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The 120-Day (For Short-term Residence Permits) and the 180-day Rule (For Family Residence Permits) Have Been Annulled


Ken Grubb
  • The 120-day rule for short-term residence permits, and the 180-day rule for family residence permits, which limited the amount of time you could be outside of Turkey in one year, have both been annulled. There is no no limit to the amount of time you can be outside of Turkey, and your residence permits will simply expire on their printed expiration date.

A man is happy since the 120-day limit for residents to be outside of Turkey has been canceled.Time Limits for Being Outside of Turkey in One Year for Short-Term and Family Residence Permits Have Been Annulled.

Short Term Residence Permits

As of August 14th, 2016, the former "120-day rule" which limited the amount of time you could be out of Turkey in one year to 120 days, is annulled.

Family Residence Permits

The former "180-day rule" which limited the amount of time you could be out of Turkey in one year to 180 days, has also been annulled.

In both cases, your short-term or family residence permit will simply expire on the expiration date printed on your residence permit card.

Note: There have been rumors that the annulment of the time limits for being outside of Turkey do not apply to residence permits issued before August 14th, 2016. According to the Director of Coordination and Communication, Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) in Antalya, these rumors are untrue. The time limits for being outside of Turkey have been annulled for both short-term and family residence permits, no matter when they were issued.


See Also

Residence Permit Forums: If you have questions about residence permits, please ask them in our forums.

External Links

Turkey Residence Permit Law (PDF): The Law on Foreigners and International Protection, Dated April, 2014. In English, this is the Turkish law which governs residence permits.


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