Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visas
Nonimmigrant Visas (NIV) are for international travelers, (citizens of other countries), coming to the Unites States temporarily. This visa allows you to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (an airport, for example) and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security immigration inspector to enter the U.S. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States.
International travelers come to the U.S. for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, study, business, medical treatment and certain types of temporary work.
For more information about the different nonimmigrant visas, please check our NIV visa categories.
Nonimmigrant Visas are processed at the following consulates:
•Ankara - All Nonimmigrant visa classes.
•Istanbul - All Nonimmigrant visa classes.
Please read our Customer Service Statement as we are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known. Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.
Immigrant visas are required by anyone seeking to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States. Upon entry into the United States an immigrant visa holder is processed for a Permanent Resident Card, commonly known as a Green Card.
Applications of the Diversity Visa Lottery (Green Card Lottery) winners are also processed by the Immigrant Visa unit.
For more information about the different immigrant visas, please check our IV visa categories.
Immigrant Visas are processed at the following consulates:
• Ankara - Currently processes all Immigrant visa classes.
Official Visa Services
Schedule Your NIV or K1 Appointment Phone (Turkey): + 90 (850) 252-6355 or +90 (850) 390-2802
U.S. Based Callers: +1 (703) 520-2490
Skype ID: usvisaturkey
The immigrant visa applicants, who applied for a visa after 01 March 2015, can check the status of their cases on our new website, "IV Status Check".
Note: If you receive an error message when you enter your case number into the system and your interview was before 1 March 2015, please visit our old administrative reviewing website.
GSS US Phone Number Changed
Our current U.S. Phone Numbers for scheduling K visa appointments and registering for PTT passport pick up location have changed. The new phone number for these services is: (1)(703) 520-2490.
Entry Into The Consulates
Inform yourself of what you CANNOT bring into the consulate.
Forbidden Items :
• 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
In addition to the list above, security may decide not to admit other unlisted items into the waiting area.