Turquoise Card regulation has entered into force
The long-awaited Turquoise Card regulation entered into force on March 14, 2017 setting out rules applicable to holders of a Turquoise Card, granting right to work and reside in Turkey for perpetuity to its holders and right to reside to relatives.
A Turquoise Card will be granted to non-Turkish foreigners evaluated as high-qualified workforce due to education, salary, professional knowledge or experience; high-qualified investors based on their import and export levels, potential jobs they could create, contribution to the scientific and technologic development; scientists and researchers contributing to the scientific and technologic development; internationally successful persons in cultural, artistic or sporting activities; or persons contributing to international recognition or promotion of Turkey. A Turquoise Card will be granted after an evaluation based on a point scoring system by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security and initially issued for three years. A specialist will be assigned to monitor activities of a Turquoise Card holder during this period, who will issue a final report at the end of the term, which, if affirmative will give permanent status to the holder.