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

  • Apryl

    I applied for a short-term residence permit on 12 August 2020. I still have not received any information about an appointment date. In a previous reply, you wrote that it takes 4-6 weeks to receive the e-mail, but it has been almost nine weeks. I am concerned that something is wrong with my application. Is there someone who I can contact to check on the status of my application? Or should I just continue to wait?

  • Asia Ali

    My family have recently moved to Istanbul on a 3 month Visa exemption (Iran) , I was offered a job at a school, that my children now attend. the job was offered prior to my arrival , but the school hasn’t yet applied for the work permit as they said they were not aware of the process. , Now I have arrived , can the school still apply for the work permit while I am in Istanbul or do I have to apply for the resident permit . And if I cant apply for the work permit and need to apply for the resident permit, If I declare that I am working, will they refuse the application as a result? Please advise As I am very confused . Thank you

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      In order to submit work permit application while you are already in Turkey you must first obtain residence permit valid for at least 6 months in total. In Istanbul currently obtaining residence permit can take up to three months. Once the residence permit card is issued your employer can apply for work permit. You are not allowed to start working before work permit card will be issued, residence permit does not entitle foreigners for working in Turkey.

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  • Slavica V

    Hi, could you please tell me what are the penalties for not showing up to residence permit appointment? Its my first application for residence permit.
    Am I allowed to apply again if I don’t show on my application?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      If you do not attend residence permit appointment the application will be automatically cancelled. If your visa is still valid, you can reapply for residence permit, otherwise you should leave the country and must pay a fine for overstaying your visa. Foreigners who refuse or can not pay a fine can be banned to reenter Turkey for up to five year.

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  • Eric Bruce

    Hello,
    I would like to employ your service to facilitate my Turkey permanent residence and work permit plus eventually my Turkey Citizenship application.
    However, I would appreciate it if you could confirm if my situation merits the requirement to apply for Turkey permanent residence and work permit?
    I am a University professor and a Canadian Citizen. I will be visiting my girlfriend in Turkey, who is a Turkey citizen born and raised in Turkey. 
    We are not married yet, but she is pregnant with my child and will be delivering the child soon in Turkey. 
    I would like to know if having a child born in Turkey with a Turkish citizen (my girlfriend) qualifies me or is enough reason to apply for permanent residence and work permit in Turkey so I can support our child?
    I meant even though we are not married, but we have a child and the mother who are both Turkish Citizens, does that allow me to apply for residence and work permit in Turkey?
    Kindly Let me know and advise on how to proceed.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in Advance.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      As a foreign parent of a child who is Turkish citizen you can obtain and extend short term residence permit. After staying in Turkey for 8 years uninterruptedly on basis of this kind of permit you can have a right to apply for permanent (long term) residence permit. In order to obtain work permit, first you need to find a job in Turkey and your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country. Foreigners, who stay in Turkey for five years uninterruptedly on basis of work permit have a right to apply for Turkish citizenship.

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  • Ivan

    Hello,

    Can you help, please. I want to apply for short-term residence permit due to property owned in Turkey. I’m seaman and working on the ship +/- 6 months a year on foreign flag. My residence will be cancelled in this case and it will be impossible to prolong it? (As I will be 120 days out of Turkey as per law on foreigners and international protection)

    Thank you for assistance!

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      There is no time limit anymore for foreigners in regards of stay outside of Turkey. Even if you stay abroad for 6 months in a year, your residence permit would not be cancelled. As you are property owner in Turkey you can easily obtain and extend your residence permit on this basis, however you will not be eligible for Turkish citizenship application after 5 years of being residence permit holder due to time spent abroad.

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      • Sébastien

        Hello,
        I Need your help . I applied for resident permit renewal and the telephone number I used on my Application form is closed now . I don’t know how I will be reached or get the message of approval in case my resident permit is approved. Is there any solution or website that I can check the result?

  • Aisha

    Hi, I gathered all my papers and went to my app today morning. I gave everything and the women said it was fine. I wanted to know what happens now?? How long do I wait for a reply?? I don’t understand, I wasn’t told what will happen after.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Official evaluation time of residence permit application is 90 days upon the appointment date if there is no additional documents required. However the evaluation time depends on the city and in some cases can be much shorter than the official timeframe of 90 days. You will be informed about the result of application by text message.

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  • Ems

    Hi, I want to know how long it takes to receive an email with the appointment date for the renewal of a residence permit in ANKARA during this covid period? Last year when I applied for a short term residence permit I got the email within 2 days of completing my application however this time it has been a week and no email. I am not from an OECD country so perhaps they will not renew my permit, even though I have given an explanation of the reason for renewal – my brother is a Turkish citizen. But if they still do not want to renew my permit will they at least inform me to say my request has been rejected? I have tried calling the number but nobody answers. How long do I wait? My permit expires in a few weeks, I need to know if I should buy a ticket to exit Turkey then as I don’t want to pay any fines at the airport.

  • Samya

    Hello, I came here with my fiancée. He is a British pilot for turkish airlines. We are getting married in a week. His contract with Turkish airlines is for few more years. Would our marriage be a valid reason to renew my residence permit?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      After gettin married you will be eligible for renewal of your residence permit on basis of your husband’s work permit. Validity of residence permit can not exceed expiration date of your husband’s work permit. Residence permit on this basis can be extended multiple times for as long as your husband will be work permit holder in Turkey.

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  • Bob

    Sir,
    I can buy a property worth less than $250K for residency purpose BUT I do’nt know how much minimum monthly income to show. The Govt. does not mention any minimum monthly amount for Long/short term residency. Also, should the minimum amount be in Turkish bank in Turkey or will they accept bank statement from home country of the applicant?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      The official minimum amount of monthly income is equal to 500 USD. Financial resources can be proved by bank statements from bank account either in home country of applicant or in Turkey.

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      • Bob

        Thank you for the reply. Try to understand my question which has three parts:
        a) $500 per month means $6000 per annum. A bank statement showing $6000 balance does not mean that an applicant’s monthly income is $500 per month, it shows that he is the owner of $6000.
        b) My money is invested in Govt. funds which yield monthly profit. The profit is less than $500 per month but the investment is more than $6000. This investment can stay like that as long as I wish. Will Turkish Govt. accept that investment as equal to fulfilling the requirement for $500 per month income for one year?
        c) Since Residence permit is issued for one year and is renewable annually so I assume that P/M income for a year is all that the Govt. will see in order to issue the Residence for a year. The process will be repeated for an extension as well. Is it so?

  • G

    Hello,

    I am a EU citizen, and I would like to apply for the tourist residence permit. I read that in Antalya the residence permit is provided in a month or less sometimes.
    1. Is it possible to apply for the residence permit in Antalya and then move to Istanbul after receiving the residence permit?
    2. In that case, will my application be accepted if I have a rental contract for just 1 month as I plan on moving to Istanbul and rent another apartment there?
    3. During the time my application will be processing, can I open a bank account, deposit money in it, and make transactions?

    I would appreciate if you could shed some light on these matters.

    Warm regards,

  • Rawman

    Your application for residence permit number 2020-**-*****60 has been positively evaluated. Your residence permit request 2020-**-*****60 numbered has been evaluated positively. B001.

    I got this message 7 days ago yet I haven’t seen my residence permit.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      If residence permit card has not reach you, you should check with closest post office as it might has been delivered there.

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  • Basma

    In case of owning a house in Turkey, Is it compulsory that a person live in this house in order to get residence permit renewal? Is living in another property in the same city is allowed as long as keeping the house ownership?.
    thank you.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Residence permit can be granted on basis of property ownership under condition that the applicant in residing in their property. In case of changing the address to a rental property extension of residence permit should not be granted.

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    • Walija

      Hi. How long does it take to apply and recieve a resident permit?

      • Expatguide

        Hello,
        Timeframe to obtain residence permit depends on the city and available appointment dates. Procedures last the longest in Istanbul, where it takes approximately three months to receive residence permit card.

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  • Lastborn

    Please I have overstayed my visa in Turkey and I want to go home how do I go about it. Please advise me .

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      While leaving Turkey you will need to pay the fine at the airport. The exact amount of fine will be calculated by the customs according to your nationality and exact amount of days you overstayed in Turkey. If you would not pay the fine for any reason you can be banned to reenter Turkey for up to five years.

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      • Kat

        Hi, I have applied for a long term Visa as I live in Turkey. Someone mentioned that you are can work once you have the Visa is this true. I personally don’t want a job but I have friend that may.
        Thanking you in advance.

        • Expatguide

          Hello,
          Foreigners are not allowed to work in Turkey on basis of residence permit. For this purpose work permit must be obtained. Work permit application can be only submitted by the employer on behalf of foreign employee. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country.

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  • Ethan

    Kayıt durumunuz: Completed. You need to contact the regional department of the migration service

    What does this mean please?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Your residence permit application has been evaluated. In order to receive the decision of authorities you need to visit the Directorate of Migration.

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  • Sala

    Hi, I am planning to teach English in Turkey but was told that i need to acquire a residency permit first. is this something i can do while i am in turkey on a 90 day tourist visa or is this something i should take care of before i depart from the U.S.? additionally, i have no promise of employment at this time. what exact documentation should i procure?

    thanks!

    • 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. Once you find a job in Turkey your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country.

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  • Karen Clark

    Hi we lived in turkey in 2015-16 we had a residence visa, when we left to return to live in uk we didn’t hand in visa does anyone no if we are ok to go back there on holiday or will we be stopped

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Foreigners are not obliged to hand their residence permit cards once the document is expired. You are allowed to reenter Turkey using your 90 days visa free period and reapply for residence permit.

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  • Sam

    Hello,
    Thank you for your help with my previous question. I am an Irish citizen and I previously lived in Turkey roughly from 2012-2016. I left for about 4 years though I stopped off here with a 90-day visa for a short period in 2018. Between the 2012-2016 period, I would get a 1-year red residency cared each year. All of these past cards have long been expired. I am currently here on a 90-day stamp. I am applying for a new first-time residency permit because I have not had a valid permit for many years. Is this correct? I was told to extend my stay here prior to the expiration of my 90-day visa waiver I need to apply to a new first time 1-year card. I have my sigorta, photos, an apartment, and I got my tax number. When getting the tax number they told me It is the same as my old tax number from 2015 and that this never expires. Am I doing this right?

  • Sam

    Hello,
    I am an Irish citizen i lived in Turkey in the past but left for over 2 years and i returned about a month ago on the 90 day visa given to EU citizens. Above you said that the new law does not apply to EU citizens if they are trying to obtain a 1 year touristic visa card (red card). Do i still need to write my reason for staying here if i am EU? And can I apply for a new card if i have lived here many years ago before the new 2020 law?
    Thank you

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      EU citizens can obtain and renew touristic resience permit multiple times with no additional purpose of stay. You are allowed to apply for residence permit before expiration of your visa. This kind of permit can be granted for up to one year and you can apply for renewal of the card the earliest two months before expiration of your residence permit.

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  • Mohammad

    Hi
    I want to open health insurance company in turkey. How much investment do I need?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Foreigners may set up a business with the minimum of 10.000 TL in Turkey. However, in order to do the activity as a shareholder or the owner of the company, foreigner should obtain a work permit. The work permit could be gotten only if company’s criteria will be compatible with the Ministry of Labor’s requirements as:
      • Pre-paid capital of company is 100.000 TL
      • For getting work permit for 1 foreigner company should employ 5 Turkish employees (for 2 foreign workers = 10 Turkish employees and etc.)

      Our company can assist you to establish a company in Turkey. For details you can contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com

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  • G

    Hello,
    I am a belgian citizen who would like to obtain turkish residence permit for the first time. I have some questions related to the matter:
    1. Is it possible to open a turkish bank account while my residence permit application is still in process? If yes, would there be any restrictions upon it? If yes, which ones and for how long?
    2. If I have an online business operating abroad, but if the money transactions are done from my turkish bank account, will tax be deducted from my income?
    3. Do I need a work permit if I am conducting my overseas online business remotely from turkey?
    4. If me and my sister both plan on getting turkish residence permits, and rent one apartment to live together, do both our names need to be present on the rental contract?

    I am looking forward to your reply,

    Kind regards,

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Foreigners, who are not residence permit holders can open bank account in Turkey under condition that they deposit certain amount in the account (for most of banks it is minimum 6000 USD) or purchase one of products offered by a bank. Once you receive your residence permit card, you can easily open a bank account with no need to make a deposit or any additional requirements.
      Income tax applies only to income generated within Turkey. If your company is registered abroad and do not operate/have a branch in Turkey, your income is only subject to taxation in your home country.
      Work permit can be only obtained by a company registered in Turkey. As long as your company does not have a branch in Turkey, you can not obtain work permit on its basis.
      If both names – yours and your sisters will be present in the rental contract, you can both apply for residence permit stating the same address. There is no obligation for foreigners to sign rental contract in one name only if there is more than one tenant in the apartment.

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  • Mohamad Chamseddine

    I have a dual citizenship, Lebanese and American. I receive my social security benefits from the US, which amounts to $1,500 per month, plus having some savings.
    I am thinking of retiring in Istanbul. Can I apply for residence permit in Istanbul?
    If having a residence permit, can I open a bank account to get my social security benefits deposited in?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      After entering Turkey you can easily obtain touristic residence permit and as American citizen you are eligible for renewal of your permit every year. Your monthly income for abroad will be sufficient for residence permit application. Once you receive your residence permit card you can also open a bank account in Turkey.

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  • Meigo

    Hello,
    I got a job offer in Turkey at the beginning of 2020. Planing to covert it to work permit later, the company first applied for tourist ikamet for me (they did the application online with my documents) before I entered the country. The application date of resignation/requested date is February 24, but I entered Turkey on March 2. Now I haven’t received the result but I need to go back to Taiwan for more than 15 days. Can I come back to Turkey afterward? And can I still get my residency card, or can I apply for a new one?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      As your visa is already expired you will need to pay a fine for overstaying if you leave Turkey before receiving residence permit card. After ovesrstaying your visa you should spend at least three months abroad before you can reenter Turkey. If your residence permit application has been rejected, you can not apply for the same kind of permit during 6 months upon rejection and your employer can apply for your work permit through Turkish consulate in your home country. Before leaving Turkey you should check the status of your residence permit application by calling 157 or visiting local Directorate of Migration.

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  • Ahmed Damba

    How do I check my residence process because its a mouth since I last applied for a renewal

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Official evaluation time of residence permit applications is 90 days. You can check the status of your application online or by calling 157, which is official helpline of Directorate of Migration.

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