Global Migration Digest

April 2014 (Vol. 2, No. 3)

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www.aila.org 5 by Maria Çelebi A s announced several months ago by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in several official internet sites, aer April 10th, 2014, the visitor visa-on-arrival system was scheduled to no longer be available. However, on February 19th the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced an interim procedure; given the government authorities are not ready for full elimination of the visa-on-arrival. As a reminder, the visa-on-arrival system allowed certain nationalities to purchase their visitor visa in Turkey at the airport upon arrival. e goal has been for all nationals eligible for a visa-on-arrival be required as of April 11 to use the electronic visa system prior to departure. e move toward elimination of the visa-on-arrival is based on the new Law on Foreigners and International Protection (Law No. 6458). Given that government authorities are concerned about the impending deadline and its effect on tourism, it was announced that the following interim measures as of April 11th will be implemented: • Visitors arriving to Turkey without e-visas will be able to obtain their e-Visas via interactive kiosks placed in Turkish airports (assuming they qualify for an e-Visa). • Arrangements will be made to allow visitors to obtain e-Visas from authorized airline companies' offices, including those companies' offices in airports. • Tour operators will be able to apply for group e-Visas and make lump sum payments. • In addition to Visa and Master Card, payment will be accepted from other commonly used credit cards and debit cards. • Fees for e-Visas obtained via the e-Visa website (www.evisa.gov.tr) will be lower than the fees for visas obtained upon arrival at Turkish airports. Information regarding visa fees can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (www.mfa.gov.tr). • In addition to English, French, and Spanish; Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, German, Arabic and Chinese language options will be added to the e-Visa system. April 2014 will also see many changes in the processing of foreigners upon entry with regard to their residence permits and visas based on the new Law on Foreigners and International Protection. COMING APRIL 2014! Your Keys to Success! The Immigration & Nationality Act and Immigration Regulations are two of the most important primary sources for immigration law practice. The INA and CFR from AILA include all enacted laws and promulgated regulations from 2013 and early 2014! + LIBRARY Global Migration Update: Turkey AILA Is your library up-to-date? Be sure to check out the latest releases from AILA!

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