Immigration Law

Welcome to our section focusing on the legal rights and processes relating to Turkish citizenship, residence and work visas, the deportation process, and other critical issues that impact immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees living in Turkey.

Turkish Citizenship: According to the Turkish Citizenship Law (Law No. 5901), foreign nationals can acquire Turkish citizenship through several routes, including by birth, by choice, by marriage, or by fulfilling certain criteria set by the Ministry of Interior such as investing in Turkey, being a highly qualified individual, or living in Turkey for a continuous period with a residence permit.

Residence Visa: As per the Law on Foreigners and International Protection (Law No. 6458), a foreign national who wishes to stay in Turkey beyond the duration of a visa or a visa exemption must obtain a residence permit. The types of residence permits include Short-Term Residence Permit, Family Residence Permit, Student Residence Permit, Long-Term Residence Permit, Humanitarian Residence Permit, and Victim of Human Trafficking Residence Permit.

Work Visa: Foreign nationals wishing to work in Turkey must obtain a work visa, which can only be issued if the individual has a valid job offer and the employer has obtained a work permit on behalf of the employee. This process is guided by the International Labor Law (Law No. 6735).

Deportation Process: In line with the Law on Foreigners and International Protection (Law No. 6458), foreign nationals may be subject to deportation in certain circumstances. These may include overstaying a visa or residence permit, committing certain crimes, or posing a threat to public order or security.

Rights of Immigrants, Asylum Seekers, and Refugees: Turkey has a geographical limitation to its ratification of the 1951 Geneva Convention, meaning it only grants refugee status to Europeans. However, non-European asylum seekers and refugees can apply for international protection under the Law on Foreigners and International Protection. They are eligible for temporary protection, international protection, or can be considered conditional refugees, meaning they can stay in Turkey temporarily until a third country agrees to accept them.

While the above provides a brief overview of the laws pertaining to foreign nationals living in Turkey, it’s important to understand that each person’s situation can be unique and subject to different legal conditions. Navigating the intricacies of these laws can be challenging, and we recommend seeking professional legal advice to fully understand your rights and obligations.

Our experienced team is dedicated to providing support and guidance in these matters. We prioritize your well-being and rights, ensuring you are well-equipped to understand and navigate these legal landscapes. Please feel free to reach out to us for any assistance.