Residence Permit

What Happens If I Go abroad before the Residence Permit Application is Completed?

First of all, it should be known that residence permits in Turkey are only given to people who intend to live in Turkey for a certain period of time and who intend to continue their life in Turkey. There are six different types of residence permits in total, such as short-term, long-term, family and student residence permits. You can learn more about these species in our article here. As a general rule, residence permits in Turkey are finalized within 90 days from the time the application is received. Situations such as the absence of the foreigner in Turkey during the evaluation phase of the application may cause the residence permit applications to be rejected. In this article, we will briefly talk about this situation.

Can a Foreigner Go Abroad before the Residence Permit Application is Completed ?

Foreigners can enter and exit the country legally, even if their legal residence permit applications have not been concluded. Although there is no definite rule, if it is determined that foreigners are not in Turkey after their residence permit applications, there is a possibility that their applications will be evaluated negatively. In this regard, if you have an unfinished residence permit application, we recommend that you do not leave Turkey until it is finalized. In addition, it is a very common method for foreigners to submit their application documents to the Migration Administration through others within the legal period for the residence permit extension application. However, just like the first application, foreigners whose residence permit extension applications have not been concluded, if they have left Turkey, it becomes a very high probability that their applications will be rejected. It should not be forgotten that residence permits are given to people who intend to stay in Turkey permanently and document this and prove it with their behavior.

If you have any questions about foreigners staying abroad whose residence permit applications have not been finalized, you can send them to us in the comments section.


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