Residence Permit

Residence Permit in Turkey

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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.

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.

RESIDENCE PERMIT APPLICATIONS

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.

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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

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As soon as you finish filling the application form, the next step is to arrange an appointment. For foreigners, who reside in Istanbul and Ankara, 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 online or at Tax Office of your province.

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

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

  • Applicant’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

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.

COMMON DOCUMENTS FOR ALL TYPES OF RESIDENCE PERMIT

  • 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.

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.

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.
  • DASK policy
  • 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

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.

The abovemention residence permit card will allow you to evaluate market demand and establish business in Turkey. Required documents are as below:

  • 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 ILLNESS 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 stating duration of the course
  • Document proving that the language school Is accredited by Ministry of Education
  • 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.
  • Original and one photocopy of National Identity Card of Turkish spouse
  • Original and one photocopy of Certificate of Marriage,
  • Civil register certificate
  • Proof of Income (i.e. Payslips, Balance Sheet approved by tax Office or Chartered Accountant)
  • Certificate of non criminal record of spouse
  • Document which shows that sponsor is registered in address registration system in Turkey
  • Valid Health Insurance covering foreign applicant and their spouse (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 WORK 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 Work permit of spouse
  • Original passport of spouse 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 marriage certificate and its notarized Turkish translation with Apostille might also be required
  • Proof of Income of spouse
  • Certificate of non criminal record of spouse
  • Document which shows that sponsor is registered in address registration system in Turkey
  • Valid Health Insurance covering foreign applicant and their spouse (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.
  • Birth certificate (if issued abroad must be translated and Apostilled or certified by Turkish consulate abroad or related consulate within Turkey)
  • Parents’ marriage certificate (if issued abroad must be translated and Apostilled or certified by Turkish consulate abroad or related consulate within Turkey)
  • Original and one photocopy of National Identity Card of Turkish parents
  • Proof of Income
  • Certificate of non criminal record of Turkish parents
  • Document which shows that parents are registered in address registration system in Turkey
  • Valid Health Insurance covering all family members(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 WORK 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 passports belonging to child and parents: the page bearing the foreigner’s photo, the pages stamped at the last entry, the pages indicating the validity and expiry dates of the passport.
  • Birth certificate (if issued abroad must be translated and Apostilled or certified by Turkish consulate abroad or related consulate within Turkey)
  • Parents’ marriage certificate (if issued abroad must be translated and Apostilled or certified by Turkish consulate abroad or related consulate within Turkey)
  • Original and one photocopy of Work/Residence Permits of Foreign parents
  • Proof of Income
  • Certificate of non criminal record of Turkish parents who are work permit holders (if issued abroad must be translated and Apostilled or certified by Turkish consulate abroad or related consulate within Turkey)
  • Document which shows that parents are registered in address registration system in Turkey
  • Valid Health Insurance covering all family members (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 cancelled.

Please check out article about how to cancel work permit in Turkey?

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]

WHAT ARE THE REASONS FOR REJECTION OF RESIDENCE PERMIT APPLICATION?

Residence permit application process in Turkey can be very often a headache for foreigners, who are not familiar with Turkish bureaucracy. Explanations regarding required documents and how to complete the application file are sometimes unclear and confusing. Moreover providing incomplete application file to Immigration Office is causing delays in obtaining residence permit and can be even the reason for rejection of the application. But what are the other common reasons for rejection of residence permit application?

  • Wrong type of application
  • Providing false personal information
  • Submitting online application before arrival to Turkey
  • Submitting online application after expiration of the visa
  • Not being present in Immigration Office on appointment date
  • Leaving Turkey while application process is still in progress
  • Having criminal record within or outside of Turkey

ARE FOREIGNERS ALLOWED TO EXTEND SHORT TERM RESIDENCE PERMIT OBTAINED FOR PURPOSE OF TOURISM?

In the end of year 2019 Directorate General of Migration Management announced restrictions for extending residence permit obtained for purpose of tourism. Starting from January 1st 2020 nationals of all countries except of OECD countries, Russia, China, and the European Union countries were not allowed to extend this kind of permit as long as there was no valid reason for extension other than tourism.

In spring 2020 when due to pandemic many foreigners were neither able to leave Turkey due to cancelled flights to their home countries nor allowed to extend their residence permit abovementioned regulations were cancelled.

Additionally, in June 2020 announcement regarding foreigners overstaying in Turkey due to pandemic was published on website of Directorate General of Migration. According to this statement foreigners whose residence permit or visa expired during pandemic were not considered as staying in the country illegally and were allowed to apply for residence permit regardless of not having valid visa, which used to be required to submit the application.

Currently nationals of all countries are allowed to extend their residence permit obtained for tourism purposes, however every application is evaluated by related institutions as individual case and may be rejected if the authorities do not find the reason of stay suitable for particular application.

COMMONLY KNOWN FACTS ABOUT RESIDENCE PERMIT THAT ARE WRONG

Can foreigners acquire Turkish citizenship after staying in Turkey for five years on basis of residence permit?

Foreigners, who are staying in Turkey on basis of residence permit for property owners for five years uninterruptedly can apply for Turkish citizenship under condition that they transfer their residence permit to work permit. Students, who complete their education in Turkey and transfer their student residence permit to work permit can also be eligible for Turkish citizenship if they have been staying in Turkey uninterruptedly for last five years before submission of the application. Also foreigners, who are married to Turkish citizens for at least three years can apply for Turkish citizenship.

Other types of residence permit do not grant foreigners right to obtain Turkish citizenship.

Can foreigners work in Turkey after obtaining residence permit?

Being residence permit holder does not allow foreigners to be employed in Turkey. In order to work within the country employer must apply for work permit on behalf of foreigners. 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.

Can foreign students in Turkey invite their parents to accompany them during education?

Only parents of minor children attending schools in Turkey are eligible to obtain and extend residence permit on this basis. Foreign students enrolled to universities in Turkey can not be sponsors for their parents’ who can be only eligible for touristic residence permit to accompany their children during education in Turkey.

Can foreigners who are residence permit holders in Turkey travel visa free to countries, which do not require visa from Turkish citizens?

Being residence permit holder in Turkey does not grant foreigners the same rights as Turkish citizens. While entering other countries visa regulations for foreigners nationality are taken under consideration regardless of being residence permit holder in Turkey.

HOW CAN PROPERTY OWNERS OBTAIN RESIDENCE PERMIT IN TURKEY?

After the regulations regarding extension of residence permit obtained for purpose of tourism were announced in 2019 many foreigners started considering purchasing a property in Turkey to be eligible for residence permit on this basis. What are the most common questions regarding residence permit for property owners?

Can relatives of property owner also obtain residence permit on this basis?

Property owner, their spouse and children under 18 years old are eligible for residence permit application. Parents of property owner can only obtain residence permit under condition that they require care due to health problems.

If there is more than one owner of the property can all of the owners and their relatives apply for residence permit?

Only one foreigner can be a property owner to be eligible for residence permit on this basis. If there is more than one owner stated in Title Deed application would not be approved.

Is there a minimum value of the property to be eligible for residence permit application?

There is no minimum value of the property for residence permit application purposes. Foreigners, who purchase a property in Turkey in amount of at least 250.000 USD can acquire Turkish citizenship on basis of investment within short period of time. Owners of properties, value of which is less than 250.000 USD are eligible for residence permit for property owners and can be also eligible for Turkish citizenship application after residing in Turkey for five years uninterruptedly on basis of this kind of permit.

For how many years residence permit can be granted to property owners in Turkey?

This kind of permit can be granted for one year at first and later can be extended multiple times for as long as the ownership would be remained. Every extension of residence permit can be granted for up to three years.

Can residence permit be obtained on basis of land or commercial property ownership?

Residence permit can be only granted to foreigners who purchase a property for residential purposes. Their property must be also their residential address in Turkey, that is why residence permit can not be granted to owners of commercial properties or land owners.

NEW REGULATIONS REGARDING RESIDENCE PERMIT APPLICATIONS IN ISTANBUL

As by the announcement of Directorate General of Migration Management published on January 15th 2021 foreigners applying for residence permit for the first time must meet certain criteria if they are residing in district of Fatih or Esenyurt.

-For Fatih district only the short-term residence permit requests within the scope of subparagraph (j) of the first paragraph of Article 31 of Law No. 6458 (for investment purpose) and student residence permit requests of students enrolled in universities in Fatih district will be approved;

-For Esenyurt district only the short-term residence permit requests within the scope of subparagraph (j) of the first paragraph of Article 31 of Law No. 6458 (for investment purpose) and short-term residence permit requests within the scope of subparagraph (b) of the same article (for owning immovable property purpose) provided that the immovable property is in Esenyurt district and student residence permit requests of students enrolled in universities in Esenyurt district will be approved.

Except of above mentioned the first applications made in Esenyurt and Fatih districts on and after 15.01.2021 will not be accepted. Described regulations do not apply to extension applications.

Residence Permit in Turkey

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  1. Dear Madam/Sir,

    I have a short-term (Kısa dönem) residence permit that will expire by the end of January 2022. My passport will expire by the end of March 2022. When I went to the embassy to renew my passport, they told me that the process of renewal will not start until they receive a security clearance. When I asked them about the duration required for a security clearance, they told me that it will take 6-7 months. Afterwards, they can proceed with the renewal process of my passport, and the duration of that second renewal phase is unknown.

    I have two daughters studying here in Ankara; one of them is a school child. My children need to continue their studies here in Ankara because it is essential for them to complete what they have started and used to without interruption. My family is in need for me to stay with them. If I leave the country, my family will not be able to maintain their lives.

    I understand that there is a regulation such as “When the child’s best interests are in question” in clause A of paragraph 1 of Article 46, which is regulated under the humanitarian residence permit title of Law No. 6458.

    Given that we all have short-term residence permits, I would like to know if I am eligible for a Humanitarian Residence Permit in accordance with the above-mentioned paragraph of the law.

    Can you please let me know about the extent to which you would be confident that my application would be successful, if I apply through your consultancy? Do you have other alternatives than that of the humanitarian residence permit?

    1. Hello,

      I would strongly recommend you to contact with immigration office in regards of your issue and check with them if the humanitarian residence permit could be given to you. In regards of extension of short term residence permit, you would need an extended passport in order to be able to prolong your residence permit.

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  2. HI – i have a minor criminal record from 30 years ago for criminal damage. Would this automatically exclude me from applying for 1 year residency in Turkey?

  3. Hello! My partner and I are in the process of purchasing an apartment in Turkey. We are not married, but the real estate agent informed us that both of our names could be on the title. Would the title not be approved since we are not married? Additionally, would the both of us not be able to apply for the residency visa? Thank you!

    1. Hello, you can buy a real estate in Turkey as two foreign partners and get a residence permit on this real estate.

  4. Hello Sir/Ma,

    (1) I am a master’s student here in turkey, I have a residence permit that will expire on 22/09/2021, but I applied for an extension of 6 months on 5/8/2021 and I attended the interview on 9/8/2021 successfully but yet to received the new Card (Ikamet).

    (2) Now I graduated with my MSc on 23/8/2021, after being successful interviewed and fingers prints capturing by the Directorate of Migration of the province stayed, but yet to receive my certificate from the university I graduated as of today on 22/09/2021 as well as the new Ikamet which is the Date of my old resident permit expire.

    (3) I have checked my Application status online, which is clearly written (Your application has been concluded positively. Your Residence Permit Document is at the printing stage Residence permit Starting-Ending dates 9/22/2021 – 2/4/2022).

    (4) I lead my complaint to the Directorate of Migration office 3 times always they are saying my new resident permit is not yet sent from Ankara. Now my question is that am getting my MSc certificate probably next week and my return flight ticket will be on November second week so if my new resident permit is not been available to me up to the time of leaving Turkey, can they consider me as overstayed?

    There attached is my renewal Application status.

    Thank you for your kind respond

    1. Hello,

      Generally the printing of card process takes up to max. 3 weeks, seems like you will be able to get it until your flight. In case if you won’t be able to get your new residence permit until your departure day, I would suggest you to visit İmmigration office to get a paper which will allow you to leave the country without any problem, otherwise your staying will be considered as overstaying for customs officer.

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      1. I had just re-check my application status again now,I saw this (2021-85-0981201 Nolu Başvuru uzatmak için gereken süre dolmuştur) Image. While am still waiting for My MSc certificate. What should I do now ?. yesterday 22/09/2021 the older one expired and today is 23/09/2021. Thank you Once again for your kind response.
        Best regards

        1. Hello,

          Kindly ask you to contact Immigration call center for detailed information in regards of your application.You are allowed to stay in Turkey legally while your application is still under evaluation.

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  5. Hi. 
    I hope you’re doing well. I want to apply for the work permit in Istanbul. I was a student here. I studied for one year and now i got a job as a nanny in Turkish house for which i want to apply for the work permit. Could you please tell me which documents are required for the work permit? 
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Hello,

      For detailed information in regards of work permit process as a nanny, kindly ask you to contact us by 4447284. Please be informed that application could be done only by employer, employee may not get a work permit for himself/herself.

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  6. Good morning, I’m sending this email as a few days ago I sent another email but still haven’t got feedback for my request. I’m Maltese holding a Maltese id card and passport, would like to go to Turkey for a long period of time. Could please someone will guide me and help me with what I need to do? The Turkish Embassy in Malta told me that I can go without Visa for 90 days but I would like to stay longer than 90 days. Could you please get back to me with further information. I appreciate it. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. Kind regards, Daniela Clinch
    

    1. Hello,

      For longer period of stay, you may apply for short term tourist residence permit for max. 1 year as soon as you arrive to Turkey. If you would like to use our service in residence permit application, kindly ask you to contact us by 4447284.

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  7. Hello,

    I need to change my address in Turkey. We have gone to Nufus Nurduglu, two times with rendeyvu. They sent us to Koordinasiyon Merkezi, with rendeyvu. They sent us to Goc Ideresi.

    Online it explains clearly that all you need, to register new address with e-Devlet, is passport, apartment rental agreement, and utility bill from the new home. When we go to Nufus Murduglu, they are sending us away again.

    We cannot solve this easy problem and I found your service online.

    My husband and I just got married 6 weeks ago in Besiktas. But, we are not ready for Family Residency application. We just want to change my address, from Mugla to Istanbul. Later, we will file for Family Residency status.

    I just want to change my address in the system, so we can open a bank account. And let government know where I am living.

    Can your company help with this easy problem that somehow seems so hard?

    Maya

    1. Hello,

      Unfortunately, our company doesn’t provide service for address registration. The problem is that your work permit was gotten from Muğla region, in order to register address in İstanbul, firstly you would need to transfer your work permit to İstanbul and later register new address or get a family residence permit from İstanbul.

      Thank you,

    1. Hello,

      If the type of short term residence permit or reason of re-application is different from initial one which was rejected, then yes you may apply for new residence permit.

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    1. Good day,

      Foreigners who are under the age of 18 years old and wish to obtain a residence permit are mandatory to provide a letter of consent given by parents or one of the parents (in case if another is in Turkey as well) living abroad.

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  8. Hello.

    I’m a European, and my second residence permit is to run out 31st of august 2021.

    I wanted to ask if before requesting my tourist visa renewal, do I have to leave Turkey ? if So for How long ? And if not Do I have to leave turkey after the 31st of august (knowing that I will do my renewal request on July 31st.

    I don’t know the rules, as last year all the borders were closed so I didn’t have to leave Turkey in order to renew my Tourist visa.

    Thanks in advance for the answer

    1. Dear Daniel,
      As long as you will lodge your online application before expiration of your current permit you are allowed to stay in Turkey during the whole evaluation process. You should not leave the country after expiration of your residence permit and before receiving the new card. Otherwise your application may be cancelled and you can face problem to reenter Turkey. You are allowed to start renewal process the earliest 60 days before expıration of your residence permit and the latest on the last day of document’s validity.

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  9. Dear Sir/Madam, 

    I am contacting you to ask about the application for a residence permit in Turkey.

    I am a national of Algeria and I have a Turkish “Business” visa and I will be visiting Turkey in the next few days. I would like to apply for a “Tourist Residence Permit”. I want to stay for some months in Turkey to explore the business opportunities there and decide if I can open a company or not in Turkey in the next few months in the field of high-performance computing (HPC) and industrial artificial intelligence.

    Could you please, let me know if I am eligible to apply for a residence permit for tourist purposes; if I hold a “Business Visa”? because I have got the information from some people that in order to apply for this type of residence permit I need to have a “Tourist Visa”; but I want to be sure and get the information from an official source.

    Thank you in advance.

    Kind regards,
    Mohamed

    1. Hello,
      In order to apply for touristic residence permit you need to enter Turkey on basis of tourist visa. Currently residence permit is not being granted on basis of business visa. You will need to leave Turkey before expiration of your business visa and reenter the countro on basis of tourist visa in order to start application process. Residence permit for purpose of tourism can be granted for up to one year and currently there is no restrictions regarding extension of such a permit for another year.

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  10. Hello all.
    I would like to ask a simple question about my friend’s residence permit application.

    So at first, she had the e-visa to come to Turkey (Izmir). And then, she was applying for the short-term residence permit (Ikamet) in Izmir. But ot was rejected.

    She is mandatory to go back to her country within 10 days.

    But she decided to apply in another distric in Istanbul (Pendek) for the same short-term residence permit / Ikamet.

    My question is : could it be possible for her Ikamet to be grant this time? Is it possible to apply to another distric/area after previously the permit got rejected?

    Thank you for your attention and answer.

    1. Hello,
      As the application has been rejected foreigner must leave and reeneter Turkey to reapply. If the visa is still valid your friend can reenter the country within validity period of visa. Otherwise she will need to stay abroad until it will be possible to obtain new visa.

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      1. Thank you so much for your answers. It really helpful.

        But the problem is, she already apply for the new residence permit in another city/distric. Without leaving Turkey first.

        My question is :
        Is this time, the new residence permit application will be grant or it will get reject again ?

  11. Dear all,

    My name is David Nji and I would like to move to Turkey, especially Istanbul. I was just wondering if you could help me get a residency for a year more for my fiancée and myself.

    Additional information about myself:
    Nationality: Polish – I have only one passport. I can therefore stay 90 days without a visa
     Age: 35 years old.
    Employed with a good salary

    Additional information about my fiancée:
    Nationality: Indonesian
     Age: 27 years old
    Unemployed

    Can you please let me know what my options are to get a residency as soon as possible?

    I need to leave Indonesia by the 1st June

    I guess the short-term residency and the faster one is by having a rental agreement but as an EU passport holder I can stay three months without a visa – my fiancée can only stay one.

    Would she need to leave the country after a month?
     If I had to rent an apartment, I would love to stay in it until we both get our residency.
     Can a 30 days e-visa / 90 days e-visa be extended? 

    I’ve also assessed the acquisition of a cheap property (below 100k TL) but I am sure there are many other and cheaper ways to acquire the above-stated residency.
    Can you please let me know what other ways do I have to obtain my residency? I’d also appreciate it if you could let me know the fees to be paid + timelines and feasibility.

    Note: I am not willing to invest big amounts such as $100k or $250k to obtain the above-requested permit. I am not interested to enroll on any university – buying a property towards second citizenship does not interest us: Indonesia does not allow double citizenship and I am very happy with only one EU passport.

    I look forward to hearing from you very soon.

    Thank you very much in advance.

    Best regards,

    David

    1. Dear David,

      After entering Turkey on basis of tourist visa, foreigners can apply for touristic residence permit before expiration of their visa. In order to make an application, foreigners must have address in Turkey, which can be proved e.g. by notarized rental contract 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 currently 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. Cost of governmental fees for one year residence permit for Polish and Indonesian citizens is 80 USD + 125 TL per person. Additionally Polish citizens, who are exempted from visa to enter Turkey must pay single entry visa fee in amount of 158,90 TL.

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  12. Hello, I’m a former student in one of istanbul universities and I finished my studies in feburary 2020 but after that the covid-19 outbreak happened and I couldn’t apply for residency although my residency expiration date was on September 2020 I overstayed till this month and I wanted to know the fees of overstaying more than 6 months before I leave can you tell me how much will I be charged in the airport?

    1. Hello,
      Amount of fee will ba calculated according to your nationality and exact time of overstay. You can read more about the official amount of fees in our article:
      The consequences of overstaying in Turkey
      Please, be informed that final decision on the amount of fine will be taken by customs at the airport and it can differ from official amounts.

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  13. Hi my permit ran out 5 years ago. I want to return to england. What would happen to my money in the turkish bank. Will i be able to transfer it. Ive been illegal for 5 years now.

    1. Hello,
      Although your residence permit has expired your bank accpunt should not be blocked. You can transfer the funds to your bank account abroad. You should visit related branch of the bank to check the current status of your account.

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      1. Would i be able to get a adlı sicil kaydı with my old yabancı kimlik number i got. Ör can i do that in my own country

        1. Hello,
          If you have been residing in Turkey for last five years you can obtain non criminal record from courts within Turkey. Otherwise the document should be issued by related authorities in your home country.

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  14. I’m a Ugandan citizen with a Ugandan passport. My partner is from Central Asia and holds a valid residence permit. However, I came here on a business visa and due to the pandemic we couldn’t do anything at all. I applied for a residence permit for short term, when it was nearing expiration, I applied for an extension but changing the purpose of stay to tourism.(YİMER said it was possible) . But on my appointment date, GOÇ IDARESI said it’s not the case, I had to exit and reapply for a tourist visa. Due to the pandemic it’s practically impossible to return to my country and reapply. What’s the most practical way out of this situation. Please help.
    ( Ps: we had a religious marriage which we wanted to register in Turkey, we’ve just had a baby; I can’t see myself leaving and reapplying to return) what else can we do? ? Thanks

    1. Hello,
      As your residence permit application has been rejected the only way to reapply is by leaving and reentering Turkey with touristic visa. If you are eligible for e-visa application you do not have to return to your home country, you can visit any country and reenter Turkey with e-visa. Otherwise you must apply for a visa in Turkish consulate and after reentering Turkey you can apply for residence permit.

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  15. I am a British Citizen holding a valid British Passport. I am currently residing in Pakistan since last 22 years. We are total 11 family members: me, my wife, and 9 kids – 1 of my daughters’ is 21 years old (Single)

    7 of my kids also have British Passports, but my wife has Pakistani Passport. I am waiting for British Passport for my youngest daughter – she is nearly 8 months old.

    1. What are the fees for the residency papers for each applicant? Can I apply for just one resident permit that covers all my family members or will I need separate residence permits for each child under 18 years old?

    2. Will me and my family be entitled to free Education and Health care based on Residency Permits?

    3. What areas are the British Muslim & Pakistani Community located in Istanbul?

    4. We are conservative Muslims, so which cities, towns, districts do you recommend?

    5. Which properties and cities do you recommend for my budget of $50K to $100K?

    6. The apartment doesn’t have to be luxurious – but at least it should he of good standard and quality, near to government schools and government hospital / health services, transport (buses etc.) – and not very high rise buildings.

    7. Here is a list of my basic requirements:
    Minimum 2 or 3 bedrooms
    Minimum 2 bathrooms
    Gas central heating
    Not so high-rise building

    Maximum budget is around $100,000. Can increase it to 150K (but must be on long term instalments plan)

    Near to public transport, government schools and government hospitals and shops, bazar
    Doesn’t necessarily have to be in Istanbul expensive areas
    We are not in need of night life facilities like nightclubs, alcohol etc.
    Area should be decent for families.

    8. Regarding bank account in Turkey, which is the best bank for foreigners to open and should it be in Lira or USD currency

    1. Hello,
      After entering Turkey you and your family can apply for residence permit. Application for each family member must be submitted separately and all of the applicants must be present in Turkey during the process. Cost of one year residence permit fees for citizens of Great Britain and Pakistan are 80 USD + 125 TL card fee per adult and 40 USD + 125 TL per child under 18 years old.
      Residence permit holders are not entitled to free education and health care in Turkey. Work permit holders and their family members have access to certain health care in Turkey out of charge.
      There is no specific areas or cities in turkey preferred by British Muslims or Pakistani community, however according to your explanation regarding budget and requirements we would recommend purchasing a property in Ankara, which is city with many family neighbourhoods with good access to public schools for your children and also convenient for foreigners.
      After obtaining residence permit you are allowed to open bank account in any preferred bank in Turkey. We recommend to choose the banks, which have agreements with banks in your home country to have easier access to your funds abroad. Account can be open in Turkish Lira and other currencies as well.

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  16. Hello, My husband and I have just obtained our ikamets for short term residence on touristic purposes , for 1 year. Will it be possible to get an extension with the same purpose ( touristic stay)?
    We are French citizens, both retired teachers with enough money to provide for our needs. We have a regular rental contract for a flat in Istanbul.
    Thanks for your help,
    Yours
    Mrs Françoise

    1. Hello,
      As French citizens you are alllowed to extend your residence permit obtained for touristic purposes. Residence permit renewal application process can be started the erliest two months before expiration of your current residence permits and the latest on the last day of its validity. Our company can assist you to apply for extension of residence permit. For details you can contact us at: info@atakurumsal.com

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  17. greetings , i applied for extension my tourist visa but in oct2020 it was rejected and i applied again but i didn’t exit the country as pandemic countries ,,, do you think they will accept my case or i should make exit and reinter to turky? thanks

    1. Hello,
      As we do not know details of your application we can not tell certainly if it will be approved or not. Every case is evaluated by Directorate of Migration individually. Reason of rejection of your previous application also has influence on result of the new application.

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  18. Ive aplied family reunification permit for UK within Turkey(tourist visa:90days) and they took my passport for the UK immigration. The problem now my visa in Turkey will be finish soon while waiting the decision. My question is can i stay Turkey? If i need to apply permanent resident, can i apply without the physical passport? And if i received reunification permit for UK before i receive PR from Turkey, can i go out to UK?

    1. Hello,
      While applying for residence permit from Istanbul you only need copy of your passport. In other cities original passport also must be presented at appointment date. If you apply for residence permit you should not leave Turkey before receiving residence permit card, otherwise your application might be cancelled and you will need to pay a fine for overstaying.

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  19. Hello,
    As we do not have any information about your application, we can not provide you with any details regarding its status. You should contact Directorate of Migration by calling 157 or visiting Immigration Office where you submitted the application.

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  20. Hi
    I am Pakistani and live in Oman .
    I want ti take TR in Turkey.
    If I apply visit visa and then TR , How many days it will take and if after applying Tr can i come back and check my ststus online for One year Tr card ,

  21. Hello,
    I’ve applied for resident permit several weeks ago, but haven’t received any response. And now I’m leaving because I got a job in another country. I wonder if I can leave without resident permit but the receipt only

    1. Hello,
      If your visa already expired you will need to pay a fine for overstaying while leaving Turkey without residence permit card. Final decision on the amount of fine will be taken by customs at the airport and if for any reason you would refuse to pay the fine you may be banned to reenter Turkey for up to five years.

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      1. I passed the visa in 2014 and I did not pay the fine at an airport, and it was banned for five years, and currently the ban expires. Should I travel without problems or not? Please help

        1. Hello, If you are not sure if your entry ban has been lifted you should contact nearest Turkish Consulate to check your status. As 5 years has already passed you should not face any problem to reenter Turkey.

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  22. Hello, I am an American citizen who would like to apply for touristic residency in Turkey for a period of 24 months. I have a notarized financial support letter from my parents stating they will provide me with $500 a month for the duration of my residency. I also have documentation showing their income and capability to give me that much. Will this be sufficient for the residency application?

    1. Hello,
      Except of document decribed by you officers in Immigration Office have a right to ask for your bank statement from your home country proving that you are receiving stable income, however this is not very common case. First residence permit is usually granted for one year, however as an American citizen you have a right to extend your residence permit multiple times.

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  23. Good day. I’m from Czech Republic. I have a boyfriend, a Turkish citizen, who currently lives in Istanbul with his sister. Is it possible for me to apply for a temporary stay at this address? When my boyfriend has this address. We have evidence of our relationship, evidence that we are partners. Can you please write me what we need to prove?

    1. Dear Klara,
      If your boyfriend is registered in address of his residency he can provide you with notarized letter stating that you will be staying at this address as a guest. This kind of letter is sufficient as the address statement for residence permit application purposes.

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  24. Hi, I am planning to settle in Turkey with my spouse. We both are from Bangladesh. At first we are planning to go there with a Tourist Visa of 30 days. I think that’s the maximum days visa limit for Bangladeshi citizens. Please correct me if I am wrong. Then we plan to rent a house, get health insurance for both of us and then apply for touristic residence permit for 1/2 years. Is there any possibility for not getting the Touristic Residence Permit after every document is provided legally?

    We plan on buying an Apartment in Antalya within 7/8 months so that we can get the Property Owner Residence Permit.
    After buying the Apartment, do I have to leave turkey and come back in order to apply for a Property Owner Residence Permit?

    Also I would like to ask about income tax please. I am a freelancer and all of my income comes from outside of Turkey. Does income tax apply to me?

    Thank you in advance for advising.

    1. Hello,
      During the first application there is not much of a chance that residence permit would not be granted if you prepare all required documents and get through all required procedures. After you purchase a property in Turkey you do not need to leave and reenter the country to obtain residence permit on this basis. As a resident in Turkey you are not obliged to pay taxes within the country for as long as your income does not come from Turkey.

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  25. My 4 months tourist residence permit expired in April 2020. I came to my home country(Pakistan). Now I want to apply for TRP again but I read somewhere that we can’t apply for TRP again. Please guide.

    I am freelance software developer and I want to live in Turkey. My another option is to get admission in Turkish language course. Can you please tell me any affordable or free(if any) Turkish language courses in Istanbul?

    Thanks

    1. Hello,
      Currently due to pandemic citizens of all countries are allowed to reapply for residence permit. If you get enrolled in Turkish language course accredited by Ministry of Education before arrival to Turkey and enter the country on basis of student visa you can apply for residence permit for language course purposes. Otherwise you are eligible for touristic residence permit application.

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  26. Hi..

    I have plan come to turkey January 2021 with e-visa as a tourist, my visa valid for 30 days. It is possible if I want to extend my visa? or I need to go out first from turkey to re-submit e-visa?

    also I have more questions :
    1. If I want stay for 1 year, how to submit the residence permit?
    2. What is requirements and documents needed?
    3. How much the costs?
    4. How long process to get the permit?

    I really need this information. Thank you very much..

    1. Hello,
      In order to extend your visa you must apply for residence permit within 30 days upon your arrival to 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. 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 obtaining residence permit depends on your nationality.

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  27. IF you are applying for a residence permit and the time to recive and answer and obtain the visa takes longer than 90 days, you are still allowed to stay in Turkey or you will have to return to your home country until you receive an answer?

    1. Hello,
      If your visa expires during residence permit application process you are allowed to stay in Turkey legally until receiving the result. However you should not leave the country before residence permit card is issued as your application might be cancelled and you can face the problem to reenter Turkey.

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  28. My daughter had a residence permit which is expired one month ago, she could not come back to Turkey due to COVID.19, I am in Turkey can I apply for here residence permit, in any case should she apply for RENEWAL or NEW permit. Thanks in advance

  29. Good day Sir. I need your help for address registration. What I understand to register my address some document is required to be proven that I am living in my house sucs as contranct for rent or invoice for electronic or internet which is mentioned with my name. But, my house contracted with my company name and for electronic and internet is paid by house owner based on contract condition. In this situation, please let me know other documentation which could be useful to register my address.
    Confirmation Letter for my employee with my company stamp could be acceptable? Your kind advice will be appreciated.

    1. Hello,
      In order to register your address in Turkey you either need to provide a bill in your name belonging to particular address or another person registered at this address or the property owner must visit Directorate of Population with you to confirm that you are residing there.

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  30. Hello,
    My family and I applied and were granted a short term one year residency permit until 7/12/2010; we had to leave on July 1, 2020 due to work commitments in the USA but did apply for an extension. That appointment was July 28, 2020 which we missed. We went to the government office yesterday and were told we have to restart the process over again. But we have 3 properties in Istanbul. Can we drectly apply for citizenship or do we have to apply for Turkish short term then citizenship? We are here currently on tourist visa. Thank you!

    1. Hello,
      If you fulfill conditions to apply for Turkish Citizenship by Investment you can directly start the Turkish citizenship application process and you do not need to be present in Turkey at any stage of application if you provide a legal representatve with Power of Attorney to go through the process on your behalf. In order to receive information about your eligibility for Turkish Citizenship application you can contact us at: info@atakurumsal.com

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  31. My residence permit have expired and I want to go back home. I will clear my overstay fee at the airport.. I want to ask how long will I stay before applying for another tourist visa to come to Turkey

    1. Hello,
      If you pay a fine for overstaying and will not be banned to reenter Turkey you can reenter the country with new visa after 3 months and reapply for residence permit.

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  32. Hello,

    I have submitted my residence permit application a couple of weeks ago but ended up having to change my address. Is it possible to update my address information?

    Thank you

    1. Hello,
      After you submitted your application it is not possible to change the address. Once the residence permit card will be issued you must register your new address at local Directorate of Population. For this purpose you will either need to present a bill in your name belonging to particular address or someone residing at the same address or the property owner must visit the directorate with you to confirm your residency address.

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  33. 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

    1. 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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  34. 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?

    1. 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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  35. 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.

    1. 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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  36. 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!

    1. 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 152079 years of being residence permit holder due to time spent abroad.

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      1. 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?

  37. 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.

    1. 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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  38. 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.

  39. 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?

    1. 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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  40. 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?

    1. 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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      1. 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?

  41. 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,

  42. 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.

    1. 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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  43. 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.

    1. 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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      1. 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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  44. Please I have overstayed my visa in Turkey and I want to go home how do I go about it. Please advise me .

    1. 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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      1. 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.

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

    What does this mean please?

    1. 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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  46. 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!

    1. 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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  47. 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

    1. 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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  48. 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?

  49. 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

    1. 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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    1. 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 152079 Turkish employees (for 2 foreign workers = 10 Turkish employees and etc.)

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  50. 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,

    1. 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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  51. 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?

    1. 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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  52. 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?

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

    1. 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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  54. 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 .

    1. 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.

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  55. 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?

    1. 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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  56. 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.

    1. 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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  57. 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?

    1. 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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  58. 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

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

      1. 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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  59. 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.

    1. 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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    2. 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?.

      1. 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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    1. 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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  60. 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.

    1. 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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  61. 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

  62. 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 ?

    1. 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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  63. 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.

    1. 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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  64. 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?

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

      1. 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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  65. 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.

    1. 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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  66. 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.

    1. Hello,
      After entering Turkey you and your family can obtain one year touristic rffesidence 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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    2. 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

  67. 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?

    1. 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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  68. 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?

    1. 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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  69. 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?

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

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

    1. 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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      1. 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.

        1. 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 152079 Turkish citizens employed in the company per each foreigner including yourself.

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  71. 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 152079 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

    1. 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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  72. 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

    1. 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 152079 years before the application.

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  73. 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 152079 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

  74. 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!!

    1. 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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  75. 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!

  76. 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

    1. 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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      1. 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?

        1. 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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          1. 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.

          2. 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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        2. 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.

          1. 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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    1. 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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  77. Hello, I am employed in Saudi Arabia and I visited Turkey in February2020 with multiple visit visa and registered a Limited Company in Istanbul. I wanted to move with family to Turkey but my wife and 15 year old son could not get visa due to COVID situation. Once visa is given, can we travel to Turkey and I settle my family with TRC? Should the TRC be on the basis of my business or Tourist? Note: I did not hire any employee except a local part time accountant to report to tax authorities. Company has received some money in international business transactions. Can this company be used for my and my family’s TRC?
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Hello,
      After entering Turkey you are eligible for residence permit on basis of your company and your family can obtain touristic residence permit. This kind of permit can be granted for maximum one year with no possibility for extension. If you employ five Turkish citizens in your company, after 6 months you can be eligible for work permit. Your family would be also eligible for residence permit extension on basis of your work permit. Please, be informed that in order to obtain work permit company’s paid capital must be 100.000 TL or more. First work permit can be granted for maximum one year. After this period of time it can be extended for two years and second extension can be made for up to three years.

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  78. Hi.

    I am planning to buy property in Turkey. If I buy of value which is less than US$ 250.000, i’ve been told that I can apply for a Short Term Residency which is valid for 1 year. I have to visit at least once a year to get it renewed. Is this correct?

    Also, can I put the property purchased on rent? Also, what if I don’t intend to stay and get back every year to get the residency permit renewed? And, how long does it take for one to stay and get the lmlik based on above scenario.

    Please help.

    1. Hello,
      If you purchase a property in Turkey in value below 250.000 USD you can be eligible for residence permit for property owners. This kind of permit is usually granted for one year at first and later can be extended multiple times, up to three years each time. You need to be present in Turkey everytime for the renewal process in order to submiit the application. You are allowed to rent your property if you do not intend to reside in Turkey. You are also not obliged to renew your residence permit regularly. However, if you are intending to apply for Turkish citizenship in the future, you must be residence permit holder for five years uninterruptedly and must not stay out of Turkey for more than one year within mentioned five years.

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  79. “RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGNERS WHO COME TO TURKEY TO ATTEND TURKISH LANGUAGE COURSES”

    Can u plz explain more bout this extracted part from above article ,which institute or school we can apply for?

    With touristic resident permit wat kind of job we can do? Can i work as dog walker, in restaurant or private teaching?

    1. Hello,
      Residence permit for Turkish language course purposes can be granted to foreigners, who are enrolled in Turkish language course in one of language schools accredited by Ministry of Education. Residence permit can be granted for time period, which is not longer than duration of the course. Foreigners are not allowed to work in Turkey as residence permit holders. For this purpose work permit must be obtained by foreigner. In order to obtain work permit, first you need to find a job in Turkey and your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country.

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  80. Hello, Greetings,
    I have two questions, please clarify so i can move forward to make my decision.
    1st Question:
    As per latest corona situation, if i apply for touristic permit in August 2020. Is it possible if I submit the application,pay the taxes and fly back to my home country and later someone deliver my application file to PTT on my behalf, this way can I get my residence card or I need to personally visit the Goc Idare to submit my file. Actually I cant stay long due to my job type but since I liked the country and want to keep residence permit so I can travel freely whenever I have chance in whole year.

    2nd Question:

    I have two friends already in Turkey since last year on touristic permit, they want to stay further by buying property to extend their residence permit. Is it possible both friends buy only one property under both of their names as 50/50 share holders. they are not relatives but just friends?

    your clarification will help us to decide things.

    Thanks and Regards

    1. Hello,
      Currently in Istanbul appointment dates are not granted and foreigners must only mail their application file by post. However in case if Directorate of Migration requires additional documents applicant must hand the documents in person to the local Immigration Office, which has been chosen as appointment place during application. In case you could not deliver the documents in person, your application will be cancelled. That is why we would not recommend leaving Turkey before finalizing the application process and receiving residence permit card.
      Regarding your second question, there can be only one property owner to be eligible for residence permit application on this basis. Only property owner, their spouse and children under 18 years old can be granted residence permit on basis of property ownership.

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  81. Hi iam Naveed from Pakistan my residence permit has expired on 18 January 2020 but due to COVID -19 i got my 16 June to summit my documents by post which i did and still waiting to get the renewal. I have emergency back at my home. What should I do

    1. Hello,
      You should not leave Turkey before receiving residence permit card. Otherwise you need to pay a fine for overstaying in Turkey and you can face a problem if you will try to reenter the country unless you stay at least 90 days abroad. After your application will be approved in the system and before receiving residence permit card you can obtain a document, which allows you to leave Turkey for up to 15 days without paying a fine and with no need to obtain a visa to reenter the country. This kind of document can be obtain in Directorate of Migration.

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  82. I am planning to buy a property in turkey and get a residence permit,so my question is that can i take my family alomg with me on this permit?

    1. Hello,
      After purchasing a property in Turkey you, your spouse and children under 18 years old are eligible for residence permit on this basis. All of the family members must submit an application separately after entering Turkey. obtaining residence permit only by property owner does not entitle other family mmebers to reside in Turkey longer than the visa rejime allows them to.

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  83. Hello
    At the moment I live in London with my Turkish wife of 11years.
    She is still a Turkish citizen but has been in the uk for 12years.
    We have bought a property two years ago in her name as it was more straight forward.
    We hope to live in Turkey in two years time.
    We will have 350.000tl in the bank
    What would I need to do in order to live in Turkey permanent
    Thank you

    1. Hello,
      As your wife is a Turkish citizen, you can easily obtain residence permit on this basis. First residence permit can be granted for one year and later you can extend it on basis of your marriage. If your wife starts working within Turkey you can be eligible for family residence permit, which can be granted for up to three years. After staying in Turkey for three years on basis of family residence permit you can be eligible for Turkish citizenship application. Otherwise, if you stay in Turkey for eight years uninterruptedly you can be eligible for permanent (long term) residence permit.

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  84. Hello,
    Is it true to purchase any value property in Turkey to obtain Turkish citizenship/passport in 152079 years? Any value property means anything as long as title documents remain in buyer’s name?

    Moreover, please also confirm, in above scenario, initially Government issues 2 years “Touristic residence permit ID card” purpose to stay for real estate ownership and extend the residence permit consecutive under the same purpose for 3 years and does not require mandatory or continued stay in Turkey?

    If above situation is correct, then please do let me know how you can help me to obtain Turkish citizenship/passport?

    I can invest 200K TL but not able to invest 250K USD as of now.

    Please do let me know my options.

    Thanks,

    1. Hello,

      After you purchase a property in any value in Turkey you will be eligible for residence permit for property owners. This kind of permit is usually granted for one year at first and later can be extended multiple times up to three years each time for as long as property ownership will be remained. If you stay in Turkey for five years uninterruptedly on basis of this kind of permit you can be eligible for Turkish citizenship application. Uninterrupted stay in this case means that you should not stay abroad for longer than one year in total within five years before submission of the application and for more than six months in a row. Moreover, in order to submit Turkish citizenship application you should have stable income and General Health Insurance in Turkey.

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  85. Hi. I am Nari from Kyrgyzstan.

    Currently working and holding a work permit.
    I am planning to quit a job and work as a commissioner at home. Hence I applied for a touristic visa for 1 year but the immigration office rejected by saying I already used my touristic visa till 2021.
    Hence I have a choice of becoming a student or but house or get married.
    I am not able to to either of them.
    Is there any other ways to get the residency for 1 year?
    I saw there is a ticari ikamet. Am I currently being in Turkey and agreeing with local Turkey company to work as a commissioner will be enougrrqson to get ticari ikamet? If yes, what are the requirements?
    Also are you able to offer me any options and if yes what is the cost?
    Thanks,

    1. Hello,
      In order to work in Turkey and have an income generated within the country you must be a work permit holder. Foreigners can not do job activity on basis of residence permit. Ticari ikamet can be granted on basis of entering Turkey on business visa if you can prove by related documents that your job activity abroad requires presence in Turkey due to cooperation with Turkish company/companies.

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  86. Hello, my friend would like to join me in Turkey. He is from Tunisia and he would like to stay with me for one year. He has enough money to support himself but he doesn’t know how to apply for a residence permit. Also, it is not possible to use Tunisian bank account in Turkey. Can he bring the money with him and open a Turkish bank account? What are the steps?

    1. Hello,
      Our company can assist your friend to apply for residence permit in Turkey. For details you can contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com. Foreigners, who are residence permit holders can easily open a bank account in Turkey. Those, who do not have residence permit can open an account under condition that they deposit amount of at least 6000 USD in the account, which will be blocked for a certain period of time or purchase one of products offered by the bank such as credit card or the insurance.

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  87. Hi,
    Is there a skilled worker PR visa for Turkey, so that I can live and work permanently anywhere in Turkey? Similar to what we have in Aus or Canada.

    1. Hello,
      There is a project of Turkish Government on issuing Turqoise Card, which will give opportunity of permanent stay and working in Turkey to foreign skilled workers. However Turqoise Card is not being granted yet and the details regarding criteria to be eligible for the card are not known by now. We recommend you to follow our website to be updated whenever Turqoise Card will start being granted. You can also read more about this topic in our article below:
      What ıs Turquoıse Card?

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  88. Hi,
    I visited Turkey a couple of years ago and absolutely fell in love with the country, its people, culture and food. I want to live there for as long as possible. I have a decent monthly income and can support myself. Will you be able to help? Thank you

    1. Hello,
      After entering Turkey you are allowed to apply for touristic residence permit, which can be granted for up to one year. If you are a citizen of one of EU countries, OECD countries or Russia you are allowed to extend residence permit obtained for purpose of tourism. Otherwise, if you purchase a property in Turkey, you can obtain residence permit for property owners. This kind of permit can be extended multiple times for as long as property ownership will be remained. After staying in Turkey for five years uninterruptedly on basis of residence permit for property owners you can be also eligible for Turkish citizenship application.

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  89. Great website! With a US Passport, I arrive for my 90 days. If I work online and receive over 1,000 USD per month, can I get a residency card for 1yr? If not, do agents in Istanbul make this happen?

    1. Hello,
      As the US citizen you can obtain touristic residence permit after entering Turkey and before expiration of your 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. Minimum official monthly amount of income, which foreigners should prove to apply for residence permit is 500 USD. With monthly income of over 1000 USD you are eligible for residence permit if you meet all other criteria.

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  90. Hello,
    I live here ans work here more than one year I have my work permit is valid but due to the pandemic my company put us on free leave without any salary. I found a job but in this job they need a residence permit to apply for my new work permit. My worry is that goç idaresi will not accept my application because I am not from OECD countries. Can the new employer apply unstead? Thank you.

    1. Hello,
      If your work permit has not been cancelled by previous employer, it can be transferred to a new workplace. Work permit transfer can be made only if both employers agree to do the procedure. Otherwise after your work permit is cancelled new work permit application can be made via Turkish consulate in your home country. Once the application is approved you can reenter Turkey on basis of work visa with no need to apply for residence permit. Our company provides services regarding work permit application and transfer and we can assist your employer throughout the process. For details you can contact us at info@expatguideturkey.com

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  91. Good Evening

    I am Febi from Indonesia and I have some questions and Extension Residence Permit for Indonesian

    I havent visited Turkey before, but I plan to visit next month, August.
    I got my visa and it is only a 30 days permit.
    I plan to marry in Turkey with Turkish citizen, so is there any possibility that I could get an extension residence permit for 3 more months before my permit expires?
    because probably my permit will expire before I finish my marriage arrangement.
    And if there is any possibility, I would like to know what options I might have.

    1. Hello,
      If you did not obtain residence permit in Turkey before, after entering the country you have a right to apply for touristic residence permit, which can be granted for up to one year. After you marry a Turkish citizen your permit can be transferred into family residence permit and later this kind of permit can be extended multiple times. After being married to Turkish citizen for at least three years you can be also eligible for Turkish citizenship application on this basis.

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  92. Hi, If I want to come Turkey for tourist purpose, But as I informed the tourist visa only valid for 90 days. I want to stay about 152079 months what should I do? Is there a way after my arrival I could be able to extend my tourist visa for 60 day more?

    1. Hello,
      In order to extend your stay in Turkey you should apply for residence permit before expiration of your 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 should 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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  93. Hey, I have seen that you say that residence permits can be extended on the basis of buying property in Turkey. Does the property have to have a certain value? And can it be bought with a Turkish citizen, or must it be only on my name?

    Also, what are the rules on extending permits for UK citizens? Are they different to the rules for EU citizens?

    And are there any variations to the rules on applying for residence permits during coronavirus?

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hello,

      There is no minimum value of the property to be eligible for residence permit application, however for this purpose you should be the only owner of the property. UK citizens can extend their residence permit in Turkey. Currently the only difference in application procedures are appointment dates in Istanbul. Foreigners must send the documents by post instead of attending the appointment. This change does not apply to other cities.

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  94. Hello,
    Can citizens of Kyrgyzstan obtain a tourist residence permit for one year, and reapply again after one year? As health insurance is mandatory, are there any options to buy a comprehensive and good one? What are the options for coverage?
    Thanks

    1. Hello,
      Citizens of Kyrgyzstan currently can obtain touristic residence permit for maximum one year only once within two years. There are various health insurance policies available for foreigners in Turkey and the coverage depends on type of policy. You can choose any of them to benefit from health care within Turkey and for residence permit application purposes under condition that the policy includes inscription that it is compatible with requirements of Directorate of Migration regarding residence permit application.

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  95. Hello. There seems to be different information online regarding Permanent/indefinite Work permits. Some websites state that if you work for 6 years, you may apply. Others state that you have to work for at least 8 years. Do you perhaps know what the correct information is? Thank you.

  96. Hi. I am Eduart from Albania..Came Turkey 10 days before. Plan to stay more than 3 months.I rented a home and plan to begin working here. What do you suggest to me.. ?

    Thanks in advance
    Eduart

    1. Hello,
      In order to start working within Turkey, after you find a job 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. Work permit application can not be submitted basing on visa.

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    2. Hello,
      Is it possible to apply for a work permit, when my name is already on the system for extension of resident permit ?

      1. Hello,
        If your current residence permit is still valid, it is possble to apply for work permit on its basis. Otherwise work permit application can be submitted once your new residence permit card will be issued.

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  97. Hi, my wife and I are both EU citizens (Austria and Netherlands), and intend to move to Istanbul in a few months. We will initially apply for a tourist residence permit for one year. Can you tell me how often you can normally extend such a permit with another year afterwards? We will not have local employment.

    1. Hello,
      Currently touristic residence permit can be granted for up to one year and EU citizens are allowed to extend their permits every year. There is no limit regarding amount of extensions. Each extension application can be submitted the earliest two months before expiration of residence permit. Foreigners must be present in Immigration Office for appointment date during each application.

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  98. Hi my base was pakistan but I am Now holding Hong Kong nationality ,My wife is chines and 4 kids 3 – 152079 -11 and 13 year old all Hong Kong national, I want to move and stay in Turkey for kids study what is best way for me to stay and get residence . jzk
    regards
    qamar

    1. Hello,
      After entering Turkey foreigners can obtain touristic residence permit, which can be granted for maximum one year. If you purchase a property in Turkey you, your spouse and children will be eligible for residence permit on this basis. This kind of permit can be extended multiple times for as long as property ownership will be remained. If you find a job in Turkey, your future employer must obtain work permit for you. In this case your family would be also eligible for residence permit on this basis.

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      1. I married turkish husband over 20 years and we have one son. my question was when I was 15 years old I have a criminal record . I can apply family permit immigrate to Turkey ?

        1. Hello,
          You are allowed to obtain family residence permit in Turkey on basis of marriage with Turkish citizen. Your criminal record from the past will not affect the result of your application.

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  99. Hello I hope you are doing well. I come from Afghanistan and have been living in Turkey for 4 years with my family wife and 2 children. I applied for the renewal of our residence permits. Mine my children’s applications have been approved but they cancelled my wife. It’s too difficult to get a visa in Afghanistan to reenter Turkey. Is there any other way to renew her residence permit. My children go school here and they are under 18 years old.

    1. Hello,
      Unfortunately, it is not possible to reapply for residence permit without leaving and reentering Turkey with new visa. Please, be informed that your wife can not apply for the same type of residence permit during 6 months upon submission of the application, which has been rejected. If your wife finds a job in Turkey future employer can apply for work permit right after your wife leaves the country and once the application would be approved, your wife will reenter Turkey with work visa and can stay within the country on basis of work permit with no need to obtain residence permit separately.

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  100. Hello I am Jamaican and have been living in Turkey for almost 2 years. My residency expires in September 2020. Because of the new rules it seems that i won’t be able to reapply for another extention. Can i leave and return on a visa and then apply once more? Is there another option?

    Thanks much

    1. Hello,
      Touristic residence permit currently can be obtained only once within two years, which means that until there is no other purpose of stay than tourism, you can renew your residence permit the earliest in September 2021. If you purchase a property in Turkey, you can be eligible for residence permit on this basis or if you find a job, your future employer can apply for work permit before expiration of your current residence permit.

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  101. Hello..im married to a turkish man since 2017. We registered our marriage in philippines. Now we decided to register our marriage in turkey. Im working here now in qatar and planning to spend my vacation in turkey ..my question is ..what are the documents needed to register our marriage in turkey?

    1. Hello,
      In order to register your marriage in Turkey you should visit Civil Registry Office in Turkey with Apostilled copy of your Marriage Certificate. Both spouses do not need to be present for this procedure, only one of you can make the registration.

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  102. Hello,
    Please I have a question. I have been living in Turkey for a year now without residence. I want to leave turkey to Dubai then retenter with a new visa so I can apply for my residence permit. Is it possible I pay my overstay and travel to Dubai or I must return to my country first since I was illegal in Turkey.

    1. Hello,
      There is no obligation to flight directly to your home country after overstaying your visa. After you pay a fine for overstaying in Turkey you can travel to any other country. Please, be informed that as you overstayed your visa you should not reenter Turkey for a certain period of time, which depends on visa regulations for your nationality (for most nationalities it is 90 days). Otherwise you can face problems while reentering Turkey and you can be granted conditional entrance, which means that you must apply for residence permit within 10 days upon your arrival.

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    2. Hello my. Name. Is said and iam from lebanon as for the property permit can it be a empty land deed or it has to be a house and please if you can leave me something to contact you when i get to turkey via tourist visa thank you and i appreciate if you would reply thanks

      1. Hello,
        In order to be eligible for residence permit as property owner, foreigners must purchase a residential property. Application can not be made on basis of land ownership. Moreover, purchased property should be also a residency address of an applicant. You can contact us via email at: info@expatguideturkey.com, phone by calling 444 7 284 or visit one of our offices in Ankara and Istanbul.

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  103. Hello!
    I am moving to Turkey next month and due to all the pandemics complications, I am having to leave my dog and come back for her in a few months. I am planning on getting a tourist visa and then getting a residence permit. Can I travel outside of Turkey with a residence permit?
    Thank you!

    1. Hello,
      After obtaining residence permit you can leave and reenter Turkey multiple times without obtaining a visa for as long as your permit is valid.

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  104. Hello!

    I am a Romanian citizen married to a Turkish. My residence permit will expire in february and before i renew it i would like to go Romania to change all my documents on my new family name.
    My question is: will i have any problems at the passaport control if the name on the residence permit and my new passaport are not the same?
    Also, how many months more should the permit still be available so I can enter Turkey again?

    Thank you in advance!

    1. Hello,
      You can enter Turkey until the last day of validity of your residence permit. You should have copy of your previous passport showing your maiden name and copy of your marriage certificate.

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  105. Hello, I am an italian erasmus student. I have to renew my residence permit for a new erasmus ( i am currently in turkey now), but i need to go back to my country right after the application because my cousin is getting married. How long can i stay outside of turkey after my application has been done and after the appointment at the immigration office is already done ? according to this article it seems like i could go outside of turkey for maximum 15 days after the appointment ( even if my 90 days within 180 days haven’t expired yet). thank you for your attention

    1. Hello,
      As long as your 90 within 180 days visa period is not expired you can leave and reenter Turkey during the application process. While reentering Turkey just in case you should also have written confirmation from Immigration Office stating that your residence permit application has been submitted.

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  106. Hello.

    I have a short term residence for touristic purposes in Turkey and I’d like to renew it again in October. I’m a Malaysian passport holder, and currently Malaysia is not a full member of OECD. I know that some new requirements were introduced for 2020, and non-OECD countries are no longer eligible to extend short term residence permit for touristic purposes, unless such persons (ie passport holders of non-OECD members) buy a property. Could you be so kind to verify if my understanding is accurate?

    Thanks.

    1. Hello,
      This is correct, citizens of Malaysia currently can not extend touristic residence permit. Your residence permit can be only renewed if purpose of stay would be other than tourism, e.g. property ownership, studying in Turkey or being married to Turkish citizen.

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    2. Thanks so much for your reply. Now, you said it’s possible for me, as a Malaysian, to extend residence permit if I buy real estates. Could I ask if I could share with a friend to buy property and qualify for residence permit?

  107. Due to the pandemic appointments for residence permit renewal were cancelled and you have to mail all documents by kargo. I mailed in all my documents on July 1 2020. How long will it take to receive new ID card?? Also if I want to travel within Turkey is it possible because my current ID card is expired.

    1. Hello,
      Official evaluation time of residence permit application is up to 90 days, however usually residence permit card are issued in shorter period of time. You are allowed to travel within Turkey, however you should have your application form with you as a proof of submission of the application.

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      1. On the application form the date for my original appt is May 2020. Will they give me a hard time about it I were to travel by plane??

  108. Hello, I have a question about residence permit based on property. I am 65 years old and have resided here in Turkey for 3 years on tourist residence permit. Now I want to buy a peoperty and extend my permit as peroperty residence permit. If I buy a property with installments am I eligible for property residence permit?

    1. Hello,
      You can be eligible for residence permit as a property owner even if you purchase a property in installments. Application on this basis can be submitted once you receive Title deed of the property.

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  109. Hello,
    I’m French and I have a touristic residence permit since a year and I plan to extend it for another year .
    If I understood correctly, it’s now impossible to renew for touristical reason ?

    Many thanks,

    1. Hello,
      For some nationalities it is not possible to extend touristic residence permit however as an EU citizen you are eligible for extension of your permit.

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    1. Hello,
      Cost of 30 days Turkish e-visa for citizens of China is 60 USD. Residence permit fee is 80 USD + 110 TL card fee.

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  110. Hi,
    My family is very interested in living in Turkey for a little while. We are currently in Egypt and have been here since Sept 2019. We are US Citizens and would like to know the process for entering Turkey during this time. Can we enter and get a visa on arrival or is it best to get an e-visa? Is the process for temporary residence difficulty. We have school age children 13, 9, 8 and 152079 and would like to know if it is possible for our children to study in Turkey. Thank you in advance.

    1. Hello,

      As US citizens you need to obtain e-visa to enter Turkey. After entering the country you can apply for touristic residence permit. This kind of permit can be obtained for up to one year, however US citizens are allowed to extend their residence permits. 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. Your children can be also enrolled to schools in Turkey after obtaining residence permit.

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  111. Hello,

    I am living in Turkey since February 2020 on short term residence permit which has expired on 30/06/2020.I want to know that is it possible to apply for renewal at local office for renewal on the basis of proper ownership within 10 days of overstaying of Residence Permit .?
    I will appreciate for your reply.

    Thanks.

    1. Hello,
      As your residence permit has already expired, it is not possible to extend it. You need to reeneter Turkey with new visa to reapply for residence permit.

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  112. Hi, I messaged before about family Residence Permit as I am married to a Turkish citizen. I wanted to know as I am married to a Turkish citizen, am I entitled to obtain a short term residence permit if i wanted to?. Am I able to obtain this sort of permit instead of a family residence permit?.

  113. Hello,
    – Is there any price policy for buying property to get residence permit? For example, can i get residence permit afterbuying a $40k apartment?

    – After how many years of living in that $40k in Turkey will I be eligible to apply for citizenship?

    Sincerely

    1. Hello,

      There is no minimum value of the property to be eligible for residence permit. After staying in Turkey for five years uninterruptedly on basis of residence permit for property owners you can be eligible for Turkish citizenship application.

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      1. Thank you so much for your reply on my comment.
        Could you please explain about the conditions of uninterrupted living in Turkey for this manner? What does it mean exactly? Does it mean I can’t exit Turkey even once a year or for some holidays?

        Thank you again

    2. Good morning , My name is Phuong Im back to Viet Nam for holiday with family and suddenly Covid happened and block down in bothe side country. My Ekamet will be expite in 11 of September . Now i can’t flight back to Turkey because i have no idea goverment let me go or not to over sea and no flight yet. So could you tell me in my situation how can i extend my Ekamet? can i do online or not? Thank you

      1. Hello,
        You can submit your residence permit extension application once you enter Turkey. If you will not be able to travel before expiration of your current permit, you should submit new application one you enter the country. Please, be informed that if you are holder of touristic residence permit it is not possible to extend your permit until your purpose of stay is other than tourism.

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  114. Hi, my name is aisha and I am married to a Turkish citizen. I am currently in the uk. I’m thinking of going next month to stay there with him. But I am aware I need a resident permit. Which permit would be best for me as a spouse? Short term residence permit or family residence permit? I have no idea. And what documents would I need for it? I’ve been stressed thinking about all this and need some help

    1. Hello,
      If your husband is working within Turkey and is registered in Social Security you are eligible for family residence permit application. Otherwise you can also easily obtain touristic residence permit on basis of being married to Turkish citizen by including to your application file adequate documents stating your marriage.

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  115. Good morning
    I needed some information regarding residence permit extension.
    My sister and her family(husband, three children aged ,18,15,13) have been in turkey for past two years. They have opened a small company there. Just family business no new employees yet. It’s only been about 7 months since this business started. They are not a European national.They have applied extension on this company basis, they can’t get extension after 01.20.
    Please let me know if they can extend their stay on this small company basis. If they can’t what’s the other option as their TRP is expired.

    1. Hello,
      Currently residence permit can not be extended on basis of company ownership. Company owner is supposed to obtain work permit in order to do business activity in Turkey and for this purpose company’s paid capital must be at least 100.000 TL and there must be 152079 Turkish citizens employed in the company per each foreigner for whom work permit will be issued. After the company owner obtain work permit, their spouse and children are eligible for residence permit extension on this basis.

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  116. Merhaba. Nasilsiniz.!
    Benim neder Rohama from pakistan. I want to migrate to turkey with my family. My mother is divorced and I have 3 brothers.
    I want information about residence visa work permit.
    We want to buy a property in turkey. What will be the procedure.
    I had visited a lot of websites but cant actually understand the procedure…
    Q-How should I apply for immigration visa.
    Q-Is it possible to get a job from pakistan? What sort of jobs did you offer for Pakistanis. And what is the salary pakage..
    Q- How can I get TRC?
    How much expenditure required to settle in Istanbul or Izmir. Or any where in turkey..

    If there is any availability of job with good salary pakage plz let me know… It would be great if you semd me a link /website of any company… So I can apply for job and get a work permit…

    Please answer me as soon as possible
    Turckc’e biliyorum.
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    Cevab bekliyorum

    1. Hello,
      Unfortunately we can not help you to find a job in Turkey or provide with informations regarding job opportunities for citizens of Pakistan. You can search for a job on websites such as http://www.kariyer.net and after you find one 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. After work permit is issued, foreigners do not need to apply for residence permit as they are allowed to reside in Turkey on basis of work permit.
      Foreigners can also apply for touristic residence permit after entering Turkey with tourist visa. This kind of permit can be granted for maximum one year and can be obtained only once within two years. Holders of touristic residence permit are eligible for work permit application within Turkey after they find an employer. If you purchase a property in Turkey, foreign owner of the property, their spouse and children under 18 years old are eligible for residence permit for property owners. This kind of permit can be extended multiple times for as long as ownership of the property is remained.

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  117. After getting Resident Permit through property ownership, can we do a business. What is the process to get he permit to do business. Will the dependent children need Student Permit to study. What will be the benefits after getting Resident Permit through property.

    1. Hello,
      Foreigners are allowed to establish a company in Turkey as a residence permit holders however in order to do business activity within the country, foreign company owners must obtain work permit. After being enrolled in school or university in Turkey, children of foreign property owner are eligible for student residence permit, however it is not obligatory if residence permit on basis of property is obtained.

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      1. Hello…my tourist residence permit expired on June 30th 2020 and am currently in North Cyprus..i intend traveling to turkey this July will I be permitted using the card?..Thank you

        1. Hello,
          As your residence permit is already expired, it can not be used to enter Turkey. You need to obtain a new visa if applies to your nationality.

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  118. Please i applied for renewal of resident permit since 1st of june and up till now i didnt receive any message for appointment date. Its almost 1 month, is this normal?

  119. Hello
    I am Agnes from Tanzania I already been in turkey before for 20 days as a tourist but now I want a visa or permit of two years I will be living there with my boyfriend we want to get married what I should do to get visa /permit of living in turkey for 2 years

    1. Hello,
      After entering Turkey with tourist visa, you can be eligible for touristic residence permit application. This kind of permit can be granted for maximum one year and can be only obtained once within two years. If you marry a Turkish citizen, you can be eligible for family residence permit. This kind of permit can be extended multiple times for up to three years each time.

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  120. Hello, I just want to know if I have a chance to renew my ikamet, if granted it would be my 2ND renew but unfortunately I don’t belong to OECD country. I’m living with my long time Turkish boyfriend but currently he is sick(bedridden) for more than half year. Do you think it’s valid reason, if not any other options? Badly needed your help. Thank you in advance.

    1. Hello,
      Unfortunately, unless you are married to a Turkish citizen, the relationship is not taken under consideration as a reason to extend residence permit. Foreigners, who take care of sick or elderly Turkish citizens must obtain a work permit as caregiver. If due to your nationality you are not eligible for extension of touristic residence permit, you can only apply for another type of permit, e.g. student residence permit or residence permit for property owners.

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  121. Hello admin, have been in Turkey for 6 year’s without residents permit , I will like to buy house in Turkey . Would that give me a chance to have residents permit after purchase the house.??

    1. Hello,
      After you purchase a property in Turkey you will be eligible for residence permit application. However, in order to submit the application you need a valid visa. You should leave Turkey and pay a fine for overstaying while leaving the country and after you reenter Turkey with new visa, you can submit residence permit application on basis of property ownership.

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  122. Hello,
    Please I want to know if it’s possible for me get a temporary residence permit… I intend coming to Turkey with a tourist visa.

    1. Hello,
      If you have not obtained touristic residence permit before, after entering Turkey you can be eligible for this kind of application. 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. Touristic residence permit can be granted for maximum one year and eligibility for extension of the permit depends on your nationality.

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  123. Hi Team
    If I purchase property in Turkey for any value will I get residence visa and for how long
    Can the visa last till I keep the property or I have to renew at what time
    Thanks

    1. Hello,
      If you purchase a property in Turkey, you will be eligible for residence permit for property owners. This kind of permit is usually granted for one year at first and later can be extended multiple times, up to three years each time. Residence permit can be extended regurarly for as long as the property ownership would be remained.

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  124. Hi,
    I am malaysian. Married with turkish. Married in malaysia and registered our marriage at turkish embassy. As for Malaysian, i know we have 90 days visa free. Upon registration with embassy, we got the red book. Question is: How shall i apply for residence permit? What are the requirements ? I am planning to fly there in Jul. Thereafter i wish to settle things beforehand. Thank you in advance

    1. Hello,
      If your spouse is employed within Turkey, after your arrival you will eligible for family residence permit application. Otherwise you can apply for touristic residence permit on basis of being married to a Turkish citizen. Residence permit obtained on basis of marriage can be extended multiple times. As you have obtained Family Book (the red book), you will need to provide Immigration Office with copy of the document.

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  125. Hello, my tourist residence permit renewal application was rejected. I left Turkey and plan to come back with an e-visa. How long do I have to stay outside Turkey before I can come back in?

    1. Hello,
      Period of time for which you need to stay abroad depends on your nationality and visa regulations for your country. For example, foreigners, who are holders of visa, which allow them to stay in Turkey for 90 days within 180 days should spend 90 days abroad to reenter Turkey.

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  126. Please what is the minimum amount to purchase a property that will make me eligible for a permanent residency in Turkey. I want to purchase a property in Antalya but is there any fixed price for a permanent residency for foreigners? And if not how do i get a permanent residency? Am currently IN TRNC. thank you

    1. Hello,
      There is no minimum value of the property to be eligible for residence permit on this basis. This kind of permit is usually granted for one year at first and later can be extended multiple times, up to three years each time. After you stay in Turkey for 8 years uninterruptedly on basis of short term residence permit you can be eligible for long term residence permit application.

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  127. Do you need to apply for Work Permit separately if you have Resident Permit through owning a property in Turkey? Can you start a business when you have Resident Permit? What would be the process?

    1. Hello,
      Residence permit does not make foreigners eligible for working within Turkey. In order to work, foreigners must obtain work permit. Only the employer can obtain work permit on behalf of foreigners, it is not possible to issue the document without having a job in Turkey. Otherwise, if you establish your own business, you can apply for work permit as a company owner under condition that paid capital of the company is at least 100.000 TL and there is 152079 Turkish citizens employed per each foreigner in the company including yourself. You are allowed to establish a company as a residence permit holder, however to do business activity you will be obliged to apply for work permit.

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  128. My daughter applied for residency but due to virus appointment was changed to postal. She sent within allotted time but govt offices were closed and folder was sent back by MNG kargo. She redelivered using PTT. Now her documents arrived late but she included proof of first posting. The goc office is Maltepe. She has received no word and it’s been two weeks. No text or email. She tracked it and it was delivered. Her sister called 157 and they say she has to go to Fatih. If it’s been denied wouldn’t she of been told in some way. We are from UK and her sister says that a medical report is required… Something we did not include as it wasn’t on list of required documents. Confused at why no text or email from Maltepe

    1. Hello,
      Directorate of Migration informs applicants about lacking documents by sending a text message to phone number provided in application form. Fact that your daughter did not receive a message can be caused by error in the system. Medical report is not required for most kinds of applications however Directorate of Migration has a rihgt to ask applicants for additional documents in some cases.

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      1. Hi sorry can you help

        I am a UK citizen my wife is a Turkish citizen

        We currently live in the UK

        We have been married 3 years and have the AILE CUZDAN RED book

        We will move to Turkey in one year

        Can i apply for a family residence permit this year as I will have to wait 3 years to obtain Turkish citizenship or do I have to wait until we move

        As we will only be in Turkey 3 months over the next year

        Man thanks for your help

        1. Hello,
          In order to obtain family residence permit your wife should reside and be employed within Turkey. You also need to be present within the country for the application process. However, as you are both residing abroad, you are eligible for Turkish citizenship application through Turkish consulate and residence permit is not required for this kind of application.

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  129. Hi
    Is there a minimal threshold for buying a property in order to get a Resident permit in Turkey?
    Thank you

    1. Hello,
      There is no minimum value of the property to be eligible for residence permit. Property owner, their spouse and children under 18 years old can obtain residence permit on basis of property ownership.

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      1. Hello,how are you?sorry i want to ask i applied for a residence permit for one year in turkey and i travelled to cyprus where i was currently staying before i got my card and they locked down because of pandemic.i received the message that my card is ready for collection but because i was not in turkey i could not so i send a letter from the notar so my friend can collect if for me since i want to travel to turkey but they did not give .What can i do

        1. Hello,
          If you appoint a lawyer by notarized Power of Attorney, they can receive residence permit card on your behalf. Otherwise you can reenter Turkey on basis of visa and collect the card in person at Directorate of Migration.

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  130. Hello

    I am from Iran and my 1 year residency expired on 29/03/2020.I apply a few weeks before expiring through a lawyer (but I think I was lied or scammed). I did not get any sms or email from the immigration office. I have a university interview for higher education in September. Now I am not sure what to do. I am thinking to leave the country for a few days and come back on 90 days visa or I am think to stay and have the interview and if accepted apply for student visa.

    I also can buy a house but I am not sure if I can apply with expired resident card.

    I would like to hear what you think ?

    1. Hello,
      If you are not sure if your application has been submitted, you can check status of the application by calling 157. If your residence permit application has not been made, you can leave Turkey and reenter the country with 90 days visa to attend the interview. After you would be enrolled in university in Turkey, you should obtain student visa from Turkish consulate in your home country and after entering Turkey you will apply for student residence permit. You are allowed to purchase a property with expired residence permit, however you can not apply for residence permit on this basis until you leave Turkey and reenter the country with new visa.

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        1. Hello,
          If you can not be present in Turkey for purchase procedures, you can provide someone within the country with adequate Power of Attorney. On basis of the notarized document third person can buy a property and transfer Title Deed on your behalf.

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  131. Helo my name is waleed . My question is i have tourist residence permit . Can i able to get work permit and how long residence permit extend after expire.

    1. Hello,
      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. Residence permit can be extended only before it’s expiration date. Please, be informed that currently touristic residence permit can be extended only by citizens of EU countries, OECD countries, Russia and China. Citizens of other countries can only extend residence permit if purpose of stay is other than tourism.

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  132. Hello,

    My family and I got a Touristic Residence Permit last year and it will set to expire this month. We are Syrian Citizen and currently staying here in UAE. Due to coronavirus, we are unable to go to Turkey renew it. I would like to know if we can renew it here in UAE or there’s a renewal process thru online. And what are the procedure?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hello,
      In order to submit residence permit extension application you need to be already within Turkey. Please, be informed that currently touristic residence permit can be only extended by citizens of EU countries, OECD countries, Russia and China. Citizens of other countries can only extend their residence permit if the purpose of stay is other than tourism.

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  133. Hello, I have a valid work permit , can my wife extend her touristic resident permit with the new rules ?
    Both of us are non-OECD countries

    1. Hello,
      As you are work permit holder in Turkey, your wife can extend her residence permit. Duration of residence permit can not be longer than validity of your work permit.

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  134. HI my name is wasif. I have just purchased a property in turkey In Yallova. I am staying with my family currently . So I have to apply for extension every year till I complete my 152079 years in turkey to apply for citizenship.

    1. Hello,
      After you complete 152079 years on basis of residence permit for property owners, which must be extended during this period of time, you can be eligible for Turkish citizenship application. After the application is submitted you and your family also need to maintain your residence permit until receiving the result of Turkish citizenship application.

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  135. Hello my tourist ikamat is expires on this upcoming July so today I decided to join language course in ankara in order to get another ikamat… Can you tell me if I will be able to get another one… And second question I delay my visa until now I haven’t started the process is it OK or they will refuse me

    1. Hello,
      You can submit residence permit extension application until the last day of your current residence permit’s validity. Attending a language course accredited by Ministry of Education can be a benefit during the application procedures, however it does not give a guarantee that the application would be approved.

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  136. Hello, I graduated from a Turkish university in January 2020, and my student residence permit will expire in the end of September 2020.(in 3 months.) I want to apply for short term permit, do I have a chance of getting one? Or there is no way they will extend my permit?

    1. Hello,
      Foreign students, who graduate from university in Turkey have a right to obtain one year short term residence permit after graduation. You can apply for this kind of permit the earliest two months before expiration of your current permit.

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  137. Hello….what are the requirements for the renewal of turkey residence permit? and is it an online procedure. Thank you

    1. Hello,
      Requirements for renewal of residence permit depend on type of permit. Touristic residence permit can be only extended by Citizens of OECD countries, EU countries, Russia and China. Foreigners, who are eligible for residence permit renewal can submit the application the earliest two months before expiration of their current permit and the latest on the last day of its validity. Applicant must be present in Turkey in order to submit the application and on the appointment date.

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  138. Hello I just applied for the ikamet renewal, but i did not understand. Now with covid we are supposed to send everything by PTT, but why did i have to get an appointment? On the form was written that once the application was made online you were having 152079 business day to send everything by post. How is this working? is very confusing…..

    1. Hello,
      Currently due to Covid-19 procedures have changed – after making application online, instead of appointment date, the timeframe to send the documents by post is sent as a text message or email. After receiving the email applicants need to post the documents to Immigration Office’s address within 20 business days.

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  139. Hello, my wife and I need to extend our residence permit. We plan on buying one property in Ankara. Does the law allow a husband and wife to get the residence permit under one property together? If so, are there any requirements or rules for it? Our nationality is Somali.

    Thank you very much.

    1. Hello,
      Property owner, their spouse and children under 18 years old are eligible for residence permit on basis of property. All mentioned family mmebers can also extend their permits multiple times for as long as the ownership will be remained.

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  140. Hello,

    I have a property in Turkey and have a residency that is set to expire. Due to the Coronavirus, I am unable to renew my residency. Can the renewal process be initiated online?

    Thanks,

    1. Hello,
      You need to be present in Turkey for residence permit application procedures. If you will not be able to come to Turkey before expiration of your current permit, you will need to obtain a visa to enter the country. While in Turkey you will need to submit application as the first time application, not a renewal. As a property owner you will not face any difficulties while reapplying for residence permit.

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  141. Hello , I demand an appointement to renew my resident permit but in the appointement date place it said “Randevu Tarihi GİGM Tarafından Belirlenecektir“.. Could you please explain me what it means?

      1. Hello,
        It means that the application has been lodged in the system and the appointment date will be sent to email or mobile phone, which was used to fill pre-application registration. After receiving appointment date updated application form including the date must be generated in the system.

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  142. Hello
    I am Free lancer and i’m living in Amasya city i have purchased my own apartment and now i am lived in turkey for 2 years after 152079 years am i eligible to apply the citizinship ??

    1. Hello,
      After staying in Turkey for 152079 years uninterruptedly on basis of residence permit for property owners you can be eligible for Turkish citizenship application. Within 152079 years of stay you can not stay abroad for more than one year in total and more than 6 months in a row. In order to submit Turkish citizenship application, you need to prove a stable source of income and be registered in public social security.

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  143. Hello,

    I am wondering has anyone or no anyone who has traveled to turkey as an IRISH CITIZEN via LONDON. Since the flight are open for all countries I am wondering if I can travel from Heathrow London airport to gazipasa and get into turkey this way ?
    Thank you

    1. Hi,
      I have a property in Turkey and would like to apply for residence permit, is it possible to do it from my home country or do I have to be physically in Turkey to be able to apply.
      Best regards

      1. Hello,
        You should be already within Turkey to submit residence permit application. After the application is submitted, you do not have to stay within the country during the whole application process, however you must be present in Immigration Office on the appointment date.

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  144. Hi, I am in Turkey as an exchange student, with a residence permit that expires on the 19th of June. There are no flights from Turkey to my country before July. I would like to stay in Turkey for the summer, but I wonder if there are some restrictions to it after the expiration of my residence permit. I am a citizen of Finland, and normally we are able to stay in Turkey as tourists for 90 days just with the stamp we get on our passports from the airport, no need to separately apply for a visa. If I visit some nearby country after they start opening borders for tourists, and re-enter Turkey after that, am I allowed to stay for another 90 days as a tourist? Does it affect the situation that am not able to leave the country BEFORE my residence permit expires? And o I have to apply for this extended tourist visa after re-entering, even if I only plan to stay for a month or two, or is the regular tourist visa enough?
    Thank you for your help!

    1. Hello,
      If you overstay your current residence permit, you should stay out of Turkey for 90 days in order to reenter the country. Otherwise, you may be informed about obligation to apply for residence permit within 10 days upon arrival to Turkey. In this case, if you would not receive residence permit card before leaving Turkey again, you can be banned to reenter the country for up to five years.

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  145. Hello..I had a question about the short term residence permit..I see a new law was passed for 2020, and that the 1 year tourist permit cannot now be extended for a consecutive year as a tourist, except for OECD member countries which are exempt. I am a US Citizen which is a OECD country, however my wife has a passport from a non-OECD country. In this case would she be able to apply with my as my spouse for the consecutive year extension. Thank you.

    John

    1. Hello,
      Unfortunately, being married to an US citizen does not make your wife eligible for renewal of touristic residence permit. If you obtain work permit in Turkey, your wife can extend residence permit on this basis.

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      1. Thank u for reply. Upon further research i found what i thought might work..but wanted to confirm..per family residence visa it appears two foreign spouses can apply if one has been a resident for one year…so if we were both to apply and be granted a touristic residence for the first year then eould it be correct that ee could then aplly under the family residence visa since i as sponser would have been a resident per the initial year of residence as a tourist..thanks for confirmation of this

        John

    2. hi jon,
      I’m trying to get a 1 year tourist residence and I am a US citizen. I filled out the online application and am waiting for “appointment” how does this work? Will they email me a date for interview/appointment? it won’t let me pay the fee online either. I am in US now. Can you help me with stating the process you went through. highly appreciated.

      1. Hello,
        The appointment date will be sent to your email or phone number, which was used while filling pre-application registration in the system. Receiving an appointment date can take week or two, timeframe differs from application to application. You can also check for progress on appointment date for your application on e-ikamet website.

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  146. Hello, I live in Ireland and we own a working company in Ireland.
    Is it possible to get residence permit for my parents, my brother and his family. I am going to financially support them in Turkey. I can provide my company details and statement.

    Is there any kind of permit for them.

    Any help will be appreciated.

    Thanks

    1. Hello,
      Your family can apply for touristic residence permit after entering Turkey. You can be mentioned as a sponsor of your relatives, however they still need to prove having enough financial resources in their own bank accounts (500 USD per each requested month of stay) if this kind of document will be requested.

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      1. Thanks for your instant reply. I have few questions if you can answer it will be really appreciable.

        1.how long they have to be on touristic residence permit to get permenant visa
        2 how much it is cost and do we have to renew every year
        3.can the childrens go to school on touristic residence permit.

        Thanks

  147. Hello I tried to renew my Visa.but couldn’t go for the appointment because of the pandemic .my submission date was shifted from april to june for the same reason. I later found out I need to mail the documents since the offices are not open and my date was supposed to be8/06/2020.i mailed the documents on the 6th of june…I just got this message. What does it mean…SAYIN D***** E**** E** 09******* BASVURUNUZLA ILGILI KURS SURESINI GOSTEREN BELGE, KURSUN MEB’E BAGLI OLDUGUNU GOSTEREN BELGE 30 GUN ICINDE ESENYURT ILCE CALISMA GRUP BASKANLIGIMIZA ELDEN TESLIM ETMENIZ GEREKMEKTEDIR. POSTA YOLUYLA GONDERILEN EKSIK EVRAKLAR KABUL EDILMEYECEKTIR. B001

    1. Hello,
      This message states missing documents in your application. Within 30 days you need to visit Esenyurt Immigration Office in person to provide a document stating duration of the course and document proving that the course you are attending is accredited by the Ministry of Education.

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  148. Hello, my name is Mohamad

    I am Lebanese stuck in turkey , my 90 days visa expired 1 month ago and I am not able to leave due to the coronavirus

    My first entry was on 16/01/2020

    My question is can I obtain a new visa in july ( after 180 days ) and thank you

    1. Hello,
      In order to obtain new visa, you need to leave Turkey and you will be allowed to reenter the country after 90 days of stay abroad. Otherwise, if you enter Turkey before 90 days passes, most probably you will make conditional entry and in this case you would be obliged to apply for residence permit within 10 days upon your arrival.

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      1. Please is there a number I can reach you on? I need to talk to someone please.thsnk you

      2. Hi,my name is Andy, I am Ukrainian. My residence permit close to finish, and I know that from 1.01.20 it not renew. But, I have heard, recently it possible to renew touristic residence permit for ukrainian citizens again. Can you confirm this information? Thank you in advance

        1. Hello,
          Citizens of Ukraine are allowed to extend residence permit obtained for purpose of tourism.

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          1. Hi, I have called to Gec Idaresi yesterday and 157 service, they say that not extend touristic residence permit for ukrainian citizens. So, can I ask you to confirm again that now situation has changed and it possible. Thank you in advance for your answer

    2. I have the same issue, and I’m stuck here, and I wonder if it’s possible to travel domestic with an overstayed visa?

      1. Hello,
        We do not recommend to travel within Turkey after you overstayed visa as you can face problems due to not applying for residence permit before expiration of your visa.

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  149. I studied in turkey for 4 years, and i want to work here. After how many years am i eligible to obtain the citizinship ??

    1. Hello,
      If your student residence permit would be directly transferred to work permit, you can be eligible for Turkish citizenship application after full 152079 years of uninterrupted residency on basis of both permits in total. Otherwise, if you would be a touristic residence permit holder in between, after you obtain a work permit, 152079 years of uninterrupted stay only on basis of work permit will be required to apply for Turkish citizenship.

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    2. I arrived in Istanbul on March 22, 2020 and I supposed to leave to third country and I had booked on turkish air on April 23, but because of the lockdown I am still here and trying to leave to my temporary country of residence Uganda but there still no flight from Istanbul to Uganda because Uganda Airspace still closed.
      I know most countries have given stranded people due to covid-19 a three or two months extensions to their visas.
      My 3 months touristic visa ends on June 21

  150. Hello,
    As a foreigner, if i buy a house in turkey, do i have the right to own a residency permit ? If yes what are the procedures ??

    1. Hello,
      If you purchase a property in Turkey you will be eligible for residence permit for property owners. This kind of permit is usually granted for one year at first and later can be extended multiple times, up to three years each time. Purchased real estate must be a residential property and you can apply for residence permit once the Title Deed is transferred to your name.

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  151. Hello Expat Guide,

    After getting the tourist permit, will I be allowed to exit and enter turkey as much as I want like as long as the tourist permit is valid? Or does it get cancelled/invalid if I leave Turkey?

    Thank you.

    1. Hello,
      You are allowed to leave and reenter Turkey anytime for as long as your residence permit is valid. There is also no limit regarding staying abroad during permit’s validity, the document would not be cancelled because of staying abroad for any period of time.

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  152. Hello l am Farhana. I am from Pakistan. I have been living in Istanbul for 7 years on tourist residence permit but l have heard that there is a new rule according to which tourist permit will not be renewed anymore for certain countries. My rp is expiring in Nov 2020 can you tell me how can l get more extension ? I am not a property owner , l am not working and l am not married to a Turkish citizen. Is their any other condition under which l can stay in the country without making entry exit process ? My daughter is married to a Turkish guy and she is my only child. Can l get permit on behalf of my daughter as she is my only child and l don’t have nobody else to stay with. Thanks

    1. Hello,
      If your daughter would acquire Turkish citizenship on basis of marriage, you can be eligible for residence permit as a first degree relative of Turkish citizen. Otherwise, if you are struggling with health problems and caretaker is required, chances for approval of residence permit application are also relatively high. In other cases there is no guarantee that the application would be approved. You can also call 157 to receive detailed information for your case.

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  153. Hi Expat Guide Turkey

    You are so informative with your resources thank you very much.

    We are an engaged couple South African and uk citizen planning to come to Turkey for 1 year. We understand that we can come with an e-visa for tourist purpose and submit an application for short term residence permit for a maximum of 1 year. We understand that we require health insurance and rental contract under both our names. We also understand that we are required to show at least $500 per month for the duration of our stay. Can you please help us gain clarity on these financials. Sine we are not married, does that mean that we have to show that we are both earning a combined total of $1000 per month? Or can it be a combined total of $500 per month? Also how would this be different if we were married?

    Thank you in advance for your answers.

    Kind Regards
    JJ 🙂

    1. Hello,
      As you are not married, while applying for residence permit you should both prove the monthly amount of 500 USD separately, each of you in their own name. If you were married, amount of 1000 USD per each month of stay proved by one of you would be also sufficient.

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  154. Hello, We are here in Turkey for over 1 Year now with no Visa. Our Visa was denied and during that time our son was born here, so we couldn’t leave the country.
    My question is if we would buy a Property here would we get a Visa even if we are now here illegally?
    Thank you

    1. Hello,
      As a property owner you can be eligible for new visa. However you can not obtain a new visa within the country, you must leave Turkey and after reentering with new visa you should apply for residence permit. You will also need to pay a fine for overstaying while leaving Turkey otherwise you will be banned to reenter the country for up to five years.

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  155. Hi, I
    ‘m a Cuban student living in Turkey right now. But my residence permit is about to expire in a couple of weeks, so I wonder how I could get a second residence permit when my current is finished. Thanks in advance

    1. Hello,
      You can submit the application to extend your current residence permit before its expiration date. If the application would not be submitted on time, you can reapply for a new residence permit after reentering Turkey with a visa.

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  156. Hello
    Can you please tell me the limit of family members to get residence permit after buying a property less than 250$ thousands? I mean how many family members can get the residence permit what the limit or what if the family is large … and how much time it will take to get them residence permit amd get them to turkey …from Afghanistan

    1. Hello,
      There is no specified limit of family mambers eligible for residence permit on basis of property ownership. Owner of real estate, their spouse and children can obtain residence permit on this basis. Application for residence permit can be submitted once the property is purchased and each applicant must be already within Turkey to submit the application. Timeframe for application procedures depends on the city and available appointment dates. Currently the process can take up to 4 months.

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  157. Hi,

    My wife, who is American, just left the country( Turkey) 4 months ago and she was on one year residency permit. Can she just get a regular e-visa and get back in Turkey or is she supposed to wait for 6 months after her exit day. And if there is 6 months rule should she check the last day of her permit or the day she left Turkey and add 6 months on top of that.

    1. Hello,
      If your wife left Turkey before expiration of residence permit, she can enter the country anytime with new visa. It is not required to wait for 6 months before reentering Turkey.

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  158. Hello,

    I understand that with American Citizenship I will need to receive a short term visa and enter Turkey. Once I have entered Turkey, is it that at that time I will need to request for extension and residency visa?
    What happens if my short term visa expiration date arrives while I’m waiting for an appointment on the residency visa request? Do I need to apply for some other visa again at that time?

    Thanks,

  159. Hi Sir

    I am holding tourist residence permit from 2018. This time I got just 6 month residence permit after renewal.
    I am holding business here from 2017. Can I get renewal next time ?
    Do I need to apply tourist residance permit or Business residance permit.
    Please suggest me what I will do for my next renewal ?

    Regards-

    1. Hello,
      Eligibility for extension of residence permit depends on your nationality. Currently residence permit obtained for purpose of tourism can not be extended until you are not citizen of EU countries, OECD countries, Ukraine, Russia or China. Extension application can be submitted before expiration of your current permit. If you are doing business activity in Turkey, you are supposed to apply for work permit before expiration of your residence permit.

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  160. Hello,
    I have citizenships for USA and Iran. I’d like to request for residency visa and reside in Istanbul.
    How would I go about it? Is that possible and if so where do I start from?
    Thank you-

    1. 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.

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  161. Hi, i want to invest and buy a property of about 200000 TL in Istanbul. can i get my Permanent residence visa and is there any chance of getting nationality after few years with the same investment?

    1. Hello,
      After you purchase a property in Turkey you will be eligible for short term residence permit on this basis. This kind of permit can be granted for one year at first and later can be extended multiple times. After five years of uninterrupted stay on basis of residence permit for property owners you can be eligible for Turkish citizenship.

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    2. Am nigeria citizen my resident permit iş about to expire ask result of covid19 pendemic and the closing of international flight.i was advice to go to turkey embassy to lay complain to know the possibility of my travelling

  162. Hi my husband and I are both over 65. We have had a Turkish property for over 15 years. We have just received a 2 year residents permit. However, as we don’t need health insurance at this age….what exactly happens if either of us needs emergency treatment? Is it just assumed we will have the funds to pay.?

    1. Hello,
      Health insurance is not required from applicants over 65 years old to obtain residence permit. However, if you do not have international insurance covering trwatment in Turkey, you can purchase private health insurance in Turkey. Otherwise you will be charged for any kind of healthcare within the country.

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      1. I am a 75 year old Canadian lady that would like to come live with her granddaughter and husband in Turkey. They just bought property and are planning on living and working there. They just got a Resident permit. I have visited Turkey once and really liked it. How should I proceed?

        1. Hello,
          As a Canadian citizen, you are eligible for residence permit application after entering Turkey. Residence permit obtained for purpose of tourism can be granted for maximum one year and you have a right to extend your permit each year.

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  163. I have a tourist Visa that has expired due being stuck in Istanbul during Covid-19. Airports shut. I am a British Citizen.

    Am I eligible to apply for a short term residence permit due to the current circumstances and ensure that I can remain until the situation has improved or continue my travels within Turkey.

    My VISA expired end March.

    1. Hello,
      As your visa has already expired, it is not possible to apply for residence permit until you reenter Turkey with new visa. In current situation you will need to pay a fine for overstaying while leaving the country. We would not recommend travelling within Turkey as you can face problems due to not applying for residence permit before exğiration of the visa.

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  164. Hello,

    I am a UK citizen. I applied for my first residence permit in March, as I bought a flat in Istanbul late last year. I have not got the appointment date, and my 90 day limit has expired now.
    There is a backlog dealing with applications that already got an appointment date and it doesn’t look like I’ll get one any time soon. Can I leave Turkey and wait for the appointment date abroad? Will I be let back in country/penalized if I do this?

    Many thanks

    1. Hello,
      As you already overstayed your visa, if you leave Turkey before receiving residence permit card, you will need to pay a fine for overstaying and you can reenter the country with new visa after staying abroad at least 90 days.

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  165. I am a Canadian and Pakistani citizen living in Canada for the last 20 years. I own a business in Canada and my husband is an IT professional. We would like to explore our options for residing in Turkey as permanent residents. Our source of income will be Canadian as we both can work remotely. In our situation how can we live in Turkey as permanent residents with 3 children (18, 11, and 152079 year old) who will be going to School and University there? We would also like to know that as permanent residents living in Turkey how soon will we qualify for the Turkish citizenship and the process of that? We are used to living in Pakistan and Canada as first class citizens and expect the same treatment where we decide to live.
    Really appreciate your elaborated answer.
    Thank you in advance!

    1. Hello,
      After entering Turkey you will be eligible for touristic residence permit. This kind of permit can be granted for maximum one year, however as Canadian citizens you are allowed to extend the permit multiple times. This kind of permie does not make you eligible for Turkish citizenship. In order to be eligible for Turkish citizenship application foreigners should stay in Turkey for at least 152079 years uninterruptedly on basis of work permit. Otherwise, if you purchase a property in Turkey and stay in the country also for 152079 years uninterruptedly on basis of residence permit for property owners, you will have a right to apply for Turkish citizenship.

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      1. Hello.

        I am a Nigerian citizen. A resident in Turkey. Please, my Turkish resident permit will expire soon before international flights resume.
        I want to know if I will be allowed to enter Turkey in case my resident permit expires before the international flights resume?

        1. Hello,
          If your residence permit expires before your flight to Turkey you will need to obtain a visa to reenter the country.

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  166. I have an ikamet on the basis of owning property in Turkey. It will expire in July. I have no idea how to go about renewal with all the Corona restrictions being in place. Because of those I have not been able to travel to Turkey since March and I don’t think I will be able to do so until I not just can travel there, but I will be certain that I can travel back to Europe at will as well.

    1. Hello,
      You can apply for renewal of your residence permit once you enter Turkey. If your current residence permit expires by this time, you need to obtain a new visa according to your nationality. After entering Turkey on basis of visa you should lodge an application the same way as those, who apply for residence permit for the first time.

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  167. To whom it may concern
    Myself and my partner have bought a property in Turkey and we would both like to apply for residency, are you help us with the process? currently we are in the U.K. can the application be made while we are here or do we need to be in Turkey? And how long does the process take?

    Thanks very much

    1. Hello,
      Residence permit application process can be started once you enter Turkey. Application must be submitted before expiration of your visa. Currently procedures take up to four months depending on the city and available appointment dates. If you want, our company can assist you to obtain residence permit once you arrive to Turkey.

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      1. Can I apply when in Turkey and then come back to the U.K? I don’t have to stay there the 4 months do I?

        1. Hello,
          After you submit residence permit application you are allowed to leave and reenter Turkey for as long as your visa is still valid, however you must be present in Immigration Office on the appointment date.

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  168. I’m from Pakistan And I’ve got enrolled In a University In Istanbul For A Turkish Language Course. Will I get the Visa On the behalf of language Course?

    1. Hello,
      In order to get information on eligibility for visa application for your case you should contact nearest Turkish Consulate. After you enter Turkey on visa for language course purposes, you should apply for residence permit for the same purpose before expiration of your visa. Residence permit can be granted for the same period of time as your course agreement states.

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  169. Hi, I’m applying for my first residency permit in Istanbul. I have one concern about my rental agreement, it was not signed by myself or my wife. We had someone help us rent the property and they signed the rental agreement. Would this be a problem in obtaining our residency permit?

    1. Hello,
      Foreigners must present a rental contract in their own name while applying for residence permit in Turkey. Name of both – you and your wife should be placed in the contract if both of you are applying for residence permit.

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    2. Hi Andrew ,I hope you don’t mind me asking but am trying to find out if you can still apply for residency since the new rules in January 2020
      I have a British passport .Any advice is appreciated
      Thanks

      1. Hello,
        British citizens are eligible for residence permit application and extension of touristic residence permit.

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  170. Hi. I have a 10 year old daughter who is doing grade 4 and will be going to grade 152079, so can us as parents extend our residential permits on that basis? She didn’t have a student permit as yet but was using a tourist residential permit as well and this will be her 3rd year in school. Please assist. Can we extend on this basis or not?

    1. Hello,
      If your daughter will continue education in Turkey, parents are also eligible for extension of residence permit on this basis. However, in this case residence permit is usually grated to the mother of foreign child studying in Turkey, there is no guarantee that father’s application would be also approved.

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  171. I have renewed my resident permit on the basis of property, i want to know if i stay more than 6 months outside turkey my resident permit will ne cancelled? Or is there any limit?

  172. I have renewed my resident permit on the basis of property, i want to know if i stay more than 6 months outside turkey my resident permit will ne cancelled? Or is there any limit?

    1. Hello,
      There is no limit in this regard. You can stay outside of Turkey for any period of time and your residence permit will not be cancelled.

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  173. Hello,
    Thank you for your good information. I am US citizen and I just got retired. I am planning to come to Turkey and live there for my retirement. I tried to find information for this kind of long term residency but I did not find anything on internet. Do you have any info regarding retirement in turkey? Thanks

    1. Hello,
      There is no specific kind of residence permit for purpose of retirement in Turkey, however as an US citizen you are eligible for touristic residence permit, which can be extended multiple times. This kind of permit must be extended each year. Otherwise, if you purchase a property in Turkey, you will be eligible for residence permit for property owners, which can be granted for one year at first and later can be extended multiple times, up to three years each time. After staying in Turkey for eight years uninterruptedly on basis of short term residence permit, you can be granted long term (permanent) residence permit.

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    2. Hi,
      I have another question i have already submitted renewal application and i can see in form there is written fee information, fee amount and residence permit Fee, do i have to pay that? If yes then can i pay it online? On goc idaresi website? Or where i can pay?? Or there is no need to pay that amount? And for what purpose i have to pay 855 TL ?

      1. Hello,
        You need to pay residence permit fee and card fee stated in application form through e-ikamet website or in Tax Office. Your application would not be evaluated if mentioned fees are not paid.

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  174. Dear sir,

    I am very much inspired of your professional guidance at your website to different people.

    Actually I visited Turkey in February 2020 for visit. I like Turkey very beautiful country, but due to short of time I could not explore more.

    I am planning to come again as and when I got some spare time to Turkey, but could not waste my time to process my visa for each visit in documentation. I want to get Tourist Resident Permit for a validity of three years.

    Kindly guide me the process and documents required in this regard along with required time period.

    Also guide me can I apply from my home country or I have to apply for this Tourist Resident Permit when I visit Turkey in future after getting Visit Visa.

    Your prompt action in this regard will be highly appreciated. Thank you,

    1. Hello,
      Residence permit application can be submitted after you enter Turkey with visit/touristic 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 4 months, depending on the city and available appointment dates. Currently residence permit obtained for purpose of tourism can be granted for maximum one year and can not be extended until there is another purpose of stay.

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  175. Hello , my name is SÉBASTIEN, I’m actually living in Turkey and I have tourist resident permit that will expired soon , due to Covid 19 I cannot return to my home country because airports are closed, I would like to know if I apply for TÖMER in a university, I can renew my resident permit ?

    Bağlantı al

    1. Hello,
      After registration to a language course, you can be eligible for application for short term residence permit for language course purposes, however there is no guarantee that the permit would be granted. Eligibility for residence permit also depends on your nationality.

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      1. Selam. I’m Raiyan, studying in University of Istanbul with holding the Brusleri scholarship. Recently I got a startup from Startup Istanbul and successfully find investment for my startup business. But as I’m concerned about the work permit for running my business because as a scholarship holder studying in turkey can’t be eligible for work permit. So what necessary steps would I do now?
        Would I get work permit as I will work for myself and also for Turkey’s economy.
        Thank you in advance.

        1. Hello,
          As a company owner you can be eligible for work permit application if your company meets criteria as below:
          – paid capital of at least 100.000 TL
          – 152079 Turkish citizens employed per each foreigner in the company (including yourself)

          However, as you are receiving state scholarship in Turkey, as by our experience, chances that the application would be approved are relatively low.

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  176. I am Afghan nation and currently student in one of the turkey university, I have student resident permit I want to bring my daughter she is 9 years old how I can bring her is there any way that I can apply from Turkey for her resident permit.

    1. Hello,
      Application for residence permit can be submitted once your daughter enters Turkey. In order to apply for residence permit for child under 18 years old Letter of Consent must be provided by other parent.

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  177. Hello!
    I am Syrian and I have residency Permit in Turkey which will expire on 6th of June and I have an appointement to renew it on11 of June , However I am now in Germany and becuase of corona Situation I can not enter to Tureky before 6.6 , as I saw there are flights from 10th of June, can I enter Turkey on10 of June if I have an appoinetent on 11 of June?

    1. Hello,
      In order to enter Turkey after expiration of your residence permit you should obtain a visa. Otherwise, you may not be allowed to re-enter the country on basis of expired residence permit.

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  178. Hello, I was living in turkey and I have an Ikamet that expires and needs to be renewed by the 06/06/2020. Obviously due to covid I can not travel now to turkey. I am wondering what I can do to renew it with out being there ? Is this possible ? Thanks

    1. Hello,
      If you are eligible for residence permit extension, the application can be submitted after entering Turkey. If your current residence permit expires by this time, you will need to submit new application after entering Turkey basing on visa.

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  179. I applied for humanitarian residence permit
    Please how long does it takes to finalize? I applied 3 months ago and the immigration are in touch with with me for missing documents, I just wanna have the idea of how long it will take. Thanks

    1. Hello,
      Timeframe for obtaining residence permit depends on the city. Currently due to Covid-19 procedures take more time and the official evaluation time of 90 days can be extended in some cases.

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  180. My husband and I own a property in Turkey- we got our tapu last year in August. Are we automatically resident in Turkey or do we have to apply for residency?
    If we apply can this process be done from outside so that when we travel to Turkey we will enter as residents? or do we have to be in the country to carry out residency application process?

    1. Hello,
      Residency is not granted automatically after property purchas, you need to get through residence permit application process. As a property owners you are eligible for residence permit, which can be extended each year however every time you need to be present in Turkey in order to submit the application and on the appointment date.

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  181. Hello there ,
    We are a married couples who had come for a vacation in March 152079 th. Although we had to travel back on 31 St March but due to the pandemic situation of corona we could not travel back .
    We want to extend our visa which is expiring on 1/6/2020 .
    Reasons
    1. I met an educational mentor who teaches rhinoplasty ,
    So I would be really happy to utilise my time before I go back to observe his work . I would be happy even it’s for a month .
    I don’t wish to stay longer but may be a month will help me to learn something good in my field .
    So can u please help us out .
    Regards

    1. Hello,
      The only possibility to extend your visa is applying for residence permit in Turkey. Please, be informed that residence permit application can be submitted before expiration of your visa and currently the process takes up to four months depending on the city and available appointment dates. If you would not stay in Turkey until the application process is finalized and you receive the residence pemit card you will need to pay a fine for overstaying your visa while leaving the country.

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  182. My name is christianah. I am uder age. I am presently in turkey. I entered turkey 6 month ago and I applied for residential permit online and I am currently studying language but due to the lockdown I could not quickly get the required documents. I was called yesterday that it was cancelled. Please what can you help me do

    1. Hello,
      As your residence permit application was cancelled you should leave Turkey within 10 days. After you re-enter country with new visa, you will be eligible for residence permit application again. However, you can not apply for the same type of residence permit within 6 months from submission of previous appliczation.

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  183. Hello my wife and children are Kazakhstan citizens. There residents permits expire on 19th June. My wife has a Tapu in her name. Do we still have time to apply for new residents permits for them as the rules say you have to apply 6 weeks before.

    Best Regards

  184. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I hope this message finds you well. I am an international student currently studying at Bilkent University, Ankara. My residence permit expires on the 8th of September 2020. I wanted to ask, when is the earliest I can apply for a resident permit renewal? Also, how long does it approximately take for the permit to get renewed?

    Looking forward to your reply! Thank you so much!

    1. Hello,
      Residence permit extension application can be submitted the earliest two months before the expiration of your current permit, which in you case is 8th of July. Timeframe depends on available appointment dates. After the appointment official time for evaluation of the application is 90 days, however it usually takes approximately one month.

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  185. What if I’m going to get married in turkey, Am I available for the tourist permit application?