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Turkey Residence Permit: Rejection and Appeal Process

Ken Grubb

After you present your residence permit package during your interview, it will be evaluated, then approved, or rejected.

Cancellation Versus Rejection


A cancellation occurs when you terminate your application using the online residence permit application system or call the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or Immigration Office) communications center and cancel.

The number for the Foreigner Communications Center is 157. You can call this number, for free, from any phone in Turkey. From outside of Turkey, call the international number at +90 312 157 1122. Long-distance charges will apply.

Give them your application number, and they can cancel your application for you.

If you don't show up for your appointment, the immigration specialist will cancel your application.

Note: Rather than being a no-show, please cancel your appointment so another foreigner can use the time for their interview, and so you don't waste the time of the immigration official.

In the case of a cancellation, no application package was submitted, so no application package was rejected. You can reapply for the same type of residence permit again, whenever you want.


A rejection occurs if an immigration specialist reviews your application package with its supporting documents, and says "no."

In the case of a rejection, you can't apply for the same type of residence permit for 180 days. But you can apply for another type if you meet the requirements.

Missing or Inadequate Documents Can Result in a Rejection

If you attend your residence permit interview and the immigration specialist finds one or more of your documents is missing or inadequate, they'll give you up to 30 days to fix the problem.

If you get the document(s) within the given time, they'll accept your application and process it for approval (or rejection).

If you don't solve the problem time, your application will be rejected for being incomplete.

Leaving Turkey

If You Have a Residence Permit

If you still have a valid residence permit (in the case of extension), you can remain in Turkey until it expires. Then you must leave Turkey within ten days after its expiration.

If your residence permit is already expired, you must leave Turkey within ten days after being notified of the rejection.

If You Have a Visa

If you still have a valid visa and you haven't reached the maximum number of days it allows you to be in Turkey, you can remain in Turkey for as long as your visa allows.

If your visa is expired or you've exceeded the maximum number of days it allows you to be in Turkey, you must leave Turkey within ten days after being notified of the rejection.

If during the application process, your residence permit or visa expires or you reach the maximum number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey, and you're notified that your application has been rejected, you'll have ten days to leave Turkey.

If you have an expired residence or work permit, you can also depart Turkey and return the next day if you want, with an e-visa. Then you can stay in Turkey for as long as your visa allows. But if your residence permit application was rejected, you'll have to wait at least 180 days before you can apply for another residence permit of the same type.

Checking Your Status Online

If you've attended your appointment and your application package was accepted, you can check your application's status at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/

  1. From the main page of the website, go down near the bottom of the page and click one of the buttons according to whether your application was a first-time application, an extension, or a transfer from one type of residence permit to another.
  2. Click the button which says, "I would like to see my application result."
  3. Enter your application number.
  4. Enter your cell (mobile) phone number or e-mail address, and your foreigner ID number or your passport number.
  5. Enter the characters from the Captcha (security system) image into the text box.
  6. Click "Login."

Rejection Message

If you see this text:

"Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management."

This message usually means the application has been rejected, but it may mean there's a problem with the application or something requires clarification. If you get this message, go to the local immigration office as soon as possible to learn what the problem is.


Sometimes there's a mistake in the package which can be easily corrected or clarified. Sometimes the immigration office makes a mistake.

If your application is rejected and you want to appeal, you must complete a Komisyon Değerlendirme Formu (Commission Evaluation Form), which an immigration specialist will give you. Go home and write out why your application package should be approved and not rejected. Have a Turkish person translate what you wrote into Turkish for your appeal and take it back to the immigration office.

If your application is rejected a second time, the only remaining way to appeal is through the Turkish administrative courts.

Re-applying After a Rejection

You can re-apply for the same type of residence permit after 180 days. If you qualify for another type of residence permit, you can reapply for the other type within ten days (that's the ten days you're allowed to be in Turkey before you have to leave). For example, if your application for a family residence permit is rejected, you can apply for a short-term residence permit.

Residence Permit Fee Refund

You may be able to get a refund for the fees you paid for your application. Whether you get can get one or not depends on the type of document you're given at the end of your residence permit interview. If you receive a Residence Permit Application Document, you can get a refund. But if you get a tebliğ tebellüğü belgesi (official communique document, also called a tebligat), it will say on the communique that you aren't entitled to a refund.

Learn more about getting a refund.

Health Insurance Refund

You should be able to get a refund on the unused portion of the health insurance policy you bought. Contact your insurance company for details.

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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