Turkish Residence Permit

By Aleksandra

June 19, 2023

Turkish Residence Permit

An official authorization and confirmation, or in other words, a residence permit, is necessary in the case of an individual who wants to live in Turkey for over 90 days within a half year. Thanks to the residence permit, it is possible to work, study, or settle in the country legally. Remember that this document is different than a regular electronic visa to Turkey.

When you have a Turkish residence permit, you can live, marry, study, open a bank account, purchase properties, invest in the country, and so much more. As a resident, you have similar rights as Turkish citizens. Note that you need to apply for a work permit in case you move to Turkey just to work and don’t need to be a resident.

Besides there are two main types of Turkish work permits: a short-term residence permit and a long-term residence permit. In some circumstances, visitors can be exempt from getting a residence permit (for example, when they are holders of a Registration Certificate for international protection application).

When is a Turkey Residence Permit necessary?

It is illegal to stay in Turkey for more than 3 months as a foreigner without special approval. So all interested visitors who plan to live in Turkey must first obtain a proper residence permit. It is necessary. Otherwise, they may risk problems and even deportation.

Who doesn’t need a Residence Permit?

If you meet one or more of the following requirements, you don’t need to apply for a residence permit in Turkey:

  • You are a holder of a Registration Certificate for international protection.
  • You take part in a multilateral convention with Turkey as a participant.
  • You hold an office in Turkey and are a consulate or diplomatic officer.
  • You represent international establishments or offices in Turkey.
  • Your identity card has the tags of international protection applicant/status or statelessness.
  • You are a holder of a work permit.

Types of Residence Permit in Turkey

There are several types of residence permits in Turkey that depend on visas (for example, a tourist visa), periods of stay, and travel purposes. Check which permit you need below.

Short-term residence permit

A short-term permit can be used if you travel for:

  • research related to science
  • business/commercial links
  • in-service training programs
  • education, such as exchange programs or learning courses
  • tourism
  • medical treatment.

Also, citizens of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus may apply for it.

Family residence permit

A family residence permit in Turkey can be obtained by married couples with children in situations when one of the parents is a Turkish citizen. It is issued for 3 years, and it is not possible to renew it. After that time, it is possible to get a Turkish citizenship.

Long-term residence permit

According to Turkish authorities, those who have lived for at least 8 years in Turkey without interruption can apply for a long-term residence permit.

If you are a conditional refugee, holder of a humanitarian permit, or secondary/temporary protection holder, you can’t obtain a long-term permit.

How can I apply for a Turkish Residence Permit?

You can apply for a Turkey residence permit within one month of arrival in the country. Decide what kind of permit you need and visit the governmental website. Then:

  • Complete the form and provide the necessary information (name, surname, profession, nationality, date of birth, etc.).
  • Visit the Central Appointment System website and make an appointment in the Directorate General of Migration Management office.
  • Receive information about required documents, available dates, and addresses.
  • Cover the fee and wait for the approval.

What are the required documents for a Turkey residence permit?

If you want to obtain a Turkey Residence Permit, you must prepare the following documents:

  • an application form
  • 4 face photo
  • a valid passport for at least 6 months
  • a notarized copy of a passport or other travel document
  • proof of sufficient funds.

The validity period of the Residency Permit to Turkey

Depending on the type, the validity period of the Residency Permit to Turkey varies:

  • Short-term Residence Permit: can be valid for a period of 2 years.
  • Long-term Permit: can have indefinite validity.
  • Student Residence Permit: depends on the length of the course/study program.
  • Family Residence Permit: the validity period is up to 3 years.
  • Humanitarian Residence Permit: can be valid for 1 year.
  • Permit for the victims of human trafficking: it can be used for a period of 30 days.
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