Residence Permit in Turkey

The residence permit of foreigners contains unique and up-to-date information that has been revised in accordance with the Law of International Protection and Foreigners No. 6458

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 approced by tax Office or Chartered Accountant)
• 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.
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]

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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

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  • Janko

    Dear Sir,

    I have a quite complicated situation. My work permit expired on 12 August, but my employer had applied for renewal earlier in July, but I did not receive the renewal by the time of expiration, so I applied for residency on 17 August (withing 10 days).
    My work permit was for the province of Gaziantep, when I wanted to apply for residency they told me I cannot apply there because foreigners for most countries cannot apply in border provinces so I applied in Istanbul.
    At the same time I have my family (wife and 2 children) with residency in Gaziantep, their residencies also expired on 11 Aug, so we applied for renewal on time and it was admitted, but there was a condition that I should bring the renewed work permit, My family got the temporary residency paper signed and stamped. It is almost two months that I don’t have work permit (and maybe I will not have because the registration of my organization was not granted) and my interview for residency is still by 23 of October.
    Last week we traveled abroad, my family exited without problem but they were told they should come back within 15 days. In my case I paid a penalty, and when I asked if I would have problem coming back, the officer told me you can come back as tourist.
    My questions are:
    If I left the country and paid penalty, is my application for residency still valid. Can I go back as a tourist and attend my interview on 23 October?
    What is the status of my family? Immigration is waiting for my work permit or residency to complete their residencies. Currently I have none of them. Only Application.
    If they don’t come back within 15 days, what will happen? Will their applications be cancelled? Can they come as tourists later?
    If I get residency in Istanbul after 23 October (if application still valid), is possible for my family to have their residency in Gaziantep? Or how can we transfer them to Istanbul?
    Thank you very much for your advise.
    Janko

  • Qasim Ali

    Hi sir my name is Qasim Ali im from Pakistan I need a visit visa to Turkey but I neend invitation latter plzzzz I need a help

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Qasim

      We do not provide Invitation Letter as a company.

      Best Regards
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Karen

    My husbands residency visa expires on November 12 and as we are leaving Turkey permanently in June 2018 he doesn’t want the expense of applying for another one
    Can you tell me the implications of overstay in this situation please
    Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Karen,

      We strongly advice your Husband to extend his Residence Permit since if he will overstay form November to June he will mostly get a huge penalty to pay at his exit of the territory. If he does not pay the penalty he will not be allowed to re-enter the Turkish territory for a certain ammount of time (from 6 month up to 5 year).
      If you wish our company can make all the required application for his Residence Permit Extension.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Leo

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    We are going to intend to buy a house in Turkey, and I would like to know if we can be granted with residence visa directly upon my purchasing or otherwise we need to apply through normal channels.

    For the time being I am entering in Turkey with E-Visa and renew it every time it’s expires.

    Appreciate your reply.

    Thanks in advance.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Leo,

      The application for the Residence Permit is the same for owner of properties and Standart applications. You will have to go through the normal channel. However you should keep in mind that you only need a Valid visa for the online application. Once the online application is made you can stay legally in Turkey untill the appointment date.

      If you wish our company can make all the required application for you, in order to obtain a Residence Permit. for furhter information please contact us by mail.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Chris Powell

    Hi,

    My friends have been to provide a criminal record check as part of their long term residency application, but there are at least 4 different types of checks available (Subject Access Check, Police Certificate, Basic Disclosure and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check).

    Do you know which is required?

    Thank you.

  • Reem Abdallah

    Hello.I am Kenyan who studies in Northern Cyprus .I have been here for one year and now i started my second year however in the last three months I went Turkey and spent the summer break there .I was staying there legally with the residential permit( that is one year long) which i applied when my five day tourist visa finished.So now I came back to Cyprus to pursue my studies and the question is that, can i stay here in Cyprus with that turkish residential permit that I came with because my Cyprus Visa is about to expire or do i still need to renew my Cyprus visa .Thank you I really look forward for your reply soon.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      You cannot stay in Cyprus based on a Turkish Residency Permit, it will not be valid in Cyprus. You will need to get a new Cyprus Residence Permit.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • SURKEW IBRAHIM AHMED

    Hi Dear,
    Im iraq citizenship (Kurdistan region)
    I want ask for get the resident from turkey So pls i need the information and how i can begin And wht is need to do it ?

    Hope can reply ,
    With many thanks .

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Surkew,

      In order to apply for a Residency Permit you should first enter Turkey with a Valid Touristic Visa. Once you enter the Turkish territory we can make all the required application for the Residency Permit.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Prudence

    Hello, hope my message finds you well.

    I am a Zimbabwean and my boyfriend is Turkish , I will be visiting him for about two or three weeks in December , would I need a an invitation letter from him as I will be staying with him and he will be doing everything for me and will an electronic visa be ok for me ?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Prudence,

      You will be allowed to stay in Turkey for the duration of your Visa. If you wish to stay longer you will have to apply for a Residence Permit.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Raman

    I am Canadian citizen currently living in the Middle East would like to apply for residence permit, what would be the procedures and can I apply after I arrive to Turkey or I have to get the residence permit before entering the country? Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      To get further information about our fee and the procedure please contact us by mail.

      Turkish Residence Permit application can only be done once you enter the Turkish territory.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • elle perez

    Hi. I came here with a working visa yet it expired 5 motnhs ago. Now me and my turkish boyfriend wants to marry here this year. Is it possible for us to marry here with my expired visa or should I go back to my country and re-enter turkey?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Elle,

      You are not required to have a Residence Permit in order to get married in Turkey.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Carlson Setah

    Dear Sir /Madam,
    i’m a citizen of cameroon i plan coming to turkey on a three months tourist visa but my plans are to come and apply for a one year resident permit ( short term) may i know what are the document requirement and also if i dont have enough money in my bank statement is there a possibility of your firm assisting me to get the residence?.if thats possible please how much estimate is going to cost me to have a short term resident permit ?
    Thanks and Regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Carlson,

      You can find the required documents and procedure in this webpage. We do not provide service for bank account, however you can check change office to see if they can help you. To get further information about our fee please contact us by mail.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Haleemah Maulidi

    Good afternoon. I have few questions I would like to clear out concerning my residence. I am currently a student studying in Turkey. The problem is at the moment is that I was actually applying for the extension of my ikamet a week ago before it expires but it didint let me get an appointment because my passport expires the end of November. I knew that was the case thats why İ went to the South African embassy to apply for my passport extension a whıle ago and they told me ıts stıll ın process and would take atleast two more months. My ıkamet expıred on the 20 of september and now I have no ıdea what ıs the crıterıa of one overstayıng ın thıs case. ı went to my goç ıdaresı ıkamet place to asked them and they told me ı should leave the country whıch ı agreed too because waıtıng for my passport would not be a good ıdea sınce my ıkamet ıs expıred. If ı leave before 10 days of my over stay approxımetly how much wıll ı be payıng for my over stay because ı bought a tıcket to SA for the 27th of thıs month. I was to get ıt early but my embassy ıs takıng tıme wıth the emaıl ı need from them statıng my reason of leave ın order for me to show ıt at the aırport before ı leave. I just wanted to be cleared on what happens ıf ı leave before 10 days and ıf I wıll have to pay how much would it be….

    Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Haleemah,

      Once your Residency Permit has expired you have the right to exit the Turkish territory within 10 days. You should not have any penalty to pay, however we strongly advice you to carry 500TL with you in case there is a problem.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • prince

    Good day. i am 6th year medical student studying in ukraine. i will complete my 6 year program and get my mbbs june 2018. is it possible to do medical residency in turkey? also i need info about the process of obtaining a resident and work permit

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Prince,

      It is possible for every Foreign Citizen to obtain a Residency Permit and Work Permit in Turkey. However you should note that the Residency Permit does not allow Foreign Citizens to Work legally in Turkey.

      You can check our Work Permit webpage to get further information about the procedure for the Work Permit.
      https://www.expatguideturkey.com/work-permit/

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Claudine

    Hello, Please can i know how will i know if my residency permit got rejected or accepted, how will they notify me? I have applied for it for 3 months now, should i go check with them or they will send me a letter that it was either rejected or ccepted?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Claudine,

      You should get the result of your application the same day. The Residence Permit Card will be sent to you home adress 3 to 4 weeks later.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • michael

    how possible for me to get a job in turkey and how much is work per an hour there?

    • santosh bhatta

      hello sir.
      overstay nepali people for 1 year can make recident pemits ? it is posible or not ?
      what ‘ s process and have a chance to deported??
      thankyou

      • ExpatGuideTurkey

        Dear Mr Santosh,

        Unfortunately since you have overstayed you cannot apply for a Residency Permit. If you wish to apply for a Residency Permit you will have to exit and enter the Turkish territory with a Valid Visa. Please note, that you will have to pay a penalty at your exit of territory.

        Best Regards,
        ExpatGuideTurkey Team

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Michael,

      Qualified Foreign citizens can easily find a suitable employer in Turkey. The minimum wage is calculated monthly in Turkey and for a Foreign citizens this would be around 2666,75TL per month excluding taxes.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • michael

    can i use turkey residence permit to travel and work in other EU Countries?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Michael,

      You can use your Residency Permit to enter and exit the Turkish territory. However it does not have a Validity in EU countries, and you will need to get a Visa or Work Permit to travel to other Countries.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Divine

    Thanks so much for the info I receive from this platform, I’m getting myself ready to turkey then I work with you guys

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr/Mrs Divine,

      We are very glad that our website did helped you. We are trying to do our best to give the best Service to all expatriates in Turkey.
      We truely hope that you will enjoy your stay in Turkey.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Dee Danielson

    To whom it may concern,
    My boyfriend just informed me that his Visa is expired. He is trying to come back home to the U.S. we can’t afford to pay the fines. Is there anyway he can get on the plane and we can pay the fines and fees when he returns? I don’t know what to do.
    Thank you,

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      Unfortunately, there no solution for the payment of the penalty after exiting the turkish territory. You should check with you local Consulate concerning the different solutions available.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Patrick Curtis

    My 180 day period will end on 18th October. I will be in Turkey that month until 21st October ( 3 days after the 180 day period ends ) My total multiple visits will total 85 days within the 180 day limit counting backwards from the 18th.
    If I exit Turkey and travel to Samos on the 17th (just as the 180 day period ends ) and return with a new 90 in 180 day visa on the 19th will that be OK?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Patrick,

      You should not have any problem getting a new Visa if the 180 days validity has passed. As you already know, some Foreign Citizens are allowed to stay in Turkey for 90 days in a 180 days period.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Fahad Khan

    Hello sir i am Fahad khan from Pakistan i want residence card procedure plz details send me..

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Fahad,

      In order to apply for a Residency Permit you are required to first enter the Turkish territory with a Valid Visa. Once you entered the Turkish territory our company can make all the required application for the Residency Permit.

      For further information about our Fee and consultancy Services please contact us by Mail.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Mudassir

    Merhaba, i am a mechanical engineer and i want to work in Turkey.
    Which visa is suitable for me a tourist visa or work visa.
    As i have got information that we can go.as a tourist In turkey and find a suitable job and convert the tourist visa into work visa. I am an Indian.
    Need help. Any more additional info is appreciated.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Merhaba,

      You are correct concerning the procedures for the domestical Work Permit application. You can come to Turkey apply for a Residency Permit and then convert it to a Work Permit once you find an employer.

      However we strongly recommend you to first find an employer from abroad and then apply for Work Permit from abroad. It would be cheaper and faster. Please note that our company does not provide Human Ressource Management.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Kara Blevins

    Hi,
    Will the give me a residence permit if I have a rental agreement? Is that all I need? Do I need a certain amount of savings? I want to live in Turkey.
    Previously I thought that I need to purchase a property to receive a residence permit. I have been saving my money for that. But now I am reading that I just need to rent. Is that correct? It seems too simple to be true. I would rather try out living there for some years before making a big commitment to buy property there. I’m American, by the way.
    Thank you.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Kara,

      It is not mandatory to own a property in Turkey in order to obtain a Residency Permit, a rental contract would be sufficient. The main difference would be that you will get the Residency Permit more easily and for up to 2 years by owning a Property. While with a rental contract you will only be allowed for a 1 year residency Permit. These Residency Permit can be renewed every year without any limitation.

      If you wish to get further information about our services and our fees or get assistance for the Residency Permit please contact us by mail.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Adeel

    Dear Sir,
    I am facing in taking appointment for ikamet. Whenever I try it says that appointment is not given to the applicabt ID xxxxxx. Is there any problem in the server? It has been a week i am still facing the same problem and my visit visa is going to expire due to this delay. Please guide me for an alternate way to get an appointment and if my visit visa expires what should I do?

    Regards,
    Adeel

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      Unfortunately sometimes the immigration system gets down. For this reason we advise you to retry later. If you still cannot make the application please contact us by phone to get further information about our services.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • ld

    My residence permit expires on 30th of September. Does 90 days rule applies to me so I can stay a little more, or I should departure before 30th of September?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      The 90 days rule does not apply for previous residency Permit and Work Permit holders. This is why you should exit the Turkish territory the 30th of September.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Rowena

    Hi, My husband and 2 kids are applying for 1 year residence permit. How much Turkish Bank balance $ amount should we show as proof of financial capacity? Should I have this bank balance amount also or just my husband will do? Thanks.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Rowena,

      You should calculate 500USD per person per month. Any of the parents account would be enough.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

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