Foreigners and Citizenship Law

Turkey, a country in the center of the global change in the macro dynamics of international economic migration, has gone from being an emigrant geography to an immigrant one within the past quarter-century. Operating in such a country, Aksan actively provides legal consultancy services in a wide range of legal issues in the field of Foreigners and Citizenship Law. Our team of qualified lawyers and foreign consultants has the required skills to deal with problems that have an element of foreignness.

Our department provides full legal consultancy services in areas such as obtaining work permits for foreign citizens, following procedures for their residence permits, as well as applying for and following procedures for acquisition of Turkish citizenship.

Other services we provide for domestic and foreign, natural and legal entities include:

  • Applying for, following and concluding procedures for obtaining residence permits and extending residence permit durations for foreigners who wish to live in Turkey
  • Applying for, following and concluding procedures for obtaining work permits and extending work permit durations for foreigners who plan to be employed in Turkey, including but not limited to foreigners to be employed at legal entities subject to the Law on Foreign Direct Investments
  • Applying for, following and concluding procedures for citizenship for foreigners who wish to acquire Turkish citizenship under Law no. 5901 on Turkish Citizenship
  • Applying for, following and concluding procedures for individuals who wish to renounce their Turkish citizenship by a competent authority decision under Law no. 5901 on Turkish Citizenship
  • Rendering consultancy services with regard to Real Estate Law, especially on acquisition of real estate by foreigners in Turkey, and providing consultancy services with regard to Inheritance Law
  • Providing legal consultancy services with regard to refuge, temporary protection, secondary protection, and statuses of refugees and conditional refugees in Turkey. (There is no one-way implementation concerning refuge in our country, which agrees with the Geneva Convention of 1951 relating to the legal status of refugees, subject to geographical restriction. According to this restriction, Turkey only accepts requests for refuge made from the member countries of the European Council. With respect to requests for refuge made from countries other than the European Council, it will grant a temporary residence permit to such people until they settle in the country that they will accept through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR))
  • Recognition and enforcement


The law firms with which we conduct joint works abroad include:

  • Akıncı Legal & Consulting P.C, New York, United States
  • Alt Advocaten, Amsterdam, Holland
  • Bates Wells Braithwaite, London, UK
  • Brame Avocats, Paris, France
  • Christodoulos g. Vassiliades & Co. LLC, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Fakhry Law Firm, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Kambourov & Partners, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Zalloum & Laswi Law Firm, Amman, Jordan
  • ANDRIĆ OBRADOVIĆ VULOVIĆ, Belgrade, Serbia

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