U.S. Embassy Expands Visa Services in New Location

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ANKARA

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara will increase visa services at its new location, a senior U.S. diplomat has said following criticism from Turkey’s top diplomat over protracted and toughened visa procedures for Turkish nationals.

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The United States Embassy moved into its new premises on August 29 in an official ceremony hosted by Ambassador Jeff Flake and Embassy staff.

Jayne Howell, working as a consular at the US Embassy, ​​informed that visa services will start on September 1 with an expanded capacity, in an interview with Demirören News Agency on August 31.

“A one-year waiting period for visa applications is certainly not good. And we are working as hard as we can to bring as much innovation as possible and to reduce waiting times every day in this regard. “, she said.

Howell introduced the new visa section in the embassy compound, stressing that she attaches considerable importance to providing a larger and more comfortable space for visa applicants. “We plan to provide service in a much better way. We are trying to take advantage of the latest technology,” she said, adding that they wanted to increase the number of visas processed.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had complained about increasingly complicated visa procedures for Turkish nationals by the United States and European Union countries. He had indicated that the ambassadors of these countries will be invited to the ministry at the beginning of September for the resolution of the problem. According to some reports, the proportion of visa refusals by EU countries has increased sharply in the last period.

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“This new location is an exciting source for us. We are increasing our capacity,” Howell pointed out.

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