TURKEY – All Residence Permit Renewals Now to Be Submitted In Person

Effective immediately, any foreign national residence permit holder in Turkey intending to renew their residence permit must submit their renewal application in person at the immigration office.

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This alert was prepared with information provided by Newland Chase.

TURKEY – Update on Residence Permit Process

The Migration Directorate has recently introduced changes to its rules for short-term (touristic) residence permits, with the stated aim of limiting the number of foreign nationals illegally engaging in work while holding these permits.

These measures are expected to develop further as the Migration Directorate tests their effectiveness.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Bener Law Office.

TURKEY – Delays Due to Implementation of New Registration System for Work Permit Applications

Effective 26 February 2018, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) requires work permit applications to be submitted using the sponsoring company’s KEP account.

Moreover, a secure electronic signature, obtained using a qualified electronic certificate, must be used to sign the application form. The signature of the representative of the employer can no longer be used.

However, as of 27 February 2018, the new MOL work permit application system incorporating KEP is not fully operational.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Bener Law Office, Yalçın & Toygar Law Office and Specialist Relocation.

TURKEY – Higher Minimum Salary for 2018

Effective 1 January 2018, the Turkish Labour Ministry has announced increased minimum salary requirements.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Bener.

TURKEY – Update on Entry for US Nationals; and Security Alert

There are some updates to the situation for US nationals wishing to obtain visas for Turkey, and a security alert for those already in Turkey and other middle-eastern countries.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Bener.

TURKEY + UNITED STATES – Update on Entry to Turkey for US Nationals

On 21 November 2017, the United States Department of State issued an update on the situation for US nationals entering Turkey. The main points are as follows:

  • US citizens (with no other nationality) will be issued sticker visas upon entry into Turkey only if they can show legal residency (residence permits) in another country other than the US. (Note: this is in clear contrast with airport policy the past month where US nationals were consistently being issued sticker visas at Turkish airports as long as their flight originated outside the US).
  • Turkish consulates outside the US are consistently issuing visas to US nationals physically present at that consular post, with no problems. Note that whether a particular consulate retains a local residence requirement is case-by-case.
  • Turkish consular posts in the US are still offering visa appointments to US nationals in some cases, based on certain criteria such as medical needs, urgent family issues, international conferences or sport events, etc.
  • Current valid Turkish visas (including sticker visas) continue to be acceptable for entry into Turkey.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Bener.

TURKEY AND UNITED STATES – Limited Resumption of Visa Processing

Panorama os Istanbul and Bosporus at night

On 6 November 2017, the United States mission to Turkey announced that it is resuming limited visa services in Turkey, based on assurances from the government of Turkey about the security of local US diplomatic staff. A reduced number of visa appointments is available at the US Embassy in Ankara or the Consulate General in Istanbul.

Turkey reciprocated by announcing a resumption of limited processing of visa applications for US nationals in the United States.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by US Embassy & Consulates in Turkey and the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC.