A visa is a form issued by a visa officer. This form is placed in your passport to show that you have met the requirements for admission to Turkey. A visa may be for a single entry, for multiple entries, or for transit purposes. The tourist visa is good for a year and allows the U.S citizens to stay in Turkey for 3 months in each stay (with multiple entries).
U.S citizens may obtain their tourist visas upon entry at ANY point in Turkey or from the Turkish consulates around the U.S. However, application for a business visa must be done ahead of time, before entering Turkey. Some Non-U.S Citizens need to apply for their tourist or business visas in advance BEFORE going to Turkey. If you need to obtain your visa ahead of time, you may directly contact a Turkish Consulate in person, or by mail.
Applications for education visas are reviewed by the Turkish Consulate General Offices. When your application is completed we can issue your visa within 48 hours. Applicants without a relevant visa are not allowed to study in Turkey.
Applications for work visas are reviewed by the Turkish Consulate and forwarded to Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for approval. Therefore, the applications must be submitted AT LEAST 6 WEEKS in advance.When this waiting period is over you can apply back to the same office with your passport and visa fee to get your work visa. Applicants without relevant visas are not allowed to work in Turkey.
Applications should be made through the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C. at least TWO (2) MONTHS before the date. All properly completed applications are processed as soon as possible and forwarded to Turkey to be reviewed. The Turkish Embassy will inform the applicant of the outcome of his/her application. However, due to the large volumes of applications, it may take TWO (2) to FOUR (4) MONTHS for application process to be completed. Individuals whose applications are approved are issued a visa valid for the period they had specified on their application forms. Applicants who enter Turkey without the relevant visa are not allowed to carry out research, film shooting or photographing.
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