The issuing of visas was suspended in response to the arrest of an employee of the American Consulate in Istanbul
The U.S. Embassy in Turkey on Thursday announced that it will resume a full visa service for Turkish citizens wishing to visit the United States.
Earlier this year, the United States suspended the issuance of all nonimmigrant visas in Turkey in response to the arrest of an employee of the American Consulate in Istanbul Metin Topusa on charges of terrorism. In response, Turkey also stopped visa services in the United States.
According to Thursday’s statement, the state Department, since October, Turkey has fulfilled the promise not to investigate in regards to the local employees of the American Embassy, and detain them “for the performance of official duties.” In the future the Turkish government promises to consult with Separed the arrest of any of the local employees.
“Given the observance of these guarantees, the state Department is confident that the situation in the sphere of security have improved enough to fully resume visa application service in Turkey,” the statement reads.
The two countries resumed its visa service in a limited manner in November, when Washington came to the Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim, but last week the U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced that the first visa interview will be held only in January 2019, more than a year.