U.S. Embassy in Turkey not giving visa appointments until September

Even though Turkey and the United States have in theory resumed issuing visas to each other’s citizens, the earliest appointment available for an application interview at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul is in September 2018, and in the capital Ankara in March 2018, the NTV news website said.

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 for alleged links to the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom Turkey accuses of masterminding 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.

The fee to make a U.S. visa application is $160, which is non-refundable. When applying online, the appointment date screen opens after payment is made, NTV said, so those looking to travel to the United States only discover that they have to wait until September for an interview after they have already paid the application fee.