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

  • Dewi Nastiti

    Good morning Sir/Madam,

    I would like to ask you how to renew residence permit. My residence permit is valid for 4 months, I need to renew it. What are the documents required and how much does it cost? Thank you. Looking forward to hearing from you

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      If your purpose of stay in Turkey is other than tourism, you can be eligible for extension of your residence permit. Residence permit fees depend on your nationality, you can read more about this topic in our article below:
      Work and Residence permit fees for 2020

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  • Eng Abdirahman

    I stay In Somalia And my Ikamet was failed 05-05-2020.
    There’s no international Flights in the World With Covid19.
    How can I renewable even is Failed?
    Thank you

  • Khaled

    Hi there,

    I’m contacting you as I am in process of applying to my Turkish tourist visa and I was already considering extending as a residence permit.

    I noticed thanks to your website the main reasons that would be applicable to me to get residence permit is either to invest and settle in Turkey.

    Would you be able to elaborate on the conditions?

    In advance thanks you for your service and help.

    Best Regards,

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      If you invest in a property in Turkey, you would be eligible for residence permit on this basis. This kind of permit is granted for one year at first and later can be extended multiple times.

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  • Mohamed K. Elowny

    Dear Expat Guide:

    Good afternoon. My Short Term Residency Permit will expire on May 23rd of 2020. I tried to schedule an appointment for April 20th but the system did not let me.

    Could you please tell me what the reason is? Thank you very much and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best Regards,
    Mohamed K. Elowny

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Most of Immigration Offices is currently not giving appointment dates due to Covid-19 and it is only possible to schedule one for following months.

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  • Abdirahman Mohamed

    Hello!
    I stay In Somalia now And also I have Ikamet was Failed 08-05-2020 And there’s No flights in the world!!
    Even was Expire My residency how can I renew?
    How can I report Goc-idaresi?
    Any further information thank you!

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Appointment dates, which were supposed to take place in May will be postponed to July and August. You should be informed about new appointment date by a text message.

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  • Suzanne

    I arrived in Turkey on a tourist visa, I have an Australian passport.
    Now with the corona virus I can not leave and would like to apply for
    a temporary Residents Permit.
    Can you please inform me as to procedure. Where do I go? What
    documents do I need? I am staying in Kas, Antalya.
    Thank you. I look forward to your response.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      You can apply for residence permit before expiration of your visa. In order to make an application, you need an address in Turkey and health insurance obtained within the country, which is covering the whole requested period of stay. Our company can assist you to obtain residence permit in Turkey. For details you can contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com

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      • Ruby Appleyard

        Hi ,
        currently we are in Marmaris, and stuck due to Covid19 ,as far I know we our allowed only to stay for 90 days .My husband have property ,how can we apply residence permit?

        • Expatguide

          Hello,
          You are eligible for residence permit application on basis of property ownership. Residence permit application must be submitted before expiration of your visa. If you want, our company can assist you throughout the application process, for details you can contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com

          Kind Regards,

  • Cynthia

    Hi,
    I came across your site when researching applying for a temporary residence permit in Turkey. Do the new laws apply to first time residence applications or only renewals?

    I plan to move to Turkey from the United States and are looking for information on how to extend my 3 month visa. I do not plan on working during my stay. If I can apply for a temporary residence, what are the chances of getting approved? Will it be easy as long as I have all the requirements such as money and health insurance?

    Thank you in advance.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      New rules apply only for renewal of residence permit obtained for touristic residence permit. If you have never obtained this kind of permit before, you can apply for touristic residence permit, which can be granted for up to one year.

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  • Sajjad

    Hi,

    I’m Sajjad Sarkoobi from Iran, my wife and I are living in Istanbul. Our Kimlik is going to expire on 03 / May / 2020.
    Because of Coronavirus, we can not leave the country and return for using our 90 days of our passports.

    A) Can I apply for renewal and staying legally in turkey until our appointment day?

    B) if our request for extending visa rejected, can I leave the country and then, by using my 90 days visa, come back to Turkey?

    C) Are there any new rules regarding COVID-19 time?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      According to current rules, you are not eligible for extension of residence permit obtained for purpose of tourism. However yet there is no official statement of Directorate of Migration regarding those, who can not leave the country due to Covid-19. If you would submit residence permit extension application, you are allowed to stay within Turkey until receiving result of your application. However, if the application would be rejected, you will need to pay a fine for overstaying in Turkey and you will be allowed to reenter the country after 90 days.

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  • Ekaterina

    My name is Katrina, me and my husband are currently resigning in Turkey on 1 year Visa, and would like to extend it for another year.

    The laws has changed from 2020, and we are srtuggling to find the answer if its still possible. Im originally from Russia and my husband is from Iran. For Iranians the 1 year Visa is no longer available, so we want to know if I can still get the extensions for 1 more year and he gets the visa as my husband.

    Few days ago we went to immigration center in Istanbul and they informed us that immigration office will be closed for 3 months due to Corona virus. We just moved to Istanbul and couldnt change our address from Antalya.

    Please advice, if it would be possible for us to get another 1-year Visa. We still have 2 month till our Visa expires.

    • Expatguide

      Dear Katrina,
      As a Russian citizen, you are allowed to extend your residence permit however your husband’s residence permit can only be extended if purpose of stay would be other than tourism.

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  • Adrian

    So what happens if my ikamet is going to to expire on April 14th 2020 but the appointment I got is on July 2 2020? Will I have to wait till July? But my ikamet has already expired by then

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      As your application is already submitted in the system, you can legally stay in Turkey until receiving new residence permit even if your current one expires by then.

      • Adrian

        Thank you for your reply. Given the covid19 situation, will they waive the penalty for this because my residence will expire on April 14..and the earliest appointment I got was July 2. Do you have information about this?

      • Adrian

        Actually in my case my residence permit that is going to expire on April 14th was issued in Afyon..but I’m currently in Antalya. Because of covid19, I can’t go to afyon so I was advised to apply for my residence permit in Antalya…but then like I said, the appointment date is on July 2 2020. My question is, is it ok to cancel my online application that I finished for antalya? Can I just simply do an extension online to afyon since appointment will resume june/July…what do you think?

  • Alish Khan

    One of the valid reason you stated,

    Having 18 years of younger children studying in Turkey

    Hello, can i apply for extension of my residence permit because 2 kids (under 18)
    of mine going to Govt. School (elementary) in Turkey?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As long as your children continue their education in Turkey, you are eligible for residence permit extension.

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  • Hi
    This is ali just want to know residency by investments. How much money is required?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      There is no minimum amount of investment, if you purchase any property in Turkey, you can be eligible for residence permit. If you invest in a property in Turkey in value of at least 250.000 USD, you can obtain Turkish Citizenship within approximately three months upon your investment.

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  • eftekhar naderi nazer

    is it true that the appointments have been rescheduled starting from 18th of march?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Yes, all appointment dates between 19.03 and 22.04.2020 have been rescheduled for June 2020.

      Kind Regards,

      • Kubra sari

        Hi

        My friend is applying to short term permit and wondered what is best to put down in the “why are you applying ” box

        1. Due to the virus travelling is a big risk

        2. Due to the virus I was not able to travel around turkey ans want to wait for the virus to to die down

        • Expatguide

          Hello,
          Your friend should write the actual purpose of stay in Turkey. If they are planning to stay in Turkey and travel, they can mention it. Otherwise, if the only reason is to wait until turning back to home country will be possible, this reason is also enough.

          Kind Regars,

  • Nokwanda gcabashe

    Are the offices for residence permity opened in Istanbul tuckey because of coronavirus.

  • eftekhar naderi nazer

    I have applied for 1 year residence and my appointment was on 20th of march but due to covid-19 my appointment was rescheduled to 2nd of june but my residence visa from the country that I came from will be finished . can I apply for residence or tourist visa with my 1 year turkey visa to other countries?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Visa application procedures depends on your nationality and the country of destination. For detailed information regarding visa application process you should contact the Embassy in Turkey..

      Kind Regards,

    • Susan

      Hello , my partner and myself own a property in turkey but have no savings do I need proof an income to renew our residency? And what happens if I sell the property and want to rent Instead?

      • Expatguide

        Hello,
        Officers at the appointment have a right to ask you for proof of your financial resources, however it is not a common practice during residence permit applications on basis of property ownership. If you sell the property, you can be eligible for touristic residence permit, which can be granted for up to one year and can not be extended.

        Kind Regards,

  • Hugh Kim Lewis

    Hi, My Wife and I have a house in Koycegiz and normally visit for 90 day durations.
    We flew into the country on March 11th and are due to leave on June 8th.
    With this corona virus problem and the fact that the airlines aren’t running we are concerned that we may not be able to leave by the end of our 90 day tourist visa.
    Will the government offer special dispensation to other people in our situation?
    Would we be expected to apply for a 1 year residence permit?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There is no official statement regarding foreigners, who overstay in Turkey due to Covid19. Due to current rules, you need to either obtain residence permit or pay a fine for each day of overstay if you will not be able to leave Turkey before expiration of your visa.

      Kind Regards,

      Kind Regards,

  • Nokwanda Gcabashe

    I want to aplay a kimlik

    • 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. Moreover, foreigner must prove having financial resources to stay in Turkey (at least 500 USD per each month of requested stay). Funds can be proved by bank statements from foreigner’s bank account in their home country. If you want, our company can assist you to obtain residence permit in Turkey. For detailed information you can contact us at info@expatguideturkey.com

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  • Scott

    Our 90 day Visa ends in the beginning of June. I heard the government is not accepting new appointments for a 1 year short term residence permit until June or July. Can we apply for the appointment now, and stay in the country passed our 90 day tourist Visa as we wait until we get an appointment? Or would we have to leave the country? I ask, because as of now you cant leave, and there is a possibility we will not be able to leave before our 90 day visa ends with this Corona Virus 🙂

    Any reference or phone number or office we should be directly in contact with?

    Scott

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You need to submit residence permit application in the system before expiration of your visa. If the appointment date would be given for June or July, you are allowed to stay in Turkey legally by this time even if your visa would expire before the appointment. For detailed information in this topic you can also contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com

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  • Spencer

    I am here on a tourist visa and I would like to apply for a residency permit. I am a us citizen and 100% disabled so I cant stay for something like work but I am here living with my girlfriend. What are my options if any?
    Thank you

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As a US citizen you are eligible to obtain touristic residence permit in Turkey as long as you submit the application before expiration of your visa.

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  • Jeff

    We are in Turkey, 90 day Visa, cant leave to go home. We would like to apply for the 1 year short term residence permit. BUT, my wife’s Passport expires next year Feburary. Does it matter? Does her passport need to be valid for the whole 1 year period? Or is it?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Residence permit can be granted until maximum two months before the expiration date of a passport – in your wife’s case, until December 2020.

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  • Maria

    Hi! I am an Erasmus student in Turkey. I had to return to Spain to support my family due to the COVID-19 crisis. I was waiting to receive the extension for the second semester of my residence permit, so I have a paper from the Immigration Office that shows that I applied and I’m waiting for it to be issued. This document only allows me to leave the country for 14 days, but as flights are cancelled and borders are closed, I will surpass this time period. I would like to know if I will be able to enter the country after this period or any punishment will be applied to me. Or what would be my legal consequences.
    Thank you very much.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you would exceed the 14 days period of stay abroad, you will need to obtain new visa to reenter Turkey. Due to current situation and closed borders, supposingly there should be no further consequences as there is a lot of foreigners in similar situation.

      Kind Regards,

    • Adnan

      I ask one question? If i buy property near to 40 thousand dollar, so how can i apply the resident visa but i dont want to leave turkey due to my jobs so could be possible or not

      • Expatguide

        Hello,
        After purchasing a property in Turkey, you can be eligible for residence permit on basis of property ownership. This kind of permit can be granted for one year at first and later can be extended multiple times. You do not have to stay in Turkey during whole application process, however you need to be present on the appointment in Immigration Office.

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  • Hani salem

    Thank you for your input I was able to complete the application without this ID number
    But I was not able to select an appointment date
    Does that mean they will contact me when they are ready for an appointment ?

  • Celine Quinio

    I have a 90-day Turkish Tourist Visa that is good until May 2020. I would like to follow this with a residence permit that will allow me to stay in Turkey until the end of the year.
    When should I apply for a residence permit? What are the requirements to obtain a residence permit? What document do I need to submit?
    Tesekkurler.

    • 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. Moreover, foreigner must prove having financial resources to stay in Turkey (at least 500 USD per each month of requested stay). Funds can be proved by bank statements from foreigner’s bank account in their home country.

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  • Noor J Coombes

    My husband and I travelled to Turkey twice last year for a total of 23 days. We purchased a property in September last year and the idea was that we’d come twice a year for holiday. Recently we arrived on 10th March and are not able to return to the UK due to the covid pandemic. Hence, we’ve decided to apply for an ikamet in case we can’t get home and was just wondering when we can start the application process? Your advice would be most appreciated. Thank you.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can submit residence permit application anytime before expiration of your visa.

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  • Hani Salem

    I entered Turkey using tourist e-Visa, valid for 30 days. I am not able to fly out due to COVID-19 travel restriction. I tried to apply for temp. residence using this web site (https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/Ikamet/BasvuruSteps/ProcessStep), but the application is asking me for ID number starting with 99 provided by Turkish government, how do I get this ID number and how do I complete my application?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Foreign ID number is issued after residence permit application is approved and this field is not required for those, who do not have the number yet. If you want, our company can assist you during residence permit application process including filling application form and getting the appointment date. For details you can contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com

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