Amal Sheikou, Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s Office of Refugees Affairs said that the Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee helped settle the status of a large number of cases in Istanbul, including the exceptional statuses that are being addressed in order of priority.
Sheikou pointed out that those Syrian nationals having these cases were given the temporary protection identification documents issued in Istanbul, adding that their residence in Istanbul is now legal and that they do not face any risks.
Sheikhou pointed out that these cases include students with their families, university students in Istanbul, and holders of work permits. She also said that abolished ID cards were reactivated and new ones were given to Syrian nationals who do not have valid residence papers.
She went on to say that the Committee secured ID cards for patients being treated in Istanbul hospitals and helped with the reunification of families. She also said that the family reunification is possible if the majority of the family were registered in Istanbul.
Sheikhou urged Syrian nationals to get their legal status addressed and do what is necessary to resolve infarctions of regulations before October 30th.
She also called on Syrian nationals to have their legal status settled in one of the three branches of the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management in the districts of Sultan Bailey, Esenler, or Esenyurt. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)