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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1,492 Comments

  • Hi
    I entered Turkey since August 15, 2018. I applied for the resident permit but my interview day I couldn’t make it because I was at other part of the country. Is there any way to appe it..? I heard rumors saying those who are rejected can re-apply it again. But my case is I couldn’t make it on the interview day.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You need to leave Turkey and obtain a new visa to re-enter the country and apply for residence permit again following the same procedures.

      Kind regards,

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  • Maiq

    Hi,

    I have been married to a Turkish citizen for more than 12 years and we have a daughter together, I was working in Turkey for 2 years and we left Turkey to settle into a new country. Now we have been divorced and my ex-wife and my daughter(holds Turkish citizenship and under 18 years of age) are living in Turkey now.

    My question is that, after I apply for a tourist visa to get into Turkey, is it better to apply for short term visa or family visa while I’m there and which one would you advise? or should I apply at the foreign Turkish consulate here itself? If I need to apply from the consulate here what documents do I need to provide them.

    I’m also ready to rent a house there to get the resident permit, please guide me to the right hassle free path.

    Thanks.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As you are not married to Turkish Citizen anymore, you can not apply for family residence permit. That is why you are supposed to apply for touristic visa to apply for touristic residence permit later. You should contact Turkish consulate in your home country in order to get informations about visa application and requirements.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Zara al

    Hello,

    I entered Turkey with a US passport giving me 90 days of stay. I entered on January 9 2019. Meaning I have till April 9 2019.

    I applied for a short term resident card on January 22. I had an appointment on January 30. Everything went well. All documents were given. Nothing missing.

    Question is… I haven’t heard back and it’s been about 6 weeks. My tourists visa expired in about 26 days . Do I have to leave the country if my visa expires? How can I check on the status of my application? Do I have to go pickup my permit short term card or will it be mailed out to my address?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You should receive message or email with result of your application. It is possible that after 6 weeks the application has not been evaluated yet. However, you can call 157 or visit Immigration Office where you applied for residence permit in order to check up on the procedures. Card will be sent to your address after the application would be evaluated positively.

      Best Regards,

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  • Shaghaf

    Hello,
    I have short term residency that will expire in April. Do I need to take an appointment to renew? If yes, when should I take it? Two weeks prior to the desired date is enough or should it be before? Can the renewal be done through mail?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can start extension procedures two months before your current residence permit’s expiration date. If none of your personal informations (also passport number or address) has changed, most probably you will only need to send the documents to the Immigration Office via post. The system will inform you about further procedures.

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      • Shaghaf

        Thanks. If I sent the application through mail, do I still need to go for an appointment? Or would the card be sent by mail?

        • ExpatGuideTurkey

          Hello,

          The card will be sent to your address by mail and there would be no need for the appointment.

          Kind Regards,

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  • Leila

    Merhaba, I want to apply for residence permit. How much money I need to prove I have sufficient funds? I am French citizen, my husband Lebanese and we want to live there both. How much money needed for 2 of us? If I get first the permit can we make family reunion in Turkey? How much is the healthcare for both of us? What are the fees for the residency ? Thank you.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Merhaba,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Each of applicants should prove having at least 500 USD per each month of requested stay. You can read more about residence permit fees in our article below:
      Work and Residence permit fees for 2019

      Please, be informed that if one of the spouses obtains residence permit, it does not give you guarantee that the other one’s application would be accepted as well. You must apply separately and each application will be considered as individual. Costs of health insurance depends on the providor and foreigner’s age. Approximate prices of one year policy provided by us are listed at:
      Health insurance policy quote for foreigners

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  • Ilona

    Hello, I want to live in Turkey and apply for residence permit. I have a work in Austria, I earn around 1000 EUR per month as a freelancer. I dont have a work in Turkey.
    Do I need pay taxes in Turkey? How much? What are the conditions for residence permit?
    Thank you.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You are only obliged to pay taxes in your home country as long as you are not employed in a company within Turkey. In order to apply for residence permit, you must have valid visa, address in Turkey and obtain health insurance within Turkey. If you want, our company can assist you to apply for residence permit. You can contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com.

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  • Tarek

    I received email on 23 Jan 2019 that my residence permit request 2018-65-1654211 numbered has been evaluated positively. But until now 07 Feb 2019 it is still under assessment in the website. What to do? Kindly advice!

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You should visit Immigration Office where you applied for residence permit in order to check up on your card as it might have been sent yo your address by now. If you would not pick it up on time, your residence permit may be cancelled.

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  • Mitha

    Hiii
    I just got married with turkish n i apply RP since desember but till march its still proses, i need to go back to my country but i just can out of turkey 15 days, how if i out of turkey more than 15 days???
    Any problem for that? What should i do to exit again??
    Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You should contact Immigration Office, where you applied for residence permit. If you stay out of Turkey for more than 15 days and your residence permit would be issued in the meantime, the permit can be cancelled.

      Kind Regards,

  • Ivana

    Hi,

    I’m a Swiss citizen and I’m moving to Turkey in a few days. I want to apply for a short term residence permit for foreigners who want to attend a turkish language course. Among the requested documents I see there’s any bank statement, but I heard different opinions about it. Can you confirm I don’t need any bank statement or I will be asked for it once I apply?

    Best regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You should prepare any bank statements proving your financial resources for requested period of stay in Turkey. You should have the equivalent of 500 USD per each month of your stay. Officers at the appointment can ask you to present such a document.

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  • Sherif Qurbani

    Hi, I recently received my residency permit and am planing to go back to my country for 2 months, would I have get a visa again to come back or can I use my kimlik (residency permit) to enter again, thank you in advance for your reply

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As long as you have valid residence permit, you do not need to obtain a visa while entering Turkey, residence permit card is enough.

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    • Miki

      I want ask you what criteria makes you to get residency permit? How long it takes for you?

  • wish to apply for 2019 green card to turkey, please can i get one

  • Elizabeth Mouton

    Hello.
    I am applying for a short term residency permit. Regarding the proof of sufficient funds, is a lump sum in a foreign account accepted?
    Can I just request a summary of account from my bank?
    Also, I see you say amounts can vary, do I contact my nearest office or do you perhaps know what the amount is for Selçuk, Izmir office?
    I do not plan to exceed 6 months of stay. Is it ok that I only proof funds for intended period of stay or would it have to be for the permit duration of one year?
    Lastly can my Turkish host in his petition letter say something about his financial contribution towards my stay?

    Thank you,
    Elizabeth

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Elizabeth,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can prove your financial resources by presenting bank statements from your home country. You need to prove your funds for requested period of stay – if you will apply for residence permit valid 6 months, amount of at least 3000 USD is enough. Your host’s statement regarding financial contribution can be used as a supporting document. It is not clear what kind of amounts you meant, you can check residence permit fees for 2019 in our article below:
      Work and Residence permit fees for 2019

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  • Chong

    Hello, my wife and I have a question about buying a property inTurkey and obtaining the residence permit. I am thinking about buying a house in Kocaeli. Is there any limit for the value of the house for us to obtain the residence permit? Some people say the property needs to be at least 250,,000 Turkish Lira for to be valid. Or can it be any value?
    By buying a property in Turkey, is it true that we can obtain the residence permit without any problems?
    If you can reply to these questions, I will appreciate it.

    Thank you.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There is no minimum value of the property for residence permit application purposes. If you purchase any real estate in Turkey, you can easily obtain residence permit as a property owner.

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  • Dear Sir,
    I am PhD in Electrical Engineering and working in Pakistan. My age is about 60 years. I have 35 years experience internationally and in Pakistan. I have only one daughter of 20 years and house wife. Now my daughter is asking to study in turkey for Masters in Architecture. She has just completed graduation.
    As a parents, she is our only daughter, we want to stays with her during his masters. I can manage funds and also can do my professional practice.
    Can you help us how we can proceed.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If your daughter would study in Turkey, there is no benefit for you as parents regarding residence permit application. You can apply for touristic residence permit if you would come on touristic visa, however, there is no guarantee that the permit would be granted. In order to be allowed to work in Turkey, you must obtain work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country. Work permit application can not be submitted basing on visa.

      Kind Regards,

  • west

    hello
    i came to turkey with a student visa on November 5th And i was trying to book my resident permit appointment before my visa expire ( February 5th) but the site was showing a ERROR sign and will not allow me to complete my application . after a lot of trying , i eventually booked it 3 days after my visa expired and my interview is in a month (March 4th ).

    please i want to ask if i can still go for the interview ? or will there be any problem since my visa has expired before my appointment date…

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You were supposed to inform Immigration Office about the error on website and present a print screen of page where it occurred in order to extend time for application. You can still go to the interview and explain the situation, however the final decision if application would be accepted will be taken by the officer at Immigration Office.

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  • Asad

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I’m afghan citizen together with my wife, graduated from Universities in the different fields and working in the diplomatic missions in Kabul.

    We will arrive on Tourist visas to turkey than apply for the residence permit.

    Can we study our Master program on private universities in Turkey and look for a part time job as well with our residence permits ?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After you would be approved by University, you can switch your residence permits to student ones, however, you can not work in Turkey basing on residence permit only. After you find a job, your future employer must apply for your work permits.

      Kind Regards,

  • Mohsin Kamran Gondal

    Hello, I am a Pakistani citizen but currently living in Turkey on tutkish residnece permit valid for one year. I want to know do I need visa of Georgia or I can go Georgia on the basis of my Turkish Residence permit? Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Residence permit can be used as supporting document for travel, hovewer, for details regarding requirements for visa application, you should contact the Embassy of Georgia in Turkey.

      Kind regards,

  • Sam

    I am outside turkey now, and I am interested to get RP in Turkey for short term, can I start the process before I come to turkey and set up the appointment date and time? or do I need to be in Turkey to start the process.

    If I come to turkey how long would it take to start the process?

    Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You must be already in Turkey to start application procedures. Procedures can be started as soon as you arrive to Turkey, however address in Turkey and valid health insurance are required to apply.

      Best Regards,

  • mayur

    I already applied for permit my appointment date is 19 Feb my visit visa is valid till 1st March but its a single entry e-visa based on valid Schengen.
    Due to some I have to fly back to my country & already boked my ticket.
    Q.1 What if I will not appear on appointment date.
    Q.2 I applied for my wife & kid also it is possible that only my wife can stay & appear on my behalf too.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you would not appear on your appointment in person, application will be cancelled and you must obtain new visa to come to Turkey again in order to submit new application.

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  • Lucie

    Hello, I have applied for a residency permit (on time, end of January) and I am waiting for the appointment now. But eventually I need to go back to my country (family reasons) asap. How does it work? Will I pay any fine at the airport? Thanks a lot!

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If your visa has expired during the application procedures, you are not supposed to leave Turkey before the appointment and if you do, you must pay the fine for overstaying in Turkey and the application will be cancelled. After arrival to Turkey with new visa, you are supposed to apply for residence permit again.

      Best Regards,

  • Sarah

    Hi
    I came to Turkey on Nov 7th 2018 and
    Purchased a flat. I applied for short term residency
    Went to first appointment on Jan. 18th and haven’t
    Received any other SMS yet.
    My 90 day Visa ends on Feb 7th
    Can I leave Turkey for 5 days and come back on
    The 10th of February? Can I get a Visa in the airport upon return? Since I applied for short term residency, would they issue me a new Visa?
    Thank you for your time

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You are not supposed to stay out of Turkey after your visa will expire before your residence permit card will be issued. You can contact Immigration Office where you have applied for residence permit to ask for permission to leave the country for up to 10 days. However, be informed that this kind of permission can be granted or not.

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  • Maurizia

    Hello, this is my first year in Turkey. I am here with a family residence permit without work, since my husband has a valid work permit.
    In case I decide to find a job here, what I have to do with my family permit? Am I entitle to find a job or I should wait after 3 years at least?
    Thanks for your reply.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Maurizia,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You are allowed to work in Turkey and when you find a job here, your employer must apply for your work permit, which will be your residence permit at the same time.

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  • Kidist

    Hi All,
    I am from Ethiopia, I came to istanbul several times with e-visa and this time I want to apply for RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR TOURIST PURPOSES.

    My qustion is
    1- Am I allowed to apply for resedence permit with e-visa type?
    2- Can I leave Turkey and come back before my appointment day, after submiting the first application? IF YES, will that be with the application accptance letter or receipts (whatever you may call it)
    Or I am allowed to re-apply an e-visa for re-entry.

    Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You are allowed to apply for residence permit as long as your visa is valid. You can go abroad and come back after submitting the application only if your visa is still valid. After expiration of your visa, you are supposed to stay in Turkey until you receive Residence Permit Card.

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    • Miki

      Selam kidist,

      Enem ke ethiopia negn. Mawek yalebish neger tourist residencd permit lemeteyek turk wust besimish bet weyim degmo yetekerayeshiw bet linor yigebal. Yihinin kamualash behuala residence permit apply madreg tichiyalesh. Apply kaderegish behual gin multile entry visa kehone visash wetitesh megibat tichiyalesh .

  • Lucie

    Hello, I am about to apply for resident permit. Is there a petition letter sample (from the turkish resident I live with) to be seen please? How it is supposed to look like? Thanks a lot!

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      When you will go to the notary with the Turkish citizen you live with, you will be provided with the ready document, there is no need for a sample.

      Best Regards,

  • Allie

    Hello. I have lived and worked in Turkey for several years but am now leaving my job. I want to apply for a short term residence permit, but do I apply for a first time permit? And what do I put for my date of entry to Turkey since I have lived here for so long?
    Also, I think it’s possible to cancel an appointment after making it, is that correct?
    Thank you.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You should apply for a first time permit, there is no need to put date of entry to Turkey in residence permit application. Yes, you can cancel the appointment after applying in the system.

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