TURKISH RESIDENCE PERMIT IN TURKEY, TO LIVE OR WORK, TO STUDY, AND TURKISH CITIZENSHIP

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Revised January, 2020 – Resource, Directorate General of Migration Management Turkey.
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TURKISH RESIDENCE PERMIT IN TURKEY TO STAY OVER 90 DAYS

The Directorate General of Migration Management (Göç İdaresi) has established in 2013 under Turkish Ministry of Interior in order to implement migration policies, strategies, to ensure coordination among agencies, and carry-out actions related to foreigners entry and exit from Turkey as well as removal, international protection, temporary protection, and the protection of victims of human trafficking to our country.
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WHO MAY LODGE APPLICATION FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT IN TURKEY?
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Foreigners entered Turkey for Tourism purpose and wish to stay over 90 days / in every 180 day period [to be eligible visas for 90 day in the first 30 days and 30 day visas before expires] should lodge Turkish residence permit application to the Göç İdaresi government Migration website, to continue to stay legal in Turkey and longer.
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The sticker Visa or e-Visa, [Visa-exempt] type you enter in Turkey with (Tourism, Student, Business or Medical) will help the Migration official to determine the purpose of your stay, and the Turkish residence permit ID card you are eligible to receive.
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WHAT TYPE TURKISH RESIDENCE PERMIT ID CARD IS ISSUED?
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Touristic Residence Permit: is issued to individual or families who wish to stay for Tourism purposes in Turkey, whose children will enroll in elementary, secondary and high school, who search for job, who will setup Turkish company to create business. The short-term application declaration of statement, fill-in on matters concerning travel plans (where, when and how long to stay, etc) of the foreigners who wish to stay for Tourism purpose will be taken into consideration.

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Non-Turkish nationals holding valid short term Touristic residence permit; may option to live in Turkey as individual or family, marry Turkish spouse, make contacts with Turkish people for future concerns, work at international company and jobs at above average salary and benefits, convert foreigner drivers to Turkish driver’s license, get tax number, open Turkish bank account, buy property in Turkey or rent and apply for Turkey e-passport for Turkish citizenship.
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(Foreigners who enter Turkey with Work visa and have Foreigner work permit ID card, upon fulfilling the work permit till the expire date, earn the right to transfer in 10 days direct to Touristic residence permit ID card to stay in Turkey longer without work, or search for more work again).
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Touristic residence permit does not require to show any qualification, you don’t need to present the proof of Turkish language proficiency, no sponsorship is required, no jobs offer is required, no reference letters are required, and does not require continued stay in Turkey to keep active, and will simply expire on the date on back.
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Touristic residence permit is permission to live in Turkey issued by Ministry of Interior Directorate General of Migration Management to foreigners (following the request and application by the foreigner + with the required documents providing she/he fulfills the related conditions) to live in our country as foreigner national, and may be used to enter exit for visa-free travel at 66 Turkey airports, 180 harbors and 26 borders.

The foreigner after entering Turkey as the first condition, to convert Tourist visa to 1 year short term the Touristic residence permit the e-passport should be valid 12 months + 60 days, or 26 months for 2 year, or 38 months for 3 year duration. Residence permits shall be issued separately for every foreigner depending on the purpose of stay [in any case] for a period 60 days shorter than the validity period of the e-passport or travel document.
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Learn more about supporting documents for e-ikamet application lodged in Turkey.
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Turkish Citizenship Law 5901 allows foreigners with any value Turkish property purchase and not to sell 5 years with Touristic residence permit stay, or married to Turkish spouse 3 years with Family residence permit, or Foreigner work permit ID card by 5 years SGK social security payments, the right to apply for Turkish citizenship.
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Student Residence Permit: Is issued to individual who entered with Student/ Education visa, and arrived to attend educational or similar programs as part of student exchange programs or agreements to which the Republic of Turkey is a party. You may not apply for Student residence permit if you are only enrolled in Turkish learning program. The residence permit may be renewed each time with extension application, starting from 60 days before expiration date, pending that you continue education. Students may work in Turkey and apply for Foreigner work permit ID card, after completed 1 year stay.
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Family Residence Permit: Is issued to married couples with children who entered with Tourism visa, where one parent is Turkish citizen and the other parent a foreigner citizen. Family Residence Permit is issued for 3 years with no renewal made, where after the foreigner spouse is entitled to transfer to Turkish citizenship for family unity. Foreigners buying property in Turkey for citizenship may apply for Family residence permit that is equal to the Touristic residence permit.
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Business Residence Permit: Is issued upto 3 months to individuals who entered with Businessman visa, and will establish business or commercial connections; If the foreigners demand residence permit more than three months for this purpose, invitation letter or similar documents will be requested from the persons and the companies to be contacted. The residence permit may be renewed each time with an extension application, starting from 60 days before expiration date.
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Stay up to date and Learn more about Turkish residence permit new rules for foreigners.
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HOW TO LODGE RESIDENCE APPLICATION AND APPOINTMENT IN TURKEY?
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  1. To prepare travel to Turkey, first obtain your own sticker Visa at visa.gov.tr at the Turkish Embassy / Consulate mission abroad, or if you have (valid Schengen visa in your e-passport, or valid Schengen, USA, UK or Ireland residence permit at arrival to airport or border) simply purchase online electronic Visa at e-visa.gov.tr.
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  2. Foreigner entered Turkey before with e-passport may start online residence permit application from abroad, and book appointment date in advance before entering Turkey for convenience. Foreigner visiting first-time, after entered Turkey may send their e-passport copy to iResidence Application Center before the visa expire period to be eligible.
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    Our Insurance Desk will issue your Turkish health insurance within minutes. Our Expert will process and complete the Online application form 100% error-free according to Republic of Turkey migration laws. (basic fee applies).

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    You will be asked to select an appointment date and time for you at government Göç İdaresi migration offices available in 250 locations, at the same district / city / province of your home address in Turkey.

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    You shall receive via e-mail the PDF registration, with application number and booked appointment assigned to you only, and may track e-ikamet application status in progress at the government website.

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  3. Next, you will require to attend a short interview Mon-Fri 08:30-16:30 hrs at Göç İdaresi government Migration office with valid e-passport to sign and provide your original supporting documents, and pay e-ikamet ID Card government fee to complete the application process easily in Turkey.
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    Learn more about supporting documents for e-ikamet application in Turkey.
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    During the appointment you shall be issued a soft copy ‘e-ikamet residence for 90 days extra stay’ at no charge, to collect your hard copy ‘e-ikamet Residence permit ID Card’ in 10-15 days from the PTT post office.
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    This soft copy by virtue for first 15 days is multiple-entry Visa to exit and enter Turkey should you need to.

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    You may at anytime track Residence permit ID card delivery from PTT government website.

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Over 40 million visitors travel to beautiful Turkey, get ready and enjoy to live or work, or study as planned.
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