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Residence Permit Application Document in Turkey


Ken Grubb

At the end of your residence permit application appointment, you may receive a document called an İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document).

What is a Residence Permit Application Document?

The Residence Permit Application Document is an A-4 sized paper containing your photo, identification information, residence permit application number, and an issue and expiration date. It's given to you at the end of your residence permit application interview and serves as your temporary residence permit until your residence permit card is delivered.

The Residence Permit Application Document also allows you to leave Turkey for up to 15 days and return without buying a visa to re-enter.

You must keep this document with you, together with your passport, until you receive your residence permit card.

Learn about leaving Turkey after your appointment with a Residence Permit Application Document.

If You Receive a Tebligat (Communication Document)

The Istanbul offices of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office ) don't issue a Residence Permit Application Document. They issue a document called a tebligat (teh-blee-gaht), or communique document, which says they've received your application, that they'll review it, and that you won't be getting a refund for the fees you paid. Both you and the immigration specialist sign it. Unlike the Residence Permit Application Document, the tebligat doesn't provide any privilege to re-enter Turkey if the foreigner leaves the country.

In cases where the foreigner receives a tebligat, but they no longer have a valid visa (or have exceeded the days it allows them to be in Turkey, or if their residence permit is expired, they can contact the immigration office using the help line at 157 and request a Residence Permit Application Document which includes the travel privileges.

Insider Tip: You'll hear people say that what needs to be requested is a "travel letter." there is no travel letter. What the immigration office issues to foreigners who must travel is the Residence Permit Application Document.

Learn more about the tebligat.

Learn about how to leave Turkey and return with the tebligat.

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Ken Grubb, author.

As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.


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