Amendments in law on foreigners and international protection

With the enactment of the International Labour Act, the Foreigners and International Protection Act was modified. As a result of these modification on the law, intemediary institutions authorized by the Directorate General will be allowed to make application for the residence permit.

Short-term residence permit will be granted for up to 2 years term each time.
In addition, Northern Cypriot citizens and unemployed foreigners living in Turkey but willing to invest within the scope and amount defined by the Council of Ministers, will be given a short-term residence permit for them and their foreign spouse and children for a time period up to 5 years.

The aggregated stay abroad for more than 120 days in the last one year will not be a reason for cancellation of the short-term residence permit. Basis of cancellation in terms of duration abroad for the family and short-term residence permits will be regulated.
Family residence permit will now be granted for up to 3 years each time.

Foreign students coming through public bodies and institutions to Turkey, may be granted a residence permit during their education. 24-hour weekly limit on working undergraduate students has been removed, working hours will be regulated by law.


  • Zammy Lamha

    Hi, my brother in laws are in Afghanistan and my husband is here in Australia with me. We are trying to get his family to Turkey as they are in danger. What sort of application should they be applying for

    • ExpatGuideTurkey


      Thank you for your comment.

      First of all, your relatives will need a tourist visa to enter Turkey. You can apply for a residence permit on the basis of a tourist visa. If you have a tourist visa, you can apply for a residence permit. You will have to buy or rent a flat in Turkey and provide you with health insurance. In addition, you should have $ 500 for each month of your stay. So, if you plan to stay in Turkey for 1 year, you must submit $ 6,000 to your bank account. If you want our company will assist you in the process of applying for a residence permit. The cost of our services is 900TL per person plus health insurance costs.

      Kind Regards

  • Wilma marano

    Hello sir, ma’am

    This is wilma here in turkey.
    I just wanna ask about transferring of visa. Is it possible for me to apply a resident visa after my working visa? My working visa will expired this coming April 2018..

    Thank you so much!

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