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How to Obtain Residence Permit in Turkey


Residence Permit in Turkey

Residence permit in Turkey is mandatory to take permission for foreigners who came to Turkey for various reasons and decided to live here. It is compulsory to obtain a residence permit for foreigners who will stay in Turkey longer than the visa exemption period. According to the Foreigners and International Protection Law No. 6458, a residence permit in Turkey is a document, which is allowed to stay in Turkey. The residence permit is a mandatory document for foreigners, who wish to settle in Turkey and will stay in Turkey for more than 90 days within 180 days.

The residence permit application can be made through the e-ikamet system. After the application is made, the appointment date is determined by the system and sent to the applicant. The applicant must be present at the Directorate of Immigration Management on the day of the appointment, complete with documents. (Residence permit applications must be made before the visa expires, otherwise, penalties are imposed for applications that are not made on time. Non-payment of penalties, Turkey ban on entry may be applied from 1 year to 5 years.)

Types of residence permits in Turkey and how to obtain them

The documents you need to take with you to the residence permit appointment are as follows;

  1. Residence permit application form
  2. The original pages of the and certified copies by the Embassy Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey of the page containing the identity information and transaction pages of the passport (Passport duration must be valid for at least 60 days longer from the requested residence permit duration)
  3. 4 biometric photos
  4. Statement of sufficient financial means during the stay
  5. Fully comprehensive health insurance
  6. Originals and photocopies of the title deed, DASK, or lease contracts
  7. If the person applying for a residence permit is married, a copy and translation of the marriage certificate
  8. T.C. tax number
  9. The certificate of residence taken from the Civil Registry Office indicating the current address in Turkey
  10. A covered file in which all documents will be put

Types of Residence Permit in Turkey

  1. Short Term Residence Permit

The short-term residence permit is a type of permit that can be issued for a maximum of two years and can be given twice at most. Foreigners who come to Turkey for tourist purposes, foreigners who buy real estate in Turkey, and foreigners who came to Turkey with the purpose of scientific research can apply for short-term residence permits. The easiest way is to buy real estate in Turkey (in residential status and to be used for this purpose) for foreigners who want to take a short-term residence permit with their family in Turkey. A foreigner, who living uninterrupted for 5 years in Turkey with this residence permit, obtains the right to apply for Turkish citizenship.

  1. Family Residence Permit

The family residence permit is the issued permission to a foreign spouse, children under 18, and dependent children.

  1. Student Residence Permit

The student residence permit is the issued permission to foreigners, who will see primary and secondary education and foreigners who will study at undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

  1. Long Term Residence Permit

Foreigners, who have resided for at least 8 years seamlessly in Turkey and allowed their livelihood, do not receive any help, have valid health insurance, and do not pose a threat to society and public security, can apply for a long-term residence permit. Refugees, conditional refugees, and humanitarian residence permit holders are also granted the right to transition to a long-term residence permit.

  1. Humanitarian Residence Permit

It is a residence permit that foreigners who suffer from violations of human rights, escape from civil war and various humanitarian situations can apply for. It can be arranged for a maximum of one year and can be extended for a period of one year. The conditions required for other types of residence permits are not required for humanitarian residence permit applications.

  1. Residence Permit for Victims of Human Trafficking

It is a residence permit issued for foreigners who are victims of human trafficking or who have strong suspicions that they might be. It is arranged by the governorates in periods of 30 days and the duration of the leave cannot exceed 3 years in total. The conditions sought in other types of residence permits are not required in the residence permit application for a victim of human trafficking.

Types of residence permits in Turkey and how to obtain them

Residence Permit Fees in Turkey (2021)

Valuable paper cost - 125 TL

Residence permit fee - 650 TL

Health insurance fee - 150 - 1.250 TL (varies by age)

Translation and notary fee - 200 - 250 TL

Apostille certification fees - 73 TL per page

Frequently Asked Questions About Residence Permit in Turkey

Why should I get a residence permit in Turkey?

Foreigners, who decide to live in Turkey and will stay longer than the visa or visa exemption period or 90 days, must obtain a residence permit.

What if I do not apply for a residence permit on time?

If you stay longer than the time the tourist visa in Turkey gives you, the penal procedures are applied. If the penalties are not paid, the ban on entry to Turkey can be applied from 1 year to 5 years.

Where can I apply for a residence permit?

You can apply through the official website of the Directorate General of Migration Management ( or via the e-ikamet system.

In how many days will the residence permit application be finalized?

The legal finalization period for residence permit applications is 90 days.

How long should the passport period be for a residence permit application?

You must have a passport for at least 60 days longer than the requested time.

Is it possible to get a residence permit in Turkey with my family?

Yes, you can apply for a short-term residence permit with your family (children under 18 and spouse) by buying property in Turkey.

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