Turkey to score foreign workers upon qualifications in new system

Turkey will score foreign workers according to their vocational qualifications, educational background and professional experiences in the planned “turquoise card” system, according to senior officials.

Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said on June 13 that a series of regulations would be introduced to improve the employment conditions of foreigners.

“We will unveil a turquoise card, which will provide qualified foreigners with the opportunity for permanent employment. Short-term foreign workers and interns will also get a permit to work,” he said.

After the draft passes in parliament, the Labor Ministry will be solely responsible for dealing with work permits for foreigners rather than a couple of ministries, he said, adding that the draft would also help Syrian refugees acquire work permits in Turkey.

Turkey will bring about a scoring system for foreign workers in the framework of the new system. Their educational background, language skills, professional experience and other qualifications will be assessed through this scoring system. Foreigners who can pass a predefined threshold will be able to qualify for a turquoise card, according to officials.

Wealthy foreigners will also be assessed in the scope of this system if they plan to reside in Turkey, they added.