1 Residence permit

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 within 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.

In order to apply for a residence permit, it is essential that foreign applicants should have a passport valid for at least 60 days beyond the requested residence permit period. Duly applications will be finalized not more than in a 90 days’ period. Foreigners who obtained a residence permit from Turkish consulates in their home countries should register themselves to the Address Registration System within 20 days after their arrival in Turkey.

Exemptions from Residence Permits

Following foreigners will be exempted from residence permit requirements:

  • foreigners who own a “certificate of stateless person”
  • officers of diplomatic and consular missions
  • those family members of the officers of diplomatic and consular missions (approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is needed)
  • officers of International Organizations, whose employment status has been determined by international agreements,
  • foreigners who are being exempted from the residence permit requirements by international agreements in which Turkey takes part
  • foreigners within the scope of article 28 of the Law no: 5901 on Turkish Citizenship
  • foreigners who own a “Certificate of International Protection Applicant” or a “Refugee Certificate” granted in accordance with articles 69/7, 76/1 and 83/1 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection.

Residence permit type

  • Following foreigners will be exempted from residence permit requirements:
    • foreigners who own a “certificate of stateless person”
    • officers of diplomatic and consular missions
    • those family members of the officers of diplomatic and consular missions (approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is needed)
    • officers of International Organizations, whose employment status has been determined by international agreements,
    • foreigners who are being exempted from the residence permit requirements by international agreements in which Turkey takes part
    • foreigners within the scope of article 28 of the Law no: 5901 on Turkish Citizenship
    • foreigners who own a “Certificate of International Protection Applicant” or a “Refugee Certificate” granted in accordance with articles 69/7, 76/1 and 83/1 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection.
  • Residence Permit Application Form
  • Passport original and photocopy (page with identifying information and photo, page that has been processed)
  • Four (4) photographs (taken in the last 6 months, the background should be white and biometric)
  • Current health insurance
  • Certificate of taxation
  • Invitation letter or similar documents to be obtained from the person or companies to be contacted (notarized company activity certificate, notarized tax paper, notarized commercial registry newspaper, notarized certified signature circulars)
  • Residence Permit Application Form
  • Passport original and photocopy (page with identifying information and photo, page that has been processed)
  • Four (4) photographs (taken in the last 6 months, the background should be white and biometric)
  • Current health insurance
  • Certificate of taxation
  • Show that the property belongs to the person’s official, e-signed / signed and sealed / shabby document (title deed)
  • Residence Permit Application Form
  • Passport original and photocopy (page with identifying information and photo, page that has been processed)
  • Four (4) photographs (taken in the last 6 months, the background should be white and biometric)
  • Current health insurance
  • Certificate of taxation
  • Documents to be taken from the public or private hospitals where the treatment is going to be taken and the entry to the hospital has been made and the treatment has been started (must show the duration of the treatment, signed by the chief physician and a physician and stamped / sealed)
  • Residence Permit Application Form
  • Passport original and photocopy (page with identifying information and photo, page that has been processed)
  • Four (4) photographs (taken in the last 6 months, the background should be white and biometric)
  • Current health insurance
  • Certificate of taxation
  • Student certificate (e signed/signed and sealed/stamped document) that shows that you are actively benefiting from student rights
    • If you cannot graduate in the normal course of study, you can have a residence permit of up to 1 year at a time for each year you bring a student certificate that you can repeat and actively demonstrate that you can benefit from student rights.
    • Students who will enroll in elementary, junior high and high school must be accompanied by a suitable visa for study purposes so that they can apply for a student residence permit.
    • If you are not enrolled in a university degree/undergraduate/graduate/doctorate program and are enrolled in a Turkish language learning program only, you cannot be present at the student residence permit. You need to apply for a short-term residence permit.
    • You cannot apply for a residence permit if you are enrolled in an online education program. You are required to apply for one of the other types of residence permits you are holding.
    • You cannot apply for a student residence permit if you are a student, a visiting student, and a research program. You are required to apply for one of the other types of residence permits you are holding.
    • If there is a university, faculty or department change in a different city, you have to apply for a residence permit to the provincial immigration administration office in which your new university is located within 10 days. All your transactions are concluded by the provincial immigration administration office in the city where your new university is located.
    • If there is a university, faculty or department change in a different city, you have to apply for a residence permit to the provincial immigration administration office in which your new university is located within 10 days. All your transactions are concluded by the provincial immigration administration office in the city where your new university is located.
  • Residence Permit Application Form
  • Passport original and photocopy (page with identifying information and photo, page that has been processed)
  • Four (4) photographs (taken in the last 6 months, the background should be white and biometric)
  • Current health insurance
  • Certificate of taxation
  • Previous residence permits and an original photocopy
    • Court decision regarding divorce (court decision in case of divorce by Turkish citizen after 3 years and over, judgment of court which proves that the victim is due to domestic violence regardless of marriage condition for 3 years)
    • Certificate of death of the sponsor (if taken from the Turkish authorities, it must be signed / signed and stamped / stamped, notarized Turkish translation and apostil sheriff are required in case of obtaining from abroad) If the citizen is not a party to the Apostil agreement, consular approval and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Turkish Authorities authorized in this respect).
  • Residence Permit Application Form
  • Passport original and photocopy (page with identifying information and photo, page that has been processed)
  • Four (4) photographs (taken in the last 6 months, the background should be white and biometric)
  • Current health insurance
  • Certificate of taxation
  • Appropriate visa for research purposes from foreign representatives of the Republic of Turkey
  • A formal, signed / signed and sealed / printed document showing the duration and location of the research to be carried out
  • Residence Permit Application Form
  • Passport original and photocopy (page with identifying information and photo, page that has been processed)
  • Four (4) photographs (taken in the last 6 months, the background should be white and biometric)
  • Current health insurance
  • Certificate of taxation
  • An e-signature / signed stamped/sealed document stating that the person to be taken from the administrative offices should be kept in Turkey (the time to stay so as not to exceed the deadlines in Law No. 6458)
  • Residence Permit Application Form
  • Passport original and photocopy (page with identifying information and photo, page that has been processed)
  • Four (4) photographs (taken in the last 6 months, the background should be white and biometric)
  • Current health insurance
  • Certificate of taxation
  • Certificate of training to be taken from a competent institution or organization to give a Turkish language course (signed / signed and sealed / stamped document)
  • Residence Permit Application Form
  • Passport original and photocopy (page with identifying information and photo, page that has been processed)
  • Four (4) photographs (taken in the last 6 months, the background should be white and biometric)
  • Current health insurance
  • Certificate of taxation
  • The period of training to be received from the public institutions or organizations that will be seen as in-service training and the document indicating the place (e-signed / signed and sealed)
  • Residence Permit Application Form
  • Passport original and photocopy (page with identifying information and photo, page that has been processed)
  • Four (4) photographs (taken in the last 6 months, the background should be white and biometric)
  • Current health insurance
  • Certificate of taxation
  • (E-signed / signed and stamped / stamped) of the program to be taken from public institutions or organizations to be taken for training, research,
  • Residence Permit Application Form
  • Passport original and photocopy (page with identification information and photo, page that has been processed)
  • Four (4) photographs (taken in the last 6 months, the background should be white and biometric)
  • Current health insurance
  • Certificate of taxation
  • Training / internship certificate (e-signed / signed and sealed / stamped document) to be taken from the institutions.

A foreigner may be eligible for Long Term Residence Permit for an 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 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 the case of staying outside Turkey for any reasons except health, education and compulsory public service for more than one year, Long Term Residence Permit might be canceled.

Required documents:

  • Residence Permit Application Form
  • Photocopies of passport valid for at least 6 months or original and photocopy of the substitute document (Photocopies of the pages that have been processed with the identity information and the page where the photograph is found, and photocopies of the pages of used for entry and exit in the last 8 years must be submitted.)
  • Four (4) photographs (taken in the last 6 months, the background should be white and biometric)
  • Photocopies of previous residence permits (if any, their originals)
  • Signed / signed and stamped / stamped document showing the absence of social assistance in the last three years (originally obtained from Social Assistance and Solidarity Foundations in the Governorships / District Governorships)
  • Registration of judicial records can be obtained from their own country authorities and Turkish judicial authorities. (Judicial registration from the Turkish authorities will be deemed to be sufficient for those who submit a document stating that a judicial register cannot be registered due to lack of entry / exit in the country) (It is beneficial to request the applicant at least 3 months before the applicant can get his /
  • Document showing that it is registered to the Address Registration System (signed / signed and patched / sealed document to be taken from provincial / district population directorates)
  • Current health insurance

Common Documents

Himself;

  • Residence Permit Application Form
  • Passport original and photocopy (page with identification information and photo, page that has been processed)
  • Four (4) photographs (taken in the last 6 months, the background should be white and biometric)

The sponsor; (available on application)

  • Passport original and photocopy (page with identification information and photo, page that has been processed)
  • Original and photocopy of the identity card (if T.C. citizen)
  • Copy of residence permit / work permit, blue card, original or photocopy of ID card with refugee or secondary protection status (if not a TC citizen)
  • Applicable health insurance covering all family members (The insurance period must cover the duration of the required residence permit.
  • Forensic record: You can be taken from the Turkish judicial authorities if you are staying in our country for the past five years or if you have been in your country for at least three months before the applicant has filed a criminal record. If it is taken from the Turkish authorities, it must be signed / signed and stamped / sealed. If it is obtained from abroad, notarized Turkish translation and apostil sheriff are required. If the applicant is a citizen of a country that is not a party to the apostil agreement, the document must be approved by the relevant country authorities (consular approval and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Turkish Authorities authorized to do so).
  • Document showing that it is registered to the Address Registration System (signed / signed and patched / sealed document to be taken from provincial / district population directorates)

applicant relativity

Sponsor’s wife

Himself;

  • A certified photocopy of the marriage certificate or the document certifying that you are married (pages with information) must be signed / signed and stamped / sealed if taken from the Turkish authorities (also available from the provincial / district authorities), notarized Turkish translation and apostle sheriff are required if obtained from abroad. If the applicant is a citizen of a country that is not a party to the apostil agreement, the document must be approved by the relevant country authorities (consular approval and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Turkish Authorities authorized to do so).

The sponsor; (available on application)

  • Common Documents

Supporter is his child

Himself;

  • Common Documents

The sponsor;

  • (available on application)
    • In case of absence of a mother or father (in case of death, submit the other spousal death certificate), a declaration of consent [Must be e-signed / signed and stamped / sealed if taken from Turkish authorities, notarized Turkish translation and Apostille sheriff if required from abroad. If the applicant is a citizen of a country that is not a party to the Apostil agreement, the document must be approved by the relevant country authorities (consular approval and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Turkish Authorities authorized to do so).
    • In case of divorce the child’s certificate of custody [Must be e-signed / signed and stamped / sealed if taken from Turkish authorities, notarized Turkish translation and apostil sheriff are required if provided from abroad. If the applicant is a citizen of a country that is not a party to the apostil agreement, the document must be approved by the relevant country authorities (consular approval and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Turkish Authorities authorized to do so).
    • Birth certificate [Birth certificate is required if the mother or father cannot be identified by passport or substitute document or national identity cards. If it is taken from the Turkish authorities, it must be e-signed / signed and stamped / sealed. If it is obtained from abroad, notarized Turkish translation and apostil sheriff are required. If a citizen is not a party to the apostil agreement, it must be approved by the relevant country authorities (consular approval and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Turkish Authorities authorized in this respect)

The Child Supported by the Supporter

Himself;

  • Common Documents

The sponsor;

  • (Available on application)
    • Signature of consent in case of absence of a mother or father (in case of death, submit the other spousal death certificate) If it is taken from the Turkish authorities, it must be signed / signed and stamped / sealed, notarized Turkish translation and apostil sheriff are required if obtained from abroad. If the applicant is a citizen of a country that is not a party to the apostil agreement, the document must be approved by the relevant country authorities (consular approval and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Turkish Authorities authorized to do so).
    • In case of divorce the child’s certificate of custody [Must be e-signed / signed and stamped / sealed if taken from Turkish authorities, notarized Turkish translation and apostil sheriff are required if provided from abroad. If the applicant is a citizen of a country that is not a party to the apostil agreement, the document must be approved by the relevant country authorities (consular approval and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Turkish Authorities authorized to do so).

Birth certificate [Birth certificate is required if the mother or father cannot be identified by passport or substitute document or national identity cards. If it is taken from the Turkish authorities, it must be e-signed / signed and stamped / sealed. If it is obtained from abroad, notarized Turkish translation and apostil sheriff are required. If the applicant is a citizen of a country that is not a party to the apostil agreement, the document must be approved by the relevant country authorities (consular approval and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Turkish Authorities authorized to do so).

Staying outside Turkey for a period longer than six months within one year or more than one year within the last five years will be considered as an interruption in the residence permit period. In the residence permit applications of those foreigners who have interruptions in their residence permit period, previous residence permit periods will not take into consideration. This rule is also applicable for the applications for the transition to another type of residence permit. In the calculation of uninterrupted residence period, half of the period for student residence permits and the full period for other types of residence permits will be considered.

Staying outside Turkey for a period longer than six months within one year or more than one year within the last five years will be considered as an interruption in the residence permit period. In the residence permit applications of those foreigners who have interruptions in their residence permit period, previous residence permit periods will not taken into consideration. This rule is also applicable for the applications for the transition to another type of residence permit. In the calculation of uninterrupted residence period, half of the period for student residence permits and the full period for other types of residence permits will be considered.

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