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RESIDENCE PERMIT IN TURKEY - INTRODUCTION

Why Do I Need The Residency in Turkey, Why Can I just Not Use My Visa?

The application process for a residence permit in Turkey is relevant to anyone who wants to stay in the country for more than 90 days at a time, this includes students, employees, foreigners married to Turkish nationals, scientific research personnel, and foreign property buyers.

People who want to stay for less than this duration, except for countries with visa agreements can use a tourist visa but can not remain in Turkey for more than 90 days during a period of 180 days.

What Are the Different Types of Residency in Turkey?

Please see the below comprehensive list of all types of residence permits for Turkey:

1.Short-Term Residence Permit

A short-term residence permit is a residence permit valid from 6 months to 2 years, which can be comfortably renewed over the internet. To apply for the Turkish residence permit from the online immigration office visit this link or visit any PTT post office branch.

2. Long-Term Residence Permit

Permanent residence in Turkey for a period of 8 years, with no departure for more than 6 months each year.

3. Accompany Family Residence Permit

This category of residence permit is predominately reserved for foreign national spouses and/or relatives of Turkish citizens who wish to bring their family to Turkey.

4. Student Residence Permit

A student residence permit is granted to foreigners who attend an associate, undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate program.
These can be private or state own universities and / or schools.

5. Humanitarian Residence Permit

Residence permit offered for one year to those suffering from displacement from civil war, violation of human rights, refugees, and a wide variety of individual humanitarian situations that are approved on a case-by-case basis.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Short-Term Residence Permit
  2. Long-Term Residence Permit
  3. Accompany Family Residence Permit
  4. Student Residence Permit
  5. Humanitarian Residence Permit
  6. Timondro Network Services
  7. Useful Links

I. Short-Term Residence Permit

  1. Residency by Buying a Property
  2. Business Residence Permit
  3. Touristic Residence Permit

1. Residency by Buying a Property

According to Turkish law, by buying a property in Turkey, you can get a residence permit.
You can get up to 2-years permanent residency which can be renewed online through this link, or through any PTT post office branch.

Requirements and Documents:
  • Applicants must be over eighteen years.
  • Passport copy notarized by a Turkish notary; passport will need to be translated by a sworn translator and then notarized at a Turkish notary.
  • Four bio-metric photos, against a white background on your computer to upload during your online application, not older than six months.
  • Valid health insurance, this condition is not required for foreigners who are under eighteen or over sixty-five years old.
  • Police clearance certificate.
  • Property title deed from land registry.
  • Title deed validity certificate.
  • A tax number from the tax department.

If these documents have been obtained from Turkish authorities, they must be e-signed/signed and stamped/sealed. If they are obtained from foreign countries, they must be translated by public certified translator and notarized as outlined above.

Cost For Receiving Residency in Turkey by Buying a Property : 800 TL/109 USD/88 €.

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2. Business Residence Permit

A short-term residence permit to allow the applicants to explore business ventures, visit suppliers/buyers, conduct market research, participate in trade shows and conferences, and or incorporate a business etc.

To receive a business residence permit you should apply first for a Touristic residence permit .

Requirements and Documents:
  • Residence permit validity for up to one year.
  • Applicants must be over eighteen years.
  • Valid health insurance, this condition is not required for foreigners who are under eighteen or over sixty-five years old.
  • Evidence of financial independence and the ability to support yourself and each dependent family member, spouse and children under the age of eighteen years old.
  • Original passport, and a notarized photocopy of the passport or travel document, notarized by a Turkish notary or Turkish consulate.
  • Four bio-metric passport photos for each applicant, must contain a white background and meet bio-metric requirements, not older than six months.
  • Police clearance certificate.
  • A tax number from the tax department.
  • Resident application form should be filled and signed by the applicant. If you have appointed a lawyer to submit your documents, your lawyer must be issued with a (limited) power of attorney stamped by the notary office.
    Applicants must be physically present at the notary office to arrange power of attorney, as your signature will be required, applicants must provide a passport, once the passport is translated into Turkish, the power of attorney can be processed and issued the same, or the next day.

If these documents have been obtained from Turkish authorities, they must be e-signed/signed and stamped/sealed. If they are obtained from foreign countries, they must be translated by a public certified translator and notarized.

How to Renew My Business Residence Permit?
Requirements and Documents:
  • Passport copy notarized by a Turkish notary or Turkish consulate; passport will first need to be translated by a sworn translator and then notarized at a Turkish notary office.
  • Four bio-metric passport photos for each applicant, must contain a white background and meet bio metric requirements, not older than six months.
  • A financial self-sufficiency declaration, that you declare in the application form, immigration office may request a local Turkish bank statement evidencing financial independence and ability to support the applicants and any dependent family members, spouse and children under the age of eighteen years old.
  • Police clearance certificate.
  • Book an appointment in the immigration office to submit the papers.
  • Valid health insurance, this condition is not required for foreigners who are under eighteen or over sixty-five years old.
The Business Residence Offers Its Owner The Following Services and Benefits:
  • The work residence owner can apply for Turkish citizenship after 5 years, with the condition of his permanent residence in Turkey without interruption of more than 6 months outside Turkey.
  • Obtaining the ability to register in social insurance and receive treatment in government hospitals for free, or private hospitals and pharmacies with a discount of up to 80%.
  • Children can register in Turkish public schools for free.
  • Ability to obtain a visa for other countries or obtain a Schengen visa that entitles him to enter the European Union.

Cost for Receiving Business Residence Permit: 800 TL/109 USD/88 €.

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3.Touristic Residence Permit

A short-term residence permit for touristic purposes and does not give the right to work in Turkey.

Getting a Short-Term Residence Permit with a Rental Agreement
Requirements and Documents:
  • Residence permit validity for up to one year.
  • Applicants must be over eighteen years.
  • Valid health insurance, this condition is not required for foreigners who are under eighteen or over sixty-five years old.
  • Property ownership documents or rental contracts in Turkey, documents must be in Turkish and notarized by a Turkish notary.
  • Local Turkish bank statement evidencing financial independence and ability to support the applicant and any dependent family members, spouse and children under the age of eighteen years old.
  • Resident application form should be filled and signed by the applicant. If you have appointed a lawyer to submit your documents, your lawyer must be issued with a (limited) power of attorney stamped by the notary office.
    Applicants must be physically present at the notary office to arrange power of attorney, as your signature will be required, Applicants must provide a passport, once the passport is translated into Turkish, the power of attorney can be processed and issued the same, or the next day.
  • Original passport, photocopy, and original notarized passport or travel document, by Turkish notary.
    If the passport does not include a date of birth, the applicant needs an approved birth certificate. Notarized Turkish translation is required for this document.
  • Four bio metric passport photos for each applicant, must contain a white background and meet bio metric requirements, not older than six months.
  • When applying for a spouse or dependent child, under eighteen years submit sworn Turkish translations of the child's birth certificate and spouse marriage certificate, the birth certificate and marriage certificate may need to be notarized if your country has an agreement or stamp from your country's Turkish consulate, this can take some time and usually requires an appointment.
    You have to either go personally or send a person who holds a power of attorney and thereby can take the appointment on your behalf to complete the procedure. The original power of attorney has to be presented at the time of the appointment at the Turkish consulate and or foreign ministry to be able to act upon your behalf.
  • Police clearance certificate.

If these documents have been obtained from Turkish authorities, they must be e-signed/signed and stamped/sealed. If they are obtained from foreign countries, they must be translated by a sworn public certified translator and notarized.

When to Renew My Touristic Residence Permit?

Renewal of Turkish tourist residence permit must be applied for within sixty days before the expiration date of your current residence permit. This can be done online at this link, or by visiting any PTT post office branch.

You have a choice of four languages to complete your application:

  • English
  • Turkish
  • Arabic
  • Russian

If you try to renew earlier than sixty days before your current residence permit expiration date, your application will not be accepted.

The period of obtaining the tourist residence permit is often a month and can sometimes take up to 90 days. In the event that the residence permit is sent to the address of the residence registered and can not be delivered it will be transferred to the post office "PTT". You will receive a notification on your mobile.

Cost for Receiving Touristic Residence Permit: 600 TL/80 USD/66 €.

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Short-Term Residence Permit Contains Other Opportunities for Foreigners Who Will Come to Turkey Like:
  • Scientific research, archaeological and excavation digs, surface research, filming activities for documentaries, movies, film location research, etc.
  • Medical treatment.
  • Exchange / short term training programs, non-educational programs.
  • Judicial authorities, victims of domestic violence and foreigners married to Turkish citizens who divorced, and therefore require an alternative right to residence as issued through the courts.

II. Long-Term Residence Permit

  • Permanent residence in Turkey for a period of 8 years, with no departure for more than 6 months each year.
    And obtaining a short-term residence during these 8 years.
  • Financially self-sufficient and has not received any financial support from the Turkish Government in the last three years.
  • The policy holder of valid private health insurance.
  • No criminal record, or any record or incident posing a threat to the public or a compromise to public security.
Requirements and Documents:
  • Original and photocopy of passport, passport copy notarized by a Turkish notary, passport will need to be translated by a sworn translator and then notarized at a Turkish notary.
  • Current residence permit and Turkish ID.
  • Two photographs, must be bio-metric and not older than six months.
  • A document confirming no financial aid received from the Turkish government or organizations in the past three years.
  • Evidence of financial independence, financial independence is defined by Turkish immigration as proof of funds equivalent to the Turkish minimum wage index.
  • Valid medical insurance.
  • Police clearance certificate.

If these documents have been obtained from Turkish authorities, they must be e-signed/signed and stamped/sealed. If they are obtained from foreign countries, they must be translated by a sworn public certified translator and notarized.

III. Accompany Family Residence Permit

Requirements and Documents:
  • Residence permit validity for up to three years.
  • Apply online at this link.
    Before you start your online application to renew your residence permit, make sure to have your bio-metric photo with a white background stored and ready on your computer to upload during your online application.
    Note that your bio-metric photo should not be older than six months.
  • Evidence of Turkish private health insurance for applicants between the age of eighteen and sixty-five years old.
  • Property ownership documents or rental contracts in Turkey, documents must be in Turkish and notarized by a Turkish notary.
  • Local Turkish bank statement evidencing financial independence and ability to support the applicants and any dependent family members, spouse and children under the age of eighteen years old.
  • Resident application form should be filled and signed by the applicant. If you have appointed a lawyer to submit your documents, your lawyer must be issued with a (limited) power of attorney stamped by the notary office.
    Applicants must be physically present at the notary office to arrange power of attorney, as your signature will be required, applicants must provide a passport.
    Once the passport is translated into Turkish, the power of attorney can be processed and issued the same, or the next day.
  • Original passport, photocopy, and original notarized passport, by Turkish notary.
  • Police clearance certificate.
  • Four bio-metric passport photos for each applicant, must contain a white background and meet bio-metric requirements, not older than six months.
  • When applying for a spouse or dependent child, under eighteen years submit sworn Turkish translations of the child's birth certificate and spouse marriage certificate, the birth certificate and marriage certificate may need to be notarized if your country has an agreement or stamp from your country's Turkey consulate, this can take some time and requires an appointment.

If the foreigner who will apply for family residence permit has more than one spouse, only one of the spouses may benefit from this permit. However, all children of the head of the family may be granted a family residence permit.

Cost for Receiving Accompany Family Residence Permit: 600 TL/80 USD/66 €.

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IV. Student Residence Permit

Requirements and Documents:
  • Completed and signed resident application form.
  • Letter of acceptance from Turkish education institute mentioning the type of the course, duration of the course, starting and finishing date, location of the course, and the capacity in which tue applicant will be studying at the course: post-graduate studies, research, internship, etc.
  • ِIf the applicants is under eighteen years of age, letter of consent from parents to attend a course in Turkey.
  • ِPassport copy notarized by a Turkish notary, passport will need to be translated by a sworn translator at Turkish notary office.
  • ِEvidence of Turkish private health insurance for applicants between the age of eighteen and sixty-five years old.
  • ِFour bio-metric passport photos for each applicant, must contain a white background and meet bio-metric requirements, not older than six months.
  • ِA financial self-sufficiency declaration, that you declare in the application form, immigration office may request a local Turkish bank statement evidencing financial independence and ability to support the applicants and any dependent family members, spouse and children under the age of eighteen years old.
  • Police clearance certificate.

If these documents have been obtained from Turkish authorities, they must be e-signed/signed and stamped/sealed. If they are obtained from foreign countries, they must be translated by a sworn public certified translator and notarized.

How to Renew My Student Residence Permit?
  • Signed and completed resident permit application form.
  • Colored photocopy of previous residence permit.
  • Two photographs, must be bio-metric and not older than six months.
  • Statement of financial independence covering the duration of your stay in Turkey.
  • Statement from educational institute mentioning requirement for the extension of stay for study purposes.
  • A new letter of consent from parents if the applicant is under the age of eighteen years of age.
  • Copy of private health insurance policy in Turkey.
  • Passport copy notarized by a Turkish notary; passport will need to be translated by a sworn translator at Turkish notary office.
  • Police clearance certificate.

If these documents have been obtained from Turkish authorities, they must be e-signed/signed and stamped/sealed. If they are obtained from foreign countries, they must be translated by a sworn public certified translator and notarized.

Cost for Receiving Student Residence Permit: 400 TL/55 USD/44 €.

V. Humanitarian Residence Permit

Requirements and Documents:
  • Regardless of how the applicants entered the country, legally or illegally must apply directly to the provincial directorate of migration management as soon as possible.
  • Signed and completed application form submitted to the provincial directorate of migration management.
  • Valid for one year and renewable, renewal is on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of the directorate.
  • Signed and completed resident permit application form.
  • Two photographs, must be bio-metric and not older than six months.
For Further Information:

Visit IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, the goal of the foundation is to deliver basic humanitarian needs to those in need and desperate, while also intervening in emergency situations and bringing service to respective regions in terms of healthcare, food, shelter and education as well as development strategies to help the region become self-dependent.

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VI. Timondro Network Services

For our customers we have a hands-on mentality and manage the whole process. As a fully integrated real estate agency in Turkey the focus is to guide property buyers through the applications for residency and or citizenship by property investment.

    Advising the applicant about the best type of residence permit for the specific case and how to obtain it.

    Collecting all necessary papers and documents from the applicant.

    Having the notary prepare and legalize all required documents.

    Registering a tax id for the applicant or house owner.

    Opening up a Turkish bank account for the applicant.

    Review of the valuation report of the property.

    Preparation and submission of the residence permit application.

    Follow up on all external alerts regarding the applicant's application from the immigration department.

    Receive and deliver the residency to the applicant's address.

    Legal consultancy in contractual arrangements for the related investment.

    Land registry application for the real estate sales transaction.

    Management of the procedures at the land registry for the real estate sales transaction.

    Accompany the buyer to the interview.

    Submission and follow up of citizenship by investment application for the buyer and for family members.

    Assistance with application for Turkish passport.

All government taxes should be paid by the applicants in the governmental tax office.

In order to be able to offer this comprehensive service we work together with companies of the Timondro network, please refer to our Data Privacy Policy.

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  • Immigration Department
  • The official website of the immigration department in Turkey, which is possible to conduct all transactions related to residency.

    For further information you can visit this link.

  • Immigration Department in Istanbul
  • General office for foreigners affairs and immigration administration in Istanbul.

    For further information you can visit this link.

  • Tax ِAdministration
  • General administration to collect all kinds of taxes in Turkey.

    For further information you can visit this link.

  • Land Registry Office
  • A land registry office is a physical location in various cities across Turkey where you can register and search official property records using Turkey's land registration system.

    For further information you can visit this link.

  • Population Directorate
  • Carry out the procedures regarding population, citizenship, marriage and address within the framework of the legislation.

    For further information you can visit this link.

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