• Diploma Equivalencies for Architects and Engineers Are Delayed Following Arrest of Officials
  • July 24, 2013
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • The processing of foreign diploma equivalencies needed for foreign engineers, architects and urban planners to extend their interim work permits is likely to be delayed in the wake of the arrest of several officers of the Turkish Chamber of Engineers and Architects (TMMOB), the agency responsible for processing the equivalencies. The officers were taken into custody recently for alleged involvement in recent protests against the government.

    In Turkey, foreign architects, engineers and urban planners receive a one-year interim work permit that is subject to the outcome of the required diploma equivalency. Applications for degree equivalencies can only be filed after the foreign worker arrives in Turkey and obtains the interim permit. In the past, equivalency applications have typically been processed in six to twelve months. Turkish authorities have yet to confirm whether an interim work permit can be extended past twelve months if the diploma equivalency is still pending due to current delays.

    It is not yet known by how long equivalencies and renewals will be delayed. There are unconfirmed reports that the Turkish government has considered delegating diploma equivalencies to another government agency.