This report covers the suspension of U.S. non-immigrant visa application processing by U.S. diplomatic missions in Turkey.
Last weekend, the U.S. Consulate General in Turkey announced that non-immigrant visa (NIV) processing at the missions in Turkey will be suspended indefinitely as of Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
John Bass, the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, clarified1 that the reason for the suspension of these services was due to the arrest of one of the embassy’s key Turkish staff for “espionage and attempting to overthrow the Turkish government and constitution,”2 without illumination or clarification by the Turkish law enforcement authorities.
In turn, the government of Turkey announced the immediate suspension of visa services to U.S. citizens, effective October 8, 2017.3
Any foreign nationals normally eligible for NIV processing at the Turkish consular posts will be unable to have their visa applications processed until further notice. Further, U.S. citizens who require a visa to enter Turkey will not be able to complete visa processing at this time.
Please keep in mind the following guidelines:
1 See Ambassador John Bass’ statement from October 9, 2017.
2 For additional information, see “US and Turkey Suspend Bilateral Non-immigrant Visa Services,” in the National Post online (October 8, 2017). Please note this is a 3rd party, non-KPMG Web site, that does not represent the opinions of KPMG Law LLP nor does KPMG Law LLP endorse it.
3 For additional information, see “Message for U.S. Citizens: Government of Turkey Suspension of Visas to U.S. Citizens on October 8, 2017” (October 9, 2017) on the Web site for the U.S. Embassy in Ankara
* Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide any immigration services. However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.
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