Law Nr. 6458 on Foreigners and International Protection has been
published in Official Gazette on April, 11th 2013, Nr 28615. The
adopted draft law aims to harmonize Turkey's laws on
foreigners, foreigners' entry into Turkey, foreigners' stay
in Turkey and foreigners' exit from Turkey with EU laws.
New law will be first Turkish asylum law and will be treated as
Turkish foreigners' code. New law specifies entry rules to
Turkey, visa regulations and residence permit applications and
principles regarding deportation and international protection. Law
on the Foreigners and International Protection also establishes
General Directorate of Migration Management under the Ministry of
Except provisions regarding to the establishment of General
Directorate of Migration Management, all other provisions shall
enter into force 1 year after the publication date.
Some articles from new law:
New law specifies six main types of residence permits. (i)
Short-Term Residence Permit, (ii) Family Residence Permit, (iii)
Student Residence Permit (iv) Long- Term Residence Permit (v)
Humanitarian Residence Permit (vi) Residence Permits for the
victims of Human Trafficking.
A foreigner who is victim of an offence related to Human
Trafficking might be granted with 30 days valid residence permit
for reflection and for him/her to decide to take action against the
perpetrator(s) of the offence. Residence permits for the Victims of
Human Trafficking might be extended at most 6 months periods;
however extensions can not exceed three years.
Individuals who are not citizens of any country in the world
may be able to obtain an ID card in Turkey as a stateless
Foreigners who stay in Turkey for a period of 8 years with
residence permit or foreigners who meet the criteria set forth by
the Migration Policies Board will be able to obtain a permanent
Foreigners who will stay in Turkey as a transit passenger may
be required to obtain a transit visa.
An individual may apply at a Turkish court to challenge a
deportation decision against her/him in Turkey.
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This article aims to clarify the matters concerning Turkish citizenship acquisition in relation with Turkish Citizenship Law.
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