REGISTRATION PROCESS, RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
Registration and Obligations
Registration is both an important right and an obligation for foreigners seeking international protection in Türkiye. It gives you a legal status in Türkiye and allows you to access the services provided.
However, in addition to this right, it is also important to comply with the country’s laws and administrative requirements during your stay in Türkiye.
Some of these obligations include:
- You must reside in the province where you are registered or stay in the province designated by the Presidency of Migration Management (PMM).
- You have an obligation to sign or report at certain times. If you want to travel outside your province of registration, you need to obtain a travel permit from the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management (PDMM).
- You are required to notify the Provincial Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs about changes such as address, identity, marital status. It is also important to report changes such as births and deaths in your family.
- Changes in your employment status, income, or assets should be reported to PDMM.
- In order to benefit from services such as health, education, social assistance, psychological support, interpretation, and access to the labor market, you must register and fulfill the obligations stipulated by law.
Following all these procedures will allow you to stay in Türkiye legally until you decide to return to Syria. Both exercising your rights and fulfilling your obligations are important for a more organized life and access to services.
Syrian refugees in Türkiye have the opportunity to attend free Turkish language, skills, hobby and vocational training courses offered by Public Education Centres. A temporary protection identity document is required to enrol in Public Education courses. Each Public Education Centre organises courses tailored to the demands and needs of the local population and is flexible in opening new courses.
You can also take part in skills training courses offered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MoLSS). You can visit İŞKUR‘s website to take advantage of current opportunities in this regard. These courses offer important support and opportunities for Syrian refugees who want to get a job or improve their existing skills.
Studying Online in Türkiye
Syrian students can enrol at Anadolu University, an online and distance education programme in Türkiye. The degrees and diplomas offered by Anadolu University are recognised in Türkiye and internationally, and offer a reliable education.
In addition, other institutions also offer online programmes (e.g. University of the People, Coursera). Although these programmes are not officially recognised in Türkiye, they can provide important benefits in terms of knowledge refresher and university preparation. You can also benefit from YÖS (Foreign National Student Examination) preparation modules for university preparation.
There is also the possibility to follow some online courses from YTB (Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities) Academy. These courses can help you improve yourself in subjects such as learning the Turkish language, stress management, teamwork and CV preparation. In this way, you can have the chance to increase your knowledge and skills in different fields through online education.
Skill Acquisition and Vocational Training
Syrians have the opportunity to enrol in vocational schools affiliated to the Ministry of National Education. The procedures and conditions for enrolment in these schools are the same as in other schools and there is no discrimination.
Skill-building courses are offered free of charge by Public Education Centres and certificates are issued by the Ministry of National Education. You must have a valid foreigner ID number to attend these courses.
In some provinces, Public Education Centres offer special programmes for skills acquisition and vocational training. For more information about these special programmes, you can contact the Public Education Centre in your district or the Provincial Directorate of National Education in your province. In this way, you can have the opportunity to improve your professional skills and take advantage of opportunities in the field of education.
Turkish Language Education
During your stay in Türkiye, it is recommended that you emphasise learning Turkish, which is a basic skill that will make your daily life easier. Learning Turkish will make your daily tasks (such as shopping, using public transport) more comfortable, help you make friends with other people living in the same area, and support you in emergency situations (such as communicating with the doctor or the police).
Public Education Centres organise free Turkish courses. To attend these courses, please contact your local Public Education Centre.
Anadolu University offers free online Turkish language courses from beginner level (A1) to basic level (A2). These courses are open to anyone who wants to learn Turkish. For more information about the ANA-DİL Turkish language programme and to register for the programme, you can visit Anadolu University’s ANA-DİL Turkish programme website.
Yunus Emre Enstitüsü (YEE) offers online Turkish courses from beginner level (A1) to advanced level (C1). Since the courses are offered in a flexible structure, YEE’s “Distance Turkish Learning Portal” allows students to learn Turkish at their own pace and from wherever they want. For more information, you can visit Yunus Emre Enstitüsü’s website and register for the programme.
This project is funded by the European Union under the ENHANCER program implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and coordinated by the Ministry of Industry and Technology, Directorate General for Development Agencies. Üsküdar Municipality is responsible for the content contained herein and the European Union, ICMPD and the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Technology cannot be held responsible.