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Iranian Applicants

Nonimmigrant 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.Nonimmigrant visas are for temporary visitors who would like to travel to the U.S. 

For more information about the different nonimmigrant visas, please check our NIV visa categories.

Please be aware: The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia, and the U.S. Consulate in Dubai, U.A.E., also process Iranian nonimmigrant visas and might have earlier appointments.  For information about their appointment procedures please visit:

                U.S. Embassy Yerevan

                U.S. Consulte Dubai

       How to apply:

  • Apply early.
  • Photograph: Your biometric photograph must be taken within the last 6 months, please see instructions.
  • Complete online DS-160 Application Form: You must fill out the DS-160 form completely and accurately.  Failure to do so may delay your interview and visa processing.  If you would like more information on the DS-160, please click here    
  • Appointment & Visa Fee: All visa applicants should follow instructions at to schedule an appointment either in Ankara or Istanbul. For more details on how to schedule the appointment click here.
  • Passport Validity: To be eligible for a U.S. visa, your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your date of arrival in the United States. If your passport has less than six months’ validity, please extend its validity before your interview.


  • During interview you should answer every question truthfully and be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Some visa applications require further administrative processing.  The Consular Officer will notify you at the visa interview if your case requires it. For more information about administrative process and checking the status of your case please click here.
  • In order to  process your  application efficiently,  we strongly advise to have the following supporting documents:

     B1/B2 Visa supporting documents:

  1. Military service/exemption/deferment card and English translation
  2. Prior passports
  3. Invitation letter for applicants who are going to a conference/seminar/symposium or meeting, etc. 

     Student Visas (F1, F2, M1, M2) supporting documents:

  1. I-20 Form generated by SEVIS issued by the school
  2. SEVIS payment receipt (I-901) only for principal applicants (F1,M1)
  3. CV/ Resume
  4. Publication List
  5. Research plan
  6. Letter from your U.S. faculty advisor
  7. Official transcript
  8. Military service/exemption/deferment card and English translation.
  9. Prior passports

Exchange Visitor Visa (J1, J2) supporting documents:

  1. DS-2019 Form (Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange visitor Status)
  2. DS-7002 Form (Training/Internship Placement Plan)
  3. CV/Resume
  4. Publication List
  5. Research Plan
  6. Letter from U.S faculty advisor
  7. Official Transcript
  8. Military service/exemption/deferment card and English translation

 Pick up your PPT:

After your visa application is approved by the Consular Officer, you   must leave your passport at the consular section so that your visa can be issued and placed in your passport.  You will receive your PPT in 5-7 days at the PTT (Turkish Post) office you have selected during your appointment registration.

When your administrative processing is complete, you should send your passport(s) to the American Embassy Ankara, Nonimmigrant Visa Unit via Turkish Post (PTT). Please visit or call 0850 252 6355 from Turkey or (703) 439-2348 from the U.S. to send your documents and select a passport pickup location.  Please attach the “Passport Pickup Registration Receipts” for each family member and take your documents to the PTT location you selected for delivery to the Embassy, Nonimmigrant Visa Unit. You may visit: to check your number.

If a third party is picking up the visa, the individual must provide a letter from a certified notary public in Turkey by the applicant or a document showing a Turkish court decision. The third party must bring a valid official ID.

Immigrant Visas  

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

What's New

  • All visa applicants (Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visa Applicants) are only able to submit missing documents and passports to the U.S. Embassy Ankara Consular Section by mail. In-person passport submissions for certain nationalities will no longer be accepted. Applicants may use the PTT courier services free of charge for this purpose. To register for the PTT services please click on At this web site, please click on the “Consular Section instructed me to send more documents” option. From there, please print out a “Courier in receipt” to send your documents to our office through PTT free of charge. 

Report Visa Fraud, Terrorism, Human Trafficking, and Crime Anonymously!

  • To report a tip regarding visa fraud, terrorism, human trafficking, or other criminal activity, email Be as specific as possible. Please include the person's name, date of birth, and passport number. Individuals providing tips will remain anonymous.