Turkey changes the Law on Foreign and International Protection

Turkey has recently put in to affect some legislative changes on The Law on Foreign and International Protection.

What is the change?

The Law on Foreign and International Protection, law numbered 6548, has been put in effect. The changes are:

Work permits will also serve as residence permits. In other words, a foreigner who obtains a  work permit shall  automatically receive a residence permit. The residence permit will be valid until the expiry date of the work permit.

The residence permit process, which is currently executed  by the local Security Directorate, will be undertaken by the recently established  Ministry of Interior Directorate General of Migration Management during 2015.

It is now a legal obligation to have full health insurance covering at least the period of the residence permit during the residence permit application process.

Students can now work for a period not exceeding 24 hours  a week  upon receiving a valid work permit

Special legal requirements that are applicablefor specific foreign investments and other employers shall still continue.

Why is it changing?

To integrate internal legislation with international legislation as well as making the  current system more operative.

Who is affected by the change?

Foreign workers, students, employers

What do they need to do?

No action needs to be taken until the expiry of existing permits.

When do they need to do it by?

The changes are only applicable for new or extension requests.

Contact TMF Group Turkey for more information on the assistance we can provide in preparing the application.

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Yasemin  Tekin
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