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  • Atif rafique Mughal

    Hi There,
    I am Atif , 45 from Pakistan. I will be travelling to Turkey in First week of October 2018. I want to know the procedure to apply TRC of Turkey. i will be given 21 days of entry to turkey. Please let me know how would you be able to help me? What are the documents you need from me ?
    I understand your fee is 900 TL , which is ok with me. I am Willing to pay that fee .
    i would appreciate if you can attend my call tomorrow on 18-09-2018 during your working hours.
    thanks alot .
    Atif .

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Because of changes in the application procedures, you should purchase a property in Turkey in order to obtain residence permit for you and your family. This kind of residence permit is also possible to be extended and we provide services regarding this kind of application. You should have non criminal record and original bank statements from your home country to apply for residence permit.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Christine

    Im a a US citizen and have been married to a Turkish citizen for 17 years. We have an apartment in Turkey since 2005 and decided to apply for citizenship and move to Turkey. We were shocked to be flat out denied as our papers were in order. Would I still qualify for a family residence permit?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As you are married with Turkish citizen and have address in Turkey, you qualify to apply for family residence permit.

      Kind Regrds,

  • Shabir Roshan

    Hi my name is Shabir roshan I have purchased an apartment in istanbul I applied for me and my family’s resident permit and they issued us 2 years permit. Now I want to renew our resident permit and transfer it to family resident permit. My business is in Afghanistan and I purchase wholesale clothes from İstanbul and I export them to Afghanistan which is around 20000$ monthly. I have the receipts from different companies I purchase from. My question is am I entitled to a family resident permit or not? Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As a foreigner you can only apply for family residence permit after you stay in Turkey with work permit for at least a year. Otherwise all members of your family must apply independently. But as you are a property owner there should be no problem to extend your permits.

      Best Regards,

  • Pau Maximus

    I will retire early (44 years old) and considering buying an apartment in Istambul, but I would like to rent for 1 or 2 years before purchasing so I can scout the areas and choose the one that I like the most. Can I get a residence easily? Can I rent without residence? Should I get a visa?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Resident permit is mostly not being granted in İstanbul basing on rental contract anymore. After you purchase a property, you can easily obtain residence permit which will be also possible to be extended in the future. You can rent an appartment without having residence permit but most probably residence permit would not be granted as long as you are not property owner in Turkey.

      Best Regards,

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  • papy

    Hi, I am 71 years old and my wife 65 years old, both retired, want to buy an apartment in Kusadasi, then apply for a Turkish residence card.
    knowing that the application for residence card requires health insurance, how should I do, the insurer does not sell insurance beyond 65 years. ?
    second question: for 65 years old, the amount of 685 TL is the price of one month of insurance or the price of one year of insurance? Thank you.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      For foreigners who are over 65 years old health insurance is not required for residence permit application. Some of the companies do not provide this kind of insurance as it is optional. We do not know which company’s offer you mentioned but 685 TL should be price for one year policy. We can provide you with health insurance policy for foreigners over 65 years old. For details contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com.

      Kind Regards,

  • Zuzana

    Hello,

    thank you very much for your reply.

    As I understood, all these changes are relevant only to Istanbul. So it means that in other cities the conditions for applying are the same as they were before?

    Thank you!

  • Zuzana

    Hello,

    I came to Turkey two months ago for the purpose to study Turkish. When my 90 days are over, October, I will apply for the short-term residence permit for foreigners who came to Turkey to attend Turkish language course.

    I have heard that conditions for another kind of short-term permit – residence permit for tourist purposes – changed and a lot of applicants got rejected.

    I would like to ask you if these changes are relevant only to the tourist residence permit, or if other kinds of residence permits, such as the one for Turkish language course, changed as well.

    Thank you!

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Zuzana,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Changes applies to residence permit for language course purposes in the same way as to touristic one. Even if you can present all of the required documents, there is no guarantee that the permit would be granted.

      Kind Regards,

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  • KIKO

    Hi,
    Thank you very much for your quick and informative reply.
    I would like to ask you about the steps that I have to follow, to get student permit, ( by enrolling in a language course).
    Also, I would like to inquire about providing this service by your corporation.
    Do you provide this service? And how much it will cost?
    Looking forward to hear from you soon.
    Regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      Application process for short term residence permit for language course purposes are the same as for touristic purposes. The only difference is that you need to present document from language school as a proof of your reason to stay in Turkey. We do not provide services regarding this kind of application.

      Kind Regards,

  • KIKO

    Hi,
    I would like to ask about the possibility to change the reason of my staying in Turkey.
    The thing is, that I have a short term residence permit (for three months), which will expire next October.
    I am planning to get a Turkish language course for 1 year.
    Is it possible to get a student residence permit while I am here in Turkey? Or I have to leave Turkey and apply for a student visa and come back.
    Looking forward to hear from you soon.
    Regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can apply for residence permit for language course purposes without leaving Turkey but there is no guarantee that the permit would be granted. Student residence permit is given to university or hisghschool students but not always to foreigners attending language courses.

      Kind Regards,

    • KIKO

      Hi,
      Thank you very much for your quick and informative reply.
      I would like to ask you about the steps that I have to follow, to get student permit, ( by enrolling in a language course).
      Also, I would like to inquire about providing this service by your corporation.
      Do you provide this service? And how much it will cost?
      Looking forward to hear from you soon.
      Regards

  • Ahmed

    Hey my name is Ahmed and I am planning to move to Turkey with my family. The route that I am going to employ is the one that involves buying a property in Turkey and then applying for short term residence permit. I have some questions related to that process:

    Q1: After buying a property in Turkey, will my whole family (wife and kids) be eligible to apply for short term residence permit or will it be just me?
    Q2: After getting a residence permit, how do families sustain in Turkey? Do they get jobs and get work permits? If they do then what are the possible job opportunities for people who are educated in Pakistan and how difficult is it for them to acquire work permits?
    Q3: Is medical and education free for people with residence permits in Turkey?
    Q4: Lastly, after getting a residence permit and possibly a work permit too, what is the path to Turkish Citizenship.

    I hope all my queries are sufficiently clear to you. Looking forward to your cooperation.

    Thank you.

  • alamzeb amir

    i am travel agent.i am intresting about turkey work permet visa.plz contact us as soon as posibel

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      Only an employer can apply for foreigner’s work permit. İf you find a job in Turkey, your employer can apply for your permit while you are abroad so you would arrive to Turkey on work visa. Otherwise, if you are considering starting your own businness in Turkey, your company’s paid capital must be 100.000 TL and there must be 5 Turkish citizens employed per each foreigner including yourself to obtain work permit as a company owner.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Khalilullah Ahadi

    I am living in Istanbul, and would like to open a small Turkish and English language course. Could you please help me and describe the steps on obtaining the license.

    Thanks,

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İn order to do the activity as a shareholder or the owner of the company, foreigner should get a work permit first. The work permit could be gotten only if company’s criterias will be compatible with the Ministry of Labour’s requirements, which are:
      • Pre-paid capital of company is 100.000 TL
      • For getting work permit for 1 foreigner company should employ 5 turkish employees

      Only if you can fulfill the requirements above you can start your own business in Turkey.

      Kind Regrads,

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  • Bahjat Sharif

    I plan to retire from my job in the United States and move to Turkey with my wife and disabled adult son (41 years old) who suffers from mental illness(Schizophrenia) . Will there be a problem to obtain residence permit for my family (all 3 of us) in Turkey?.

    Can I apply for a family residence permit or must we apply separately?.

    Thank you.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf you purchase a property in Turkey, all 3 of you can easily obtain residence permit. You should apply separately as long as you have not been employed in Turkey for at least 1 year.

      Kind Regards,

      • Bahjat Sharif

        Thank you greatly for your reply.

        Two more questions;

        Will there be a problem to apply for our adult son who is mentally disabled? Also, can we all have free medical coverage?. I have read on Expat Forums that people over 65 years old are offered free medical insurance or are exempt from the requirement of medical insurance.

  • Dear Team, I am from Poland and i am an consultant for job and residency specially for the Asian peoples. I have been looking for few candidates in Turkey & found, they are working in work permit and have valid visa but they don’t have residence permit. I talked with them to apply for residence permit but they told me that their passport and residence card are taken by Employer and never given to them. They show me they have just a photocopies which they are carrying. If companies are not providing residence card how they can get isn’t it illegal ? Looking for you expert advise.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf foreigners are holders of work permit, they can not apply for residence permit in the same time. But if they are already holders of residence or work permit, those documents are their ID cards in Turkey and belong only to a foreigner. Employer have no right to keep foreigner’s ID card withouth the permition of document’s owner.

      Kind Regards,

  • Hello, my name is Victor Ehinmowo, Supwork CEO

    Supwork is a mobile app for on-demand services, and we are looking to expand operations to turkey, my co-founders and i are currently in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and we are about to close a round of investment, but not with a turkish or cypriot body. My questions are these

    1. can we open a corporate bank account and deposit the invested funds directly to the opened bank account
    2. Does this make us eligible for permanent residence permits as investors on the land even though we are not necessarily planning on opening a branch
    3. We are incorporated in the Uk, do we need to open a branch in Turkey to be eligible for the permits
    4. Do we need a turkish representative.
    5. When beginning the whole process, can you handle all the affairs on our behalf and what will be the costs

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Victor,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can not open a bank account in Turkey in the name of foreign company unless you open a branch in Turkey. Permanent residence permit is given to those who stay in Turkey for 8 years uninterruptadely. İf you make an investment in a company or property, you are eligible to obtain residence permit which can be extneded. İf you are considering applying for residence permit basing on your company documents, you must open a branch in Turkey. Having a Turkish representative is not required but for sure is helpful regarding formalities. We provide services regarding establishment of the company in Turkey and opening a branch of foreign companies. We can assist you throughout all of the procedures and get all of the formalities done within one week. Costs of our services deppends on the exact profile of the company.

      Best Regards,

  • Reza B

    Hi,
    I am both an Iranian and Australian passport holder, obviously I have citizenship of both countries. I entered Turkey on a tourist on arrival visa from Iran, for 90 days, I want to live in Turkey and work in Turkey legally, due to my circumstances it is really hard for me to travel out of Turkey again to apply for work permit etc if that is required. Is there any way or known cases of employers applying and gaining a work permit for their employees without needing them to go back outside Turkey? Can I apply for residency and then gain a work permit? Or what is the best route to apply for residency or work permit in my situation? Any other advice that would help me? I am an English Teacher/ Filmmaker and have a Masters from Sydney University. Truly any help would be most kindly appreciated.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Reza,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Your employer can not apply for your work permit within Turkey basing on touristic visa. To submit the application you would need to obtain residence permit valid for at least 6 months. Otherwise work permit application is only possible if you go to your homecountry and employer applies via Turkish Consulate there. İf you are considering settling down in Turkey, the best solution for you to obtain residence permit is investment in a property, which guarantee you that residence permit would be granted and can be extended in the future.

      Best Regards

  • Sarah Shahid

    I am writing you to get guidance on a few steps. I am from Pakistan and have got admission in Masters in METU.

    I am applying for student visa but facing difficulty. While filling the form, they are asking for duration of stay (in days). My course would be of 2 years. Considering it, what should I mention in form? It is accepting only 2 digit number.

    Apart from that, as I will be staying in hostel of METU (as per university policy, I have to submit tuition fee and hostel fee once I reach Turkey). Now my concern is that do I have to separately apply for residence permit in hostel? If yes, how?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You need to apply for residence permit after arrival to Turkey, application submitted from abroad would not be accepted. İf you need help with filling application form, you can contact us or visit one of our offices in Ankara or İstanbul, where you can receive all necessary guidance for application. Our consultacny and application fee regarding student residence permit is 450 TL.

      Best Regards,

  • Raja

    Hi

    I am from India and I been to turkey last year October 2017 and I have applied short term residence permit Id card for one year finishing on October end 2018 now I am planning to go turkey and extend my short term residence. Permit is it.possible?

    Because I heard if.I didn’t stay for.long in Turkey certain period with that short term . residence. Permit.will be cancelled?

    Please let me.know.

    Thanks

    Raja

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Raja,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can spend abroad as much time as you want within your residence permit validity period and it would not be cancelled. İf your residence permit type is extandable, you can come back to Turkey and apply for extension within 2 months before the expiration date.

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  • Muhammad Sarfaraz

    Dear sir.i want to come turkey and start business.can you please tell me which small business is good for me.and cost of reseidence visa.
    Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      To start a business in Turkey as a foreigner you need to establish a company with the capital of minimum 10.000 TL, which enables you to do general trade only. To do business activity as an owner or a shareholder in Turkey, you need to obtain work permit. You can only obtain work permit in the name of your own company if the paid capital is at least 100.000 TL and there is 5 Turkish citizens employed per each foreigner in the company, including yourself. Costs of residence permit depends on kind of permit and your nationality.

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  • khaled

    We need help
    I live in the city of Kairouan
    In the city of Kairouan there is smoke rising from the earth
    There is an expert who said
    there is a possibility of an earthquake
    But the authorities have paid no attention to people’s lives
    I hope you will send specialists in geology and earth sciences
    I hope you will send specialists in geology and earth sciences

    In order to remedy a disaster that may be caused to people by neglect

  • zoya Astreae

    Hello
    I was overstaying in turkey for almost 2 years after I left I paid my overstaying and everything was fine
    but they don’t tell me how much time I am banned from coming back to turkey
    I left turkey for more than 6 months now and I wanna come back so please do you have any information that can help?
    I am from Morocco
    kindly

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf you were banned to re-enter Turkey, officers at the airport must inform you about the period of time during which you can not enter the country. As you paid the fine and did not receive any information about entry ban, it is highly possible that no entry ban was imposed and you can come back to Turkey any time. The best solution to make sure is contacting Turkish Consulate in Morocco.

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  • Alice

    Hello, I am a student from China, planning to do a six-months internship in Istanbul. What document will I need to apply for short-term residence visa under the latest policy? And can I come with a touristic e-visa and apply for the permit? Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Company that you are planning to do the internship in should provide you with learning agreement so you can apply for internship visa basing on this document. Affter arrival to Turkey you also need to apply for residence permit for internship purposes.

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  • Azam khan

    sir now i m n Islam abad and have an intend to go turkey on visit . there in turkey , except purchasing of property ,is there any another possible way to get residence permit easily ?
    OR how much price will be for lowest rate small home in periphery any where n turkey plz ?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      Except of İstanbul, it is possible to obtain residence permit if you are not property owner but still there is no guarantee that it would be granted. There is no minimum limit of property’s value to obtain residence permit for property owners. Usually prices of properties would start from around 100-150.000 TL.

      Kind Regards,

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