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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

  • Important Notice for Diversity Visa (DV) 2017 Entrants:  

    Additional entrants have been added to “selected” status on the Entrant Status Check (ESC) website as of 06 September 2016  Please use your unique confirmation number to verify your status.  Successful entrants are encouraged to complete the online DS-260 application immediately, so that an interview appointment at the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate can be scheduled.  Embassies and consulates only have a limited number of appointments each month for DV applicants, so it is vital that DV selectees start the visa process immediately.  

    The Department of State will not send DV selectees a notification letter or notify you of selection by email.  Any email you receive from the Department of State will only direct you to the Entrant Status Check at

    DV-2017 ends on September 30, 2017.  In addition, if all of the 50,000 DV visas have been issued before that date, the program will end earlierEntrants with “selected” status should act now since the visa process can be lengthy.  DV-2017 visas cannot be issued after September 30, 2017.  Participants are reminded to check the status of their DV entry through Entrant Status Check using the confirmation numbers they received when they initially submitted their applications.   


  • Important: Due to our heavy backlog, U.S. Embassy Ankara, Immigrant visa unit is unable to accommodate reschedule requests at this moment. We highly recommend all applicant to attend their scheduled interviews as a rescheduled appointment date might not be available in the near future.

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.