Residence Permit in Turkey

Turkish residence permit system is governed by the Law on Foreigners and International Protection (Law no: 6458, Enacted 11.04.2013). In compliance with the Decision of the Council of Ministers dated 10.10.2011, No: 2011/2306, starting from 01 February 2012, the total duration of stay of foreigners who visit Turkey as tourists cannot exceed 90 days in any 180 days period. Foreigners who intend to stay in Turkey longer than mentioned period (90 days in 180 days period), are required to apply for residence permit.

DURATION OF STAY SHOULD NOT EXCEED 90 DAYS
According to above mentioned decision of the Council of Ministers, if their visa exemption period or duration of the visa is sufficient, foreign visitors may remain in Turkey without residence permit maximum for 90 days (either consecutively or separately) in any 180 days period prior to their departure. After 90 days, in order to remain in Turkey, foreign visitors need to apply for residence permit. If visa exemption period or the duration of the visa is less than 90 days, foreign visitors might extend this period up to 90 days within Turkey.

THE 180 DAY PERIOD IS CONSIDERED RETROSPECTIVELY
In calculation of 180 days limit, Law no. 5683 states that foreign visitors are not permitted to exceed 90 days within previous 180 days from their date of DEPARTURE. This means in the calculation of duration of stay in Turkey, foreign visitors should look backwards from their present point or from the day of their departure.

180days
RESIDENCE PERMIT APPLICATIONS

Currently, residence permit applications are made directly to the newly established Directorate General of Migration Management through the online system. You may refer to Law on Foreigners and International Protection for detailed information about the residence permit application procedure, the different types of residence permits and the extension applications.

Residence Permit extension applications might be submitted online within 60 days before and in all circumstances 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.

Although it has been underlined that starting from 01.01.2015, First Residence Permit applications will be made through the Turkish Consulates, until further notice from General Directorate of Migration Management, first residence permit applications can also be made within Turkey through local offices of Directorate General of Migration Management.

From May 18, 2015, Residence permit applications started to be accepted through E-Residence system launced by Directorate General of Migration Management.

For the first applications and applications for transfer, foreign applicants need to fill the online form and get an appointment from the nearest office of Directorate General of Migration Management through the “Central Appointment System”. After filling the form, the system automatically shows the address of the nearest DGMM office and the list of the required documents, it calculates the application and card fee and also sets the available dates and times for the appointment . Foreign applicants can legally reside in Turkey with the application form until the appointment date. However having an appointment does not grant any right to enter or exit Turkey. Once the application is submitted on the appontment date and after having signed and stamped the Residence Permit Application Document, foreigners might exit and re-enter Turkey within 15 days.

In order to start the application form, system will ask for a cell phone number or email. As soon as you will receive verification code by email or SMS, you can continue your application form.

If you have already started to fill the application form,  you can continue filling it anytime by clicking on I WANT TO CONTINUE MY APPLICATION

As soon as you finish filling the application form, the next step is to arrange an appointment. For foreigners, who reside in Istanbul, the appointment date and time will be given by the system automatically. Foreigners, who reside in other provinces are able to choose the date and time of the appointment by themselves.

Once you choose the appointment date, the system will automatically calculate your residence permit fees, which could be paid by credit card or at Tax Office of your province.

Moreover, foreigners have an option to cancel the application form.

Typical short term residence permit application form contains the following parts.

Individual’s Information
Travel Document Information
Permanent Address and Contact Information
Information on place of education and work
Information on main address and contact in Turkey
Information on Residence Permit
Information on Notification

Applications for extension are also made through the e-residence system. Applicants are required to fill similar forms and send the required documents along with the application form and payment receipts to the address of the nearest DGMM office within 5 business days. After filling the application form, an application document for residence permit is produced by the system. Foreign applicant is allowed to reside in the country legally using the application document as a residence permit until the completion of residence permit procedures, but this document does not grant the right to enter or exit the country.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FEES

Typically, residence permit fee is the sum of three different fees: the Residence Permit Card Fee, the Permit Fee and the Single Entry Visa Fee. However residence permit fee may vary according to the reciprocity principle and the nationality of foreigners as certain nationalities are exempted from the single entry visa fee and different amount of permit fees are applicable for those nationalities. In accordance with the Public Notification of Charges published in Official Gazette (No: 29221 30 Dec 2014) Work and Residence Permit fee schedule has been updated. Visit Permit Fees page for more information.

 

TYPES OF RESIDENCE PERMITS & REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Law no 6458 on Foreigners and International Protection 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

Please consider that all of the different categories might have different application procedures and might have different required documents. Although Expat Guide Turkey has taken great care in compiling the content of this page ,we cannot guarantee that all information is accurate and complete. Turkish authorities may request additional information and documents. Moreover residence permit applications might be rejected in the absense of proper type of visa. The following information is for informational purposes only. Please consult the nearest local office of Directorate General of Migration Management or goc.gov.tr for detailed information.




For all kind of applications the following requirements are essential.

    • It is required to have a passport or a document substituting a passport which is valid at least 60 days longer than the requested residence permit period.
    • A photo must be taken within the last 6-months (frontal, clear face, in a way that the foreigner can be recognized easily) with a white background and biometric.
    • In cases where passport information is not written in Latin letters, certified translation by a sworn translator or official authorities shall also be added to the application.
    • If name and surname are not written separately in passport, it is required that you submit a document taken from your own country representatives showing clearly the identity information to the administration.
    • A birth certificate may be requested for foreign minors.
    • In cases where the person concerned is under the age of 18, a deed of consent shall be given by his/her mother/father who lives abroad or by a legal representative or by a natural/legal person or entity recognized in Turkey.

 

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.

How to get a short term residence permit on the basis of business visa?

The foreigners who enter to Turkey on the basis of business vİsa and would like to stay here for longer period has a right to get a short term residence permit. However, the foreigner should approve that his aim is only connected with the gauging the potential market.  Foreign nation could get one year of residence permit after meeting the criterias of İmmigration office.   First and most, foreigner should submit invitation letter and other notarized company’s documents. Only after providing these documents he can get a short term residence permit.

Here is the list of required documents which should be  provide to the İmmigration office as

  1. invitation letter
  2. notarized declaration of signatures
  3. notarized trade registry gazette
  4. Activity certificate

The abovemention residence permit card will allow you to evaluate market demand and establish business in Turkey.

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.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR SCIENTIFIC/ ACADEMIC RESEARCH;
• Residence Permit application form. (Also tax number obtained from tax office)
• 4 passport-size photos.
• Original passport and photocopies of the following pages of the passport: the page bearing the applicant’s photo, the page stamped at the last entry, the page indicating the validity and expiry dates of the passport.
• An official letter confirming research from the institute that foreigner will conduct scientific /academic research
• If available, expired residence permit
• Valid Health Insurance (one of following health insurances is enough)
*The document that enables benefit from the health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
*The certificate of authorization received from Social Security Institution
*Proof of application made for general health insurance to Social Security Institution
*Private Health Insurance compatible with Circular Notice no.9 dated 06.06.2014.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGNERS OWNING IMMOVABLE PROPERTY IN TURKEY
• Residence Permit application form. (Also tax number obtained from tax office)
• 4 passport-size photos.
• Original passport and photocopies of the following pages of the passport: the page bearing the applicant’s photo, the page stamped at the last entry, the page indicating the validity and expiry dates of the passport.
• If available, expired residence permit.
• A bank statement confirming the existance of an amount of USD 1000 for each month. (Please check with local office of Directorate of Migration Management. This amount may vary from city to city)
• Original title deed and its photocopy
• A letter obtained from local land registry office indicating that the deed is up-to-date.
• Valid Health Insurance ( one of following health insurances is enough)
*The document that enables benefit from the health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
*The certificate of authorization received from Social Security Institution
*Proof of application made for general health insurance to Social Security Institution
*Private Health Insurance compatible with Circular Notice no.9 dated 06.06.2014.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGNERS WHO COME TO TURKEY FOR BUSINESS RELATIONS OR OPENING BUSINESS.
• Residence Permit application form. (Also tax number obtained from tax office)
• 4 passport-size photos.
• Original passport and photocopies of the following pages of the passport: the page bearing the applicant’s photo, the page stamped at the last entry, the page indicating the validity and expiry dates of the passport.
• If available, expired residence permit.
• Proper type of visa obtained from Turkish Consulates (Business Visitor Visa)
• The Turkish Trade Registry Gazette of Company indicating the most recent capital and shareholding structure of the organization (Should be original and notarized)
• Commercial Activity Certificate of Company (Should be original and notarized)
• Signature Circular of Company (Should be original and notarized)
• Valid Tax Certificate of Company (Should be original and notarized)
• Proof of Income
• Valid Health Insurance ( one of following health insurances is enough)
*The document that enables benefit from the health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
*The certificate of authorization received from Social Security Institution
*Proof of application made for general health insurance to Social Security Institution
*Private Health Insurance compatible with Circular Notice no.9 dated 06.06.2014.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGNERS WHO COME TO TURKEY FOR IN-SERVICE-TRAINING
• Residence Permit application form. (Also tax number obtained from tax office)
• 4 passport-size photos.
• Original passport and photocopies of the following pages of the passport: the page bearing the applicant’s photo, the page stamped at the last entry, the page indicating the validity and expiry dates of the passport.
• If available, expired residence permit.
• Offical document confirming in-service-training obtained from Turkish institutions

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGNERS WHO COME TO TURKEY AS PART OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS OR IN LINE WITH INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS IN WHICH TURKEY STANDS AS A PARTY.

• Residence Permit application form. (Also tax number obtained from tax office)
• 4 passport-size photos.
• Original passport and photocopies of the following pages of the passport: the page bearing the applicant’s photo, the page stamped at the last entry, the page indicating the validity and expiry dates of the passport.
• If available, expired residence permit.
• Proper type of visa obtained from Turkish Consulates (Student Visa)
• Letter of Acceptance (needs to indicate Erasmus Exchange Program)
• Valid Health Insurance ( one of following health insurances is enough)
*The document that enables benefit from the health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
*The certificate of authorization received from Social Security Institution
*Proof of application made for general health insurance to Social Security Institution
*Private Health Insurance compatible with Circular Notice no.9 dated 06.06.2014.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR TOURIST PURPOSES;
Foreign visitors without residence permit may remain in Turkey maximum for 90 days (either consecutively or separately) in any 180 days period prior to their departure. After 90 days, in order to stay in Turkey, foreign visitors are required to apply for residence permit.
• Residence Permit application form. (Also tax number obtained from tax office)
• 4 passport-size photos.
• Original passport and photocopies of the following pages of the passport: the page bearing the applicant’s photo, the page stamped at the last entry, the page indicating the validity and expiry dates of the passport.
• A bank statement confirming the existance of an amount of USD 1000 for each month. (Please check with local office of Directorate of Migration Management. This amount may vary from city to city)
• If available, expired residence permit.
• Valid Health Insurance (one of following health insurances is enough)
*The document that enables benefit from the health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
*The certificate of authorization received from Social Security Institution
*Proof of application made for general health insurance to Social Security Institution
*Private Health Insurance compatible with Circular Notice no.9 dated 06.06.2014.
• Proof of residential address (Rental Agreement, Reservation Document or Petition Letter from Turkish Citizen who accommodateS foreign visitor in his/her residential address) Rental Agreement should be notarized and original title deed should be attached.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGNERS WHO COME TO TURKEY FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT EXCEPT FOR THOSE WHOSE İLLNESS MIGHT CAUSE A THREAT TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH.
• Residence Permit application form. (Also tax number obtained from tax office)
• 4 passport-size photos.
• Original passport and photocopies of the following pages of the passport: the page bearing the applicant’s photo, the page stamped at the last entry, the page indicating the validity and expiry dates of the passport.
• If available, expired residence permit.
• Valid Health Insurance ( one of following health insurances is enough)
*The document that enables benefit from the health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
*The certificate of authorization received from Social Security Institution
*Proof of application made for general health insurance to Social Security Institution
*Private Health Insurance compatible with Circular Notice no.9 dated 06.06.2014.
• Doctor Report indicating Medical Treatment.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGNERS WHO NEED TO STAY IN TURKEY DUE TO REQUESTS OR DECISIONS OF JUDICIAL OR ADMINİSTRATIVE BODIES
• Residence Permit application form. (Also tax number obtained from tax office)
• 4 passport-size photos.
• Original passport and photocopies of the following pages of the passport: the page bearing the applicant’s photo, the page stamped at the last entry, the page indicating the validity and expiry dates of the passport.
• If available, expired residence permit.
• Valid Health Insurance (one of following health insurances is enough)
*The document that enables benefit from the health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
*The certificate of authorization received from Social Security Institution
*Proof of application made for general health insurance to Social Security Institution
*Private Health Insurance compatible with Circular Notice no.9 dated 06.06.2014.
• Court Order obtained from Judicial bodies.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGNERS WHO SEEK TRANSITION FROM FAMILY RESIDENCE PERMIT TO SHORT-TERM RESIDENCE PERMIT.
• Residence Permit application form. (Also tax number obtained from tax office)
• 4 passport-size photos.
• Original passport and photocopies of the following pages of the passport: the page bearing the applicant’s photo, the page stamped at the last entry, the page indicating the validity and expiry dates of the passport.
• A bank statement confirming the existance of an amount of USD 1000 for each month. (Please check with local office of Directorate of Migration Management. This amount may vary from city to city)
• If available, expired residence permit.
• Valid Health Insurance (one of following health insurances is enough)
*The document that enables benefit from the health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
*The certificate of authorization received from Social Security Institution
*Proof of application made for general health insurance to Social Security Institution
*Private Health Insurance compatible with Circular Notice no.9 dated 06.06.2014.
• Proof of residential address (Rental Agreement, Reservation Document or Petition Letter from Turkish Citizen who accommodateS foreign visitor in his/her residential address) Rental Agreement should be notarized and original title deed should be attached.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGNERS WHO COME TO TURKEY TO ATTEND TURKISH LANGUAGE COURSES
Foreigners who come to Turkey to attend Turkish Language Courses might be granted with short-term residence permit at most two times.
• Residence Permit application form. (Also tax number obtained from tax office)
• 4 passport-size photos.
• Original passport and photocopies of the following pages of the passport: the page bearing the applicant’s photo, the page stamped at the last entry, the page indicating the validity and expiry dates of the passport.
• If available, expired residence permit.
• Student Certificate obtained from Turkish Language Courses
• Valid Health Insurance ( one of following health insurances is enough)
*The document that enables benefit from the health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
*The certificate of authorization received from Social Security Institution
*Proof of application made for general health insurance to Social Security Institution
*Private Health Insurance compatible with Circular Notice no.9 dated 06.06.2014.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGNERS WHO COME TO TURKEY FOR TRAINING, RESEARCH, INTERNSHIP OR TRAINEESHIP PURPOSES THROUGH TURKISH PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
Foreigners who come to Turkey for training, research, internship or traineeship purposes through Turkish Public Institutions might be granted with a short-term residence permit at most one time and no more than for one year.
• Residence Permit application form. (Also tax number obtained from tax office)
• 4 passport-size photos.
• Original passport and photocopies of the following pages of the passport: the page bearing the applicant’s photo, the page stamped at the last entry, the page indicating the validity and expiry dates of the passport.
• If available, expired residence permit.
• Proper type of visa obtained from Turkish Consulates (Internship Visa)
• Offical document confirming internship obtained from Turkish Educational Institutions
• Proof of Income
• Valid Health Insurance (one of following health insurances is enough)
*The document that enables benefit from the health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
*The certificate of authorization received from Social Security Institution
*Proof of application made for general health insurance to Social Security Institution
*Private Health Insurance compatible with Circular Notice no.9 dated 06.06.2014.

2-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,(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.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGNERS MARRIED WITH TURKISH CITIZENS
• Residence Permit application form (also tax number obtained from tax office)
• 4 passport-size photos
• Original passport and photocopies of the following pages of the passport: the page bearing the applicant’s photo, the page stamped at the last entry, the page indicating the validity and expiry dates of the passport
• If available, expired residence permit.
• 2 passport-size photos of Turkish spouse
• Original and one photocopy of National Identity Card of Turkish spouse
• Original and one photocopy of Certificate of Marriage,
• Proof of Income (i.e. Payslips, Balance Sheet approved by tax Office or Chartered Accountant)
• Valid Health Insurance ( one of the following health insurances is enough)
*The document that enables benefit from the health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
*The certificate of authorization received from the Social Security Institution
*Proof of application made for general health insurance to Social Security Institution
*Private Health Insurance compatible with Circular Notice no.9 dated 06.06.2014.
If marriage is performed abroad, marriage should be registered in the Turkish Civil Registry. Marriages might also be registered through the Turkish consulates where the they were performed. In order to apply for registry an original marriage certificate and its notarized Turkish translation with Apostille might also be required.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGNERS MARRIED WITH A FOREIGNER WHO HOLDS VALID RESIDENCE PERMIT IN TURKEY
• Residence Permit application form. (Also tax number obtained from tax office)
• 4 passport-size photos.
• Original passport and photocopies of the following pages of the passport: the page bearing the applicant’s photo, the page stamped at the last entry, the page indicating the validity and expiry dates of the passport.
• Copy of Residence permit of spouse
• Original marriage certificate and its notarized Turkish translation with Apostille might also be required
• Proof of Income
• Valid Health Insurance ( one of following health insurances is enough)
*The document that enables benefit from the health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
*The certificate of authorization received from Social Security Institution
*Proof of application made for general health insurance to Social Security Institution
*Private Health Insurance compatible with Circular Notice no.9 dated 06.06.2014.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGN CHILD OF TURKISH PARENTS
• Residence Permit application form. (Also tax number obtained from tax office)
• 4 passport-size photos.
• Original passport and photocopies of the following pages of the passport: the page bearing the applicant’s photo, the page stamped at the last entry, the page indicating the validity and expiry dates of the passport.
• Original and one photocopy of National Identity Card of Turkish parents
• Proof of Income
• Valid Health Insurance ( one of following health insurances is enough)
*The document that enables benefit from the health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
*The certificate of authorization received from Social Security Institution
*Proof of application made for general health insurance to Social Security Institution
*Private Health Insurance compatible with Circular Notice no.9 dated 06.06.2014.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGN CHILD OF FOREIGN PARENTS WHO HOLD VALID RESIDENCE PERMIT IN TURKEY
• Residence Permit application form. (Also tax number obtained from tax office)
• 4 passport-size photos.
• Original passport and photocopies of the following pages of the passport: the page bearing the applicant’s photo, the page stamped at the last entry, the page indicating the validity and expiry dates of the passport.
• Original and one photocopy of Residence Permits of Foreign parents
• Proof of Income
• Valid Health Insurance (one of following health insurances is enough)
*The document that enables benefit from the health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
*The certificate of authorization received from Social Security Institution
*Proof of application made for general health insurance to Social Security Institution
*Private Health Insurance compatible with Circular Notice no.9 dated 06.06.2014

3-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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Those who will apply for the first time for a residence permit as foreign students should have a student visa obtained from the Turkish consulate in their home countries. After their arrival they need to apply for residence permit within one month.
• Residence Permit application form (also tax number obtained from tax office)
• 4 passport-size photos
• Original passport and photocopies of the following pages of the passport: the page bearing the applicant’s photo, the page stamped at the last entry, the page indicating the validity and expiry dates and the page bearing student visa obtained from consulate.
• Valid and updated student enrollment certificate obtained from Turkish schools or universities.
• A bank statement guarantying subsistence, or a letter of undertaking from parents, or if available scholarship documents.
• For foreign students below 18 years old, a deed of consent from parents is required. The deed of consent should be translated in Turkish and notarized with Apostille.
• Valid Health Insurance (one of following health insurances is enough)
*The document that enables benefit from the health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
*The certificate of authorization received from Social Security Institution
*Proof of application made for general health insurance to Social Security Institution
*Private Health Insurance compatible with Circular Notice no.9 dated 06.06.2014.

 

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 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

 

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 due to provisions of article 55 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection.
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.

6-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.[/toggle]

Ata İnstitutonal Consultancy provides the service throughout whole Turkey including İstanbul, Ankara, Antalya, İzmir, Mugla, Bursa and Gaziantep. İf you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

 

Overstaying In Turkey

Overstaying in Turkey might occur in three possible ways: A foreigner might overstay after the visa expiration date, or might breach the 90 in 180 days rule during his/her stay in Turkey, or might continue staying in Turkey without renewing his/her residence permit…The Consequences of Overstaying in Turkey

Permit Fees

According to public notification of charges published in Official Newspaper (25 Dec 2015) Work and residence permit fee schedule has been updated as below… Permit Fees (2017)

Law on Foreigners and International Protection

In its last session on 04 April 2013, Turkish National Assembly approved the Law on Foreigners and International Protection. The new law outlaws Law no 5683 Related to Residence and Travels of Foreigners and substantially changes the Turkish Residence Permits System…Law on Foreigners and International Protection

**People, who are over 50 years old, please contact us for health ınsurance policy quote

1,459 Comments

  • mirza hamza baig

    I come to turkey to touris visa for apply to residence visa

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After you arrive to Turkey on tourist visa, you will be eligible for residence permit application for as long as your visa will be valid. In order to apply for residence permit you will need to have address in Turkey and health insurance purchased within the country that would cover the whole requested period of stay. We provide services regarding residence permit application. If you want, our team can assist you and guide you to obtain the permit. For details you can contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com.

      Best Regards,

      Your thoughts are important to us. Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? Please rate us and leave a comment.Click here

  • Farhad

    Hello. Thanks for your useful article . I really need your advises before traveling to Turkey for first time short residence permit ( 2 years for buying property ) I have applied . Firstly I give some dates for clear my case .
    Appointment date : 28 May 2019.
    Passport validity : 04.08.2021
    Requested start date : 03.08.2019 ( to match with 60 days passport validity beyond the expiry of residence permit )
    Private health insurance 15.06.2019 – 15.06.2021

    Now my questions :
    1- should I change the insurance date to 3rd June to match with my requested start date of residence permit ?
    2- If my documents approve in appointment date , how many days often it gets they deliver the residence card ?
    3- should I stay in turkey to receive the card or I can leave and come back anytime and arrange someone receives the card ?
    4- As I’m not sure my residence permit approves or if its 1 year or 2 years , can I postpone the fees payment which is already on system for 2 years ?
    5- I have not usd/euro account in turkey and my country , Iran , neither Lira account . How I should convince them my financial situation ?

    Thanks for your answer beforehand.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Your health insurance must cover the whole requested period of stay. If requested starting date of residence permit is 03.08, your policy should start on this date or earlier. After the appointment, evaluation procedures takes up to 90 days, if your application will be evaluated positively, card will be send within few days after the result will be known. You can leave Turkey and come back as long as your visa would be still valid but the card will be send to your address in Turkey and can be taken only by yourself. If you would not be able to pick up the card within few days after it would be delivered, your residence permit may be cancelled. Residence permit fees must be paid within 30 days after appointment, otherwise application would be cancelled. You can prove your financial resources by bank statement from your country in related currency.

      Kind Regards,

      Your thoughts are important to us. Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? Please rate us and leave a comment.Click here

  • Robert Brauns

    Does Turkey offer some form a retirement residency?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There is no separate category of residence permit for this purpose, however foreigners, who receive retirement pension from abroad can apply for residence permit in Turkey as they can prove stable source of income.

      Kind Regards,

  • Aamir

    So my residence permit has arrived but the date of birth mentioned in the card is incorrect. I want to travel back to my country. Can you guide me what do i need to do to get it fixed since i have not found anything regarding this on the ģoç idaresi website. How long can it take??

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You should visit Immigration Office in order to issue a new card as the wrong date of birth on your card can cause problems in the future. Card can be changed within few days, depending on the city you are staying in.

      Kind Regards,

      Your thoughts are important to us. Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? Please rate us and leave a comment.Click here

  • Godwim

    I have a nigeria passport, can i enter Japan with my Turkish resistance permit?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Turkish residence permit might be used as aupporting document for visa application, however you should contact Embassy/Consulate of Japan in order to get detailed informations for visa requirements.

      Best Regards,

  • Mirzeta

    Hello.

    So, I got an e-mail that my application for residence permit was successful. I know that the paper which I got on the day of my interview allows me to stay in Turkey and leave the country for 15 day. I’d like to know what happens If I stay out of Turkey longer than 15 days. Thank you in advance. 🙂

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You are not supposed to stay abroad longer than 15 days as your residence permit might be cancelled. After your application was approved, you should receive your card within few days and after that you are allowed to leave Turkey and come back with no need to obtain new visa for as long as your residence permit will be valid.

      Best Regards,

  • Susan

    Hi
    I have a short term residents permit which expires on the 14 th June . I do not wish to renew this for a further year . Can I apply for a normal e visa online to cover me for the rest of my stay .
    I am departing the country on the 2nd of July .
    Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You would need to leave Turkey before your residence permit expires and enter the country again after the expiration date to activate your e-visa. However, if you would not stay abroad for the period of time required by visa regulations for your nationality after your residence permit expires, while entering Turkey you might be obliged to sign a document stating that you will apply for residence permit within 10 days upon your arrival.

      Kind Regards,

  • Lou

    Hi there,
    Thanks for your advice regarding a work permit.
    Can you advise me how to get a 1 year residence permit (British Citizen) please and how much money do you need to show in the bank for living expenses.
    Also I have a TEFL certificate but I don’t have a university degree, am I still able to teach English?
    Many thanks, your help is much appreciated.

  • Imtiaz

    Hello. I am here in turkey with family. Wife and three children above 18 years of age. I have applied gor residence permit on the basis of tourism. Now i have decided to purchase property witk all tbe names of my family on TOPU. Should i purchase the property before my appoinment date or wait for the issuance of TRP card. After how much period i can apply for the resideny permit on tbe baais of properyt once TRP has been issued. If i donot purchase property before appointment date then what reason should i give for TRP during interview. Revards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Residence permit is not required to purchase a property in Turkey. After you purchase a property and touristic residence permit would be issued, you can directly transfer the permit into residence permit for property owners. You can mention your plans of property investment as a purpose of stay in Turkey during the appointment.

      Kind Regards,

      Your thoughts are important to us. Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? Please rate us and leave a comment.Click here

  • Sunflower

    Hi, I entered Turkey on 1 Feb 2019 on an Aiesec internship visa which had the duration of 90days and a stay period of 50days. I applied for a short term residence visa and it was accepted and all my documents received. I was given a sheet to wait for one month for my card. After 2months, I went back to check on the card and I was told my application was canceled. What do I do? And what does it being canceled mean?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      For some reason, which Immigration Office should inform you about, your application has not been approved. That means that your stay in Turkey after your visa expired is considered as illegal and you will need to pay a fine while leaving the country. If you refuse to pay the fine, you might be baneed to re-enter Turkey for up to 5 years.

      Kind Regards,

      Your thoughts are important to us. Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? Please rate us and leave a comment.Click here

  • Nasir

    Hi
    I applied for residence card and still waiting to get. But I have opened the account and ID number is issued. I got a part time job in Istanbul in a school. The school is not applying for my work permit saying that first I need to get resident permit. Is it illegal to work or I am allowed to work even though I do not have work visa.

    I also applied for teaching job in Antalya, the company is not giving me work contract and saying to work as visiting teacher. I would appreciate to let me know, is it legal for foreigner to work as visiting faculty.

    Cheers.

    Nasir

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      It is not legal for foreigners to work in Turkey without valid work permit. Your future employer can make work application within Turkey once your residence permit card will be issued.

      Best Regatrds,

    • Thanks for very nice suggestions.

      My wife received resident card and got an employment contract too for one year. She is not Pakistan national. Would it be possible for me to apply for resident card. Kindly guide.

      • ExpatGuideTurkey

        Hello,
        Thank you for your comment.

        Your wife’s employer is obliged to apply for work permit for your wife. After work permit card would be issued, you will be eligible for obtaining residence permit for period of time that would not exceed validity of your wife’s work permit.

        Kind Regards,

  • Peter

    Hello Expat Guide and thanks for the information and maybe you could advise on this problem: I have a work/residence visa since January 2019 and my wife and daughter have now joined me on tourist visas, I was not previously aware I should be resident for 1 year before I can apply for their resident visas, is there any way around this requirement as we will only be staying one year in total.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you are a work permit holder in Turkey, your family can apply for short term residence permits and your work permit would be the document used to prove their purpose of stay. If you want, we can assist your family to obtain residence permits in Turkey. If you would like to benefit from our services, you can contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com.

      Best Regards,

  • Muzamal

    Hello how r u
    Sir i have visit visa 1month but now my visa finish now am over stay can i aply for expand my visa or if i have to go back then how much i have to pay pr day fine pls tel me
    Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If your visa is already expired, you can not extend the duration of your stay. Amount of fine depends on your nationality and amount of days that you overstayed in Turkey. You can read more about this topic in our article below:
      The consequences of overstaying in Turkey

      Please, be informed that the final decision on the amount of fine would be taken by the customs at the airport and can differ from the official fine amounts listed in the article.

      Kind Regards,

      Your thoughts are important to us. Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? Please rate us and leave a comment.Click here

  • Lou

    Hi there,
    I am in the U.K.
    if I go to Turkey and find employment there will I be able to apply for a work permit whilst there in Turkey and are there any particular rules and regulations regarding a British citizen that I need to know?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      In order to obtain work permit, 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. Work permit application can not be submitted basing on visa. There are no restrictions regarding British Citizens, however, to employ a foreigner, company’s paid capital must be at least 100.000 TL and there must be 5 Turkish Citizens employed per each foreigner in the company.

      Best Regards,

  • Ayda

    Hi,
    I have a tourist residence permit which is finishing on 23rd of June. I want to enroll in a Turkish language course as I am planning to finish my studies here in Turkey. How can I proceed? it would be a transfer from a tourist to student residence permit? can I apply from here (as my RP is still valid and I’m living here) or I have to go back to my country and apply from there?

    Thanks in advance :).

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As long as you would be attending language course but before you would be enrolled into higher education programme, you are not eligible for student residence permit. You can attend language course as touristic residence permit holder.

      Best Regards,

      Your thoughts are important to us. Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? Please rate us and leave a comment.Click here

  • Makavelian

    Hi there hope this message finds you 🙂 i’m a Foreign but i have a turkish residence (Short term) i wanna know if i could apply for bosnian visa with my turkish residency !

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Visa requirements depend on your nationality. Although residence permit can be benefit while obtaining visa to Bosna for citizens of some countries, you should contact Embassy/Consulate of Bosna to get detailed informations about visa application.

      Best Regards,

      Your thoughts are important to us. Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? Please rate us and leave a comment.Click here

  • Wafa

    I am an USA citizen, and I would like to retire in Turkey, what is the type of residence should I apply and what is the requirements, thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you are considering moving to Turkey permanently, you are supposed to purchase a property here. This way you can obtain residence permit for property owners, which is possible to extend multiple times.

      Best Regards,

  • Sanaa

    Hi guys, thanks for a very informational article! I have a question, I’m not Turkish, but if I have the residence permit(tourist one) valid for a year and I want to visit the US, will I be able to apply for the visa at the embassy in Istanbul or do I need to go back home and apply from there? Please help! Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As a residence permit holder in Turkey you are allowed to apply from Embassy in Istanbul. You should contact US Embassy for setailed informations regarding prosedures and requirements.

      Kind Regards,

      Your thoughts are important to us. Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? Please rate us and leave a comment.Click here

  • Ian

    Hi,
    I am about to renew my residency permit but my passport expires in 18 months, will I be able to get a two year permit or will it be restricted in length by the time left on passport and if so by how much ?
    Regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can only apply for residence permit that would be valid until 2 months before the expiration of your passport. In this case, you can apply for maximum 16 months.

      Best Regards,

  • Brandon

    Hello,

    Just looking for clarification – I hold a valid evisa, and I’m currently in the application/interview process for the eikamet. I am OK to leave / enter Turkey freely, as long as my evisa is valid, this will not compromise eikamet application?

    Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can leave Turkey and re-enter the country as long as you visa is valid. However, after the residence permit card would be issued, you will receive the message that the card was sent to your address in Turkey. If the message would not reach you while being abroad and you would not pick up the card on time, you residence permit may be cancelled.

      Kind Regards,

      Your thoughts are important to us. Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? Please rate us and leave a comment.Click here

  • sarah

    hi I came on a 90-day visa from February 4th my residency permit appointment was last week on 13th March and is now in process for 90 days

    I want to know what I should or shouldn’t do now because if my visa is for only 90 and my residency outcome will take p to 90 days my main concern is that I will accidentally overstay or will everything be fine ??

    please let me know asap.

    regards Sarah

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sarah,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As the application has been already made, you are allowed to stay in Turkey legally until the outcome of your application even if your visa expires in the meantime. However, you should not leave Turkey before your application would be approved and you receive residence permit card. Otherwise the application might be cancelled.

      Best Regards,

      Your thoughts are important to us. Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? Please rate us and leave a comment.Click here

  • Njie

    Hello, I av already filled an online application for a short term RP, but the appointment date doesn’t appear yet. My question is, weather is there any affection on this? It’s already written on the form that, date of request 11march and my stay is to finish on the 15 March. Does this means am already in the system or ?
    Thanks.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Appointment date will be sent to your email/phone number (according to which form of contact you have chosen in the system) within few days after making application online. As you filled the form and requested appointment date, your application is already lodged in the system but you will still need to go to the appointment.

      Kind Regards,

      Your thoughts are important to us. Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? Please rate us and leave a comment.Click here

      • Njie

        Thank you once again, I have received my appointment date in few days after your kind guidance.

        In short, In would like to know how long can someone with a Turkish RP stay out side of turkey?
        Eg: by going to your home-country for so to son months?

        Many thanks.

  • Salman

    Hello,

    First off thanks a lot for the wonderful info on your website. I am a kenyan citizen who has a work permit here in Turkey. My wife is a USA citizen and she is planning to join me later this year. So if I am not wrong she has to apply for a SPOUSE VISA from the USA consulate then come here and apply for a family residence permit? If that is the case do you know of the procedures and requirements for such application? (SPOUSE VISA) And if after getting the family residence permit, she decides to take Turkish language course, does she need a students permit in that case? Also is it possible for her to apply for a TOURIST VISA then come here and apply for family residence permit?

    Many Thanks and Best Regards,

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If your wife enters Turkey either on spouse visa or touristic one, she can obtain residence permit to assist you on basis of your work permit. Duration of this kind of residence permit can not be longer than validity of your work permit. After being enrolled into Turkish language course, there is no need to obtain another kind of residence permit.

      Best Regards,

      Your thoughts are important to us. Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? Please rate us and leave a comment.Click here

Leave a Reply