Turkey – Supporting Documents and Registration of Address Update

Posted on August 28, 2017

The Immigration Bureau of Turkey will no longer accept scanned copies of notarized and translated documents. The documents in support of a Residence Permit Application must now be original, and the notary must certify that it is an original document…. Read more »


Turkey – Changes to Notification Requirements

Posted on November 4, 2016

As we previously reported, on August 13, 2016 Turkey published the “Law on International Workforce” (Law No. 6735), with immediate effect. The Law has changed the requirements for notifying the Ministry of Labour (MOL) of the start of a foreign… Read more »


Turkey – International Labour Law in Effect

Posted on September 30, 2016

As previously announced, a new International Labour Law took effect in August, which amended some articles of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection, allowing for more flexibility for foreign national resident permit holders in Turkey. Currently, as of August… Read more »


Turkey – New Work Permit Regime

Posted on August 19, 2016

A new law that was published in the Official Gazette supersedes the previous Law on Work Permits for Foreigners, now called The Law on International Labor Force.  The new law implements important changes in the work permit system. A new… Read more »


Turkey – Update of Resident Permit Renewals by Appointment

Posted on August 12, 2016

As previously mentioned, residents in Istanbul must get an appointment date from the immigration Department’s online system for extension of residence applications.  Appointment dates are given randomly after approximately 5-6 months by the Immigration Department’s online system in Istanbul City. … Read more »


Turkey – Resident Permit Renewals Must be Made by Appointment

Posted on August 5, 2016

Effective immediately, the Istanbul Immigration Office is renewing Turkish Residence Permit holders only by appointments.  The strict rules are put in place due the State of Emergency Act declared on July 20th in regards to an attempted military coup.  Under… Read more »


TURKEY – Online Visa System Experiencing Technical Issues & Updated Documentation Requirements for Residence Permit Applications

Posted on March 4, 2016

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recently updated their Electronic Visa Application System but is subsequently experiencing technical issues that have caused delays in submitting applications and in booking appointments. Additionally, the documents required for Residence Permit applications have also… Read more »


TURKEY – Significantly Higher Minimum Salary for 2016

Posted on February 2, 2016

Effective January 1st, 2016, the Turkish Labour Ministry has released new minimum salary requirements. Normally, these requirements are issued for a six-month period, but for 2016 they have been issued for a full year. The consequential minimum salary increase is… Read more »


TURKEY – Pre-Application System in Force for Turkish Visas

Posted on January 8, 2016

As of January 5, 2016, all visa applications, excluding tourist visas, must first be submitted through the Pre-Application System before completing the application at a Turkish consular post. Once the online application is completed, the applicant should apply to the… Read more »


TURKEY – Significant Delays to Residence Permit Application Appointments; and New Limits for Stays Abroad for Residence Permit Holders

Posted on November 20, 2015

The online system for booking appointments for first-time residence permit applications in Turkey is currently issuing appointments up to 90 days after the booking date, putting applicants’ legal immigration status in Turkey at risk. In addition, a law which entered… Read more »