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  • Tiaan

    Hi on average how long does a decision take on a residence permit ?

  • sherilyn c sibayan

    hello i want to ask if ever i can invite my live-in partner to come in turkey? I have a working permit..thank you

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Only spouse and children of foreigner staying within Turkey with work permit can obtain residence permit on this basis. You can not be a sponsor for your partner for residence permit application unless you are married.

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  • Sara

    I want to ask the work permit procedure for a doctor ????

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Foreign doctors are allowed to work in private hospitals in Turkey under condition that they meet certain criteria. You can find the details regarding requirements and application process in our article below:
      HOW TO GET WORK PERMIT FOR FOREIGN DOCTORS?

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  • R Zada

    Hi,
    My passport expiry is maximum one year and I want to apply for resident permit, can I apply for resident permit of 9 or 10 months? so I will have 2 months left in my passport expiry?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Validity of passport must be at least 2 months longer than requested duration of residence permit. If your passport is valid for 12 months, maximum validity of residence permit can be 10 months.

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  • Muhammad Ansar Hayat

    Resp. Sir/mam I am from Pakistan i’ve real state bussiness in my home country. I want to done same bussiness in turkey and want to live in Turkey permanent what should i do for this purpose?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,

      Foreigners can establish a business in Turkey with minimum capital of at least 10.000 TL. However, in order to do business activity as a company owner/shareholder foreigners must obtain work permit. To apply for work permit your company must meet criteria of Ministry of Labor as:
      – paid capital of at least 100.000 TL
      – employing at least 5 Turkish citizens per each foreigner in the company including yourself
      Our company can assist you to establish a company and apply for work permit in Turkey. For details you can contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com

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  • I have 4-5 years of experience in software and web development, I want to work in Turkey. Please guide and consult me what is the easiest possible way to do it.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      You can search for a job in Turkey through websites such as http://www.kariyer.net. Once you find a job your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country.

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  • Homail

    Dear Sir
    Please confirm if Logistics / Freight Forwarding company job to foreigners are forbidden in Turkey , i will be applying same from Pakistan.

    Regards

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Abovementioned jobs are not forbidden for foreigners in Turkey. Once you find an employer they must apply for your work permit before you will be allowed to work in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country.

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      • Homail

        Dear Sir
        Many thanks for your response and can you please advice steps whcih i should follow once i got offer letter from employer in Turkey

        regards
        Homail

  • Tenzeela Bilal

    Hello Sir

    i need Turkish residence permit. what is the procedure to obtain a residence permit without having a work or job in turkey.

    basically i often visit turkey . means last year i visited turkey 2 times. i need a residence permit so i visit turkey without visa several time from pakistan.

    what will be the procedure.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      After entering Turkey, foreigners can apply for touristic residence permit before expiration of their visa. In order to make an application, foreigners must have address in Turkey and health insurance obtained within the country, which is covering the whole requested period of stay. Moreover, foreigner must prove having financial resources to stay in Turkey (at least 500 USD per each month of requested stay). Funds can be proved by bank statements from foreigner’s bank account in their home country. Application procedures last up to 3 months, depending on the city and available appointment dates. Foreigners are allowed to stay in Turkey legally during the whole application procedures even if their visa expires before receiving the result. If their visa is still valid, foreigners are allowed to leave Turkey and come back during the procedures, however must be present in Immigration Office for the appointment.

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  • Mike

    Hello how are you? Do you know if it is possible to move the date of the first interview of the resident permit?

  • Ronnie Ramsay

    Hi,
    I have had an offer of employment with Goztepe Oil Company in Turkey however, I am being asked to send payment for residence/work permit and also other charges to a total of $1650. I am quite certain that this is a scam as, any company I have previously worked for obtain all the documentation required for me to carry out my employment.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      We do not know any details of this job offer. We strongly recommend you to be careful and not to make any advance payment as mentioned amount is not accurate to actual costs of obtaining work permit in Turkey and this offer most probably is a scam.

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  • KHURSHID JAHAN

    HELLO DEAR SIR/MADAM,
    IF I BUY PROPERTY IN ANTALYA , WILL I GET PR ONLY FOR ANTALYA OR FOR TURKEY? AFTER BUYING PROPERTY CAN I STAY ANY CITY WITH PR FACILITIES.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      After obtaining residence permit on basis of property ownership, the property should be used for residential purposes. If later you move to another city in Turkey you need to reapply for residence permit in particular city. Otherwise, if you keep residing in Antalya but will travel within Turkey, you are also allowed to stay in another cities for this purpose.

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  • Khaled

    Hello, Im from Jordan, I have a few questions:
    1- I have a 1 year short term tourist residence permit, it finished in 01 jul, I applied to extending and sent the files and everything, after 2 month I called the immegrance office and they told me I have to go there to see the result, some friends told me that means they declined my application and want me to go there to sign leaving the country in 10 days, is that true?
    2- I have been staying here for 1 year with my residence permit without interruption, if I leave turkey, can I reenter after 1 day? would I have the 90 days visa?
    3- what if they make me sign to leave the country in 10 days, but I bought a property after, can I apply for the property owners residence permit or I still have to leave?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Being called to Immigration Office does not always mean that your application has been rejected, additional documents can be also requested in such a case. However starting from 01.01.2020 touristic residence permit can not be extended until purpose of stay is other than tourism so if you are not able to prove other circumstances for extension of your permit the application may be rejected as well.
      As your previous residence permit has expired already and if the application would be rejected, time spent in Turkey after expiration of your permit is considered overstaying. Foreigners, who overstay in Turkey can reenter the country after staying abroad for at least three months under condition that they pay the fine if applies and are not banned to reenter the country for certain period of time.
      Even if you purchase a property in Turkey you must leave and reenter the country with new visa to be eligible for residence permit application on basis of property ownership.

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      • Khaled

        Thanks for the answer, but I read this the goc.gov.tr regarding the covid-19 situation:

        a. The foreigners who violate the right to legal stay more than 3 months (includes 3 months) and come to the border gates by themselves in order to leave Turkey before their situation is detected by the competent authorities and make the payment for administrative fines due to Act of Fees numbered 492
        The durations of prohibition of entry according to the duration of violation of the foreigners in this context are as follows:

        Violation between 3 months – 6 months : Prohibition of entry for 1 month
        Violation between 6 months – 1 year : Prohibition of entry for 3 months
        Violation between 1 year – 2 years : Prohibition of entry for 1 year
        Violation between 2 years – 3 years : Prohibition of entry for 2 years
        Violation more than 3 years : Prohibition of entry for 5 years

        Does that mean if I leave before 3 months I need to stay 3 months abord? cuz the 6 months violation only gets 1 month ban not even 3.

        Im sorry if Im asking alot but Im so afraid if I go there I will get 10 days leaving and Im not ready to leave now, and I dont know what to do.

  • SYED SAJJAD SABIR

    Dear Concern,

    I want to establish an LLC company in Turkey and need your services.

    I am Pakistani and currently resident of Saudi Arabia.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Our company can assist you to establish a company in Turkey. Foreigners can set up a business in Turkey with minimum paid capital of at least 10.000 TL. The company establishment process takes approximately one week. For details regarding the process and our services you can contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com

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  • Wang

    Hi! I’m currently in Turkey on my visa exemption for 30 days, my exemption is almost over. However, I submitted the online application for a residence permit about more than a week ago. Can I stay in the country after my exemption in order to wait for the appointment date from the immigration? I heard once my application is in the system I am allowed stay here to continue my application process. Also, how long does it take to hear back from the immigration after I submitted my application online?
    Thank you so much! I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      After your residence permit application has been submitted in the system you can stay in Turkey legally until receiving residence permit card even if your visa exemption period is over. Time to receive the appointment date changes from application to application and it can take even few weeks. After the appointment official evaluation time is 90 days, however in most cases card is issued within shorter period of time.

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  • sam

    Hello, I am Pakistan Passport holder. I love to stay in turkey. I entered the country few years ago through a tourist visa and applied for tourist residency 1 year. So i got renewal every year. but in 2020 as the law has changed and i can not renew my tourist residence visa. what do you advise? do i need to exit the country and take a tourist visa and enter again. and than apply for tourist residency?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Currently touristic residence permit can be only obtained once within two years. After you leave Turkey you can be eligible for this kind of permit again only after you spend at least one year abroad. Otherwise you can only apply for another type of permit such as for example residence permit for property owners, student or family residence permit.

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  • sara nezamabadi

    hello,
    I have some questions regarding Residency permit :
    1.with Touristic Residency Permit can i work in resturant or cafe or in exchange offices or others?
    2.how much money is needed to be in my bank account in turkey? i read somewhere in your webiste it must be about 500usd permonth, so if it is 12 months (for first Touristic Residency Permit) it must be sth about6000 usd in bank. am i right? when we should open this account?
    3.with Touristic Residency Permit is it possible to enter and exit turkey several times?
    4.inorder to reach citizeship you said “uninteruptedly” stay in turkey is needed dor 5 years, plz explain it more?
    5.notary fee is applicable for any kind of accomodation? if i stay with a friend, or in hotel or airbnb , how it would be?
    6.which city is better to start life and business in turkey?
    7.For Iranian citizen how much would be the cost of residency permit ?

    Running a business:
    1.if i start a lodging and traveling business for all five turkish employer how much salary should be considered and insurance also needed?

    Thanks for ur time

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Foreigners are not allowed to work in Turkey on basis of residence permit. In order to be eligible for working within the country first you need to find a job in Turkey and your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country.
      To apply for residence permit foreigners must prove having financial resources to stay in Turkey in amount of at least 500 USD per each month of requested stay. Funds can be proved by bank statements from foreigner’s bank account in their home country.
      After obtaining residence permit you can leave and reenter Turkey multiple times with no need to obtain visa for as long as your permit is valid.
      In order to be eligible for Turkish citizenship application foreigners must stay within Turkey uninterruptedly on basis of residence permit for property owners or work permit. Uninterrupted stay in this case means that within mentioned five years the applicant should not stay out of Turkey for more than one year in total and more than six months in a row. Moreover, residence/work permit must be extended continuously for five years with no break between the permits.
      While applying for touristic residence permit regardless of type of accomodation notarized address document is required.
      As a foreigner there is more opportunities to start a business in international cities such as Istanbul, Ankara or Izmir, where community of foreigners is bigger.
      Cost of governmental fees for citizens of Iran is 80 USD residence permit fee + 110 TL card fee. Apart of this you need to purchase a health insurance, cost of which depends on your age and type of policy.
      Five Turkish personnel must be registered in Social Security. Monthly cost of Social Security prime depends on amount of gross salary. Minimum wage for 2020 is 2.943,00 TL

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  • Manuel

    I plan to apply for a short term residence permit based on purchase of property. It will be my first time. I understand that I can apply for either a one year or a 2 year permit. Is it possible to apply and receive a 2 year permit directly as long as I can prove 2 years of health insurance coverage (as well as the other usual requirements)? Or am I only allowed to get a 1 year permit the first time I apply?

    After I obtain the short term permit, I plan to leave Turkey before it expires. Then, the permit will expire while I am overseas. When I come back to Turkey, I have to enter on a tourist visa, right? Then I can apply to renew my residence permit, is that right? How long can I be outside of Turkey with an expired residence permit and still apply for a renewal when I return? In other words, Is there a time limit on the length of the ‘break’ in a continuous stay?

    Thanks

    • Khawaja Hasib Uddin

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      I am from Pakistan & I am a banker having eight years experience in branch banking operations side.
      Can I apply for job in banking operations side.

      • Expatguide

        Hello,
        Foreigners are allowed to work in banking sector in Turkey. Unfortunately we can not help you to find a job in Turkey. You can search for one through websites such as http://www.kariyer.net and once you find a job your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country.

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  • Atilla

    Hello,

    I Work in Azerbaijan and would like to move with my spouse and child to Turkey on touristic residence permit, and work for Azerbaijan remotely. The company I work for is non-Turkish and I will not perform any work in Turkey. All my income is generated outside Turkey. My wife will also give birth there. We will hopefully settle in Turkey.
    My question is do I pay Income tax In Turkey for my income From Azerbaijan where I already pay Income taxes there ?
    Thank you for your assistance on this very important matter.
    Best regard
    A. Kaplan

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      As Turkey has signed double tax treaties with Azerbaijan, you do not need to pay separate income tax in Turkey. Please, be informed that currently touristic residence permit can be granted for maximum one year. If you would like to settle in Turkey, you should either find a job within the country to reside in Turkey on basis of work permit or purchase a property to be eligible for residence permit extension on this basis. If only one of the spouses is work permit holder or property owner, other spouse and children under 18 years old are also eligible for residence permit extension.

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  • Forough

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    This is Forough from Iran. My company (Renault- France) transferred Me and my family from China to Turkey at 2-Feb-2020 regarding to Covid 19. We supposed to stay in Turkey for a short time and then we can return back to China but opposite happened and we passed 90 days. We left Turkey after 4 months, 30 May as we could not find any flight to China and Iran.

    In airport we went for paying penalty but regarding to Covid 19 they did not receive any amount.

    Now, we want to return back to Turkey at the beginning of September with tourism visa. Could you please let me know if we can enter to Turkey after 3 months as we stayed there more than our visa validation or we should wait for passing 6 months?

    Your kind support is appreciated.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      If you stay abroad for at least 3 months you are allowed to reenter Turkey and use your 90 days visa free period. In order to stay within Turkey longer you must apply for residence permit after entering the country and before expiration of your visa. If you enter Turkey earlier than after 90 days you can face problem on the boarder and most probably you would be able to enter conditionally and would be obliged to apply for residence permit within 10 days upon your arrival. Foreigners, who enter Turkey conditionally and do not apply for residence permit within 10 days or leave the country before receiving residence permit card can be banned to reenter Turkey for up to five years.

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