Applying for a Turkish Residency Permit after the 10th of April 2014
First time applicants: (PLEASE NOTE: First time residency applications are currently being accepted in Turkey).
All first time applicants wishing to apply for a Turkish Residency Permit need to apply to the Turkish Consulate in your own country.
Update: Until the full network of GDMM (General Directorate of Migration Management) offices are open later in the year a transition period will apply. During this time all applications will be taken by the local Foreigner’s Departments of the Turkish National Police (as before) and sent to Ankara for processing.
First time applicants for residence permits will be able to submit their applications in Turkey during this period.
Please note: All foreigner applicants need to hold a valid passport with at least sixty days beyond the duration of the requested residence permit.
For example, when applying for a 12-month Turkish residency permit; your passport needs to be valid for at least 14 months.
Required Documentation: For more information please click here to view on our blog page.
How long does the process take?
Applications will be finalised at the latest within 90 days.
Exceptions whereby the applicant could apply in Turkey: Requests by parents (holding a valid Turkish residence permit) for any children born in Turkey.
Renewing your Residency Permit (Renewals can be made in Turkey).
As of the 10th of April 2014, you can no longer apply for a 3 or 5 year residency permit.
Please note: The handling of Residency Permits is changing and will no longer be the responsibility of the Police Foreigners Department. Instead this will pass to the Interior Ministry’s General Directorate of Migration Office.
Applicants applying for an 8 year Residency Permit (Application can be made in Turkey).
As of the 10th of April 2014, those who have resided in Turkey with a residence permit uninterruptedly for at least eight years will be granted a permanent residence permit.
Interruption to the residency: If you stay outside of Turkey for a period of more than 6 months within 1 year or more within the last 5 years. This will be classed as ‘interruptions’ and will not be counted towards your 8-year residency permit.
Also any residency previously acquired before the interruptions will not be counted.
Conditions for an 8 year residence permit
• You must have resided in Turkey (with a residence permit) uninterruptedly for at least eight years.
• You must not have benefited from any kind of social assistance from the State for the past three years.
• You must possess sufficient and regular resources to maintain himself/herself.
• You must have valid medical insurance.
• You must not constitute a threat to public order or security.
Successful applicants who are granted a long term residence permit shall benefit from the same rights as a Turkish citizen with the exception of provisions in special legislation as well as the rights regarding:
You will be Exempt from:
a) Compulsory military service
b) The right to elect and be elected
c) Employment in public institutions*, (*As of now this act is applicable to all employment – Long term residency does not include working rights)
d) Exemption from taxes in importing vehicles
Please note: Your long term residency permit may be cancelled if you stay outside of Turkey uninterruptedly for more than 12 months with the exception of 1) health 2) study.