Ecology. The first tree in the “forest” of Seyhan Law Office

Ecology. The first tree in the “forest” of Seyhan Law Office

Todayvwas planted the first tree, in our law office, in honor of the birthday of the Attorney Bulent Seyhan. The founding partner of Seyhan Law Office. We hope that this was the first small step to the tradition of planting trees on the occasion of birthdays and other important events and dates in the lives of partners and employees of our office. The goal is also to plant a whole forest over time.ecology


Everyone needs to try to do something to solve ecological problem as far as their strengths and capabilities are because the environmental situation on planet earth is rapidly deteriorating, and .

Seyhan Law Office also conducts other environmental care activities. Garbage sorting, recycle of plastic bottles and caps, support for charity projects.

The ecology of the native country and the native planet should be the concern of every reasonable member of society.

Cooperation of the Seyhan Law Office with the Ukrainian law firm Rubicon

An online conference was held at which Attorney Bulent Seyhan, the founding partner of the Seyhan Law Office, and Pavel Nikulin, director of the Ukrainian law firm Rubicon, agreed to cooperate. The details and conditions of the upcoming cooperation were also discussed.

Some information about our solution partner:

This organization provides a wide range of consulting and lawyer services to Ukrainian clients and clients from other countries, in the territory of their country, as well as abroad. Due to the presence of a large partner network of legal organizations in many countries, the Rubicon Law Firm can provide legal services together with foreign attorneys, lawyers, as well as other specialists in more than 30 countries.

The company’s permanent foreign legal partners are more than 100 foreign legal entities and more than 300 foreign lawyers conducting private practice. Most of the partner lawyers at Rubicon Law Firm abroad are Russian-speaking lawyers.

A rally in Moscow for the rights of men. Male egalitarian movement

On February 8, 2020, on Saturday, a rally for the rights of men in Russia was held in Hyde Park of Sokolniki Park, Moscow. Several hundred people came to the rally, also among them were women. There was also a correspondent for the Seyhan Law Office.

The opening speech with a list of requirements for the authorities was made by lawyer Anton Sorvachev, an Male egalitarian movement activist and organizer of the event. The speaker went to the public in shackles in order to clearly demonstrate the oppressed position of men in Russian society.

The male egalitarian movement requires equal rights for men, calls on the authorities and the public to pay attention to such problems as male suicides (according to statistics, Russia is first in the world in the number of male suicides), short life expectancy of men, sexist references in the legislation of the Russian Federation, unfair judicial practice (in more than ninety percent of cases children leave to their mothers), unequal reproductive rights, homelessness (the vast majority of homeless people are men) and others.

Representatives of public organizations, bloggers and authors of the Men’s movement also took part in the rally.

* The rally was authorized, all permissions from the authorities were received.

Cooperation of Seyhan Law Office with Freytak and sons Law Office in Moscow

The founding partner of the Seyhan Law Office, attorney Bulent Seyhan, was at a meeting with the partner of the Freytak and Sons Moscow Office of Sworn Attorneys, attorney Vadim Vyacheslavovich Bagaturia. At this meeting, it was decided to cooperate between our law offices.

Attorney Vadim Vyacheslavovich Bagaturia was born, raised and studied in Moscow. In 2003, he received a diploma in law from a university with a 70-year history. Legal experience since 2001: worked in the prosecutor’s office, investigative committee, and public organization. Received the status of an attorney in 2011 after successfully passing the qualification exam (information from his personal site).

The Freytak and Sons Office of Attorneys at Law in April 2008 was founded by the famous tax attorney Nikolai Konstantinovich Freytak.

The address of the office of attorneys “Freytak and Sons” in Moscow: Malaya Nikitskaya St., 29, Moscow, 121069
Also you can find the address of Seyhan Law Office in Ankara and Istanbul on our website in the “Contact” section

Seyhan Law Office celebrates Kazakhstan Independence Day

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In 9 December 2019 in Nazim Hikmet concert hall was held a concert in honor of Independence Day of Kazakhstan. This event was organized by the joint efforts of the Association of Kazakh Culture ‘Koktug’, the Embassy of Kazakhstan and the Yenimahalle Municipality.

A show of modern Kazakh fashion was held. Were presentrd new collections of famous Kazakh fashion designers: Zhadyra Qonar, Hanum Aidash Collection, Moldir ‘Atelie Shyn Zhurekten Aktau’

Guest artists from Kazakhstan also performed.

The guests of the concert were; the head of the Yenimahalle municipality – Fethi Yashar, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Ankara – Abzal Saparbekuly, the Assistant Secretary General of TURKSOY – Assoc. Dr. Bilal Cakici, the Head of the Chamber of Commerce of Ankara – Gürsel Baran, the head of the Association of Kazakh Culture – Lazzat Mulazimoglu and many others. Seyhan Law Office was also on the guest list.Seyhan Law Office

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Seyhan Law Firm is Sponsoring prof. dr. Ejder Yılmaz II. Moot Court by ELSA Ankara

Seyhan Law Firm is Sponsoring prof. dr. Ejder Yılmaz II. Moot Court by ELSA Ankara

Cooperation that started in the past few months between ELSA Ankara, young lawyers and law students association and Seyhan Law Firm’s continues. Moot Court Competition is held to improve students’ practical skills in legal profession in the light of learned theory in the law faculties. In this regard this competition puts emphasis on writing memorandum with the written phase and developing pleading and argumentation skills with its oral phase. The competition will be held with honorable presence of prof. dr. Ejder Yılmaz. Our Law Firm supports future lawyers and wishes them luck on the upcoming pleadings on 7-8 April 2018.

ELSA visits Seyhan Law Office

Seyhan Law Office and ELSA (The European Law Students’ Association) teamed up for L@W Lawyers at Work activity. The goal of this event is to give inside knowledge to law students about work place and specific legal field that the law Office is specialized in. Student members of ELSA Ankara visited our Office on 18 October for the L@W event with a focus on Energy Law. During the event Atty. Bülent Seyhan shared his knowledge and experience in this field in order to give tips that are important for those who want to work in Energy Law field.  The association is an organization that brings together law students and young lawyers of 43 different countries.  ELSA partners up and Works with such European Organizations as UNCITRAL, EC European Council, WIPO and UNHCR and doing so provides member students with great opportunities for groth and education. In this context our law Office is willing to even further cooperate with ELSA in order to provide helpful information for students and better law education by enforcing cultural exchange and social responsibility. To participate in similar activities in the future follow our social media accounts.



Multinational corporations (MNC) like to invest and explore upcoming economies and developing countries that have flexible legislation towards investors and related litigation. Fast and effective dispute resolutions as well as legal and economic foreseeability are key factors in minds of investors while making the critical decision of where to invest. A prudent investor would first take council with his lawyers and investigate what would happen if everything goes wrong. As globalisation ties each country with unseen economic and politic ties many countries compete in this sphere. Custom regulations as well as legal statuses of foreigners are important and making easily comprehendible norms with flexibility towards traders and investors allows economic growth.

It is disputed whether alternative dispute resolution methods are more effective than government litigation, however, it is uncontested that it is shorter and much faster than court proceedings. In the minds of MNCs and foreign investors arise doubts whether, for example, Turkish courts could maintain impartiality when one of the sides is Turkey and another a foreigner. This is the reason why arbitration was born. International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC), New York International Arbitration Centre (NYIAC), Russian Arbitration Association (RAA) and Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) are the main providers of safe harbour to dispute resolutions for foreign investors and MNCs. There has been a gap in geographical location between these centres as Middle East has no mainly dominant arbitral centre in this sphere. Istanbul – Turkey being in between Europe and Asia was seen as a perfect placement for a new Arbitral Centre which was consequently opened in 2015 – Istanbul Arbitration Centre (ISTAC).

Additionally Turkey has adopted set of rules that also raised many eyebrows – mandatory mediation. In its nature both of these words should never even exist in the same sentence since the essence of mediation is its voluntariness. Luckily arbitrary mediation is the main rule and international disputes are not touched by the aforementioned “Quasimodo” rule.

Leaving out numerous disputes on this topic it is safe to say that this approach is nonetheless a big step in Turkish Legal Life and hopefully other steps to follow would be prudent and well calculated.

Rights of Foreigners in Turkey


Whether your visit in Turkey is business related or just aimed towards visiting the touristic wonders of Turkey the first encounter you have at the Turkish border is with the government officials with stern faces sitting behind a glass window of the international flights customs in the Atatürk Airport in Istanbul. You get confused when they ask you unrelated questions with a heavy Turkish accent and you start panicking. Do not worry! Sit back, relax, take a cup of coffee and a bagel (maybe a croissant if you prefer French cuisine) and we will take it from here.

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Now, as a foreigner you have legal protection and your rights are stipulated within the Turkish Constitution as well as 6458 Foreigners and International Protection Code. In the later legislation you can find plain and easy to comprehend rules that run you through the whole process before you even pack your luggage.

The best part is that you can access the Code in different language versions on the official website of the Ministry of Interior Directorate the General of Migration Management here –
“Law on Foreigners and International Protection” drafted by the Ministry of Interior was adopted in General Assembly of the Parliament on 04.04.2013 and dispatched to the President. Law 6458 on Foreigners and International Protection (YUKK) was approved by the President on 10.04.2013 and published in the Official Gazette No. 28615 dated 11.04.2013. Click for Word version of Law on Foreigners and International Protection.

Here are the links to the different versions of the code for easy access:

Yabancılar ve Uluslararası Koruma Kanunu (Turkish)

Law on Foreigners and International Protection (English)


Stranieri e Legge Sulla Protezione Internazionale (İtalian)


Gesetz Über Die Auslander und Den Internationalen Schutz (German)

Ley De Protection Iinternacional y Extranjeros (Spanish)

Code Des Estrangers et Protection Internationale (French)


قانون حمایت بین الملی و  (Persian)

قانون الأجانب والحماية الدولية (Arabic)

Art. 5 et seq. of the 6458 Foreigners and International Protection Code codify

  • The process of Entry to the Turkish Border


(1)       Entry into and exit from Turkey shall be through the border gates with a valid passport or travel document.

  • Control of Documents

Document checks


(1)       Foreigners should submit their passport or, travel document or documents to the officials at the time of entry into and exit from Turkey.

(2)       Document checks regarding border crossings can also be carried out on vehicles while they are on route.

(3)       Foreigners using transit areas at airports may be subject to [document] checks by the competent authorities.

(4)       At the time of entry into Turkey, checks shall be carried out to determine whether or not the foreigner falls within the scope of Article 7.

(5)       In the implementation of this article, persons regarding whom a comprehensive check is required may only be held for a maximum of four hours. Within this period, the foreigner may either return to his country at any time or may wait for the completion of the actions for admission into the country, not limited with the four-hour period. The principles and procedures governing comprehensive control actions shall be stipulated in a Directive.

  • Citizens whose entry is prohibited(Art.7)

Foreigners who shall be refused to enter into Turkey


(1) Foreigners who shall be refused to enter into Turkey and turned are those:

  1. a) who do not hold a passport, a travel document, a visa or, a residence or a work permit or, such documents or permits has been obtained deceptively or, such documents or permits are false;
  2. b) whose passport or travel document expires sixty days prior to the expiry date of the visa, visa exemption or the residence permit;
  3. c) without prejudice to paragraph two of Article 15, foreigners listed in paragraph one of Article 15 even if they are exempted from a visa.

(2) Actions in connection with this Article shall be notified to foreigners who are refused entry. This notification shall also include information on how foreigners would effectively exercise their right of appeal against the decision as well as other legal rights and obligations applicable in the process.

  • Prohibition of Entry (Art.10)

Notification of the entry ban to Turkey


(1)       The entry ban shall be notified to foreigners who are within the scope of paragraph one of Article 9 by the competent authority at the border gate when they arrive to enter into Turkey, whereas, foreigners who are within the scope of paragraph two of Article 9 shall be notified by the governorates. The notification shall also include information on how foreigners would effectively exercise their right of appeal against the decision as well as other legal rights and obligations applicable in the process.

  • Mandatory Visa (Art.10)  

Visa requirement, visa applications and competent authorities


(1)       Foreigners wishing to stay in Turkey for up to ninety days shall obtain a visa that indicates the purpose of their visit from the consulates of the Republic of Turkey in their country of citizenship or legal stay. The period of stay in Turkey provided by the visa or visa exemption cannot exceed ninety days within a period of one hundred and eighty days.

(2)       In order for visa applications to be assessed, it is required to lodge the applications in compliance with the procedure.

(3)       Visas shall not confer an absolute right of entry.

(4)       Visas shall be issued by the consulates and, in exceptional cases by the governorates in charge of the respective border gates. [The assessment of] applications lodged with consulates shall be determined within ninety days.

(5)       Visas for diplomats of foreign countries may be issued ex officio to by the embassies of the Republic of Turkey. Such visas shall immediately be reported to the Ministry and the Foreign Ministry in accordance with the general visa procedures. These visas are not subject to fee.

(6)       When necessary in view of the national interests of Turkey, a visa may exceptionally be issued ex officio by the ambassadors’ of the Republic of Turkey. Visas issued for such purposes shall immediately be reported to the Ministry and the Foreign Ministry in accordance with the general visa procedures. These visas are not subject to fee.

(7)       The principles and procedures governing visa types and processes shall be stipulated in a Directive.

Visa exemption


(1)       Visa for entry into Turkey shall not be required from those foreigners who are:

  1. a) exempt from visa obligation pursuant to agreements to which the Republic of Turkey is party to or with a Council of Ministers’ decree;
  2. b) holders of a residence or a work permit valid on the date of entry into Turkey;
  3. c) holders of a valid “reserved for foreigners” passport issued pursuant to Article 18 of the Passport Law № 5682 of 15/07/1950;

ç)         within the scope of Article 28 of the Turkish Citizenship Law № 5901 of 29/05/2009.

(2)       Visa requirement for entry into Turkey may not be sought from those foreigners who:

  1. a) disembark at a port city from a carrier, which has been obliged to use Turkish air and sea ports due to force majeure;
  2. b) arrive at seaports for the purpose of touristic visits to the port city or nearby cities, provided that their visit does not exceed seventy two hours.
  • Transit in the Airport Visa (Art.14)

Border visa [Visas issued at border gates]


(1)       On exceptional cases, foreigners arriving at border gates without a visa, may be issued a visa provided that they document their [intended] departure from Turkey within due time.

(2)       Border visa shall be issued by the governorates in charge of the respective border gates. Governorates may delegate this authority to the law enforcement unit stationed at the border. Such visas shall authorise stay in Turkey for a maximum of fifteen days, unless a different duration is determined by the Council of Ministers.

(3)       The medical insurance requirement may be waived for humanitarian reasons for persons issued a visa at the border.

Airside transit visas


(1)       Foreigners who shall be transiting through Turkey may be required to obtain an airside transit visa. Airside transit visas shall be issued by the consulates, to be used no later than six months.

(2)       Foreigners who would be required to obtain an airside transit a visa shall be jointly determined by the Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Foreigners who cannot apply for Visa (Art.15)

Foreigners who shall be refused a visa


(1)       Visa shall be refused for those foreigners whose/who:

  1. a) passport or travel document is not valid at least sixty days beyond the expiry date of the visa requested;
  2. b) are banned from entering Turkey;
  3. c) are considered undesirable for reasons of public order or public security;

ç)         are identified to have a disease posing public health threat;

  1. d) are suspects of or, are convicted of, a crime(s) that are subject to extradition pursuant to agreements to which the Republic of Turkey is a party to;
  2. e) are not covered with a valid medical insurance for the duration of their stay;
  3. f) fail to supply proof of the reason for their purpose of entry into, transit from or stay in Turkey;
  4. g) do not possess sufficient and sustainable resources [for the duration of their stay]

ğ)         would refuse to pay receivables, originating from overstaying the duration of visa or a previous residence permit duration or, that should be enforced and collected pursuant to the Law on the Procedure of Collection of Public Receivables № 6183 of 21/07/1953 or, debts and fines enforced pursuant to the Turkish Penal Code № 5237 of 26/09/2004.

(2)       Nevertheless if it is deemed to be of interest to issue a visa to such a foreigner who falls within the scope of this article, a visa may be granted subject to the Minister’s approval.

  • Visa Cancellation (Art.16)

Cancelation of visas


(1)       Visa shall be cancelled by the issuing authorities or the governorates in cases when/where:

  1. a) it is determined that the visa is exploited for fraudulent purposes;
  2. b) there is erasure, scraping or alteration detected [on the visa sticker];
  3. c) the visa holder is banned to entry Turkey ;

ç)         there is strong doubt as to the foreigner may commit a crime;

  1. d) the passport or travel document is false or has expired;
  2. e) the visa or the visa exemption is used outside its purpose;
  3. f) the circumstances or documents on the grounds of which the visa was issued are determined to be not valid.

(2)       In case of a removal decision issued with regards to the foreigner within the duration of the visa, the visa shall be cancelled thereof.

Notification of visa processes


(1)       The processes related to the refusal of a visa application or cancelation of the visa shall be notified to the visa applicant.

Authority of the Council of Ministers related to visa and passport procedures


(1)       The Council of Ministers is authorised to;

  1. a) Enter into agreements determining the passport and visa procedures; and under circumstances when considered necessary, unilaterally waive the visa requirement for citizens of certain states; facilitate visa procedures, including exemption from visa fee; and, determine the duration of visas.
  2. b) Introduce terms and conditions for [the using of] passports belonging to foreigners [with regard entry into or stay in or exit from Turkey], in case of war or other extraordinary circumstances to cover a region of or the entire country.
  3. c) Take all measures setting specific conditions or restrictions regarding entry of foreigners into Turkey.

Here you go, now you know every aspect of foreign enquiry in the Turkish Customs maybe even better than the customs officials. For any possible negative encounter it is wise to have an officially printed version of the 6458 Code in your native language and in Turkish. This way if you have any problems in the customs you can show your rights pointing your finger to the related provision in the Code and enjoy as the sternness melts away into an apologetic smile on the faces of the customs workers.