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U.S. Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa Services in Turkey; Turkey Responds by Suspending Visas to U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy announced it was suspending all nonimmigrant visa services in all U.S. diplomatic posts in Turkey. Turkey responded within a few hours of the U.S. Embassy’s announcement by saying it would no longer issue visas to U.S. citizens, including the physical “sticker” visas at border posts as well as the online Turkish electronic visa (e-visa).

It’s important to note that while the U.S. has halted its visa services in Turkey, it appears that the U.S. State Department is still issuing visas to Turkish nationals outside of Turkey. The U.S. has not indicated how long the suspension will last. Nevertheless, Turkish nationals who are currently in the US with expiring visas in their passports and who need to travel internationally should consider applying at another post as a third-country national. While applying as a third-country national is not ideal because such applications can be subject to delays, applying at another post may become necessary if the suspension of visa services in Turkey continues.

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Rebecca B. Schechter, Associate, Greenberg Traurig law firm

Rebecca Schechter focuses her practice on business immigration and compliance, representing multi-national corporations and companies, as well as individual clients. She has experience with all areas of employment-based immigration, particularly H-1B, L-1, O-1 and E-2 petitions, as well as outstanding researcher petitions and labor certification applications. Rebecca regularly assists GT clients with global immigration matters, including business and work visas to countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. She also works on state and federal I-9 and E-Verify...