Residence Permit in Turkey

Updates in the residence permit applications for foreigners.

From 10th of April 2018, foreigners who would like to get short term tourist residence permit from İstanbul should be notified regarding the changes at the process..

– residence permit which was previously given for 2 years have been reduced to 6 months to 1 year

– foreigners should certify their income for the last 6 months by providing bank statement ( from abroad or locally)

-short term  tourist residence permit could be obtained only once with no possibility of extension

Besides, in short term residence permit application in Istanbul, appointment dates are not given by the system, foreigner is informed of appointment date by the chosen contact preference ( via sms or email) within short period of time from the İmmigration office side.

In regards to the extension of residence permit, foreigner who are in the scope of below criterias, their residence permit will be extended;

–  owners of the property in Turkey

-spouse of Turkish citizen

– family members of foreigner having work permit in Turkey

– foreigners who can certify their income from abroad for the last 6 months and the reason of staying 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.

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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.

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.

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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  • glennlove1970

    Hello,
    I’m wondering if you can help me. My wife and I are thinking about moving to live in Turkey and I am enquiring about security jobs in Turkey.
    At the moment I am a Security Supervisor. I have worked in the security industry for about 9 years. I have previously worked as a prison officer too so I have a lot of experience.
    If you can give me any help and advice on finding a security job in Turkey it will be much appreciated.

    Many thanks.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, according to law security jobs are prohibited for foreigners in Turkey. İf you are considering living here, you will not be able to work in your field as a foreigner.

      Kind Regards

  • girjakjanjua

    I was read all information you are provide on your page it is very informative for me thanks for shearing all information.
    Please inform about
    1. I was read Istanbul is close not receiving any new application relevant residence permit. If this is true and if I take your services then will you arrange residence permit for me another city of turkey and please tell me which documents you need from me.
    2. And please informed me what is your complete services chargers until I get residence permit.
    3. And please informed me can you arrange room or house shearing for me with all facilities.

    Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İt is true, in İstanbul nowadays residence permit is rarely given to anyone except of property owners. That is why we would not recommend application if you are not planning to purchase a property. İn other cases most probably appliation would be rejected. İf you consider obtaining residence permit in another city in Turkey, our company would be glad to assist you throughout the application procedure after your arrival to Turkey. Unfortunately, we do not provide services regarding rental appartments or rooms. İf you would like to purchase a property in Turkey, we can help you to find a house adapted to your needs and budget.

      Best Regards,

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  • Charlotte

    I had my residence meeting already and gavr taahutname as document for where I live. I was told that they do not accept this now, but my landlord cannot provide rental contract for me. Is there some solution you can suggest?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, the letter of undertaking is not accpeted anymore in İstanbul if you are not staying with your family member. Otherwise if your landlord rent you a place but does not provide the rental contract, it is against the law and you will not be able to obtain residence permit without notarized rental contract.

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  • Ehsan

    Hello,

    My family and I have given our documents to the ministry about 20 days ago, but we haven’t received any messages regarding the process of the applications. We’ve heard that we will be receiving a message about a week after the date which we have handed them the documents.

    Are there any sort of ways that we can check upon our applications?

    After we have received the message, how long will it take for us to receive our cards?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can check the status of your applications on the Immıgration Office’s website. After your applications will be approved, the card should be delivered to your address within one month.

      Kind Regards

  • SARA & MOHSIN

    hello,
    im from Iran and my husband is from Pakistan , is it possible for us to reach permanent residency permit in TURKEY through buying apartment over 170,000 TL? if yes wat are the procedures? if no , how we can have permanent residency?
    ur kind urgent reply to us is highly appreciated

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can obtain residence permit for property owners if you buy a property worth 170,000 TL and if you stay in Turkey uninterruptedly for 8 years and will be able to prove your source of income, you will be entitled to apply for permanent residence permit. İf you invest in a property worth at least 650,000 TL, under the same conditions you can apply for Turkish citizenship after 5 years.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Sevgi

    Hello,

    I have graduated December 2017 in Turkey as a foreign student. I want to continue to stay in Turkey for one more year. I heard that those who graduated from the University in Turkey, the immigration office gives extra one year of resident permit without the öğrenci belgesi. I am planning to apply in August 2018 because the expiration date for my current permit is in August 2018. Is it too late for me to apply with the diploma?

    I will wait for your answer.
    Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can still apply for residence permit as a graduate from university in Turkey and you can submit your extension applicaton two months before the expire date of your current residence permit.

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  • Chong

    Hello,

    I am a student in Sakarya university for my masters program (2 years) My wife is not a student. I know that I can get a resident permit via öğrenci belgesi. What about my wife? Can she get a resident visa through destekleyecinin eşi (by my support). How can she obtain a resident permit in Turkey and stay with me while I study?

    Thank you. If you can respond as soon as possible, I will appreciate it.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As long as you are not Turkish citizen and you do not stay in Turkey with work permit for at least 1 year, you can not be a supporter in residence permit application. Your wife will need to apply for residence permit independently, That means that she will also need to present rental contract on her name and prove a source of income from abroad.

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  • Tina

    Hi .
    Please i need urgent help .
    I applied for a tourist residence permit and it got rejected on the basis that i lack income in Turkey.
    However i was instructed on the rejection letter that i can apply for a different type of residence permit within 10 days . Yes only 10 days .
    What type of residence permit can i apply for within this time .
    Please help me urgently
    Am desperate.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf you fulfill the criteria you can obtain for one of the types of residence permit listed below:
      – residence permit for property owners in Turkey
      – residence permit for company owners in Turkey
      – residence permit for spouses of Turkish citizens.

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  • Altynay

    Hello ,
    Want to ask something , I am coming to turkey as an exchange student for one semester , do I really need to get a student visa to apply for short term resinece permit ? I’m from country which is allowed to enter turkey and stay there without visa for 30 days . If I am allowed to enter turkey without visa and live there for 30 days , am I really required to get student visa for short term residence permit ?
    So , basically can I just enter turkey with my passport and apply for short term residence permit skipping visa part.
    Thank you in advance

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Coming to Turkey as a student you need to obtain student residence permit. That is why you need adequate visa to obtain this kind of permit.

      Kind Regards

  • Silvio

    Hello guys. I hope you’re doing great!

    I was hoping you could help me clarify my situation in Turkey.

    I tried to explain it as detailed as possible so you can understand it better. Here it goes. Don’t freak out:

    I entered Turkey in October 2015 holding a student visa. On the following days I got my RP as a student, which I renewed once or twice. In May 2017 I dropped out of school and changed that student RP to a short-term residence permit. So far, I had done all of this in Ankara, with no problem or whatsoever.

    Then, in January 2018, before my RP expired I applied for a new RP, this time in Istanbul. I got my appointment for May and never exited Turkey while waiting. I brought all the basic documents and I was asked 2 more documents (from my home country) and given 30 days to hand them in. I did.

    Three weeks later, I got an SMS saying that my application had gotten rejected. I immediately went to the Directorate of Migration Office and there I was given a rejection letter. I was told that I had to wait 6 months to apply for a new RP and that I had 10 days to leave the country.

    Two or three days later, I went to Bulgaria. Even though I had the rejection letter with me and had left within the given 10 days, not only was I charged a 460 TL fine, but I was told that I had overstayed (when in reality, I never did. Like I said before, I made my application before my RP expired and was waiting for my appoint and later on for the answer. Anyway, I re entered Turkey 36 hours later and this time I was given the Sartli Giris Bilgi Formu. I asked the officer if I could enter just as a tourist, which was my idea from the beginning (as a Venezuelan I’m allowed to stay without a visa for 90 days) and he said AGAIN that I had overstayed in Turkey and, therefore, I had only 10 days to apply for a new RP.

    Anyway, today I went to the Migration Office and asked whether I could really apply for a new RP and they said NO.

    So,

    – first of all, how come did I overstay?

    – Second, can I apply for a new RP or not? Who should I believe, the police officer or the migration office?

    – Third, If I decide not to apply for a new RP within those 10 days of grace, am I allowed to exit Turkey without paying any fine?

    – If I do apply and get rejected again, will I have to pay another fine?

    Thank you in advance.

    Best regards,

    Silvio

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      The period of stay between expiration of your visa and obtaining residence permit is considered as overstaying if your application is rejected. We recommend you to follow immigration office’s advice and wait for another 6 months to re-apply as although technically you can apply, your application most probably would be rejected again and you would be fined or might be even banned to re-enter Turkey.

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  • Mike

    Dear Sir

    I’m holding a Syrian passport and my wife is Egyptian and two boys 12 and 13 years of age holding a Syrian and Egyptian passport, We are living in Dubai and plan to move to Turkey if there is an affordable and easy solution for us, the target to obtain Turkish citizenship someday when we meet the citizenship requirements as per Turkish law, I have a Georgian residence as of now and my family reside in Georgia 10 months ago as we planned to live there, Unfortunately we figure out it will take us decades to obtain the Georgian citizenship so we changed the plan and we wanna move to Turkey, Kindly let me if there is any solution at your company capabilities, Meanwhile consider that my wife grandma is Turkish originally and she lives in Egypt and never obtain Turkish citizenship and she passed away long time ago, But we still have her original birth certificate.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There are few possibilities of acquiring Turkish citizenship:

      – staying in Turkey uninterruptedly for 5 years on basis of work permit
      – staying in Turkey uninterruptedly for 5 years on basis of investment in a property worth at least 650.000 TL
      – citizenship by investment in a property worth at least 1 million USD or a company with pre-paid capital of at least 2 million USD

      You can read more about this topic in our article below:
      Turkish citizenship

      Kind Regards

  • amir

    Hello
    This is more than 2 times that I sent you comment but unfortunately I didn’t get any answer. Please help me
    My question is: how I can look for job in Turkey? And how I can find a suitable job?
    is there any place or office that led me and give some information about job appliance in my meager in Turkey?
    I am industrial engineering and i am working more than 10 years in good factories and companies and i am professional on computer and IT and i can speak English and turkey
    Please answer me.
    Best regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      Unfortunately, we do not have informations about job offers in Turkey. You can find one via websites or arrive to Turkey on touristic visa to search for a job here and attend job interviews. When you find a job your employer must apply for your work permit via Turkish embassy in your country or if you obtain residence permit valid for at least 6 months, application can be submitted within Turkey

      Kind Regards

  • Beata

    Hello,
    1. To apply for touristic residence permit do you need also some kind of travel plan? Or renting a place for the whole stay in one city is enough?
    2. If you work as freelancer and will keep working during your stay (for company outside of Turkey) can it be also proof that you have enough financial resources?
    3, Is touristic residence permit usually for a year or shorter/longer? It can be applied for twice only?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can rent one place for the whole stay but still you will need to explain your purpose of stay and travel plans in Turkey. İf you can proof that your income comes from abroad and the amount is enough to cover costs of living in Turkey during your period of stay, working abroad as a freelancer is definately accepted as a source of income. Touristic residence permit is usually given for 1 year but in İstanbul the period might be shorter, it can be granted for only 6 months and can not be extended or obtained again.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Daniel

    Please sir, business visa can i apply residents permit in turkey.

  • S.Field

    Is it correct information that to get a Short Term Touristic Residence Permit (Ikamet) for Istanbul, I must either rent a property in my name or buy a property?
    I am staying with a Turkish citizen who is willing to provide a Tahutname from the Notary to state this (as was acceptable in old rules), is this still acceptable or no longer possible for Short Term Touristic Residence Permit?

    Also what are possible acceptable reasons for needing to stay longer, would booked flight tickets or accomodations in turkey be acceptable?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Although according to official informations from immigration office, taahhütname is still accepted as a document proving your accomodation, we would recomment to present the rental contract on your appointment day. You do not need to rent the whole place by yourself. İf it is possible, your friends can include you into their rental contract.
      About reason to stay, all kinds of reservations showing your travel plans like booked tickets or hotels are acceptable.

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  • Shayan

    Hello,

    Are these changes at the process also applicable for cities like Izmir? Because you’ve only mentioned Istanbul.

    Also, can you please elaborate on certifying income from abroad and presenting bank statement? Should there be minimum amount in the bank account?

    Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      We can not say anything for sure abput İzmir at the moment but most of the changes apply to İstanbul, where rules regarding application procedure became more strict. To certify income from abroad you are supposed to present your bank statements for last 6 months. Minimum amount per month should be between 500 and 600 USD.

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  • Amel

    Merhaba, all documents is correct. Nevertheless, can they refused apply for residence permit? Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf all of the documents are correct and you fulfill all of the requirements for residence permit, the possibility that it would be refused is low. But remember that there is a lot of factors having influence on the final decision of the officers so it is difficult to predict the result only by documents.

      Kind Regards

  • Abubakar sidik

    May peace be upon you sir..
    Please I’m Ghanaian and I have tourist visa which is still valid, can you please guide me how to apply or get Turkey resident permit
    Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      To apply for touristic residence permit you must buy or rent an appartment in Turkey, prove that you have enough financial resources for your stay in Turkey and explain the reason of your stay. You can contact us for appointment in one of our offices in Ankara or İstanbul so our team can provide you with guidance regarding application procedures in English.

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