Dec 19 2017

No U.S. visa appointments before Jan. 2019 – U.S. embassy Turkey

The United States continues to issue limited numbers of non-immigrant visas in Turkey, but the earliest interview appointments available are in January 2019, the U.S. embassy official Twitter account said on Tuesday.

The United States announced on Oct. 9 that it was reducing visa services at its diplomatic facilities in Turkey for security reasons after a U.S. consular employee was arrested and accused of links to the network of Fethullah Gülen, the U.S.-based cleric Turkey accuses of orchestrating the failed July 2016 coup. Turkey immediately responded in kind.

But after assurances from the Turkish government, the United States said on Nov. 6 it was to resume issuing non-immigrant visas for Turkish citizens “on a limited basis” with a “reduced number” of interviews to process applications.

“Turkish citizens with valid visas may continue to travel to the United States,” the U.S. embassy said on its website. “Turkish citizens are also welcome to apply for a non-immigrant visa outside of Turkey whether or not they maintain a residence in that country.”