NEW LAW ON FOREIGNERS AND INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION

Law no. 6458 on Foreigners and International Protection has been published in Government's Newspaper on 11th of April 2013, No: 28615.

In the last session of Turkish National Assembly, on 04 April 2013, the new Law on Foreigners and International Protection has been voted. The Law on Foreigners and International Protection will make substantial changes in the Turkish asylum system, as well as it will outlaw the existing Law no: 5683 Related to Residence and Travels of Foreigners. The new law will be mainly a Turkish asylum law and it will be treated as Turkish foreigners’ code. New law specifies entry rules to Turkey, visa regulations and residence permit applications as well as it identifies the rules and principles regarding deportation and international protection. The Law on the Foreigners and International Protection also establishes the General Directorate of Migration Management under the Ministry of Interior.

The following points are the major features of the new law about the residence permits.

Exemptions from Residence Permits

Following foreigners will be exempted from residence permit requirements;  (i) foreigners who own a “certificate of stateless person” (ii) officers of diplomatic and consular missions (iii) those family members of the officers of diplomatic and consular missions (approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is needed) (iv) officers of International Organizations, whose employment status has been determined by international agreements, (v) foreigners who are being exempted from the residence permit requirements by international agreements in which Turkey takes part (vi) foreigners within the scope of article 28 of the Law no: 5901 on Turkish Citizenship [1] (vii) foreigners who own a “Certificate of International Protection Applicant” or a “Refugee Certificate” granted in accordance with articles 69/7, 76/1 and 83/1 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection.

Residence Permit Applications

Residence permit applications will be made through the Turkish consulates in the home countries of foreigners. In order to apply for residence permit, it is essential that foreign applicants should have a passport valid for at least 60 days beyond the requested residence permit period. Duly applications will be finalized not more than in a 90 days period. Foreigners who obtained residence permit from Turkish consulates in their home countries should register themselves to the Address Registration System within 20 days after their arrival inTurkey.

Only in the following exceptional cases the residence permit application can be made within Turkey through relevant governorships: (i) With requests or decisions of the Turkish judicial and administrative bodies,  (ii) In the case when the departure of the foreigner from Turkey is not reasonable and possible, (iii) for Long-Term Residence Permit applications,  (iv) for Student Residence Permit applications, (v)  for Residence permit applications on humanitarian grounds,  (vi) for Applications for transition from ‘Family Residence Permits’ to ‘Long Term Residence Permits’, (vii) for Residence permit application for child born by foreign parents who have valid residence permits in Turkey. (viii) for Residence permit applications made for new purposes of stay upon the invalidity of cause for granting current residence permit (ix) for Applications of Short Term Residence Permit after completion of higher education in Turkey.

Extension Applications

Residence permit extension applications will be accepted by relevant governorships of Turkey.  The application for extension might be submitted in all circumstances within 60 days before the expiry date of the residence permit. After the extension application, applicants will be given a document which is not subjected to administrative fees. During the extension evaluation period, foreigners will use this document to continue residing in Turkey legally.

Work Permits will be used as Residence Permit

As per new rules on residence permits, valid working permissions will be used as residence permits. Thus work permit's validity requirement of residence permit application within 30 days upon obtaining the work permit (for consulate applications 30 days was starting upon arrival of work permit holders) will be outlawed.  On the other hand the same as work permits, “Work Permit Exemption Certificates” will also be used as residence permits.

Interruption of residence

Staying outside Turkey for a period longer than six months within one year or more than one year within the last five years will be considered as an interruption in the residence permit period. In the residence permit applications of those foreigners who have interruptions in their residence permit period, previous residence permit periods will not  taken into consideration. This rule is also applicable for the applications for transition to another type of residence permit. In the calculation of uninterrupted residence period, half of the period for student residence permits and full period for other types of residence permits will be considered.

Types of Residence Permits

The new law specifies six main types of residence permits. (i) Short-Term Residence Permit, (ii) Family Residence Permit, (iii) Student Residence Permit (iv) Long- Term Residence Permit (v) Humanitarian Residence Permit (vi) Residence Permits for the victims of Human Trafficking.

  1. Short- Term Residence Permit

Short-term residence permits are granted in accordance with the visiting purpose of the foreigners. Short-term residence permits will be issued at most for one year. Short term residence permit might be granted for the foreigners listed below who have suitable accommodation conditions in Turkey. It is essential that foreign applicants should have a passport valid for at least 60 days beyond requested residence permit period. Additionally, foreigners might be asked to provide a criminal record from their home countries if Turkish authorities consider it to be necessary.

a) Foreigners who come to Turkey for scientific research.
b) Foreigners who own immovable property in Turkey.
c) Foreigners who come to Turkey for business relations or opening business.
d) Foreigners who come to Turkey for in-service-training
e) Foreigners who come to Turkey as a part of international student exchange programs or in line with international agreements in which Turkey stands as a party.
f) Foreigners who come to Turkey for tourist purposes.
g) Foreigners who come to Turkey for medical treatment except from those whose illness might cause a threat to the public health.
h) Foreigners who need to stay in Turkey due to requests or decisions of judicial or administrative bodies.
i) Foreigners who seek transition from Family residence permit to Short-term residence permit.
j) Foreigners who come to Turkey to attend Turkish Language Courses might be granted with short-term residence permit at most two times.
k) Foreigners who come to Turkey for training, research, internship or traineeship purposes through Turkish Public Institutions might be granted with short-term residence permit at most one time and not more than for one year.
In the case of staying outside Turkey more than 120 days within one year, Short Term Residence Permits might be cancelled. Applications of foreigners who are subjected to deportation or entry ban decisions will be rejected.

  1. Family Residence Permit

Family Residence Permit is granted to the foreign spouse and/or foreign children who are under statutory age and dependent foreign children of foreigners who have valid residence permits, foreigners who own secondary-protection status, refugees and people who lost Turkish citizenship by obtaining renunciation permit. Family residence permits will be issued at most for a term of two years on each application. In the case of marriage with more than one partner, only one partner might be granted with Family Residence Permits. However children from the other partners are granted with Family residence permit. In addition, both partners of marriage should be aged 18 years old or above. In granting Family Residence Permit to the children, if dual guardianship is exists, consent of father or mother who also has parental right is needed. Children with family work permit may continue their primary and secondary education without having student residence permits. Spouses or children, in order to apply for Family Residence Permits should have passport which is valid for at least 60 days beyond requested residence permit period. Those foreigners who resided in Turkey at least three years and turned to 18 years old might apply for transition from Family residence permit to Short-term residence permit.
In case of divorce from a Turkish citizen, foreigners who have resided in Turkey at least three years with family residence permits might be granted a short-term residence permit. However in the existence of court decision on domestic violence, the three years duration is not taken into consideration for the divorced foreign partner.
In order to be eligible for a Family Residence Permit the following conditions should also be met. (i) to reside in Turkey at least one year with valid residence permit [2], (ii) to have monthly income not less than the Turkish minimum wage which is also no less than one third of minimum wage per household members, (iii) to have suitable accommodation conditions in Turkey in line with general health and security, (iv) to have medical insurance which covers all household members, (v) to prove not convicted with any domestic violence or similar crimes within 5 years prior to the application date and (vi) to be registered with Turkish Address Registration System.

  1. Student Residence Permit

Student residence permit is granted to those foreigners who will be enrolled to graduate, undergraduate or two years associate programs in the Turkish higher education institutions. Foreigners who will study in primary or secondary education programs, with the consent of their parents, might be granted with student residence permit at most for one year period on each application. Student residence permit does not grant any rights about residence permits of parents and other relatives of the foreign students. The period of student residence permit can not exceed the duration of education.

With the entry into force of new Law on Foreigners and International Protection, foreign students can work in Turkey legally after obtaining a work permit. However foreign students who are enrolled in undergraduate or two years associate programs can start working in Turkey after completing their first year of study. Moreover only for foreign students who are enrolled in two years associate programs, their working hours can not exceed 24 hours per week. Applications of foreigners who are subjected to  deportation or entry ban decisions will be rejected.

  1. Long Term Residence Permit

A foreigner may be eligible for Long Term Residence Permit for indefinite period of time, if having resided in Turkey legally and uninterruptedly for 8 years with a valid residence permit. However those foreigners who are classified as refugees and conditional refugees or foreigners who own residence permits for humanitarian purposes or who are under temporary protection are not eligible to apply for Long Term Residence Permits. Additionally in order to be eligible for Long Term Residence Permit foreigners also need to meet with the following criteria.They :

  • Should not be granted with Social Help within the last three years,
  • Should have adequate and regular resources for personal or family livelihood,
  • Should have a valid health insurance,
  • Should not be considered as a threat to public order and security.

In the case of staying outside Turkey for any reasons except from health, education and compulsory public service for more than one year, Long Term Residence Permit might be cancelled.

      5.    Humanitarian Residence Permit

In the following circumstances Humanitarian Residence Permit might be granted at most for one year. Residence permit on humanitarian grounds can be extended.

a) If the highest interest of a child is in question

b)In case that the departure of a foreigner from Turkey is not reasonable and possible, even if the foreigner is subjected to deportation or entry ban decision.

c) If the deportation decision may not be taken into consideration due to provisions of article 55 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection.[3]

d) During the legal actions taken against deportation decisions or not allowed international protection applications.

e) During the returning process of international protection applicants to the country of first asylum or third safe country.

f) For those foreigners allowed entering Turkey for the sake of state interests or public order and public security (if the grounds for applying another type of residence permit is not available)

g) In exceptional circumstances.

Holders of Humanitarian Residence Permit should register themselves to the Address Registration System within 20 days after they are granted the residence permit.  

  1. Residence Permit for the Victims of Human Trafficking

A foreigner who is victim of an offence related to Human Trafficking might be granted with 30 days a valid residence permit for reflection and for him or her to decide whether to take action against the perpetrator(s) of the offence.  Residence permits for the Victims of Human Trafficking might be extended at most 6 months each time, however extensions can not exceed three years in total.

As per article 125 of the New Law, except from the provisions regarding the establishment of the General Directorate of Migration Management under section 5, all the other provisions shall enter into force one year after the publication date.

For more detailed interpretation of Law on Foreigners and International Protection, you may consult the official page of Directorate General of Migration Management. "FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FOREIGNERS"

[1] Article 28 of the Law no. 5091 on Turkish Citizenship specifies the rules regarding the rights accorded to those who lost Turkish citizenship by obtaining a renunciation permit.

[2] For foreigners who come to Turkey for scientific research, for people who lost Turkish citizenship by obtaining a renunciation permit and for foreigners married with Turkish citizens the one year rule is not applicable.

[3] As per article 55 of the law on Foreigners and International Protection, in the following circumstances, the following foreigners will not be deported even if deportation decision is taken against them.  (i)In the  Risk of being subjected to death penalty, torture or inhuman and degrading treatment in the country where the foreigners will be deported, (ii) In the case of travel prohibition due to serıous health problems, age and pregnancy (iii) During the medical treatment of serious illnesses and if there is no opportunity of medical care  in the country of deportation.  (vi)  if they are victims of Human Trafficking during the victim support process.  (v) if they are victims of physiological, physical and sexual offences, during their treatments.

DOWNLOAD ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF LAW ON FOREIGNERS AND INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION

Updated : Law on the work permit for foreigners (law no. 4817) has been changed. New Law on (law no. 6375) International Labour Force is introduced on 28 July 2016

What is new? New law on International labor 

 

54 Responses

  1. Hi,

    Excellent website by the way.

    My question is:

    How is the process to rent a shop to conduct a business for a foreigner? Is it possible to do business by shop rental? Does it give me residence?

    On the other hand, i have learned from this website if someone buys a property get´s immediate residence. My question is: is this person required to have a monthly income or business activity? how long is the residence given?

    Thank you so much.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Mike,

      You can open a business in Turkey with a Residency Permit, however in order to be able to get a work permit and have a right of management and signatue in your company. In other word without a work permit you can own the company but you are not allowed to do anything in the name of your business. In order to get a Work Permit your company must fulfill some requirement such as :
      -100 000TL as prepaid Capital
      -at least 5 Turkish employee for every work permit you will apply.

      Property owner in Turkey are able to get a residency permit more easily and are not required to show any income or business. You can get up to a 2 year residency permit according to the region you bought your property.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  2. Hi,

    If a buy property, can i bring my parents with me?

    How is the process to open a business thru rental? can i get residence permit?

    thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      If you buy a property in Turkey, the owner of the property will be eligible for a residency permit. The relatives of the owner will also be able to apply for a residency permit in Turkey.

      We didn’t understand exactly your second inquiry, it would be more suitable for you to send us a mail explaining your intention in more details.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team.

  3. Hi there, I am Irish and have had Turkish residency for almost 3 years and have been married to my Turkish husband for 18months. This winter we lived away from Turkey to work during the winter and will have been away 8months before I return. My residency card will still be in date on my return.
    When it says 6months in any one year, is that Jan-Dec year, or year from date on residency?
    What does residency interrupted actually mean? Does it invalidate my current residency so that I will need to get a travel holiday visa on my return, then apply for new residency? Or, it stays valid, but delays my ability to apply for citizenship? Or make no difference as i am married to a Turk and stays valid?

    Thanks for your help
    Alice

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Alice,
      The law concerning the maximum of time you can spend abroad has changes and you are now allowed to stay for an indefninite amount of time abroad. You just have to re-enter Turkey before the expiration of your residency permit in order to be allowed to re-apply for a residency permit.
      However if you are wishing to apply for the Turkish Citizenship you won’t be allowed to go abroad more than 180days a year(this is the residency time year, this mean according to your residency permit delivery day). Otherwise you will not be granted the Turkish citizenship.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey

  4. Hello

    Could please advise how long the PTT will hold my short term residency for. I came back to the UK in August 2016 for what was meant to be a short holiday; due to my husband’s ill health ended up staying 6 months. A neighbour informed me that a letter arrived in September which required my signature; I am presuming it’s my residency permit. I am flying back to Turkey next week and am wondering if the PTT will still have the letter or will it have gone back to why i applied at the Migration Office in Mugla?

    Many thanks for your help.
    Patricia

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Patricia,

      In most case the residency permit is delivered within 1 month of the appointment and validation of the application. The PTT will hold for a certain time, however if you still didn’t get your residency card, the PTT send it back to the immigration office. For more detailed information about your card you should check with the immigration office to get more information about the statu of your application.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team,

    • Many thanks for your help.

      Best regards.
      Patricia

  5. Hello, I am from Peru, I came to visit my boyfriend 01 december until 19 february. İ know that I have vısa exemption for 3 months. Unfortunatetly, after taking a long time in the passport control İ lost my return flight and they transfered me. they told me that İ had to ask the agency for ticket change (in the turkısh aırlınes agency at the aırport), but Turkish airlınes didn’t fınd me a new tıcket. I also contacted my peruvıan consulate ın ankara because the consulate ın ıstanbul wasn’t workıng yesterday . he told me that he wıll try to help me and we lost comunıcatıon. I supose he ıs not even trying… I am very worried because we don’t have money for buying a new ticket now and police at the airport told me that İ must pay a fee of 500 lira if I overstay 10 days. İ wish İ could stay here because I am not in a hurry for going back to Peru but i don’t want to be illegal either, It was never my intention to lose my flight for beıng 4 mın late after they close the gate (15 mın after departure) and I don’t have money to pay big fees and ticket. what would you recommend me?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Mary,

      We are deeply sorry for what happened to you. Unfortunately we can’t advice you anything other than what you already did. If you wish you can apply for a residency permit before the end of your Visa.
      Our best advice would be for you to keep talking with the embassy and the airlines where you got your ticket and explain them your case. I am sure you will find a solution sooner or later.
      Another possiblity would be to find out until when you will be in Turkey, if you next departure is very late you will have to apply for a short term residency so you won’t have to pay the penalty.
      For more information about this please contact us by mail.

      Best regards,
      Expat Guide Turkey Team.

  6. Dear sir
    I am Nepali .I want to stay there for long time with my family.I want to work also there .my couple have indonesian ..she has indonesian passport..but we both want stay there for long time..how about the process about this? now we both are together in malaysia . from here to thete direct can go or not?.thank you

    • Dear Sir,

      İn order to get a residence permit in Turkey for 1 year, you should be here. Thus, first of all, both of you should get a tourist visa to Turkey. Once you will be here, please contact us and we will assist you with the residence permit procedure.

      Thanks,

      ExpatGuide Team

  7. Ali

    Hello dear
    I am international student in turkey .
    I have come before 5 month.
    Now i get europ study visa.
    So please tell me about immigration procedure.

  8. Hello…I am an American who recently married a Syrian and applied for residency. But, I was denied residency because they refused to believe I only wanted to be with my husband here. They kept asking what is my “real” agenda for being in Turkey. Then when I said only to be with my family, they said I have 10 days to leave Turkey.
    Is there any way for me to appeal this decision? Any advice would be appreciated. Leaving my spouse is not an option and trying to get him to the US is nearly impossible due to stricter Homeland Security laws and impossibility of getting ceryain papers from the Syrian government for obvious reasons.

  9. Is there a Turkish Law that states a copy of your passport and details must be given to the local Gendarme when you rent a villa?

  10. hello thanks so much for all. i m foreıgn student almost 2 years in turkey , i came wıth student vısa , the 3years i didnt extend my resident permit and then its cancelled, im continue to study but i can t extend my resident permit they are askıng me to go outsıde and take a new vısa , but i cant because i have problem in my country (war) 2 years almost , now i want to Humanitarian residence permit , what can i do? please help me .

    best regards

    • Thank you very much for your email.
      You can find up-to-date information and answers on the questions regarding the immigration formalities and procedures in Turkey in our Practical Guide. The e-book can be purchased via http://www.expatguideturkey.com/ebook/. If you don’t find answers to your questıons in our e-book, please contact us.
      Best regards,
      Expat Guide Turkey

  11. dear,
    can you help me i’m living here in gazaintep from 2009 as reffuge, i want to get turkish citizenship now if posible can you tell me how can i apply for that.?

    • Thank you very much for your email.
      You can find up-to-date information and answers on the questions regarding the immigration formalities and procedures in Turkey in our Practical Guide. The e-book can be purchased via http://www.expatguideturkey.com/ebook/. If you don’t find answers to your questıons in our e-book, please contact us.
      Best regards,
      Expat Guide Turkey.

  12. Hi,what visa will be suitable for someone living in turkey working overseas one month in turkey and one month out of turkey.
    best regards

    • Dear Marwan Zariea,
      Thank you very much for your message.
      You can find up-to-date information and answers on the questions regarding the immigration formalities and procedures in Turkey in our Practical Guide. The e-book can be purchased via http://www.expatguideturkey.com/ebook/.
      Best regards,
      Expat Guide Turkey.

  13. Hello Sir

    Please I want to know, if it’s possible to apply for a residence permit with a valid conference visa here in Turkey.

    Please your immediate respond would be appreciated.

    Thanks

  14. Anne Muller

    hello,
    my short term residence permit is valid till the 15th of july? What will happen if I leave the country one week later? Will there be a fee punishment with an overstay of one week or will I have problems when I want to come back to Turkey? And in general for how long I have to be outside of the country after residence permit is over, or can I come back directly, with normal tourist e-visa?
    Thank you!

    • mah

      Hi Anne,

      I have the exact same question as you. My residency is expiring and I wonder if i can enter the country right away on a regular tourist visa or whether I am ought to spend a certain time outside of turkey before I can enter on a tourist visa after a certain period of having had a residency. Did you find an answer to your question? If so would be grateful to hear about it as there’s not much info on the Internet.

      Many thanks in advance,

      Mah

  15. Ismail Tabalo

    Good day

    Dear sir

    I have read the info listed on the web site but i still need to know

    If i own ( have regsirted) an house / appartment in turky

    Will this give me and my family. An recidence for all time beiing owning this property !!

    Will be waiting your reply

  16. ben

    please can u keep me posted with requirement for humanitarian residence permit

  17. Liza

    I found Academy of Tourism in Antalya three years ago, when I came to Turkey. The atmosphere and people are very nice, so I quickly adapted to my new life. Three years passed very quickly, I got a lot of new friends. I want to express my gratitude to the College

  18. Salman

    I have been a student at the Academy of Tourism in Antalya from 2nd course and I can say that I am glad that I studied here! The high quality education, convenient location of the Academy, a respite from the army staff, qualified staff, and this all words belongs to the Academy of Tourism in Antalya academy of Tourism in Antalya it’s my advice to you guys! This is the right choice for getting qualified, higher education!

  19. Abdulrahman Issa

    I came Turkey on February 2013, I have contacted UNHCR office and registered myself as refugee, which I am up-to now. I could not work because of my residence status of REFUGEE, have a family of 5. I’m Multi-faceted, efficient and reliable “Administrative Professional” with 20+ years of experience in business Marketing and Human Resources Management.

    Now, to get work do I have to change my refugee status. Or there is a way I can avail work permit without changing my refugee status. My family and I are facing living hardships though I found many places I can work. But the refugee status is the cornerstone. PLEASE tell me what to do.

  20. jordan

    Can somebody help me my partner is turkish but we are not married(yet) to apply for a residency permit do I need to still show proof of money ? or are the rules different if you have a turkish partner? thanks

  21. Duncan

    As explained in the main article, a temporary document is issued while the application for an extension of a residence permit is being processed. Will this document allow departure from and re-entry to Turkey while the permit validity is being extended? If yes, is there a limit on the time that can be spent out to Turkey and the number of exits and entries that can be made with the temporary document?

  22. Vaida

    Hello. I want to ask one question. I am from Lithuania. Now I have a practise in Ankara (by Erasmus+ program). I also have a resident permission, which valid until 2015-02-14. I want to continue my practise for two months. Can I come back to my country and again come to Turkey as a tourist, without continuinng my residence permission?

  23. Jerry

    Can you tell me any new rule regarding obtaining resident permit in turkey. I came in turkey with a conference visa which I used in applying for permit. On attanding my appointment I was told my visa can not be giving resident permit.

    Kindly let me know if there is any possibility in obtaining this permit

  24. Samya

    Hey,

    I have two questions; 1. Being a temporary residence permit holder due to hold immovable property in Turkey if I decide to marry outside Turkey; Can I apply for family residence permit for my partner?

    Residing in Turkey for 5 years as a temporary residence permit holder; do we get eligible to apply for Turkish citizenship? Proving that we have immovable property and an interepted income to support our family in Turkey?

    Awaiting,
    Samya.

  25. When 180 visa has expired, and i have been in turkey for 90 days on that visa. Do i have to stay out of Turkey for a specific period or can i immediately apply for a new e visa and return to turkey. Thanks

  26. Why do turkish government NOT allow expats into country 180 days in any given year? think of the ease this would bring to regular visitors.

  27. Danielle

    What about if I want to apply for residence to live with my fiancé in his families home? And we state that we plan to marry during my residency period as he is unable to obtain a visa for the UK we want to reside in Turkey.

  28. SUCHI MAIGIDA

    ARGENT PLEASE. i stay in turkish republic of north cyprus ,ii came into turkey two weeks ago to apply for a french visa ,due to incorrect information i was only able to submit my application this week and my two weeks visa into turkey just expired this week.please what is the possible solution to my situation and repecotion gven that i cant get my passport back from the french embassy to go back to north cyprus.

  29. pakistai

    dear plz can u tell me that if i come on visit visa then can i apply for asylum in turkey becoz my brother killed a boy and now enemies want to kill me so i m afriad of being killed in my country so i want to get asylum plz tell me can i apply for asylum on visit visa i m waiting for ur reply thankx and one thing more i m single and 22 year old boy thanx

  30. Brian Wardleworth

    My wife and myself are due to renew our residents visa this week and have been told the costs have been reduced to 50 Turkish lira for one year. Could you please confirm this is correct a we need to go to Alanya Police station on friday to apply for our visas.

  31. Sue Ross

    I am a US citizen and will be departing the UK in May by sailboat for Turkey arriving in Sept. Where we planned planned to winter. I understand the E Visa application process but had planned to seek a residency permit. Will I now have to fly back to the States to do that?

  32. Eddie Hampton

    Hi… with the new visas coming into force in april…i think the 8th or 10th…we are going on march 31st (late)… now im hearing after april 1st you have to apply for 6/7 month resident visa in your own country ??? will i beat the deadline to get it in marmaris ?? the problem i will have is I need a …tax number…bank account…and rental agreement… which i cant get till i get over there…..
    help …… ive tried phoning the turk consulate in london but no answer….. I dont know what to do….when we go in on 31st march they will give me the £10 visa… but will i have a couple of days to get the relevant paoerwork ..bank…tax No etc ??? thank you….

  33. Nobi

    helo, i am planing to do my masters from turkey in 2014.I am from Pakistan. i am married and i want my spouse to accompany me. is my spouse allowed to come with me when i get student visa. ? moreover is he allowed to work there? and also am i allowed to work in turkey ? please reply me i need your help.

  34. sammy

    WTF – 8 YEARS !!!! It used to be 5 years…I’m only a month away from 5 YEARS uninterrupted stay with a valid residency and work permit. Now I have to wait three more F*Kn years.

  35. Raffaella Bianchi

    I am not sure 1) if a work permit will be different from a residence permit who is going to issue the work permit? 2) it seems consulate abroad should provide them…. but if you are already in the country? 3) what is the Turkish equivalent for “governor office”? Where are these offices?

  36. jane

    hello i would to ask about my residence permit which was already expired for 6 months.. do i have a chance to renew it?

  37. am i eligible for longterm residency. my residency book runs from 14.11.2006 and is due for reewal 14.11.2014. i have sgk insurance and 2 monthly pensions

  38. Johny

    My fiancee from Philippines has a six month Blue book permit, not prolongable. If she marries me – I’m a swedish national, with my own Blue book, prolongable – will she then be eligible to apply for prolongations of her Blue book, not beeing forced to leave Turkey after six months?

  39. Hi I heard there are certain relaxtion for staying in Turkey. My friend is from Russia, she has touristic resident permit for 6 months (expiring in July), now if she wants to come back to Turkey again in 2013, I heard she can come as tourist for another two months (obiously she needs to leave Turkey first). Kindly can you please check and help on this.
    Many thanks for your reply in advance.
    Brgds, Adeel

    • I am not sure if she is in or out of Turkey, but obviously she has a residence permit and she can use it till July. She can leave Turkey and come back within this period. However within 2013 she may not renew her residence permit, since still renewal for Tourist residence permits can be made once within a year. New rules for resindence permits will be effective on April 2014.

      • Many thanks for your reply. Yes She is in Turkey, so what I understands that she can not even come to visit for few days on touristic visa from Aug 2013- Dec 2013? right? many thanks for your support….Brgds, Adeel

  40. linda fraser

    Can you define what is considered uninterrupted residency for 8 years, does short holiday out of turkey negate the uninterrupted 8 years residency.

    • Under new legislation it is seen that staying outside of Turkey for the periods more than six months within one year or more than one year within last five years will be accepted as interruptions in the residence permit period.

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