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This guide looks at Turkey's brand new "Turquoise Visa". We will be updating it as more information emerges.
This new Turquoise Visa (turquoise being the national colour of Turkey) was announced on 14 March 2017.
This visa is for highly skilled people. Highly skilled people means people who are one or more of the following:
Have a unique skill set
Highly skilled investors
Highly skilled scientific people
Eminent international cultural or sporting personalities
People who will help Turkey or its culture to be better known internationally
They will be entitled to the equivalent of an indefinite work permit.
They can be joined by their husband/wife, children and other dependants.
They are exempt from military service (otherwise compulsory in Turkey) but they can’t work in the Turkish public services.
We'll keep updating this page as more information is released by the government. Watch this space.
|Turkey Country Guide
Essential facts and figures about Turkey
|Turkish Residence Permits
How residence permits work in Turkey
|Coming to Turkey as a Student
Visa & immigration information for foreign students
|Coming to Turkey to Work
Visa & immigration information for foreigners wanting to work in Turkey
|Coming to Turkey to Start a Business
Visa & immigration information for foreigners wanting to set up their own business in Turkey
|Coming to Turkey to Join Your Family
How do you join a family member who already has Turkish residence?
|Coming to Turkey to Retire
Visa & immigration information for foreigners wanting to retire in Turkey
|Coming to Turkey via Residence for Investment
The "golden visa"
|Coming to Turkey as a Tourist
Tourist visas and lengths of stay
|Coming to Turkey as an Asylum Seeker/Refugee
The rules surrounding refugees in Turkey
I hope you have found this guide useful. If you need any further help, please contact me.Başak Yıldız Orkun 13 May 2017
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