Residence Permit in Turkey

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RESIDENCE PERMIT FEES

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

 

TYPES OF RESIDENCE PERMITS & REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Law no 6458 on Foreigners and International Protection specifies six main types of residence permits.

(i) Short-Term Residence Permit,
(ii) Family Residence Permit,
(iii) Student Residence Permit
(iv) Long- Term Residence Permit
(v) Humanitarian Residence Permit
(vi) Residence Permits for the victims of Human Trafficking

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




For all kind of applications the following requirements are essential.

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

 

1. SHORT- TERM RESIDENCE PERMIT

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

a) Foreigners who come to Turkey for scientific research.
b) Foreigners who own immovable property in Turkey.
c) Foreigners who come to Turkey for business relations or opening business.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2-FAMILY RESIDENCE PERMIT

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

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

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

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

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

3-STUDENT RESIDENCE PERMIT

Student residence permit is granted to those foreigners who will be enrolled to graduate, undergraduate or two years associate programs in the Turkish higher education institutions. Foreigners who will study in primary or secondary education programs, with the consent of their parents, might be granted with student residence permit at most for one year period on each application. Student residence permit does not grant any rights about residence permits of parents and other relatives of the foreign students. The period of student residence permit can not exceed the duration of education.
With the entry into force of new Law on Foreigners and International Protection, foreign students can work in Turkey legally after obtaining a work permit. However foreign students who are enrolled in undergraduate or two years associate programs can start working in Turkey after completing their first year of study. Moreover only for foreign students who are enrolled in two years associate programs, their working hours can not exceed 24 hours per week. Applications of foreigners who are subjected to  deportation or entry ban decisions will be rejected.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

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

 

LONG TERM RESIDENCE PERMIT

A foreigner may be eligible for Long Term Residence Permit for indefinite period of time, if having resided in Turkey legally and uninterruptedly for 8 years with a valid residence permit. However those foreigners who are classified as refugees and conditional refugees or foreigners who own residence permits for humanitarian purposes or who are under temporary protection are not eligible to apply for Long Term Residence Permits. Additionally in order to be eligible for Long Term Residence Permit foreigners also need to meet with the following criteria.They :
• Should not be granted with Social Help within the last three years,
• Should have adequate and regular resources for personal or family livelihood,
• Should have a valid health insurance,
• Should not be considered as a threat to public order and security.
In case of staying outside Turkey for any reasons except from health, education and compulsory public service for more than one year, Long Term Residence Permit might be

 

5-HUMANITARIAN RESIDENCE PERMIT

In the following circumstances Humanitarian Residence Permit might be granted at most for one year. Residence permit on humanitarian grounds can be extended.
a) If the highest interest of a child is in question
b) In case that the departure of a foreigner from Turkey is not reasonable and possible, even if the foreigner is subjected to deportation or entry ban decision.
c) If the deportation decision may not be taken due to provisions of article 55 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection.
d) During the legal actions taken against deportation decisions or not allowed international protection applications.
e) During the returning process of international protection applicants to the country of first asylum or third safe country.
f) For those foreigners allowed entering Turkey for the sake of state interests or public order and public security (if the grounds for applying another type of residence permit is not available)
g) In exceptional circumstances.
Holders of Humanitarian Residence Permit should register themselves to the Address Registration System within 20 days after they are granted the residence permit.

6-RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR THE VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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

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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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  • Samar

    Dear sir, My son is holding Palestinian nationality, currently studying in the university in Northern Cyprus and has a student permit in Northern Cyprus. He would like to take tourist resident permit in Turkey for two years. I can provide bank statement (as mother) for six months from my bank here in Qatar). Me, my husband and son have valid resident permit in Qatar. My son also born in Qatar. What are official offices? Where do you suggest to apply in Turkey? What are the requirements? Do mind sending answers to my email? Thank you in advance.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Your son can apply for touristic residence permit from cities other than Istanbul but there is no guarantee that the application would be approved nor that the permit would be granted for two years. He will need to rent or buy a house in a city that he is going to apply from, prove that he has at least 500 USD per each month of stay in Turkey and provide himself with health insurance covering the whole period of stay. Our company provides services regarding health insurance for foreigners that is compatible with immigration office’s requirements for residence permit purposes. Your son can contact us after arrival to Turkey and we would be glad to provide him with required health insurance policy.

      Kind Regards,

  • Abdullah ahmed

    Greetings, I have applied for a touristic residence permit and got rejected, please i need help on how to reapply even if its in another city.
    i want to have the resident permit before leaving turkey.

    thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You need to leave Turkey within 10 days after your application was rejected and can not reapply without leaving the country first. You need to go abroad and come back with a new visa to be able to apply. Because of changes in the system, touristic residence permit is mostly not being granted anymore. You need to purchase a property in order to obtain residence permit for yourself and your family.

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  • Evelyn Yilmaz

    Greetings!
    Hi i have some questions about my residence permit valid for for 2years ( spouse of turkish citizen) i planning to move other country for longterm, as i see on web that i only allowed for 120 days out of the country, after 120days what will happen my residence permit if im not going to re enter during this period? Do i can come back to turkey as long as my rp is valid or automatically cancelled? Or any ban to re enter? Pls looking for good advise
    Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There is no limit regarding time spent abroad by residence permit holder anymore. You can stay abroad as long as you wish and the permit would not be cancelled.

      Best Regards,

  • Khushi

    Respected,

    Hope you will be fine. I am from Pakistan. I want to move with my husbnd,3children(8y,3y,2y) and my dependend mom.she is 50+

    If i hv 15days visa only,all process will done in 15days or not? Because we do not go back.

    Khushi

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Because of the changes in the application procedures, you should purchase a property in Turkey to obtain residence permit for you and your family. This kind of residence permit is also possible to be extended and after 5 years of staying in Turkey as a property owner, you have a right to apply for Turkish citizenship. Touristic residence permit is mostly not being granted anymore and it is not possible to extend it. Application procedures can last up to 3-4 months, depending on the city you will apply from. You can stay in Turkey legally until the end of application process even after your visa expires.

      Kind Regards

  • Santiago

    Hello how are you? I hope evrything goes fine. Thanks a lot for all the informaiton provided in your website, it has been very helpful. I just got quick qustion. I have the Guatemalan nationality. I have been in Turkey for almost 90 days. I would like to know how many days I should be outside Turkey to be able to enter for another 90 days.

    Tessekurler

    Santiago.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Santiago,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After your 90 days visa expires, you need to stay abroad for another 90 days in order to come again with new visa.

      Best Regards,

  • Klaudia

    Hello, my residence permit is going to expire in 1st of October. I went out from Turkey in September. Is it possible to enter the Turkey after my residence permit is expired with tourist visa? Or I have to wait 90 days since my permit is outdated? I’m from Poland. Thank you for this page, is really helpful

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You should stay abroad for 90 days after your residence permit’s expiration date. After that period of time you can come back to Turkey with new 90/180 days visa. İf you come earlier, most probably at the airport you will be asked to sign a document stating that you will apply for residence permit within 10 days upon arrival. İf you do not apply during this period of time or your application would be rejected, you must pay the fine for overstaying in Turkey and might be banned to re-enter Turkey for up to 5 years.

      Kind Regards,

  • Jawad

    Hello dear admin,
    I have 2 questions please can you response them. We have home in Istanbul and the( tapo )is in my name so which documents shall I proper for my dad mom and brother to officer know that they are related to my home and they are my family,and my second question each person how much money should have in their bank account?every family member should have different bank account or one is enough ? And how much ? Please can answer my questions.

    Regards,

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You should present any documents showing that you are related. Translation of apostilled birth certificate would be the most reliable for this purpose. Every adult should prove having at least 500 USD per each month of their stay. With letter of undertaking, you can claim yourself sponsor of the family but the risk that the application would be rejected is higher this way than when each applicant proves their own financial resources.

      Kind Regards,

  • Fahad Muhammad

    I need job in turkey Istanbul I’ll done bachelor of arts n work experience is 10 years in official work at university of engineering and technology Peshawar Pakistan I’ll come there with my wife n son kindly help me in this regard.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, we can not help you to find a job in Turkey. You can search for one via websites like for example kariyer.net or come to Turkey with touristic visa in order to look for a job here. After you find one, your employer must apply for your work permit. They can apply via Turkish consulate in your country before your arrival to Turkey or if you obtain residence permit with total validity o at least 6 months, application can be submitted within Turkey.

      Kind Regards,

  • Mieke de veirman

    Hello i applied for short time residence permit but i have to make 2 different apllies for my minor childeren but witch reason for staying i have to fill in they are not starting a buisiness or some other sort of reason

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf you as a parent are staying in Turkey, it is enough reason to apply for your children to accompany you.

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  • Shayan

    Hello,

    I’d really be grateful if you could help me.

    “Short term residence permit might be granted for the foreigners listed below who have suitable accommodation conditions in Turkey.”

    The question is, does staying at a dorm considered as a suitable accomodation? If I sign a 1-year contract with a dorm can I apply for a short term residence permit for touristic purposes?

    Regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      Requirements can vary in different cities in Turkey. İn İstanbul touristic residence permit would not be granted if you are not able to present title deed of the place you are staying in and most probably would not be granted if you are not the owner of the property. Dorm would be a suitable accomodation for student residence permit application only.

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  • Martin

    My partner has a short term tourist residence permit, which expires next week Sept 18th. We applied for extension, which was completed August 17th. Up to today we don’t have reply on extension request (we asked our immigration office and they told us to wait).
    Question; can my partner leave the country (before current residence permit expires) and come back into the country after 30 days or so, with visa exempt (no tourist visa needed for her nationality), waiting confirmation of extension?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Your partner should not leave the country before the result of application/receiving the new RP card, otherwise the application can be cancelled. She should be informed about the result within 30 days after submitting all of the documents to immigration office.

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  • Raldoss

    Hello,

    Myself and family are interested in moving to Turkey at some point, my husband is physician, and i want to know what does he need to do to be ble to practice in Turkey (and so to have a working permit)? So can you please help?

    Thanks
    Rawan

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf your husband will find a job in Turkey, his employer must apply for his work permit. As a foreigner, as a priority he should search for a job in a private health institutions as it is easier to obtain work permit than from the governmental ones.

      Kind Regards,

  • G

    Hello and thank you in advance for your assistance, I am a disabled American that’s been receiving Social Security benefits since 1998 specifically Social Security Disability which I understand does transfer over. My concern is the financial eligibility for the residence permit. I make $1,156 which is much more in TRY I know and I intend to rent an apartment out there or even stay in a hotel as well as buying my own health insurance too. The reason I want to move is because of my relationship with a Turkish born citizen and because my dollar goes farther as well plus I’m wanting to leave because of President Trump also apart from the fact that I love Turkey.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Although your financial resources would be enough according to the requirements, to stay in Turkey for long period of time you need to purchase a property here. Short-term residence permit is mostly not given anymore to foreigners who are not property or company owners in Turkey. Also, if you are considering legalizing your relationship, you would be able to obtain family residence permit in the future.

      Kind Regards,

  • Maria

    Thank you for your response. I appreciated it.

    Can I send the documents to your private email? because I believe you can atleast help me figure it out if its real or not. would that be fine for you?

    Thanks

  • Maria

    Hi. I am Maria from Philippines currrntly working in Dubai, UAE.. I have a question and need an information about my application to your country. I am hoping that you can help me by giving an advise about these

    I applied a job at Turkish Airlines Customer Services and they have accepted my resume. They gave me Visa forms and Employment forms to be filled up. I am also told to contact the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to have an approval of EMPLOYMENT EXPATRIATE QOUTA APPROVAL and I will be paying for its fees.

    I am hoping for your response. Thank you

  • Maria

    Hi. I am Maria from Philippines and currently working in Dubai, UAE. I have a question and need an information about my job application to Turkey. I am hoping that you can help me by giving an advise about these.

    I applied a job at Turkish Airlines Customer Services and they have accepted my resume. They sent me Visa forms and Employment forms to be filled up. I am also told to contact the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to have an approval of EMPLOYMENT EXPATRIATE QOUTA APPROVAL and I will be paying for its fees.

    Can you help me know things about these if these are legit?

    I am hoping for your response. Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      We do not know any details of this offer so we can not tell you for sure if it is real or not. İt is not required for a foreign employee to contact any other institutions than local Turkish embassy or consulate in order to apply for work permit. We recommend you to be careful and not to transfer any money to future employer or job agencies in order to obtain work permit as it is highly possible that this offer is a scam.

      Kind Regards,

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      • Maria

        Thank you for your response. I appreciated it.

        Can I send the documents to your private email? because I believe you can atleast help me figure it out if its real or not. would that be fine for you?

        Thanks

  • Osman

    Greetings I have applied business residency but the broblem I have remaining 8 days to stay Turky can I get extation to stay in Turky my visa axpired so haw can I get axtation or to increase my visa some times it will take time residency and I canto Waite long time to stay here lat me get fill. Back thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      We do not exactly understand your comment. İf you applied for residence permit but there is no result of your application yet, you can still stay in Turkey legally to wait for results even if your visa expired.

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  • Sina

    Dear Sirs/Mmes
    I want to purchase a property in Istanbul to get residence permission for me and my wife , i have two question,
    how much should be the least price of a property to get residence permission ? is there any limitation?
    I have heard it should be not less than 50,000 US dollar to get residence permission, is that right? or not?
    Could we apply for citizenship after 5 year for me and my wife? or not?
    Your respond is appreciated in advance,

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There is no minimum limit regarding value of the property to obtain residence permit. it is enough that you purchase 1+1 appartment in İstanbul to be able to obtain the permit for you and your wife. İf after 5 years you would fulfill all of the requirements for application (which is not only being a propperty owner) you have a right to apply for Turkish citizenship. İf you would like to benefit from our services regarding purchasing property and obtaining residence permit in Turkey, you can contact us at info@expatguideturkey.com.

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  • Kashif ullah khan

    Plz tell me how can we apply resident permit me my family we r 6 person we have a valid visa

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You need to purchase a property in Turkey to be able to apply for residence permit for the whole family. This kind of permit will be also possible to be extended in the future.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Naeem

    Hi ,
    I’m 46 years old, national of Pakistan and wanna start a small business in turkey with small investment up to 100ku$.
    What is the best way to get business license and residency of turkey ? Kindly guide me in whole procejoer
    thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf you establish business in Turkey, you can obtain residence permit easily. Our company would be glad to assist you to register company in Turkey and get through all of the formalities step by step with you. You can contact us to take appointment in one of our offices in Ankara or İstanbul.

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  • Okeke Bruno

    I have tourist resident that is still valid till next year, but I intend to apply for a BSc program in a university here.. and want to have my tourist resident switch to student resident after gaining admission.. please will that be possible?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      This kindof transfer will be possible after you enroll into study program in Turkey.

      Kind Regards,

  • komal

    Hello

    i am from pakistan..i want immigrate to istanbul turkey.me my husband my 3 kids( 8 years, 4 years,2 years) and my 50+ old mom.
    i want purchase property almost 200,000TL in istanbul…please answer me this is possible or not? after 5 years citizenship?
    how to i start in this case? please reply me what is best way to move easily.

    thankyou

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As you said, purchasing a property will enable you to move to Turkey with your family and obtain residence permit for all of you. Our company can help you regarding all necessary procedures starting from finding and purchasing a property until getting residence permit basing on your investment. To benefit from our servies, you can contact us at info@expatguideturkey.com

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  • Shahab amir

    I am from Pakistan. Me & my wife have 63 days visit visa. My son is studying in Bechsehir university Istanbul. He is our only child that’s why my wife want to stay with him. I have taken residence on rent at a contract of one year. I am a banker in islamabad, Pakistan. My wife want to stay with his son. I want residency only to avoid getting visa from embassy, that takes 15 to 20 days. My son have student residence. How u can help us. What will be its cost. Do we can get residence. After getting residence I will go back to Pakistan but my wife will stay with my son at Istanbul

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      To apply for resience permit, your visa must be still valid. İn İstanbul touristic residence permit is almost not given anymore. İf your wife wants to accompany your son, she should invest in a property or company in İstanbul to be able to stay in Turkey during your son’s university period.

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  • ABUBAKAR AHMED BABA

    Goodnorning Sir/Ma,
    Just to make an enquiry how to change my tiurist visa to resident visa .Am nationality Nigeria residing in UAE (United Arab Emirates )with UAE resident visa.
    Actually I got a Turkish tourist visa before if which have make used of it in istabul for 6days and I applied again for second time of which I was giving and am planning to come anytime from now in september .Now I want to know how to apply for resident visa in turkey if I entered
    Hope to hear from you soon
    Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Touristic residence permit is mostly not given anymore, especially in İstanbul we do not recommend this kind of application. To obtain residence permit you need to invest in Turkey, be related to a Turkish citizen or enroll into university within Turkey.

      Kind regards,

  • K.

    Greetings, I have applied for a touristic residence permit and got rejected because the insurance policy that I had didn’t cover the period I asked for. According to the immigration office. I have to leave Turkey within 10 days and come back after 90 days or so. The issue here is that I got accepted at a university to study my Master’s degree and the semester is starting. Do you think it would be possible for me to apply for a student resident permit with my acceptance letter or I will have to leave the country either way?
    Thanks for the help

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You need to leave Turkey within 10 days, otherwise you will be banned to re-enter the country for up to 5 years. After arriving to your homecountry, you should visit Turkish embassy or consulate in order to obtain student visa and be able to apply for student residence pemit after coming back to Turkey. You should have an acceptance letter from university to apply for student visa.

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