DOS Update on NIV Applications by Nationals of Russia and Turkey

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We recently reported on the suspension of nonimmigrant visa services in Russia [see article] and Turkey [see article].

On October 19, 2017, representatives from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) asked a U.S. Department of State (DOS) liaison whether the DOS had designated alternative posts for nationals of Russia and Turkey to apply for nonimmigrant visas [PDF version].

Alternative Posts

In both cases, the DOS did not indicate that it had designated any posts for Russian and Turkish nationals. Instead, it stated that “[f]or [nonimmigrant visas], the absence of any designation of alternative posts generally allows applicants to apply wherever they are physically present.”

We will continue to update the website with more information regarding the situation for nonimmigrant visas in Russia and Turkey. Those with case-specific questions should consult with an experienced immigration attorney for guidance.