October 20, 2017

The US Mission in Ankara announced that it has suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey.
 
In a statement released on Sunday, October 8, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Turkey said, "Recent events have forced the United States Government to reassess the commitment of the Government of Turkey to the security of U.S. Mission facilities and personnel. In order to minimize the number of visitors to our embassy and consulates while this assessment proceeds, effective immediately, we have suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all US diplomatic facilities in Turkey", the statement said.
 
The posts in Turkey continue processing all humanitarian and health related nonimmigrant visas as well as all immigrant visas. In instances where a Consular Post is closed for a long time or certain applications are not accepted, Department of State (DOS) generally designates an alternative Consulate at which visa applications can be made. As of October 23, 2017, DOS has not designated an alternative post for Turkish nationals. Although Turkish nationals can technically apply for non-immigrant visas where they are present, potential applicants must bear in mind that the visa category they are applying for may need to show ties to Turkey, and this could be a difficult task when applying at a post other than Turkey.