U.S. and Turkey Suspend All Non-Immigrant Visa Services Between Countries
The United States and Turkey have both suspended all non-immigrant visa services between the countries. The move indefinitely blocks individuals from Turkey and the United States to travel between the two countries.
This news means that Turks will not be issued visas to visit the United States unless planning on making the move to the United States.
This news comes after the arrest of a US consulate employee in Istanbul. The US mission in Ankara shared the news through a statement on Sunday, saying “Recent events have forced the United States government to reassess the commitment of government of Turkey to the security of US mission and personnel.”
Turkey matched this move by mirroring the United States’ action and statement, word for word. This action reflects strained relationships between the countries, which are at odds over US. Support for Kurdish fighters in Syria. Turkey has called for the extradition of Fetullah Gulen, a cleric living in Pennsylvania that the country blames as the leader behind a failed coup during 2016.
The United States has stated that current visas remained valid, and that Turkish citizens could apply for visas in other countries while services in Turkey were suspended.
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