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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  • Sam

    Hi,
    I am an Iranian passport holder.. 37 yrs.. i have bought a property here in Istanbul and i have my residence permit card.. i want to bring my mum here to live with me?? How can i apply for residence permit for here.. she is Iranian and as you know iranian passport holders are visa free for turkey for 90 days within each 6 months.
    Best regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After you mother obtains a visa to Turkey and enter the country, she can apply for residence permit within 90 days. If you include her into tapu, your mother can apply for residence permit as a property owner. This kind of residence permit is mostly being granted to foreigners and can be extended multiple times in the future. Otherwise your mother can apply for touristic residence permit but applications for this kind of permit are often being rejected.

      Kind regards,

  • EP

    Dear Sir / Mam.
    I am a foreigner who has been in Turkey two weeks ago with a Tourism visa. I intend to attend an event in Istanbul next month and my return ticket is also issued after the event. Because the visa is only valid for 30 days, is it possible to extend the tourist visa until the date of return and how can I do it?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      It is not possible to extend your touristic visa. If you are going to overstay for only short period of time, you must pay fine at the airport while leaving Turkey. Otherwise you should apply for residence permit. Be informed that the application procedures can last up to 3 months and you should stay in Turkey until receiving your residence permit card. For details you can also read our article below:
      The consequences of overstaying in Turkey

      Kinnd Regards,

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  • ionel

    Hello , i finished my 90 days of tourist visa in Turkey and i leaved the country but i wanna come back and no wait that 90 days of pause, Can i apply from my country for ikamet and with the appoiment try to enter in Turkey ? im from Romania . I have vergi numarasi , bank account , singorta… So my question is if i do from here online an application for ikamet and i will receive an appoiment can i come back and show that to the customs that i have an appoiment can work this thing? thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Application can be aubmitted only within Turkey, otherwise it would not be valid. If you enter Turkey earlier than 90 days after your last visa expiration date, you will be most probably asked to sign a document in the airport in which you will state that you will apply for residence permit within 10 days upon arrival to Turkey.

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  • Ulyana

    I will need to apply for work visa to work as a instructor/ lecturer in Turkey. I want to take my son who is 5 years old and my mother together with me. What kind of documents do I need to submit in for consolate/ embassy? Thank u

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As long as you have not been staying in Turkey for at least one year basing on work permit, you can not apply for family residence permit for your child. This kind of permit also does not apply to parents. Your work permit application might be only supporting document but your mother and your son must apply for visa and later residence permit independently.

      Kind Regards,

  • O

    Hello, I’m a citizen of Uzbekistan but have been living in another country for 18 years. I’d like to apply for a student permit for studying Turkish courses, the representative in Tomer told me that I have to get the acceptance letter from them (tomer), and then go to my country to apply in a Turkish Consulate with the letter. This seems illogical to me, why should I go to my country to apply for it? I havent lived there in many years and I’m currently in Istanbul, is there any way I can apply to it here in Turkey?

    Appreciate your response,
    thank you.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you are already in Turkey and your visa is still valid, you can apply for short term residence permit for language course purposes and you do not have to leave the country for this purpose.

      Kind regards,

  • maq

    hello

    if I own a property for 5 years with renewing RP evey year and spending only few days in turkey per year …am I entitled for citizenship ?

    thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      You should not spend more than one year within 5 years abroad in order to be entitled to apply for Turkish ctizenship.

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  • maq

    hi
    can my wife apply for residence permit at the same time I apply after buying a property or I should get residence permit first and then she applies ? I only have 30 days to buy property and apply for residence …does the residence permit application states my family /persons to be added to get the Residence permit ?
    thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Both you and your wife can apply for residence permit at the same time, she does not need to wait until you obtain the document first. You, your wife and children are eligible for residence permit application based on your property documents. All of you should apply independently, application for the whole family at once is not possible.

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  • I’m a South Sudanese citizen who is so much
    interesting to be residence in Turkey, if your highly
    authority would grant to give me a resident permit
    I would be appreciate that.

    Thanks
    Sincerely
    Benson Deng

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      We are not a governmental website and we do not have any influence on decisions of authorities.

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  • Me

    Hi,
    I am from afghanistan i am holding conferance visa i came for last year medical practice through exchange program i had visa for 3 months and got residence perment for 3 months more. Now if i want to start turkish course in turkey can i apply for residence permit with my current visa?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, you need to leave Turkey and come back again with another kind of visa in order to apply for short term residence permit for language course purposes.

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  • Layal Suliman

    Hello! I have entered turkey with a conditional visa/ student visa, which requires me to get an appointment within 10 days of my entrance date. I was able to obtain the appointment in Istanbul, for 4th of next month only to face a huge obstacle. My results place me in one of the universities in Ankara, and I have to apply for my resident permit there. Right now, if I cancel my appointment in Istanbul, I have to leave the country. If I do so, I might not be able to get another visa by the time I need to start my school.
    *** I would like to know if there is any kind of course or language school that I can enroll for me to get a resident permit in Istanbul until I can get a new appointment in Ankara. ***
    Thank you in advance!

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As a student visa holder you are only supposed to apply for student residence permit. This kind of permit is only given to foreigners enrolled into higher education programs. Foreigners who are going to attend language courses in Turkey should apply for short term residence permit for language course purposes. We recommend you to contact your local immigration office to get more detailed informations as you have already entered Turkey conditionally and re-entering Turkey in order to obtain new visa would most probably not be possible in your case.

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  • Mustakim Md Golam Kader

    I wish to permanent resident in istanbul. May I know the procedure?
    I am working at a private pharmaceuticals company at Dhaka.
    Looking forward to have your valuable advise.
    Mustakim
    Dhaka,Bangladesh

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You are allowed to apply for permanent (long-term) residence permit if you stay in Turkey uninterruptedly for at least 8 years. Othrwise you can apply for short-term residence permit. In order to apply for residence permit, you must be already in Turkey and have valid Turkish visa. Moreover, you must buy or rent a house, have private health insurance in Turkey and be able to prove that you have at least 500 USD per each month of your stay.

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  • Q7

    Hello,

    My current residency permit expires in about one week and I am not sure if I will be able to submit the application for a new residency permit before the expiration, so I thinking to just get the 90-day tourist visa to give me the time to apply and receive the new residency permit. I am presently in Istanbul. Is there any chance I can get the 90-day tourist visa without having to enter and depart the country?

    Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You need to leave Turkey and come back to obtain touristic visa. You can leave the country and come back even the same day to activate new visa. If you directly come back and would not wait 90 days to re-enter Turkey, you will be asked at the boarder to sign a document stating that you will apply for residence permit within 10 days upon arrival to Turkey.

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  • Adejobi Deborah adeola

    Greetings
    Please is it possible to collect residence permit in Turkey with e visa supported with valid shenge visa from nigeria.Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As long as your Turkish visa is valid and you are within Turkey, you are allowed to apply for residence permit.

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  • Amina

    Hello.
    I came to study in Turkey , I am learning turkish language first year on İzmir Katip Çelebi Universitesi, privately. Which means I am paying for the private dorm, and the tömer course. I need to get my residence permit and health insurance, and I don’t know where I should go or who to ask for that, nor do I know how to get it. Can you please help me? What is procedure for foreign students who will study out of their own pockets? What documents do I need and where I need to go?!
    Thank you so much, I hope I will hear from You soon.

    Best regards,
    Amina

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Amina,

      You are supposed to apply for short term residence permit following the informations from immigration office’s website:
      Residence permit can be issued maximum twice for this purpose to the foreigners who enroll to institution authorized to provide language course (must have permission by Ministry of National Education) in Turkish.

      If the period of the course is less than a year residence permit duration cannot be longer than the period of the course.

      The institution providing the course is responsible with reporting the commencement and attendance of the foreigners registered to the Turkish course to the Provincial Directorate

      First you need to lodge an application at e-ikamet system. After your application online will be completed, system will inform you about required documents. To lodge an application in the system, you need to have health insurance in Turkey as you will need to include your policy informations. If you want, we can provide you with health insurance policy for foreigners. In order to purchase a policy contact us at info@expatguideturkey.com.

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  • Abdella Mahmoud

    I am planning to buy an appartment/ house in istanbul. I want to know procedures to get a residence permit.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After you obtain title of deeds in your name, you and your family can apply for residence permit for property owners. If you need assistance throughout the application process, you can contact us at info@expatguideturkey.com.

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  • Malik

    I have Apply for Residence Card My Appointment date is 3 Oct 2018. after the appointment Date I want to go back in my Country.
    Can i go back?????? Plzzz tell mee

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You should ask at the appointment about document which will allow you to leave Turkey for maximum 15 days. Please, be informed that some of the immigration offices are not giving this kind of document anymore so you might not be allowed to leave the country before receiving residence permit card.

      Kind Regards,

    • Hope

      When I was at my appointment in July 2018, they said they no longer give documents allowing you to leave the country prior to receiving your residence permit card. If you left the country, it would probably be difficult to get back in to Turkey.

  • Maisa H

    Hi, The response is a little unclear to me. I am in Turkey now on a tourist visa. Would I have to leave the country and apply for an internship visa, then come back? .

    If I’m in the country already what would I need to apply for to do an internship (change from tourist to intern)?

  • deva nargis

    hello
    i would like you to apply on my behalf for my residential permit please.i come from a visa exempt country,i have collected most of my documents.I have emailed you many times asking you for details about our co operation,but you are not responding.Is this a part of your busy system,having too many clients,and i have to wait for your reply? i would appreciate much a reply.thank you.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      We responded your comments and emails, please, check your spam folder.

      Kind Regards

      • deva nargis

        hello i am going to be a co-owner of a flat in Turkey soon.Meanwhile I have to fly home to get personally the required documents eg.criminal record,and the home bank statement for the last 6 months.I would like to know if as a property owner here in Turkey the last document is not necessary.When back I will apply for my residence permit.thank you.

        • ExpatGuideTurkey

          Hello,

          Bank statement, as a prove that you have enough financial resources to stay in Turkey, is listed among required documents. Although for this kind of application it is often not checked by authorities, officers can ask you to present it.

          Kind Regards,

  • miki

    hello,
    me and my friend want buy a property together so as we can apply residence permit. my question is

    1. can the title deed of the property can be put on my and my friend name?
    2. can me and my friend apply for residence permit ?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Title deed can be in the name of both of you and also two of you will be eligible to apply for residence permit basing on the property.

      Best Regards,

  • Maisa H

    Hi,

    I am a canadian citizen as well as Pakistani. I came to Turkey on a tourist visa 90 day on Cdn Passport. I am a gap year student and wish to do an internship here for a month or two at a private language centre. If I get short term ikamet residency permit, am I allowed to do the internship. It might have an honorarium, like paid at the end. Is this legally allowed if there is no organization like AIESEC OR IAESTE involved?
    Waiting for your reply thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You are supposed to apply for internship visa, which also will be basis to obtain residence permit for internship purposes. This kind of internship can be paid as long as it will be stated in your agreement. Doing internship while staying here with touristic residence permit is not legal.

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  • Eva

    Hello,
    my residency permit application is still under process and I would need to leave the country for 20 days, due to my work in my home country. I know that you can only get the approval of 15 days, so my question is, if my residency permit is approved while I am outside, can I return without paying the fee or being banned in 20 days? Or that 15 days is still valid? How fast they can give you the leaving allowance paper?

    Thank you for your answers,

    Kind regards,
    Eva

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Recently allowance document is not given by some immigration offices. You should directly visit immigration office where you applied for residence permit to receive information if you can leave Turkey and for how long.

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    • Hope

      At my appointment in Istanbul in July 2018, they said they are no longer giving the document to let you leave the country while your documents are in process.
      May be different in other cities, but this is what they told me.

  • Ik

    Please, do Turkish residency permit permit for visiting other countries with it?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Depends on your nationality, being residence permit holder in Turkey can allow you to enter some countries, which do not require visa from Turkish citizens or can make obtaining visa to other countries easier. You should directly check the requirements with authorities of countries that you are planning to visit.

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  • kbrom

    Dear,
    I am Eritrean I come to turkey more than 15 time in this year starting from last year September. I have one year resident which expire by the end of January 2019 what can I do to renew my resident.thanks for all.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If your residency address is registered in any other city than Istanbul, you can apply for extension of your residence permit under condition that you can prove having enough financial resources for the whole period o stay in Turkey. Otherwise, you should purchase a property in order to extend residence permit from Istanbul.

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  • Benedict Nnaemeka

    Greetings
    Am a Nigerian National, I was granted a 3 months tourist visa recently and going by the discussions I have read on this platform it seems getting a resident permit in Istanbul is not viable. Could an employer/business partner assist an employee/business partner to get a resident permit on a tourist visa.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Assistance of a Turkish citizen would not have any influence on your application as long as they are not your family.

      Kind Regards,

  • Zabihullah ZAHEER

    Dear,
    I have visited Turkey three times from Afghanistan.
    Now interested to have businesse and live there with my family. Have five children and wife.
    How can I start living and business?
    What amount of USD shohld I invest?
    How can I get the living permit?
    Thanks.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      To move to Turkey permanently with your family, you can consider investment in a company or a property. To establish a company in Turkey as a foreigner, your company’s pre-paid capital must be at least 10.000 TL. But to obtain work permit and do the business activity as an owner, your company’s pre-paid capital must be at least 100.000 TL and there must be 5 Turkish citizens employed per each foreigner in the company, including yourself. According to the new law, if you invest in a property worth at least 250.000$, you and your family can become Turkish citizens in a short period of time after purchasing a property.
      Our company provides services regarding establishing company in Turkey and Citizenship by investment. If you would like us to assist you throughout the procedures, you can contact us at info@expatguideturkey.com.

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