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The Istanbul Embassy takes non-immigrant visas, and immigrant visas can only be done in Ankara. This should be an obvious question since the K-1 is a non-immigrant visa, but all reviews on this site that I found are for Ankara and not Istanbul and that caused me some concern since I need to list the embassy on the i-129f petition and Istanbul is more convenient. The Ankara website is not clear and actually confuses the issue some. Any help would be appreciated.

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The Istanbul Embassy takes non-immigrant visas, and immigrant visas can only be done in Ankara. This should be an obvious question since the K-1 is a non-immigrant visa, but all reviews on this site that I found are for Ankara and not Istanbul and that caused me some concern since I need to list the embassy on the i-129f petition and Istanbul is more convenient. The Ankara website is not clear and actually confuses the issue some. Any help would be appreciated.

All I-129F petitions are filed with USCIS in the states. You cannot begin the petition process in Turkey for a fiancee. At the end of the process, they will interview for the visa in Ankara.


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All I-129F petitions are filed with USCIS in the states. You cannot begin the petition process in Turkey for a fiancee. At the end of the process, they will interview for the visa in Ankara.

It does ask for which consulate the beneficiary will apply on the I-129F form.

I believe the filing will occur at the Ankara Consulate. ---> http://turkey.usembassy.gov/visa_forms.html


23Jan2010 "V" mailed I-129F (USPO return recp't & certified mail)

25Jan2010 NOA1 (website), 01Feb2010 via snail mail

26Jan2010 USPO return receipt received

27Jan2010 Check cashed

26Feb2010 NOA2 (website), 04Mar2010 via snail mail

06Mar2010 Petition received at NVC (website), 10Mar2010 via snail mail

17Mar2010 "Packet 3" received from Sydney Consulate (via email only)

24Mar2010 "L&V" mailed DS-230 to Sydney Consulate(sent from the US - certified mail)

_________| no activity for 26 days since "L" is still in the US. (we didn't expect the paperwork would flow so smoothly and quickly).

18Apr2010 "L" returned to Australia

19Apr2010 "L" - finger-printed & requested for police certificate

21Apr2010 "L" medical exam

23Apr2010 Police certificate received

30Apr2010 Medical results

01May2010 "L" Sent DS-1076 form + entire packet "ready for interview" to Sydney Consulate

10May2010 "Packet 4" received from Sydney Consulate (via email only)

25May2010 Interview

01Jun2010 Visa Received In-hand

28Jul2010 PoE San Francisco, California

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It does ask for which consulate the beneficiary will apply on the I-129F form.

I believe the filing will occur at the Ankara Consulate. ---> http://turkey.usembassy.gov/visa_forms.html

Yes, that is correct. The beneficiary will apply for a visa in Ankara (a Consulate, not an Embassy) after the petition is approved but the OP asked about filing the I-129F.


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The Istanbul Embassy takes non-immigrant visas, and immigrant visas can only be done in Ankara. This should be an obvious question since the K-1 is a non-immigrant visa, but all reviews on this site that I found are for Ankara and not Istanbul and that caused me some concern since I need to list the embassy on the i-129f petition and Istanbul is more convenient. The Ankara website is not clear and actually confuses the issue some. Any help would be appreciated.

Does not matter which consulate you list on the I-129f. If the consulate you list does not process the visa, the Department of State will change it to the one that does that has jurisdiction over your fiance(e)'s place of residence. So even if you list Istanbul, they will change it to Ankara as Ankara has jurisdiction over all of Turkey for the "K" visas.


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Yes, that is correct. The beneficiary will apply for a visa in Ankara (a Consulate, not an Embassy) after the petition is approved but the OP asked about filing the I-129F.

Yes it will be in Ankara.They do not do K1 visas in Istanbul.. and in Ankara it is the Embassy.


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07/09/08 - Denial of Visitor Visa to U.S.A.
06/04/09 - 2nd Denial of Visitor Visa to U.S.A.

09/22/09 - I-129F Sent
09/24/2009 - NOA1
10/19/2009 - NOA2

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Yes it will be in Ankara.They do not do K1 visas in Istanbul.. and in Ankara it is the Embassy.

Duh, yeah, Ankara IS the Capital City so yes, that's where the Embassy would be. All dealings will be with the Consular staff, not the Embassy staff, specifically the immigrant visa unit of the Consular staff.

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