Nonimmigrant Visas

For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 travel restrictions, Presidential Proclamations, or visa related questions, please visit the following website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html

Our Current Operating Posture – Limited Services

Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine NIV services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates, including non-emergency B1/B2 tourist, first-time student, and exchange visitor visas (F, M, or J categories). At this time, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara and the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul are only providing appointments for medical crisis or similar humanitarian circumstance compelling urgent and unexpected travel.

Emergency NIV Appointments

Emergency NIV appointment requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. If you believe you have a genuine emergency that would qualify for an emergency visa appointment, please follow the instructions for Emergency Visa Requests below. Please note, pending school admission, business travel, and family visits do not qualify for emergency services.

** 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/niv.

Renewing Your NIV 
As of January 26, 2021, applicants with prior visas may be eligible to renew their visa without an interview. If your visa expired within the last 12 months and your biographical information and visa category remains unchanged, you may not be required to have an in-person interview. Please refer below to “Do I need an appointment?” and visit our appointment scheduling website for further details.

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 (known as the MRV 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 and 9983

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: https://tr.usembassy.gov/visas/faqs-regarding-pp-9645-and-pp-9983/

Expiration of Presidential Proclamations 10052

On March 31, 2021, Presidential Proclamation 10052 (P.P. 10052) expired.  P.P. 10052 previously suspended the entry until to the United States until March 31, 2021 of certain nonimmigrant visa applicants who presented a risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the novel coronavirus outbreak.  Specifically, P.P. 10052 suspended nonimmigrant visas 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. Visa applicants who were previously refused visas due to the restrictions of P.P. 10052 may reapply by submitting a new application including a new fee.

For more details regarding the expiration of P.P. 10052, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/update-on-presidential-proclamation-10052.html

COVID-19 GEOGRAPHICAL RESTRICTIONS (NEW)

Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9996, and 10041 limiting travel for foreign nationals who were physically present in certain countries within the last 14 days are still in effect.  However, as of April 8, 2021, certain exchange visitors and pilots and aircrew traveling to the United States for training or aircraft pickup, delivery, or maintenance, are excepted from these proclamations. For more information and a specific list of exchange visitors who are excepted from these proclamations, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/updates-to-national-interest-exceptions-for-regional-covid-proclamations.html

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 [https://www.cdc.gov/] for the most up to date information on travel requirements to the United States.

Additional Resources:

*** 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
Ankara

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

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
Web: usvisa-info.com

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 usvisa-info.com 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: https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx 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 usvisa-info.com 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 usvisa-info.com page. Below you can find the steps to follow to get an appointment online:

  1. Complete your online DS-160 form
  2. Please visit: usvisa-info.com
  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.

EMERGENCY REQUESTS:

If you need to request an emergency visa appointment, log into your account at the official U.S. Department of State Visa Appointment Service site (https://ais.usvisa-info.com) and schedule the first available appointment, then select “Request Expedite” under “Group Actions” and detail the emergency (e.g. medical crisis or similar humanitarian circumstance compelling urgent and unexpected travel).

Again, please be aware that we have a very limited number of emergency visa appointment slots.  If we approve your request for an expedited appointment, we will schedule you for the first slot available. Once your appointment has been scheduled no changes can be made.  If you cannot attend your interview on a given date, you will need to reschedule your appointment by logging into your account (https://ais.usvisa-info.com/).

*Please note that your emergency request may be denied if we do not have the appointment capacity to accommodate your request. If your request was denied, please do not send a separate email asking to reconsider.  Rest assured that we have thoroughly and carefully considered your case given the information provided. Please monitor the Embassy’s website for updates to our operating status.

https://tr.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/

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

FAQs Regarding PP 9645 and PP 9983

On January 20, President Biden revoked Proclamations 9645 and 9983, which had restricted issuance of visas to individuals from several countries.

What countries were impacted by the Proclamations? 

Certain applicants from the following countries had been, but no longer are, ineligible for visas under Proclamations 9645 and 9983:  Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen

What changed as a result of President Biden’s Proclamation? 

Before the Proclamation signed January 20, individuals from those countries targeted under Proclamations 9645 and 9983 could apply for a visa and be considered for a waiver only if Proclamations 9645 and 9983 were the only bases for their ineligibility.

As of January 20, those restrictions are no longer in effect, and the State Department will pursue processing for applicants from those countries, without regard to those proclamations, consistent with applicable law and visa processing procedures, including any related to processing during COVID-19.

How soon will applicants be able to get visa interviews? 

Interview wait times vary by post and have been severely affected by COVID-19 related limitations, as well as the type of visa application, e.g. immigrant visa and non-immigrant visas. Continue to monitor this website for the latest information.

What happens to applicants who were informed they were subject to one of these proclamations, if their cases remain pending? 

For visa applicants who would have been otherwise eligible for a visa but for the restrictions under Proclamations 9645 and 9983 and are currently being considered for a waiver of the restrictions, consular officers will be taking steps to adjudicate those applications, subject to completion of any required security vetting procedures and other applicable grounds of inadmissibility.

What happens if I was previously denied a visa under Proclamation 9645 and 9983? 

President Biden’s proclamation directs the Department to develop a plan to ensure that visa applicants are not prejudiced as a result of a previous visa denial due to the suspension and restriction on entry imposed by Proclamation 9645 or 9983 if they choose to re-apply for a visa.

Over the coming weeks, the Department will develop guidance for visa applicants who were previously denied under the travel bans.  We will provide more detail when we are able.

Those who had nonimmigrant visa applications denied may reapply at the appropriate embassy or consulate.

Will the Proclamation from President Biden have an impact on my case if I was advised that I was subject to those proclamations, but my case is in administrative processing?

Administrative processing may not be related to the proclamations, as it covers many situations.

For more information, visit Travel.State.Gov.