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Turkey Residence Permit: How to Get a Fee Refund


Ken Grubb

If your residence permit application is rejected, or you get less time than you applied for, you may be able to get a refund of some of the application fees. It depends on what kind of document the immigration specialist gives you at the end of your appointment.

If You Received a Tebliğ Tebellüğü Belgesi (Official Communication Document)

This document is an A-4 sized paper which simply says the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office) has received your application and that they will process it. It also says your fees won't be refunded. Both you and the immigration specialist sign it.

If you get one of these, unfortunately, you can't get a refund of any of the fees you paid.

Learn more about the tebliğ tebellüğü.

If You Received a Residence Permit Application Document

The İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) is also on an A-4 sized paper, but it has your photo on it. At the top it says "Temporary Residence Permit" and that it's valid for 90 days.

If you received one of these, your residence is basically approved. But you may, for example, be given one year of residence instead of the two years you applied for. Or you may later receive a message to go to the local immigration office and be given a rejection letter for some reason. If you get the rejection letter, it will include instructions for how to appeal the rejection.

Learn more about the Residence Permit Application Document.

Learn how to to appeal a rejection.

Refunds are Only Sent to Turkish Bank Accounts

You'll need a Turkish bank account in your name to receive the refund, no matter how you made the payment.

Required Documents for a Refund

A document from the immigration office which states you're no longer interested in continuing the residence permit process. To get this you'll need your fee payment receipts.

A written request from you containing your identifying information and your bank information including the IBAN number. It should also say that you want a refund, what the refund is for, and how much you want to be refunded.

Copies of the fee payment receipts.

If You Paid Online

Mail the documents to:

Veraset Harçları Vergi Dairesi
Ziraat Mahallesi, Çankiri Cd. No: 15, 06590 Altındağ / Ankara

Telephone: 0312 324 2075, extension 7113 or 7114

If You Paid at a Tax Office

You'll need the documents as described above. In your personal request, specify which tax office you paid the fees to. You can mail the documents to the tax office where you paid, or take them personally if it's nearby.

If You Paid at a Bank

If you paid the fees at a participating bank, you actually paid the tax office using their account at the bank. If it's not written on the fee receipt, you'll need to go to the bank and learn the address of the tax office the fees were sent to, then mail the documents to the tax office. Include the tax office's bank account number that the fees were paid into in your request.

Processing Time

It usually takes around two or three weeks before the refund is sent to your Turkish bank account.

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's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.


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