United States missions in Turkey partially resume visa issuing


The US embassy in Turkey has started to issue visas, the Turkish media reports citing the embassy November 6.

The move comes on the eve of Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's visit to Washington.

However, reportedly there are restrictions on issuance of visas to Turkish citizens.

Last month, USA missions suspended all non-immigrant visa services after Turkey's arrest of a United States consulate employee. The day after the USA suspended the services in Turkey, the Turkish government responded in kind, suspending visa services for Americans and releasing a statement that mirrored the U.S's.

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She is also considered barring them from visiting transportation locations, such as train stations or airports. He would not be able to apply for a new passport (his three passports have been confiscated).

An email from USA visa services received by some Turkish visa applicants said applications were being processed on a limited basis at US diplomatic representations in Turkey.

Turkey has also pledged to inform the U.S. government should Turkey plan to detain or arrest any of the local staff in the future, the USA mission said.

Non-immigrant visas - which include student, tourist, media and work visas - will be processed "on a limited basis", the mission said. He was the second local staff member at a US mission in Turkey to be held.

Topuz was detained on charges of espionage and alleged ties to Gulen. "We are also concerned about the cases against U.S. citizens who have been arrested under the state of emergency", the embassy said.

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In March, a Turkish employee at the United States consulate in the southern city of Adana was arrested on charges of supporting the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

A view from United State Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, 09 October 2017.

Both were accused of links to 2016's failed coup but the U.S. Embassy said the accusations were baseless.

Turkey has been angered by what it sees as US reluctance to hand over Gulen, who has lived in Pennsylvania since 1999.

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The lack of movement on the issue has further strained ties already frayed over Washington's support for a Syrian Kurdish militia that Ankara considers a terror group.