U.S. and Turkey Resume Limited Visa Services

November 10, 2017

Editor's Note:

Update November 10, 2017

The U.S. and Turkish governments announced on November 6th that they would resume offering limited visa services to the citizens of Turkey and the U.S., respectively. According to the nonimmigrant visa page of the U.S. Embassy in Turkey:

   "We have resumed processing non-immigrant visas, but only on a limited basis. Therefore, a reduced number of appointments will be available."

Original News Item

On October 8, 2017, the United States government suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey. The Turkish government responded in kind and suspended all visa services for American citizens at its consulates and embassy in the United States.

In a video statement on the Suspension of Visa Services, Ambassador John Bass said that the suspension of nonimmigrant visa services in Turkey is “not a visa ban on Turkish citizens” and that:

  • individuals who already have a valid visa can continue to use it to travel to the U.S.
  • Turkish citizens are free to apply for a U.S. visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy outside of Turk

For additional information, see the U.S. Department of State Country Information for Turkey and “U.S. and Turkey Try to Prevent a Diplomatic Dispute from Growing” in the October 9, 2017 edition of the New York Times.