U.S. resumes visa services in Turkey on "limited basis"

US resumes visa issuance in Turkey on limited basis

US Embassy In Turkey Partially Lifts Visa Sanctions

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.

An email received by some of the Turkish visa applicants stated the same.

Non-immigrant visas - which include student, tourist, media and work visas - will be processed "on a limited basis", the mission said.

Turkey will resume processing visa applications at its diplomatic missions in the United States on a 'limited basis, ' Turkey's Embassy in Washington announced on its Twitter account late Monday, shortly after a USA similar decision earlier in the day.

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The Turkish Embassy in Washington tweeted soon after the American statement was released that the Turkish government would begin to process visa applications of United States citizens on a "limited basis" as well.

The US decision followed the arrest of a local employee at the US Consulate in Istanbul over alleged links to the the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO).

Relations between the U.S. and Turkey, a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation that also plays host to a strategic air base close to the borders with Syria and Iraq, have been strained over the United States refusal to extradite the cleric, Fethullah Gulen.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Mr Gulen of instigating the unrest - a charge the cleric denies. Turkey retaliated by halting visa services in the US for Americans who want to travel to Turkey.

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Metin Topuz was formally charged with espionage and seeking to overthrow the Turkish government last month, accusations the U.S. embassy in Ankara said at the time were "wholly without merit".

The statement came after a statement by the US' embassy in Ankara, which said that USA received initial high-level assurances from Turkey that there were no additional local employees of U.S. missions under investigation.

It added that there were also assurances that local staff would not be "detained or arrested for performing their official duties".

The US embassy said Turkish authorities indicated they would inform the US government in advance if they meant to detain or arrest a local employee in the future.

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