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What is Annotated Visa? Who Can Apply? What Are The Documents Required For Application?

Especially as it has become one of the countries that foreigners frequently visit for tourism and investment purposes, Turkey has had to make various legal arrangements about foreigners in the recent period. Our team is frequently asked questions about visa violations, which is one of the most common situations, and deportation decisions based on various reasons. As a general rule, when a deportation decision is made on foreigners who have not been involved in any crime, these foreigners must pay the fine in cash when leaving the country. Foreigners who do not pay this fine are subject to a ban on entry to Turkey from 3 months to 5 years. Despite this penalty, those who have obtained a valid visa can legally return to Turkey without having to wait for the expiry of their prohibition period. In addition, if foreigners who violate a visa for up to 3 months (not including 3 months) exit spontaneously and pay the administrative fine before being detected by the competent authorities, no entry ban decision is made against them. In addition, if foreigners who violate a visa for more than 3 months pay the administrative fines within the period given to them, they are not faced with an entry ban to Turkey.

What is Annotated Visa and Who Can Apply?

Visas that include expressions such as treatment, family reunification, education, work, official duty, tourism in the purpose section of the visa labels are called legitimate visas. Annotated visa allows foreigners who are banned from entering Turkey to enter the country legally. If foreigners want to come to Turkey, they can apply for a valid visa to the Turkish consulates or embassies in their own country, provided that the reasons for their arrival are taken into account. However, in order to obtain a valid visa, it is mandatory to present a valid and documentable reason. Only in this way can a special purpose valid visa be obtained. For example, if you want to enter Turkey with a work permit, a work permit application must be made by your employer. The documents required for the application are in the form of an application form, a notary sworn translation of the foreigner’s passport, a biometric photograph and official documents documenting the valid visa reason (for example, a work permit application).

Removal of Deport with an Annotated Visa

Foreigners who violate a visa or residence permit during their stay in Turkey are also subject to a deportation decision and a fine. While those who leave by paying this fine are not banned from entering Turkey, foreigners who do not pay this fine are banned from entering the country for 3 months to 5 years. However, foreigners who present a valid and documentable reason after exiting can legally re-enter Turkey by obtaining a valid visa. In addition, foreigners are required to pay the fines incurred due to the violation upon entry into the country. While some deportation penalties can be lifted with a valid visa, some deportation penalties can only be lifted by a court decision.​ In addition, it should be noted that a legally regulated work permit application, etc. If the document does not represent a realistic situation, or more accurately, if the document was taken for false purposes, it is very likely that legal action will be taken against the foreigner.

What are the Documents Required for Application?

1- Documents Required for Work Visa

by the foreigner;

  • Employment Contract (signed by foreigner and employer),
  • Passport Copy (Translated by a sworn translator),
  • Diploma Copy (Translated by a sworn translator),
  • Reference letter, if applicable (translated by a sworn translator),
  • Copy of Valid Residence Permit for at least 6 months,
  • The original of the current work permit (for a work permit extension application),

By the employer;

  • The balance sheet and profit and loss statement of the institution for the previous year,
  • Turkish Trade Registry Gazette containing the current capital and shareholding structure of the organization,
  • Operating certificate,
  • Document that the company has no unpaid tax debts (can be requested in the application for a work permit extension)

2- Documents Required for Family Reunification Visa

  • The validity period of the passport of a foreign national who will apply for a visa must be at least 6 months.
  • Application form fully filled and signed by the visa applicant
  • 4 biometric photos taken within the last 6 months
  • Marriage certificate/ Family document (required from spouses)

3- Documents Required for Education Visa (Student Residence Permit)

  • Residence Permit Application Form
  • Original and photocopy of passport or substitute document
  • Four (4) photos
  • Statement that he/she has sufficient and regular financial means during his/her stay
  • Student certificate
  • If the person is under the age of 18; A letter of consent to be given by his mother/father or legal representative abroad, and a letter of undertaking to be given by real or legal persons in Turkey, provided that this is stated in the consent letter.
  • Valid health insurance

If you have questions about the annotated visa application, you can send them to us in the comments section.

Ata Kurumsal

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


  1. hey, thanks for this information. but i just wanna confirmation, my friend overstayed at turkey for 2 years (because his visa got rejected without knowing the reason🤦🏻) & recently went back to his country, before left he already paid the fine. but the main reason, he’ve been told that he cant enter turkey for 1 year period time. is that true? even after he paid the fine? now he need to re-enter turkey as student but his University still not oficial to get the student visa/annotated visa as for student reason, so the question is, can he enter turkey directly because he already paid the fine but out he’ve told by imigration employee at airport that he got banned entry? or it’s just a scam for money?? kindly notice me through e-mail when you reply. thanks a lot.

  2. Hello, I over stayed my visa, but I got married 7months ago. I paid for my over stay at the airport before leaving the country with my wife. She is back in Istanbul. I applied for the annotated visa, but it was denied. What can I do ? I need your help

  3. Hello please my name is tasha and I was giving 3 months banned in turkey and was deported and now my 3 months is over but I try to get e visa online it keeps telling me to go to turkey consulate near me. I have Eu permits can I go to turkey without visa and get visa on arrival and pay my overstay fine?

  4. Hello I’m a student overstating for 2 years because I was unable to renew my ikamet due to the covid isolation and I lost my phone at the same time so I didn’t receive the info about renewing it.
    Now I wanna go back to my country to see my family and also I wanna know if it’s a good idea to go and apply for a new visa and if it is possible to get it in case I get a travel ban..
    I really need to finish my studies and I don’t wanna take no risk

  5. I have a 3 month entry ban to enter turkey,but I want to apply for a student visa so that I can be able to enter again

  6. Hello, I couldn’t pay for my overstay fine while leaving Turkey due to the language barrier, the officer at the visa violation at the airport placed me on two years ban. I have a property that I bought in my name before leaving Turkey and I have a copy of the title deed. Can I apply for the annotated visa with my TAPU?

  7. Hello,I have a 3 month entry ban.if I apply for student visa will they allow me to re-enter turkey.

  8. Hello , i got a 3 months ban but i’m student and want to apply for annotated visa for education purpose. What documents do i need to provide inorder to go throu with the application of visa

  9. I have 2 years ban if I get student Visa before my entry ban finish can I come back to turkey let me know please I need help

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