U.S. embassies and consulates in Turkey suspend and then later reinstate nonimmigrant visa services

Submitted by micol on Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:49

In response to recent events in Turkey that have been found to be adverse to U.S. interests, including the arrest and detention of Turkish employees of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, in late October the State Department temporarily suspended all nonimmigrant visa processing in Turkey. During the suspension, immigrant visa processing continued as per normal at the Ankara office, and Turkish citizens were still able to obtain nonimmigrant visas in countries other than Turkey. Then, on November 6, 2017, the U.S. embassy in Turkey reopened limited visa services after receiving certain assurances from the Turkish government. Turkish nationals and those looking to apply for visas in Turkey in the coming months should be advised that the situation remains fluid and should discuss any upcoming international travel and visa application plans with their immigration counsel.

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