Residence Permit in Turkey

Attention: Within the scope of İmmigration Law of 6458 article no: 31-1 (e)(Touristic residence permit), foreigners who already obtained their residence permit for 1 year on tourist purpose previously, will not be able to extend their residence permit from 01.01.2020, in case if the purpose of staying will remain the same.

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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WHAT ARE THE REASONS FOR EXTENDING TOURISTIC RESIDENCE PERMIT?

This content is related to the residence permit extension restriction that will start in 2020 and is written to illustrate the reasons for residence permit extension, it is not legal advice, it does not have any binding features.

The Immigration Authority (Göç İdaresi) has decided to apply restrictions on extending touristic residence permits since 2020. According to unofficial figures, they say there are about 300 thousand foreigner who have a short term residence permit which is known as toruistic residence permit. With this restriction, it is aimed to encourage illegal foreigners and employers who employ them to get a work permit.

Foreigners from OECD countries, Russia, China, and the European Union are not affected by the residence permit extension restriction. All citizens of other countries will not be able to extend their residence permits unless they can give a valid justification.

What is the reason?

When the foreigners apply for a residence permit, the Immigration Authority determines a day for the appointment and the foreigners go to the Immigration Authority with their documents on the day of the appointment. Paper work viewing immigration experts are asked about their purpose of stay in Turkey to foreigners, the purpose of stay of foreigners accepted as grounds stated and added to the file. Immigration experts examine the reason stated by the foreigner and forward their decision to the foreigner via SMS.

What are the invalid reasons for extending a residence permit?

  • Working in a job without a valid work permit in Turkey
  • Accompanying a college student child
  • Being engaged
  • Looking for a job
  • Doing a freelance business
  • Owning a private company
  • Owning a company that was founded 1 year and earlier, but has not obtained a work permit
  • Registration in language schools or similar places
  • Taking a historical or touristic trip

What are the valid reasons for extending the residence permit?

  • Being married with a Turkish citizen
  • Those who own a property registered in his/her name in Turkey
  • Being a Turkish citizen relative
  • Having children from Turkish citizens even if they are not officially married
  • Having 18 years of younger children studying in Turkey
  • Having 100.000 USD and more from abroad in Turkish banks
  • Being a first-degree relative of foreigners who later became Turkish citizens
  • To establish a company with a paid capital of 100.000 TL, provided that he/she gets a work permit within 6 months
  • Those who have ongoing court in Turkey
  • Those who continue treatment in Turkey
  • Employees in Turkey as part of a work permit exemption
  • Those who have a continuing Turkish citizenship application process
  • Those who are from Ahiska Turks
  • Those who have a Turkish ancestry certificate

In 2020, and after we will continue updating the reasons stated above and will continue to inform foreigners living in Turkey.

1,872 Comments

  • Ana

    Hello,

    I arrived to Turkey 3 weeks ago and with the COVID airlines regulations & flight cancellations I cannot go back to my home country. I did not need a visa for entering the country and staying up to 90 days within 180 days. How can I stay longer in case I need it and if I still cannot go back to my country? Can I apply for residence permit?
    Thank you

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      In order to stay in Turkey longer that the visa regime allows you to, you should apply for residence permit within 90 days upon your arrival. Otherwise, if you overstay the 90 days you are allowed to stay in Turkey, you will need to pay a fine while leaving the country.

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  • Phyllis Kinn

    Hello please can I use my Residence permit to bring my daughter under 5years to come and live with me in Turkey?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you are not the only parent, who has custody of a child, Letter of Consent from the other parent would be required to apply for residence permit in Turkey for your child.

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  • sara

    my residence permit for internship was expired on January 2019, i came to turkey on 2020 and i want to apply for a touristic residence permit, the regulation of residence permit extension will apply for me, i can get a new touristic residence permit without any problem

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you obtained residence permit for purposes another than tourism before, you are eligible for touristic residence permit, which can be granted for up to one year.

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  • Beck

    Hello! Im a student in another country(out of Turkey), I came to Turkey to travel on 22nd February. With Covid-19situation I can’t leave the Turkey now. Most of the countries are not allowing to enter to their territory, and there is no any flight I can get back to the country where I study. Before my legal staying period over, I applied for tourist residence permit. My appointment date isn’t came out yet. Let’s say my appointment day with officer will be by end of May, and If I will need to return to my school before that day, can I leave the Turkey without being deported?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you would leave Turkey after your visa expires and before the residence permit card would be issued, you will need to pay the fine for overstaying your visa. After the fine would be paid, you would not be deported or banned to reenter Turkey.

      Kind Regards,

  • Ayan

    Does the new short term permit regulation (1 year limit) apply to Somalis as well?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      The new regulation regarding short term residence permit for touristic purposes does apply to Somali nationals.

      Kind Regards,

  • Tina

    My tourist residence permit expires in May. Since I cannot extend it, does that mean that I can never apply for a tourist residence permit again? Or can I apply again after a certain period of time?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Due to current rules, touristic residence permit can be obtained only once for maximum one year.

      Kind Regards,

  • Amit

    I have a Tourist residence permit. It will expire in few weeks.

    I understand that it cannot be renewed as the rules have changed.

    What other options may I have to remain in Turkey.

    I donot stay here for long but travel often (almost every 2 months) for 2 weeks.

    Your reply will be helpful.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Residence permit can be extended if the purpose of stay would be other than tourism, as for example: being property owner in Turkey, studying in Turkey or being related to a Turkish Citizen.

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  • fav

    Hi please I started my registration online only to get to a point where I fill my health insurance details and each time am done with it and click next it shows me a technical fault please whats wrong is it from me or the site am just nervous though.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.
      As we do not know any details of your application, it is not possible to say if the problem has its source in the system or if there is some mistake in application from your side.
      Kind Regards,

  • fhm

    Hello. I want to apply for a tourist resident permit for me and my wife and two kids. Our nationality is German. I tried to apply for an appointment using (https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr) website for all of us but it is not work! In the beginning I applied for my self then I tried to apply for my wife but the website tell me that I cant apply for another application tell finishing all steps and take appointment! then I finished it and ask an appointment for my application alone without my wife and kids. After few days I had received an appointment per email. then I can use the website again and tried to apply to my wife and after finishing the application I want to get my wife application in the same time with mine but the website cant find my application number when I try to put it in the “appointment step”.
    I just want to know how can we apply all together and have the same appointment.
    thanks in advanced.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.
      If you already took an appointment for yourself, it is not possible to include another family members to your application. If your visa is still valid, you can cancel your current application and reapply, including your family members for the same appointment date.
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      • Citra Indah

        Hi.
        I first arrive turkey with 30 days visa on December 29, 2019. And i applord touristic short term residence permit during my stay and get approved up to November 12, 2020. I left Turkey last time on March 1, 2010. My question is (1) is there any time limit to stay inside and outside Turkey as short term residence holder? As i planned to fly to Turkey back on 1st week of July with my short term residence card. Which will be more than 120 days since i last left from Turkey. (2) Will i be able to stay maximum let say from July 10 up to my expiry date on November 12 which will be more than 90 days.
        Thank you for your help before.

        • Expatguide

          Hello,
          Thank you for your comment.

          There is no minimum period of time for staying within or outside of Turkey while being residence permit holder. You can reenter the country on basis of your residence permit as the document will not be cancelled.

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  • Femiokans

    Hello. I applied for a tourist resident permit. I had my appointment date on to December 5 2019 where I submitted all the complete do
    documents necessary. Up until now my permit is not out yet. I have made several calls to government public services in regards to this issue. Please is there an assurance I am getting my permit. I am getting scared please. I need a reply as soon as possible thanks.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Officially residence permit evaluation procedures take up to 90 days. To check the status of your application you should call 157, which is official number of Directorate of Migration.
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  • Roger

    Hello

    My wife and I own a property near to Fethiye in Turkey and have so far stayed in Turkey for periods of time within the visa requirements.
    We would now like to spend longer (about 6 months in two stays of three months early and late season).
    I assume that we would now be required to apply for residence as our stays would exceed the 90 days within 180 rule.
    Are we able to commence application for residence whilst in England? We will be staying in Turkey from 4th May until 20th July. We are planning to stay again from early September to end of November.

    We would very much appreciate your advise on this situacion.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You need to be already within Turkey to lodge residence permit application. Application procedures last up to 3 months, depending on available appointment dates. Foreigners are allowed to stay in Turkey legally during the whole application procedures even if their visa expires before receiving the result. If their visa is still valid, foreigners are allowed to leave Turkey and come back during the procedures, however must be present in Immigration Office on the appointment date.

      Kind Regards,

  • Malek

    Hello. I am from Tunisia. I have a residence permit in turkey , but it will expire in 3 months. came to Turkey with AIESEC for an internship, which is over.Yet I am planning to stay in turkey for a longer period, in another city. What should I do. What type of residence permit should I be applying for. And what are the papers required for the renewal of the residence permit.
    Thank you
    Best regards

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As your internship is over, it is not possible to extend residence permit obtained for this purpose. If you have not obtained touristic residence permit within Turkey before, you can apply for touristic residence permit in order to extend your stay within the country.

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    • Malek

      Is it possible to get apply for residence permit for work purpose and then apply for work permit(get the company to apply for me for the work permit)

  • Mohamad Ahmad

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I have appointment to submit my application in Istanbul in March, all my papers is ready but now i am in lebanon, and i need visa to go to istanbul and it take up to 45 days. I want to know can i postpone my appointment and where i can do it, or can my friend on my behalf to submit my application.
    One more thing please , i have a valid shengen visa so if i arrive to istanbul airport can i apply in the airport for transit visa so i can go to my appointment.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      It is not possible to postpone appointment date. Only way to change the appointment date is cancelling current application and lodging a new one in the system. You must be present in person on the appointment, documents can not be submitted by 3rd person. Visa regulations depend on your nationality.

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  • rihab

    hello,
    i am a morrocan who currently lives in paris. i just finished my studies and i want to move to turkey to look for a job and start my carrier. what will i need to obtain my resident permit or work permit?

    reards,
    RB

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After entering Turkey, foreigners can apply for residence permit before expiration of their visa. In order to make an application, foreigners must have address in Turkey and health insurance obtained within the country, which is covering the whole requested period of stay.
      In order to obtain work permit, first you need to find a job in Turkey and your future employer must apply for your 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.

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  • Mohamed

    I have British passport me and all my family can I get 5 years permanent Visa because my children they going school’s in Turkey?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Foreigners, who stay in Turkey for 5 years uninterruptedly on basis of work permit or residence permit for property owners are eligible for Turkish Citizenship if they meet other criteria.

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  • Behrouz Azari

    Hi, l left turkey 3 months ago when i had a valid residence premit , and a week ago my resident premit expired when i was out of turkey.
    Will turkey allow me to enter now? As a 90 day visa free visit?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As your residence permit already expired, you can enter Turkey according to the visa regulations for your nationality.

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  • Osas

    Is it possible to use a residence permit application form to re-enter turkey though it’s more than 15days..its about 28days since I submitted my application? Thank you

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If your application has been approved in the system, you can obtain the document allowing you to leave Turkey for up to 15 days from Directorate of Migration. With this document you will be allowed to leave and reenter the country before your residence permit card will be issued.

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    • Nazia

      Hello, I am a foreigner and married Islamically to a Turkish man. I will be having a baby and my in laws want me to come to Turkey during this time and my stay may be longer than 90 days. Can you please advise how do I go about applying for residence permit? What documents do I need? Do I apply before I come to turkey?

      Thank you

      • Expatguide

        Hello,
        Thank you for your comment.

        You can apply for residence permit on basis of your marriage after entering Turkey and before expiration of your visa.

        Kind Regards

  • Prossyscovia

    Please can I get help I want to start processing for my residence permit because my visa is expiring soon please help me

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Our company can assist you throughout residence permit application procedures. To benefit from our services, you can contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com or visit one of our offices.

      Best Regards,

    • Osas

      Please my short term visa application is valid from January 2019 to June 2020. Is it possible to reschedule re enter turkey after 15days since its still valid?

      • Expatguide

        Hello,
        Thank you for your comment.

        As long as your visa is still valid and you did not stay in Turkey longer than the maximum period of stay for your type of visa (e.g. 90 days for 90/180 days visa), you are allowed to leave and reenter the country during residence permit application procedures.

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  • K

    Hello,
    thanks already for that helpful summary.

    I have a question concerning short term residence permit & touristic visits:
    I’m holding a short term residence permit which will expire soon. Is it possible to leave Turkey when the short term residence permit expires and re-enter right after that to stay some more days as a tourist via the “90 within 180 days” rule?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you leave Turkey before your residence permit expires, you are allowed to obtain new visa and reenter Turkey.

      Kind Regards,

      • K

        Thanks about your reply.
        How about nationalities, that are visa free? (Only the 90 within 180 days rule)
        If leaving while the residence permit is still valid, wont the re-entry be on the permit again on not as a tourist?

        • Expatguide

          If you would leave and re-enter Turkey while your residence permit is still valid, there is no need to obtain a visa

  • Neal

    Hi, an interesting blog post. Do you know if there a list that shows the different rights that come with the different permits? Which permits may lead to the possibility of obtaining the turkish nationality? Which permtis give direct acces to the labor market? Which permits give acces to health care? Which permits give the beare the rights to claim social aid? How can I find out?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Foreigners, who stay in Turkey for 5 years uninterruptedly on basis of residence permit for property owners or on basis of work permit are eligible for Turkish citizenship application if they meet all of the criteria. If you are a holder of residence permit valid for at least 6 months, you can be eligible for work permit application after you find a job in Turkey. After being a residence permit holder, it is possible to benefit from healthcare in Turkey and the scope of access depends on type of health insurance.

      Kind Regards,

  • Moises

    Where in Ataşehir can I issue a tax number? Please?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      In order to obtain Tax Number, you should visit any Tax Office in Istanbul with your passport and passport copy.

      Best Regards,

  • Bechem

    Is it possible for one to pay overstay and travel to Dubai. Am a cameroonian and I want to know how much my friend can pay for 4months overstay and where to pay it before leaving the country.

  • Ruby

    In April 2021 my husband and I will have held touristic short term residency continuously for 8 1/2 years. We have spend 75% of that time in Turkey. Can we apply for long term residency at this time? Or does the 8 years mean without leaving Turkey? Thanks a bunch.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Foreigners are eligible for long-term residence permit application if they have been staying in Turkey for 8 years uninterruptedly and did not spend more than 1 year outside of Turkey during this time.

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  • Amanda

    Hello,
    Please sir I came to Turkey with a family visa lst year 2018 and I applied for 1 year residence permit which expired in October 2019. I applied for renewal online through a company but they left some of the documents so on my appointment date my documents were not accepted but I was given one month to complete the documents and return it. Now my problem is I’ve been married to a Turkish for two years but I’ve lived in Turkey for 1yr on residence permit. We have agreed to gett divorced on ending of February because we seriously don’t understand each other and we already have our letter from court . Will my 1 year residence permit renewal which I have applied be cancelled after divorce since I came with family visa? Also as I have been given one month to complete the documents and return it can I change from family to short term residence permit and reapply online ?
    Thanks.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After your family residence permit will be issued and you will get divorced, you should transfer your family residence permit to short-term residence permit.

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  • Mike

    New regulations regarding extension of residence permit after 01.01.2020 doese it apply for Canadians

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      New regulations regarding extension of residence permit does not apply to citizens of Canada.

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      • Marcella

        Does the new short term permit regulation (1 year limit) apply to Americans?

        • Expatguide

          Hello,
          Thank you for your comment.

          New regulations regarding touristic residence permit does not apply to Americans.

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          • Marcella

            Thank you! This is very interesting and good news. Is there a government link that backs this up?

          • Toni

            Hi ExpatGuide,
            Can a residence permit be picked up by proxy? This is If someone is out of the country and unable to pick themselves.
            Secondly, if one’s Visa duration of stay says 7days and Visa validity is 1month, can one stay more than 7 days given that Visa is valid for 1month?

          • Expatguide

            Hello,
            Thank you for your comment.

            Residence permit card can be either picked up by the applicant in person or by a lawyer, who would be provided with adequate Power of Attorney. You are only allowed to stay in Turkey for as long as the duration of visa is, otherwise, to extend duration of visa, you must obtain residence permit.

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