US, Turkey to resume issuing non-immigrant visas
Tuesday November 07, 2017 - 13:40:33 in English News by Burhan Editor
SOMALILANDERS:- The United States embassy in Turkey has announced it will resume processing non-immigrant visas for Turkish nationals "on a limited basis", after visa services were suspended last month.
"We believe the security posture has improved sufficiently to allow for the resumption of limited visa services in Turkey," the US Mission to Turkey said in a statement on its website on Monday.
Non-immigrant visas - which include student, tourist, media and work visas - will be processed "on a limited basis", the mission said.
"A reduced number" of interviews will be scheduled to process the applications.
In response, the Turkish embassy in Washington, DC, said it would also resume processing visa applications for US nationals "on a limited basis".
The moves come as Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is due to travel to the US to meet with US officials on Tuesday. He is expected to discuss the visa issue, as well as reiterate Turkey's call for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen.
Turkey blames Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric, for orchestrating a failed coup attempt in July 2016. Gulen has denied the accusation.
The US embassy suspended the issuance of non-immigrant visas in Turkey in October.
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