPod or similar)
  • NO USB sticks/flash memory devices
  • NO Cameras or Camcorders
  • NO Portable Game Devices
  • NO Luggage, Bags or Backpacks
  • NO Bottled Liquids (including perfume & drinks)
  • NO Flammable Liquids or Lighters

Who Can Come?

Only visa applicants with scheduled appointments and parents of minor children are allowed to enter the Consular Section. Caregivers for disabled or medically infirmed applicants should contact the Consular Section for entrance permission. Other non-applicants, including translators, are not permitted to join the interview.

Note: The U.S. Embassy in Ankara conducts interviews in English, Turkish, Farsi, and Arabic. The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul offers interviews in English and Turkish. Applicants from outside of Turkey may apply for visas in Turkey. However, language difficulties and interviewing officers’ unfamiliarity with local conditions in other countries may make it more difficult in Turkey to demonstrate qualifications for a visa than in the applicant’s home district or at a post designated for an applicant’s visa request

Applicants who meet the criteria below and would like to apply for B1/B2 or C1/D visas might not have to appear in-person for a visa interview. All applicants must create an account on page and pay the visa application fee. The system will then ask a series of questions.  Based on the information the applicant provides, the system will determine if the applicant qualifies for a personal appearance waiver.  Please note that such visas take approximately 10 business days to process after they are received by the Consular Section.

Who may qualify for the personal appearance waiver?

Applicants under the age of 14

  • One of the parents must have a valid U.S. B1/B2 visa

Applicants over the age of 79

  • Applicant must turn 80 by the time of application.
  • Note: Nationals of Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria must appear in-person for an interview, regardless of age.

Returning Applicants

Applicants who meet the criteria below and would like to renew their B1/B2 or C1/D type visas may not need an in-person interview when they apply for a visa:

  • Applicants must normally reside in Turkey with the exception of nationals, or dual nationals, of Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Applicants from those countries require an in-person interview.
  • Must have previously provided 10-finger digital fingerprints at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara or at the Consulate General in Istanbul (on or after May 1, 2007)
  • The previous visa must be currently valid or have expired within the last 12 months
  • Bio data must not have changed (name, place of birth and date of birth)
  • Previous visa should not be lost or stolen
  • Previous visa application should not have required administrative processing

Applicants should only mail the required documents, specified below. Note: other documents will not be returned, and will be destroyed.

  • Passport
  • DS-160 confirmation page
  • Previous passport with U.S. visa (original, not photographed pages)
  • One color photograph taken within the last six months against a white background, and 5cm x 5cm in size. Wearing eyeglasses is no longer allowed in new visa photos; see photo requirements here.

Applicants under the age of 14:

  • Passport
  • DS-160 confirmation page
  • One color photograph taken within the last six months against a white background, and 5cm x 5cm in size. Wearing eyeglasses is no longer allowed in new visa photos; see photo requirements here.
  • Copy of Turkish ID (nüfus cüzdanı)
  • Copy of parents’ valid U.S. B1/B2 visa(s)
  • Previous passport with U.S. visa (if applicable)

Applicants over the age of 79:

  • Passport
  • DS-160 confirmation page

One color photograph taken within the last six months against a white background, and 5cm x 5cm in size.  Wearing eyeglasses is no longer allowed in new visa photos; see photo requirements here.

In some cases, consular officers need more time to work on the visa application. The Consular Section will contact you if your application requires additional information.

To check the status of your case, go to: and enter the barcode number (example: AA0025B45T) found on your DS-160 confirmation page.

When Your Administrative Processing is Complete

You will receive an email when your case is completed. The email will be sent to the email address you listed on your visa application form.

Please send your passports and original documents such as I-20 (F, M student visas) or DS-2019 (J visa for student and exchange visitor) to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara or the Consulate General in Istanbul via PTT (Turkish Post). To send the documents free of charge, please sign in to your account at and print the Courier-In Authorization Certificate for each family member, if applicable. This will ensure that your documents are delivered from your PTT Branch free of charge. You may also contact the Visa Information Service at 0850 390 2884 (from Turkey) or (703) 520 2490 (from the U.S.) for this action.

It will take approximately 10 business days to process your visa application after it is received by the Consular Section. Your documents will be ready for pickup at the PTT location that you have selected. Passports not claimed within 30 days of delivery to the selected PTT location will be returned to the Embassy or Consulate.

Derivative family members of principle applicants will not be issued a visa before the principle applicant’s visa is issued. For example: F2, J2, L2 and H4 visas will not be issued until the respective F1, J1, L1 and H1B visas have been issued.

In order to get a visa appointment at Ankara or Istanbul visa sections, please follow the guidance on page. Below you can find the steps to follow to get an appointment online:

  1. Complete your online DS-160 form
  2. Please visit:
  3. Click on Create Account on top right side of the screen. Create user account using the : Enter Primary applicant’s PPT Number, Date of Birth & Nationality
  4. View visa information and select your visa type according to your purpose of travel
  5. Enter applicant(s) data information
  6. Select courier delivery location
  7. Select MRV Fee (Visa Application Fee) Payment method
  8. Select date and time of appointment
  9. Confirm date and time of appointment
  10. Please review the required documentation before you appear for your interview. You can find this information on the relevant visa category page.

If you do not have internet access, you may also get an appointment by calling the Visa Information Service directly (Please make sure to complete your DS-160 Non-immigrant Visa Application before you call)

From Turkey: +90 (850) 390-2884 From the USA: +1 (703) 520-2490

Fulbright Scholars and Participants in Other U.S. Government Sponsored Programs
Applicants with Fulbright Scholarships or other scholarships sponsored by the U.S. Government cannot schedule their appointments through the regular appointment system as they are exempted from visa application fee. To request an appointment in Ankara please complete the DS-160 electronic visa application form first and send your appointment request from here. We will schedule you for an interview and send you a confirmation e-mail.  To request an appointment in Istanbul please kindly contact the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul by clicking here.


The following is a list of documents required for your in-person interview:

  1. Passport valid for at least 6 months from the time you will enter the U.S.
  2. DS-160– printed confirmation page only
  3. One color photograph taken within the last six months against a white background, and 5cm x 5cm in size. Wearing eyeglasses is no longer allowed in new visa photos; see photo requirements here.
  4. For Iranian nationals in all non-immigrant visa categories: Original Military card and translated English copy, original birth certificate (shenasnameh), original national ID card, all previous passports. (Note some visa categories require additional documents. Please see below.)
  5. For nationals from other countries who are subject to Presidential Proclamation 9645:  Original birth certificate and translated English copy, original national ID card and translated copy, all previous passports. To learn more about the Proclamation, including how it may affect your application, click here.

Some additional supporting documents may be necessary, depending on the visa classification. See below for more details.

Visitor (B1/B2) /Transit Visa (C)

  • You may bring any documents you feel may support your application with you to the interview.  If you are currently a university student, official transcripts may be helpful to support your application.

Student Visas (F1, F2, M1, M2)

  • I-20 form generated by SEVIS issued by the school
  • Official transcript -if currently enrolled in a university, or recently graduated
  • CV, invitation letter, military card, research plan (For Iranian nationals only)

Exchange Visitor Visa (J1, J2)

  • DS-2019 Form (Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status)
  • DS-7002 Form (Training / Internship Placement Plan)
  • CV, invitation letter, military card, research plan (For Iranian nationals only)

Members of a Crew (D, C1/D)

  • A letter from employer on letterhead stationary confirming employment with the company and the period of time in the United States
  • Copy of work ID issued by employer
  • Seamen should bring an employment verification letter, contract, and seamen’s book

Temporary Worker/Employment or Trainee (H,L,P,O,Q,R)

  • For all petition based visa types, you should bring your original petition (Form I-129) with you.

Journalist (I)

  • Copy of press ID as issued by employer
  • Letter from employer stating occupation, whether the position is permanent or temporary, purpose of travel, and length of stay

Please Read Carefully

The United States Immigration and Nationality Act requires that non-immigrant visa applicants in most categories demonstrate sufficiently strong family, social and economic ties to their place of residences. Therefore, in addition to the above, the consular officer may ask to see supporting documents explaining the purpose of the trip and the applicant’s situation in his/her place of residence. Applicants may choose to bring supporting documents that substantiate the purpose of the trip to the United States and the intention to return to the country of permanent residence after a temporary visit. You should be prepared to present evidence of your ties as necessary.

Supporting documents to substantiate your ties may include some of the following documents:

Proof of employment such as employee identification card, letter of employment; proof of income such as salary statement, bank account/books; proof of ownership of a business or property; evidence of your company’s overall financial status and/or tax liability; payroll records showing personnel employed, bank statements showing deposits and withdrawals; annual income/loss statements and net worth statements. Please do not show your credit cards because we do not consider them as financial assets.

Third-country nationals must have their birth certificates/ID card (shenasname for Iranian nationals), marriage certificates if applicable, and evidence of military service or military exemption for males 18 and over with them at the time of visa interview.

An applicant intending to travel for science or technology-related purposes (such as conferences, training, research, equipment negotiation or purchase, etc.) should bring a copy of his/her CV or resume, complete list of publications, an invitation letter from the U.S. organization and any other documentation specifically related to his/her travel purpose.

Supporting documents for visa applicants travelling to the U.S. for medical purposes:

Medical evaluation report from U.S. physician and/or report about procedures that are to be performed. The report should state a specific appointment date, estimated treatment period, physician, hospital, and estimated treatment cost in the United States.

  1. Proof of pre-payment for the procedures that are to be performed (such as original receipts from each of the billing medical providers).
  2. Medical report stating diagnosis from applicant’s physician in Turkey.
  3. Financial documents demonstrating ability to pay for medical expenses.
  4. For foreign officials, a report from the Board of Health or Ministry of Health and allowance proof.

Please provide original documents and English translations. However, presentation of such documents will not ensure the issuance of a visa. Approval of a visa application is ultimately determined by a consular officer in accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act at the time of the interview.

To qualify for an expedited appointment, you must first schedule an appointment through the normal procedures, either by calling the call center at (850) 390 2884  or online,www.usvisa-info.comYour travel to the United States must be urgent and unexpected. While requesting an earlier appointment you should describe briefly and precisely why your travel could not reasonably have been predicted in advance.

You can reach non-immigrant visa related questions and answers by clicking here.