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Mutual Suspension of Visa Issuance Between the United States and Turkey

By Miroslava Orduno Rincon
October 10, 2017

Following the arrest of a U.S. Consulate employee by Turkish authorities in Istanbul, the United States Mission in Turkey announced on October 8, 2017 the immediate suspension of all non-immigrant visa services at all posts in the country. U.S. Citizen Services at these posts remain unaffected. It may be possible for Turkish Citizens to travel to U.S. Consular posts in other countries to obtain visas such as H-1Bs, L-1s, and F-1s, but acceptance of “third country nationals” is not guaranteed. Moreover, travel to a third country likely requires the translation of documents into English and often brings visa issuance delays. Therefore, this option should only be considered in urgent circumstances.

In turn, the Government of Turkey announced the immediate suspension of visas to U.S. citizens including the issuance of physical “sticker” visas at border ports of entry as well as the online Turkish electronic e-visa. Any U.S. Citizens with travel plans to Turkey should contact the Turkish consulate having jurisdiction over their place of residence to ascertain any options. 


Find out more about Miroslava and her practice.

Miroslava Orduño Rincón’s practice focuses on immigration and nationality law and leads the firm's Immigration and Nationality Law practice group.

Miroslava has extensive experience with U.S. non-immigrant and immigrant petitions for large international corporate clients in the Automotive OEM and Aerospace industries. She additionally processes outbound visitor and work visas, family-based petitions, and naturalization.

Prior to attending law school, and while pursuing her legal studies, Miroslava served for 11 years as an immigration paralegal. She is a native Spanish speaker, and has extensive facility in the French language. 

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