How to get residence permit in Turkey?
Residence Permit and Turkish visa information
Why do you need a Turkish residency permit?
A standard Turkish Tourist Permit now allows you to stay in Turkey for no longer than 90 days in any 180 day period. Most nationals obtain these entry visas upon arrival at Turkish airports. You can also refer https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ for online Turkish visa applications. This means expats or those who simply wish to stay longer should apply for a little blue Turkish Residency book rather than take a day’s visa trip out of the country to get their passports re-stamped. The government is trying to put a stop to those not officially registering in Turkey, tax-dodgers and illegal seasonal workers.
As of 2013, property buyers will be granted automatic year-long residency permits instead of three-month permits were previously mentioned. This is a measure introduced by the government, who recognize that more and more people relocating to Turkey.
How long is Turkish Residency Permit valid?
Residency permits in Turkey are valid for varying periods from six month to five years. Legal foreign seasonal workers are normally the only ones that apply and receive a 6 month residency visa assisted by the company they plan to work in order to gain a work permit. Most expats apply for longer permits as there is little point going through the procedure again just a few months later. On first application, a one or two-year permit is normally issued. Upon renewal, it will be possible to apply five-year permit. First home buyers are eligible for one-year permit.
How to apply for a Turkish residency permit?
First of all, you need to visit the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/ to get started. You are going to input all information in order to get an appointment at the nearest DGMM office. After you fill in the online form, the system will tell you where your nearest DGMM office is, as well as giving you available times and dates, and inform you what you’ll need to bring.
Foreign applications may reside in Turkey until their appointment date. However, you may not travel in and out of Turkey at will, although one the application is submitted you can exit and re-enter Turkey within 15 days.
How much does a Turkish Residency Permit cost?
The price of residency permits vary and are dependent on the length of time applied for. When you apply for your permit online and choose your DGMM appointment date, they system will automatically calculate the cost of your permit fees, which can be paid for by credit card, or at a tax office in your province (in Turkey).
What documents do you need for a Turkish residency permit?
The online system will tailor the list of documents to your specific situation, but it’s likely you’ll need most, if not all, of the following;
- 6 (take 8 just in case) clear passport size photos on a white background.
- 2 copies of your TAPU/ Turkish Title Deeds or rental agreement stating where you live and how much you paid.( Also take the original with you in case they ask to see it)
- 2 copies of your passport plus the original (you need color copies of the visa entry stamp and main details page, also ensure your passport is valid for the full duration you are applying for).
- Your Turkish tax number (If you have not got one, you must visit your local tax office to receive one).
- Your residency book (if re-applying)
- An official plastic residency folder (Go to a stationers and ask for a folder for residency application. It’s just a simple plastic folder but they do not accept just any folder so best is getting the correct one to save time).
- Bank statements providing you have sufficient funds to look after yourself while residing for given period in Turkey. If you have a Turkish bank account you can ask them for a printed breakdown of funds in your accounts.
- Documents pertaining to your children and spouse (If applying for a family residency permit) such as birth certificates, passports and photos.