United States, Turkey Resume Visa Services

Marie Harrington
December 29, 2017

They were restored after Turkey assured USA authorities that no other local employees were under investigation and that local staffers wouldn't be detained for doing their jobs, the embassy said in a statement Thursday.

Turkish stocks and country-specific ETF strengthened Thursday after the USA and Turkey lifted all visa restrictions, ending months-long dispute over diplomatic duties.

On Oct. 8, the US suspended issuance of visas to Turkish citizens due to the arrest of an employee of the US Consulate General in Istanbul.

Turkey faults the USA for refusing to hand over Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, a Pennsylvania resident who Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for a July 2016 coup attempt.

Following this, the Embassy of Turkey in Washington announced the resumption of the process of issuing visas to United States citizens in response to a similar decision by the American side.

It also said Turkey was seriously concerned about legal cases in the USA involving Turkish citizens.

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"We don't find it proper that the USA claims it's received assurances from Turkey and is misinforming the public, despite the fact that we've drawn attention to the issue before", Turkey's Embassy in Washington said.

Non-immigrant visas include student, tourist, media and work visas.

We continue to have serious concerns about the existing allegations against arrested local employees of our Mission in Turkey.

Turkey reciprocated the measure shortly thereafter, blocking non-immigrant visa services for USA citizens.

The embassy began processing visas on a "limited" basis in November following reassurances from Turkey.

The Turkish embassy in Washington said, however, that it had not offered any assurances to the U.S. over its detained staff. "Although we noted earlier, we do not find the right arguing that misinform the American public that Turkey received assurances from the United States and Turkey", the statement said.

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