Immigrant Visas

Applicants who want to move to the United States permanently need to apply for an Immigrant Visa.

If the Consular Section has asked you to schedule an appointment and pay fee for K visa or register for the courier return of your passport, please click here to log in.

As of July 1, 2013, the U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey Immigrant Visa Unit will no longer use the services of CSC for rescheduling immigrant visa appointments.

If you already scheduled an appointment date but will not be able to attend the interview, you can contact Immigrant Visa Unit by email at http://turkey.usembassy.gov/iv-form2.html to request a new interview date.

K1/K2 fiancé visa applicants will STILL need to schedule an appointment and pay the visa fee through the CSC web site at http://usvisa-info.com/.

The following are types of Immigrant Visas:

An applicant may be eligible to immigrate to the United States based on the relationship to a U.S. citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident ("green card holder"). If the applicant's spouse, parent, child, or sibling is a U.S. citizen, he/she can file an I-130 petition to begin the process with the Department of Homeland Security in the United States. If the applicant's spouse or parent is a legal permanent resident, he/she may also file an I-130 petition with the Department of Homeland Security in the United States, subject to certain age and marital status restrictions.

Applicants may not begin the application process themselves; only the U.S. citizen or resident relative may initiate the immigration process. Only after they have filed a petition and it has been approved can the Embassy or Consulate assist an applicant.

For more information, please consult this Web site: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/immigrants_1340.html

Once the applicant’s petition has been approved, USCIS will forward the application to the National Visa Center (NVC). If the case is “current”, NVC will send immigrant visa petitioners/applicants the “Instructions for Immigrant Visa Applicants” to request additional documents. Upon receipt of the documents from petitioners/applicants, NVC will schedule an appointment and send the file to the U.S. Consular Section.

After the interview:

Administrative Processing: Immigrant visa applications (including 'K' visa applicants) may require administrative processing. While most administrative processing occur priors to the final immigrant visa interview, in some instances additional processing may be required after the interview. Administrative processing cannot be expedited and the Consular Section does not have any control over it. Applicants should plan their schedules accordingly.

For applicants who are NOT residing in Turkey:

If your application is approved after your interview, then your passport and visa packet will be delivered to a PTT office within 5 business days for you to pick-up in person. For a list of PTT locations, please click here.

If your file is missing a document and/or needs administrative processing, then you will need to bring your passport and missing documents in person any Monday through Thursday between 10:30 AM-12:00 PM. After your personal appearance, the Consular Section in Ankara will review your file again and if everything is in order, they will send your passport and visa packet to a PTT office of your choice. If your file is still missing documents, then the U.S. Consular Section will send your passport and a written explanation about the missing items.

For applicants who are residing in Turkey:

If your application is approved, your passport and visa packet will be delivered to the PTT office you select on this website during registration within 5 business days.

If your file is missing a document and/or needs administrative processing, then you will need to send in your passport and missing documents after your interview. Upon receipt of your passport and/or documents, the U.S. Consular Section will review your file again and if everything is in order, they will send your passport and visa packet to a PTT office of your choice. If your file is still missing documents, then the U.S. Consular Section will send your passport and a written explanation about the missing items.

To apply for an employment-based immigrant visa, the U.S. firm offering the applicant the employment opportunity should contact the local United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office or Department of Labor in the United States for further information. The U.S. employer must begin the process by filing an I-140 petition with the Department of Homeland Security in the United States. Only after they have filed a petition and it has been approved can the Consular Section assist the applicant.

For more information, please consult: http://www.uscis.gov

Once the applicant’s petition has been approved, USCIS will forward the application to the National Visa Center (NVC). If the case is “current”, NVC will send immigrant visa petitioners/applicants the “Instructions for Immigrant Visa Applicants” to request additional documents. Upon receipt of the documents from petitioners/applicants, NVC will schedule an appointment and send the file to the U.S. Consular Section.

After the interview:

Administrative Processing: Immigrant visa applications (including 'K' visa applicants) may require administrative processing. While most administrative processing occur priors to the final immigrant visa interview, in some instances additional processing may be required after the interview. Administrative processing cannot be expedited and the Consular Section does not have any control over it. Applicants should plan their schedules accordingly.

For applicants who are NOT residing in Turkey:

If your application is approved after your interview, then your passport and visa packet will be delivered to a PTT office within 5 business days for you to pick-up in person. For a list of PTT locations, please click here.

If your file is missing a document and/or needs administrative processing, then you will need to bring your passport and missing documents in person any Monday through Thursday between 10:30am-12:00. After your personal appearance, the Consular Section in Ankara will review your file again and if everything is in order, they will send your passport and visa packet to a PTT office of your choice. If your file is still missing documents, then the U.S. Consular Section will send your passport and a written explanation about the missing items.

For applicants who are residing in Turkey:

If your application is approved, then your passport and visa packet will be delivered to a PTT office of your choice for you to pick up within 5 business days.

If your file is missing a document and/or needs administrative processing, then you will need to send in your passport and missing documents after your interview. Upon receipt of your passport and/or documents, the U.S. Consular Section will review your file again and if everything is in order, they will send your passport and visa packet to a PTT office of your choice. If your file is still missing documents, then the U.S. Consular Section will send your passport and a written explanation about the missing items.

The Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available approximately 50,000 diversity visas (DV) annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

For more information, please consult: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1322.html#

Applicants will be able to check the status of their DV entry through the Entrant Status Check on www.dvlottery.state.gov, using the confirmation numbers they received when they initially submitted their applications. Selected program entrants will not be notified by e-mail or postal mail. DV program entrants who are not selected for diversity visas will not be contacted. To find out if you are a DV “winner” please click here.

Once you confirm that you are a DV “Winner”, follow the instructions on the Entrant Status Check web page. Please note that the Kentucky Consular Center will provide application information online ONLY through the Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website. You will need to send Immigrant Visa Application forms and photographs to Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) for initial processing. If your case is “current”, KCC will schedule an interview date for your case and send your file to the U.S. Consular Section. With KCC’s appointment letter, you will also receive instructions on additional documents you will need to send to the U.S. Consular Section before your interview date. For more information on the DV process, please click here. If you fail to send these documents within the required time period, the U.S. Consular Section may not be able to conduct your interview on your scheduled date.

Diversity Visa appointments can only be scheduled until September 15. The Diversity Visa program ends each year on September 30, which corresponds to the end of the U.S. fiscal year. We strongly advise DV applicants to apply early and to attend their original interviews – see note below. For more information on the DV process, please click here.

No assurance can be given in advance that a visa will be issued. A consular officer can make a decision only after the formal application and all documents are reviewed, and that officer has personally interviewed the applicants.

Beneficiaries should not make any travel arrangements for departure, dispose of personal property, or make other life changes until they have their visas in hand. An immigrant visa is valid for a maximum of six months from the date of issuance. Applicants must travel and apply for admission to the United States before their immigrant visas expire.

The Consular Section will make every effort to process your immigrant visa case as expeditiously as possible. However, should complications arise, applicants may be required to return to the Consular Section or furnish additional information.

NOTE: All Diversity Visa Winners must complete their applications and receive their Diversity Visa(s) on or before September 30 of the fiscal year in which they won (ex. Fiscal Year 2013 is from Oct. 1, 2012 – Sep. 30, 2013). If the visa is not printed by September 30, the Diversity Visa application becomes invalid by law. There are no exceptions to this rule!

Fraud Warning

The Department of State, Office of Visa Services advises the public that there has been a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants. Please visit http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1322.html for more details.

After the interview:

Administrative Processing: Immigrant visa applications (including 'K' visa applicants) may require administrative processing. While most administrative processing occur priors to the final immigrant visa interview, in some instances additional processing may be required after the interview. Administrative processing cannot be expedited and the Consular Section does not have any control over it. Applicants should plan their schedules accordingly.

For applicants who are NOT residing in Turkey:

If your application is approved after your interview, then your passport and visa packet will be delivered to a PTT office within 5 business days for you to pick-up in person. For a list of PTT locations, please click here.

If your file is missing a document and/or needs administrative processing, then you will need to bring your passport and missing documents in person any Monday through Thursday between 10:30am-12:00. After your personal appearance, the Consular Section in Ankara will review your file again and if everything is in order, they will send your passport and visa packet to a PTT office of your choice. If your file is still missing documents, then the U.S. Consular Section will send your passport and a written explanation about the missing items.

For applicants who are residing in Turkey:

If your application is approved, then your passport and visa packet will be delivered to a PTT office of your choice for you to pick up within 5 business days.

If your file is missing a document and/or needs administrative processing, then you will need to send in your passport and missing documents after your interview. Upon receipt of your passport and/or documents, the U.S. Consular Section will review your file again and if everything is in order, they will send your passport and visa packet to a PTT office of your choice. If your file is still missing documents, then the U.S. Consular Section will send your passport and a written explanation about the missing items.

There are other special categories of Immigrant Visas. For more information, please consult: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1326.html

Fiancé(e) Visas are included in this section because even though they are technically nonimmigrant visas, they are processed by the immigrant visa unit. This visa is for an applicant who is a fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen. The marriage must be legally possible according to laws of the state in the United States where the marriage will take place.

The American citizen who wants to bring a foreign fiancé(e) to travel to the U S to marry and live in the United States must file Form I-129F with the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office that serves the area where the U.S. citizen lives. This petition cannot be filed at an embassy, consulate or U.S. immigration office abroad.

After the USCIS approves the petition, it sends the petition to National Visa Center for processing, prior to sending it to the embassy or consulate where the fiancé(e) will apply for a K-1 nonimmigrant visa for a fiancé(e). Children of K-1 applicants should apply for a K-2 visa.

Upon receipt of an approved petition, the U.S. Embassy will notify the beneficiary and give him or her the necessary instructions to apply for a “K” visa. Since a fiancé(e) visa applicant is an intending immigrant, he or she must meet most of the same documentary requirements of an immigrant visa applicant. For a complete list of the necessary documents, please click here. In addition to the application forms and photographs, the applicant should schedule an appointment and pay a fee of $240 per person through this appointment service. Please click here to login.

After getting the fiancé(e) visa, the fiancé(e) of the U.S. citizen enters the United States through a U.S. Port of Entry. The U.S. immigration official gives the fiancé(e) instructions on what to do when entering the United States. The couple must get married within 90 days of the fiancé(e)'s entry into the United States.

After the interview:

Administrative Processing: Immigrant visa applications (including 'K' visa applicants) may require administrative processing. While most administrative processing occur priors to the final immigrant visa interview, in some instances additional processing may be required after the interview. Administrative processing cannot be expedited and the Consular Section does not have any control over it. Applicants should plan their schedules accordingly.

For applicants who are NOT residing in Turkey:

If your application is approved after your interview, then your passport and visa packet will be delivered to a PTT office within 5 business days for you to pick-up in person. For a list of PTT locations, please click here.

If your file is missing a document and/or needs administrative processing, then you will need to bring your passport and missing documents in person any Monday through Thursday between 10:30am-12:00. After your personal appearance, the Consular Section in Ankara will review your file again and if everything is in order, they will send your passport and visa packet to a PTT office of your choice. If your file is still missing documents, then the U.S. Consular Section will send your passport and a written explanation about the missing items.

For applicants who are residing in Turkey:

If your application is approved, then your passport and visa packet will be delivered to a PTT office of your choice for you to pick up within 5 business days.

If your file is missing a document and/or needs administrative processing, then you will need to send in your passport and missing documents after your interview. Upon receipt of your passport and/or documents, the U.S. Consular Section will review your file again and if everything is in order, they will send your passport and visa packet to a PTT office of your choice. If your file is still missing documents, then the U.S. Consular Section will send your passport and a written explanation about the missing items.

A permanent resident card, commonly known as a green card, is evidence of the applicant's status as a permanent resident with a right to live and work permanently in the United States. It also is evidence of the applicant's registration in accordance with U.S. immigration laws. A green card is also called Form I-551.

If the applicant's previous card was lost, stolen, mutilated or destroyed, please consult http://www.uscis.gov.

I-551 Permanent Resident Alien Registration Cards (commonly known as "green cards") can be issued or replaced ONLY by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the U.S. The Embassy is unable to issue a replacement green card.

If your green card has been lost or stolen, the Embassy may be able to issue you a transportation foil (similar in appearance to a visa) in your passport that would permit you to return to the United States. In order for the Embassy to issue such a document, a consular officer must first interview the returning alien. Please note, if you are a Lawful Permanent Resident who has been out of the United States for more than a year, or more than two years with a re-entry permit, you will NOT be eligible for a transportation foil, but may qualify for a Returning Resident Visa.

Prior to your interview, you will need to fill out an I-90 applicant form. Bring this form along with a valid passport, your alien registration number, 2 visa type photos, a police report for your missing card (with English translation), and proof that you have not been outside the United States for more than 12 months (such as an airplane ticket or boarding card).

Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) who have been out of the United States for more than a year (or more than two years with a re-entry permit) may be eligible for a Returning Resident (SB-1) Visa.

You may apply for Returning Resident status if:

  • At the time of departure from the U.S., you were a Lawful Permanent Resident;
  • You left the U.S. with the intent of returning and have maintained this intention;
  • You are returning to the U.S. from a temporary visit abroad and, if the stay abroad was protracted, this was caused by reasons beyond your control and for which you were not responsible; and
  • You are eligible for an immigrant visa in all other aspects.

Application

Applicants who wish to apply for Returning Resident (SB-1) visas should schedule an interview at least three months in advance of their intended travel to permit sufficient time for visa processing.

The returning resident applicant must schedule an appointment for an interview date. Applicants must be interviewed in person at the Embassy.

To apply for returning resident status, please submit the following forms and documents to the Consular Section:

  • A completed Application to Determine Returning Resident Status Form, Form DS-117
  • Present evidence to show:
    • Proof of lawful permanent residence, e.g., Form I-151, I-551, Reentry permit;
    • Dates of travel outside the U.S., e.g., airline tickets, passport stamps;
    • Proof of ties to the U.S. and intention to return, e.g., tax returns, and evidence of economic, family and social ties to the U.S.;
    • Proof that your stay was extended due to circumstances beyond your control, e.g. medical incapacitation, employment with a U.S. company, accompanying a U.S. spouse
  • Pay a fee of $275 for each petition filed.

This process requires two interviews at the Embassy. The first will determine if you qualify for Returning Resident status; if a consular officer determines you do, the second interview will be for the Returning Resident immigrant visa. Click here for further information about the process and requirements.

Note: Individuals contemplating whether to submit an application for returning resident status should carefully evaluate whether their circumstances meet the criteria outlined above. The application fee is non-refundable and the evaluation process is quite rigorous. Please note that approval of returning resident status does not guarantee issuance of a visa.

Immigrant visa applicants (including 'K' visa applicants) may require administrative processing. While most administrative processing occurs prior to the final immigrant visa interview, in some instances additional processing may be required after the interview. Administrative processing cannot be expedited and the Consular Section does not have any control over it. Applicants should plan their schedules accordingly.