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Residence Permit for Under 18 Years Old Children in Turkey

The concept of residence permit for under 18 years old children in Turkey is one of the most asked questions by foreign families. As you know, foreigners must have a valid residence permit after completing their visa period in Turkey to stay longer. In addition, the foreigners under the age of 18, if they want to live in Turkey, they would need a residence permit in Turkey. On the other hand, there are different residence permit for foreigners in Turkey. These types of residence permits are listed as short-term residence permit, family residence permit, student residence permit, long-term residence permit, humanitarian residence permit and residence permit for victims of human trafficking. Residence permits of foreigners under the age of 18 appear in relation to family residence permit and student residence permit among the listed types of residence permits.

As we mentioned above, foreigners who want to get visa or visa exemption to benefit advantages, after completing their legal period, they must have a valid residence permit in Turkey to live much more in Turkey. Residence permits for foreigners in Turkey is organized by the Immigration Administration. In addition to the identity information of the foreigners, the residence permit duration is also stated on the residence permit document. On the other hand, obtaining a residence permit to foreigners staying in Turkey for at least 6 months, they will get a ID Number of Foreign Republic of Turkey is given. In the rest of our article, you can find the things that need to be known about obtaining a residence permit for foreigners under the age of 18.

Residence Permits for Children Under the Age of  18 Whose Family Obtained Family Residence Permit 

The family residence permit is provided for foreign families with the within the scope of Article 28 of Law No. 5901. Foreign families who have a valid residence permit or humanitarian residence permit in Turkey may apply for family residence permit in Turkey. In this way, family residence permit can be obtained to all children of foreigners under the age of 18. Foreigners under the age of 18 who have a family residence permit have the right to education in primary and secondary education institutions until the age of 18 without obtaining a student residence permit.

Foreigners under the age of 18 whose mother or father are Turkish citizens are obtained a residence permit for 5 years. Also, foreigners under the age of 18 whose mother or father have a residence permit obtain a residence permit.

Student Residence Permit for Over and Under 18 Years Old Foreigners

If the under 18 years old foreigners have no valid family residence permit and if they want to have primary and secondary degree education in Turkey, student residence permit would be given to them. As it is known, foreigners who want to study at primary and secondary education degree with family residence permit can continue their education until the age of 18 without the need for a residence permit. However, foreign students who have completed the age of 18 and are currently continuing their education at secondary degree education need to obtain a residence permit.

However, student residence permit can be obtained for foreigners who want to have education in Turkey during their education process. On the other hand, if a foreigner apply for a student residence permit in Turkey and if his/her family live in abroad, they should provide consent letter while applying for residence permit. Foreigners who will receive primary and secondary education may be granted a student residence permit for a period of one year throughout their education, with the consent of their parents or legal representatives, and this period can be extended.

Obtaining Turkish Citizenship by Investment for Children Under 18 Years Old

While applying for Turkish citizenship by investment in Turkey, investors can apply for citizenship with their spouse and children under 18 years old. In this situation, foreign investor’s family members are not required to apply for a short-term residence permit or make an additional investment. Other family members can benefit from the citizenship application if some documents such as ID, passport documents, birth certificate, marital status document, photo are presented. In addition, children over the age of 18 can also obtain a permanent residence permit. In this article we’ve explained applying and obtaining conditions of residence permit for under 18 years old children in Turkey. If you have questions, please write us on comments section.

Ata Kurumsal

Ata Institutional Consulting is a leading consultancy company in its field, with expert personnel, with 12 years of experience, providing residence permit, work permit, Turkish citizenship consultancy and corporate consultancy services to foreigners. Ata Instiutional Consultancy


  1. Hello,
    I have made investment in turkey for temporary residence. I have a daughter and a son who are in 10th. So will they receive free education as secondary education in Turkey is free. Please reply. I am lost

  2. I want to move to turkey with my 11years old son I want to start his schooling in Turkey do we get a visa? to stay and live in turkey and what type of visa we can apply for? Financially my husband will support us.
    Please give me a sugesion.
    Thank you.

  3. Hello, I’m planning to get residency by purchasing an apartment (§100000) , my question is I have a son who is 16 years right now, and he will come as my dependent right now but after two years ( while living in Turkey with us )do I need to get his residence permit at his own or his residence permit could be renewed as before ?

  4. I want my kids to have best education am from Uganda but residing in Israel,but my kids are in Uganda with my mother how do I incoperate this in apply for my kids study visa permit once they are admitted and I need my mum to come along with them because of age 8&11 thanks

  5. I plan to move with my children however, their father has not been in contact for over two years. How do i go about obtaining residency with out the fathers consent? I do not know where he is!

    1. Hello,

      If you are divorced and have an official custody document, there is no need for a deed of consent from father’s side, however if there is a joint child custody, in this case a deed of consent from father is mandatory.

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