What is the change? Turkey has changed its consular process for foreign applicants applying for business visas, work visas and other non-tourist visas.

What does the change mean? Applicants must first file an online “pre-application” before completing their application at a Turkish consular post.

  • Implementation time frame: The change took effect Jan. 5.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas that require a consulate to place a visa sticker in the applicant’s passport, including business visas, work visas, Assembly, Maintenance and Service (AMS) visas and others.
  • Who is affected: Foreign applicants applying for visas other than tourist visas.
  • Impact on processing times: The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends applying for visas at least one month before intended date of travel.
  • Next steps: Applicants should be mindful of the new process and time lines when preparing supporting documentation for their BAL teams.

Background: The pre-application system announced by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs applies to all non-tourist visas. Non-tourist applicants must pre-apply online through a new Turkish Visa Application website. After uploading supporting documents, the applicant may print out and sign the application form and schedule an in-person appointment at the appropriate consulate. Unlike the tourist visa website, the new website does not issue an electronic visa; applicants must finalize their application and obtain a visa sticker at the nearest Turkish consulate.

BAL Analysis: The process adds a new step to the application process for foreign employees, business visitors, students and others. To avoid delays that could occur with the switch to the new system, applicants are encouraged to leave plenty of lead time.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Turkey. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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