Residence Permit in Turkey

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

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

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

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RESIDENCE PERMIT APPLICATIONS

Currently, residence permit applications are made directly to the newly established Directorate General of Migration Management through the online system. You may refer to Law on Foreigners and International Protection for detailed information about the residence permit application procedure, the different types of residence permits and the extension applications.

Residence Permit extension applications might be submitted online within 60 days before and in all circumstances before the expiry date of the residence permit. After the extension application, applicants will be given a document which is not subjected to administrative fees. During the extension evaluation period, foreigners will use this document to continue residing in Turkey legally.

Although it has been underlined that starting from 01.01.2015, First Residence Permit applications will be made through the Turkish Consulates, until further notice from General Directorate of Migration Management, first residence permit applications can also be made within Turkey through local offices of Directorate General of Migration Management.

From May 18, 2015, Residence permit applications started to be accepted through E-Residence system launced by Directorate General of Migration Management.

For the first applications and applications for transfer, foreign applicants need to fill the online form and get an appointment from the nearest office of Directorate General of Migration Management through the “Central Appointment System”. After filling the form, the system automatically shows the address of the nearest DGMM office and the list of the required documents, it calculates the application and card fee and also sets the available dates and times for the appointment . Foreign applicants can legally reside in Turkey with the application form until the appointment date. However having an appointment does not grant any right to enter or exit Turkey. Once the application is submitted on the appontment date and after having signed and stamped the Residence Permit Application Document, foreigners might exit and re-enter Turkey within 15 days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RESIDENCE PERMIT FEES

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

 

TYPES OF RESIDENCE PERMITS & REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

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

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

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




For all kind of applications the following requirements are essential.

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

 

1. SHORT- TERM RESIDENCE PERMIT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2-FAMILY RESIDENCE PERMIT

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

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

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

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

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

3-STUDENT RESIDENCE PERMIT

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

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

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

 

LONG TERM RESIDENCE PERMIT

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

 

5-HUMANITARIAN RESIDENCE PERMIT

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

6-RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR THE VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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

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Overstaying In Turkey

Overstaying in Turkey might occur in three possible ways: A foreigner might overstay after the visa expiration date, or might breach the 90 in 180 days rule during his/her stay in Turkey, or might continue staying in Turkey without renewing his/her residence permit…The Consequences of Overstaying in Turkey

Permit Fees

According to public notification of charges published in Official Newspaper (25 Dec 2015) Work and residence permit fee schedule has been updated as below… Permit Fees (2017)

Law on Foreigners and International Protection

In its last session on 04 April 2013, Turkish National Assembly approved the Law on Foreigners and International Protection. The new law outlaws Law no 5683 Related to Residence and Travels of Foreigners and substantially changes the Turkish Residence Permits System…Law on Foreigners and International Protection

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2,219 Comments

  • Hi.
    I have bought a farm land in turkey but I have not register the title deed yet. I have a full power of attorney for administrative formalities to transfer the ownership of my land.
    but it seems I only have 2 years of time to build the project in my land. can I extend my residence permit with this kind of property ? I mean a farm land.
    I appreciate the earlier reply .

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Residence permit can be obtained and extended on basis of ownership of residential property in Turkey. Foreign owners of land are not eligible for extension of residence permit unless there is another purpose of stay.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Eslam

    A couple of questions regarding residence permit for property owners:

    1. Could the property be a piece of land, instead of an apartment/villa?
    2. Does the type of the TAPU matter for getting a residence permit based on property ownership? Does it have to be “kat mulkiyet” or could it also be “kat irtifakli”? Red tapu or Blue tapu?
    3. Do you have to own a full share of the property? or could you share a single property with family/friends and everyone gets a residence permit?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      In order to be eligible for residence permit on basis of property ownership foreigners must purchase a residential property. Application can not be submitted on basis of being an owner of land in Turkey. You should be owner of red Title Deed (kat mulkiyet) and reside in purchased property to obtain and extend residence permit in Turkey. There can be only one owner of the property, who owns full shares of the real estate. Only property owner, their spouse and children under 18 years old can obtain residence permit on this basis.

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  • Apryl

    I applied for a residence permit in Istanbul, but never received any further information. In another answer, you stated that “The only difference apply to Istanbul, where currently there is no appointments in Immigration Offices, instead of attending the appointment foreigners must send the documents to particular Immigration Office by post.” How do I know where to send it? Or when I need to send the documents? I haven’t received any notifications, and I’m not sure what I need to do next.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      You will receive an email stating that you must send your application file to the Immigration office, which you chose as the appointment place within 20 business days. The address of Immigration Office is stated in your application form according to which district you chose as appointment place. Currently receiving the email takes approximately 4-6 weeks.

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  • Sana

    Hello, i want to buy a property in turkey. Is it necessary for me to have the residence Permit? Even if i don’t want to stay there? Can i still have my property there?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      There is no obligation for property owners in Turkey to obtain residence permit. After the purchase you do not need to reside in Turkey, your property can be also rented. There is also no minimum limit of time you must spend in Turkey as a property owner.

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  • AHMED

    I am planning to come Istanbul next month September 2020 , coming with family on tourist visa . I want to apply residence permit , so pls if you can tell me the process , time and fees and which agent can help ? as I am planning to buy an apartment and I have only 30 days entry visa when I come to Istanbul . let me know pls .
    thx

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      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. Application procedures last up to 3 months, depending on the city and available appointment dates. Cost of governmental fees depends on your nationality and age of applicants. Our company can assist you and your family to apply for residence permit. For details you can contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com

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    • Nawar

      Hello,
      Do you have any idea how long does it take until someone gets his residency card, after submitting his/her paper in Antalya?

      • Expatguide

        Hello,
        Official evaluation time is up to 90 days, however in Antalya residence permit cards are usually issued within maximum one month after submission of the application file.

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  • Yasir

    I’m traveling to turkey in September 2020 for 15 days on tourist visa. From which city I should apply for TRC so that I can get TRC within this specific period of my stay in turkey. Also guide me for procedure and charges of TRC.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      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. Application procedures last up to 3 months, depending on the city and 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 for the appointment. Cost of governmental fees depends 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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    • Hamza

      Dear, if I buy a apartment in 20000usd then after can I apply permanent residence?. I want to ask that I am eligible to apply permanent residence?.

      • Expatguide

        Hello,
        If you purchase any property in Turkey you can be eligible for short term residence permit for property owners. This kind of permit is usually granted for one year at first and later can be extended multiple times for up to three years each time. After staying in Turkey for five years uninterruptedly on basis of this kind of permit you can be eligible for Turkish citizenship application. Otherwise, if you stay in Turkey for 8 years continuously you can be eligible for long term (permanent) residence permit. Your spouse and children under 18 years old can also obtain and extend their residence permit on basis of your property ownership.

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  • Pras

    sorry can i ask, how to grant residence permits during covid-19 ?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      There is no changes in residence permit application procedures due to Covid-19. The only difference apply to Istanbul, where currently there is no appointments in Immigration Offices, instead of attending the appointment foreigners must send the documents to particular Immigration Office by post.

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  • Kath

    I’m a Canadian citizen planning a sabbatical in Turkey next year. A touristic visa will allow a 90 day stay. I would prefer to stay for an additional month, which will require me to obtain a touristic residence permit. Will I need to obtain insurance only for the additional 1 month, or for a full 12 months? Many thanks.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Health insurance policy covering requested period of stay is required for application purposes, however minimum validity of most of policies is one year.

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  • Ems

    Hello, I asked a question yesterday and it was not answered while other peoples questions were. Can you please also answer mine as i need the info urgently. Thank you

  • Faizan

    Hey, finally some good site where I can get the proper information. Thank you for your effort. My question is I had a Resident permit from 2016 to 17 from Ankara. Unfortunately After that I wasn’t able come back to turkey can I renew it ? if not then what are the documents I would be requiring ?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      As your residence permit has already expired it is not possible to renew it. After entering Turkey you need to apply for residence permit in the same way as submission of first residence permit application. For this purpose you must have address in Turkey and health insurance purchased within the country.

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  • Azzizza Johnson

    I arrived on the 8th of August with a 90 day visa. I want to apply for residence permit for myself and family. Is it true that this has to be done within the first 10 days of entering Turkey? I am a US passport holder. Thanks in advance.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      After entering Turkey, foreigners can apply for touristic residence permit before expiration of their visa. This kind of permit can be granted for up to one year. You do not have to apply within first ten days upon arrival if you were not informed about this kind of obligation by the customs while entering Turkey. 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. 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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  • Ems

    Hi, I have a few questions and I would be grateful if someone could answer them.
    1. What are the documents required for renewing or extending a residence permit for tourist purposes? I already have a residence permit and I want to get it extended for another year. (I am aware of the new rule of January 2020).
    2. What is the amount of money we have to pay for extension/renewal of residence permit?
    3. If someone has a sibling who has become a Turkish citizen, can they get a residence permit extension based on that reason?

    • DN

      Good afternoon, if two people bought an apartment and have their names recorded in TAPU, will they both get a residence permit? Thank you

      • Expatguide

        Hello,
        There can be only one property owner to be eligible for residence permit application on this basis. Property owner, their spouse and children under 18 years old can obtain and extend residence permit on basis of property ownership.

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  • Tufeeq Rafeeq

    Hello. First of all I have read all your answera and I appreciate you for your effort. I would like to know what are the requirements to get residence permit one year. Please tell me thanks in advance.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      After entering Turkey, foreigners can apply for touristic residence permit before expiration of their visa. This kind of permit can be granted for up to one year. 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

    I am very happy to find this website. I have few questions. I want to bring my family to Turkey and live there So my kids can have a better education. my wife and daughter and mother have Afghanistan passport and live in Afghanistan. My son , my father and myself have British passport. I can’t afford to buy a property In turkey so what options do I have.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      After entering Turkey you and your family can obtain one year touristic residence permit at first. If later you find a job in Turkey you must obtain work permit. Your wife and children will be then eligible for extension of their residence permit on basis of work permit for as long as you will continue working within the country. Unfortunately, your mother can not benefit from your work permit and can be only eligible for extension of residence permit after meeting one of criteria mentioned in the article above.

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    • Tufeeq Rafeeq

      Hello. Thanks for reply me. As you told me that 500USD need to be prove for each month. Is this amount for one person or two person? . And can u tell me after I arrived in turkey can I get temporary residence permit if i complete all requirements. Thanks

  • Dsy79

    My husband had a resident permit it expired April 06,2020. He was supposed to be returned to Istanbul and re-apply but the airports closed before his flight. So because of co-vid he wasn’t able to reapply.. can he get re-entry to renew his permit?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      You husband can reenter Turkey with a visa and apply for residence permit once he enters the country. As your husband’s previous permit is already expired renewal application must be submitted the same way as the first application.

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  • Tuula

    I marrıed turkish cıtızen 2007 but we lived outside Turkey until March 2019 when we arrived to Turkey. İ have resıdence permit until 20.6.2020 so ıts expired. I applied extension May 2020 and send all documents to Umraniye İstsnbul but İ didnt take apoıntment government system only said ‘ time required to extend your application has expired ! What I have to do?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      As you have sent the documents to Immigration Office, you do not need to attend the appointment unless you receive a message regarding lacking documents from Directorate of Migration. Official evaluation time is 90 days after your application file reached Immigration Office. You can track the status of your application by calling 157. The notification in e-ikamet system is a common error, which occurs while trying to access residence permit extension application after previous permit is already expired.

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  • Tiaan

    Hello, I will be entering Turkey on the 23rd of August my evisa only allows me to stay for 30 days I am planning on applying for a one year permit once I’m there.

    What is the current wait time for an appointment at immagration in Antalya also what would happen if my appointment is only after the 30 days I am allowed. Do I have to exit the country and re enter or do I stay and finish my process?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Currently in Antalya appointment dates are mostly granted within few days upon the online application. Foreigners, who submit online application within validity of their visa can stay in Turkey legally until receiving residence permit card even if their visa expires during the procedures and there is no need to leave and reenter Turkey for this purpose.

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    • Tiaan

      Hi Thank you for the previous reply, is it true that one can not apply for a Temporary Residence Permit based on Tourism ?

  • daniel

    hi, would like to know if I can extend my tourist resident by registering in a university for a masters program.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      If you get enrolled in univerity in Turkey you must transfer your tourist residence permit to student residence permit. Student residence permit can be extended every year for as long as you will continue education in Turkey and will be able to provide Directorate of Migration with adequate documents issued by the university.

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      • Lamin

        Hello . I am here with my wife and son who is born in Istanbul. I have a cargo company for two years now. So can we extend our residents permit . Our residents permit will expires in November.

        • Expatguide

          Hello,
          Eligibility for residence permit extension depends on your nationality. If you are not a citizen of one of EU countries, Russia, China or OECD countries, you can only extend residence permit if your company meets certain criteria, however there is no guaratntee that the permit would be granted. However, if you obtain work permit as a company owner/shareholder, your family will be eligible for residence permit extension on this basis. Work permit can be obtained only if your company’s paid capital is 100.000 TL or more and under condition that there is at least 5 Turkish citizens employed in the company per each foreigner including yourself.

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  • Lisa

    Hi!
    I had to apply for a touristic residence permit within the first 10 days of my stay. I plan to stay in Turkey for 5 weeks. It’s the 3rd week now and I still haven’t received an appointment date. Probably the appointment is not gonna take place before the period I applied for is over and I will leave the country.
    Do you know how to handle this? I assume they are not going to give me an appointment date after the period that I applied for. Do I need any other documents than my application form to leave the country?
    Greets
    Lisa

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Currently receiving appointment date in Istanbul takes even up to 6 weeks. If you will not obtain residence permit card before leaving Turkey you will need to pay a fine for overstay. However if you leave Turkey within 30 days from the date when flights to your home country have started you should be exempted from the fine. You will be informed about the amount of fine at the airport if applies.

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  • Jamil Faqirzai

    Hi, I am going to buy a property(real estate) in turkey in order to obtain a resident permit for me and family to leave there for a while , however, I have to continue working outside turkey(I am working with international aid agencies) . Would you please if you let me know after obtaining resident permit, how long I will be allowed to stay outside turkey in order to keep my residency valid and to be able to renew and extend residence permit for.me and my family?
    Thanks a lot
    Regards

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      There is no restrictions regarding time spent outside of Turkey by residence permit holders. After obtaining residence permit you can stay abroad for any perios of time and your permit would not be cancelled. However if you and your family consider applying for Turkish citizenship on basis of property in the future total time spent out of Turkey should not exceed one year within 5 years before the application.

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  • Abu Waleed

    Dears, Your answers are really valuable and I encourage all willing to move to Turkey to seek your advice. I have multi fold question.
    I am the legal owner of a Turkish “Limited Sirketi” (with paid up capital 10,000 TL) to provide internet based services to international customers (no local Turkish customer). I work from anywhere in the world and get money in my Turkish bank account.
    Q1) Do I have to have a work permit to operate this company if I am residing in Turkey or outside?
    Q2) Am I still bound to hire 5 Turkish employees to operate this company?
    Q3) What if my company engages into some export business from Turkey – do I have to have a work permit to do so?
    Q4) Is there any favorable consideration for TRC if I generate enough revenue for Turkish economy either via export or my Internet services remittances?
    Thank you once again for your kind insight to the legal system and requirements.
    Best regards

  • Percival Dahiroc

    Hi!! I was offered a job in turkey and the company referred me to a Travel agent for the processing of my Residence/Work permits. The company told me that the new procedure was base on current Expatriate statury law. Now, the travel agent already contacted me and asking me some documents together with the money for the processing amounting to 1690 USD for single status.
    My question is it the legal way or it is another scam?
    Please advise. Thank you so much!!

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      We do not know any details of this offer. We strongly recommend you to be careful and not to make any advance payment as requested amount is much higher than standard costs of processing residence permit and most probably this offer is a scam.

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  • Vaso

    Hello, my situation is as follows:
    My nationality is Greek, I graduated from turkish university on 17 January 2020 but my student residence permit date is until 30 Sept. 2020. I just learned that in 10 days of my graduation ı had to leave the country or apply for short term permit, which I dıdnt know and dıdnt do. At the time I was in Germany for holidays and I came back to Turkey on 19 of January with my student residence permit.
    I went to Göç idaresi last week and I was told that my permit status still looks open and working, even though in their system it was expired on 17th January 2020.. They told me to immediately exit and re-enter Turkey and then apply for a short term residence permit. I exit and re-entered Turkey on Sunday but still with my student residence permit since at normal police system they can not see it is actually expired.
    Now should I make a new application for short term residence permit or do a transfer from student to short term?
    Thank you!

  • ali

    Hello.
    I am from india and have an e-visa. Indian flights do not allow visa travellers. Is there any way of getting anyother kind of permit so that i can travel to turkey. Be it resident or work permit.
    Thank you

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Residence permit can be only obtained after entering Turkey. If you find a job in Turkey your future employer can apply for your work permit and once the application is approved you will receive work visa in Turkish consulate in your home country so you can enter Turkey on this basis. Once you enter the country your employer must provide you with work permit card, which allows you to reside and work within Turkey. You can also leave and reenter Turkey multiple times on this basis with no need to obtain new visa each time for as long as your work permit is valid.

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      • Mark Sean Taylor

        Hi, Im Irish and and married a Turkish girl and got stuck here during covid and over stayed my three months period on the visa. I popped back into the country and they are saying i now need a resident permit, I’m ok with this but will it mean I need to pay tax on my overseas income?

        • Expatguide

          Hello,
          As you overstayed your visa you should stay abroad for at least three months in order to reenter Turkey and stay within the country for another 90 days. In order to stay in Turkey longer you should apply for residence permit before expiration of your visa period. If you enter Turkey earlier than after 90 days you can face problems on the boarder and most probably you would be allowed to enter the country conditionally. In this case you will be obliged to apply for residence permit within 10 days upon your arrival. Residence permit holders in Turkey do not have to pay the income tax on their overseas income.

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          • Farrukh Jabbar

            Hi I want to go back to my country. Because my resident permit expire and I apply for renewal but refused. Now what document I need to go back.

          • Expatguide

            Hello,
            As your residence permit has already expired you will need to pay a fine for overstaying at the airport while leaving Turkey. Once you pay the fine you should not be banned to reenter the country. Otherwise, if for any reason you refuse or can not pay the fine if applies you can be banned to reenter Turkey for up to five years. You do not need any additional documents other than your passport and residence permit card to exit Turkey.

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        • Josephi

          Hello, I am from Nigeria and I work as a digital Nomad. I am not looking for Job in Turkey or looking for school. I would like to live in Turkey while working as a digital Nomad (freelancing). How long is the validity of a Turkey Tourist Visa for Nigerians? Also, will I be able to apply for 1 year temporal resident permit before the expiry of my tourist Visa? Thanks.

          • Expatguide

            Hello,
            Citizens of Nigeria, who are ordinary passport holders can obtain a visa for up to 30 days. After entering Turkey, you can apply for touristic residence permit before expiration of your visa. This kind of permit can be granted for maximum one year and can be obtained only once within two years. 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. Application procedures last up to 3 months, depending on the city and 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.

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  • Sam

    What are the options for Turkish citizenship

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Foreigners can acquire Turkish citizenship in few different ways. Most popular of them are:
      1. Turkish Citizenship by Investment – Foreigners, who invest in property within Turkey in value of at least 250.000 USD or deposit amount of 500.000 USD, which would not be withdrawn for three years in one of banks within Turkey can become Turkish citizens within 3 months upon their investment
      2. Property ownership – Foreigners, who purchase property in Turkey in value under 250.000 USD and stay in Turkey for five years uninterruptedly on this basis can be eligible for Turkish citizenship
      3. Work permit – Foreigners, who stay in Turkey for five years uninterruptedly on basis of work permit can apply for Turkish citizenship on this basis

      You can read more about this topic in our article below:

      Turkish citizenship

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