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Residence Permits with Someone Else's Address


Ken Grubb
  • What to do if you want to get a residence permit in Turkey, while staying at someone's house.

A foreign woman who is staying at her Turkish boyfriend's address.If you want to stay longer than your visa allows, you must get a residence permit. If you don't have your own address and are staying with a friend, you can use the residence of a friend as your residence.

Your host will  need to create a taahhutname (literally, "an undertaking"), at a noter (notary) office. The taahhutname will be a guarantee, by your host, to be responsible for any debts, fees or fines you incur while staying with them, and ensure you leave Turkey before your residence permit expires. If your host is married, his or her spouse will also have to sign the taahhutname.

Your host (and spouse, if applicable), must go with you to the noter. Take your and their identification, and their tapu (property title deed) or a rental contract with their name on it. Once the taahhutname is created, if any of the involved parties don't speak Turkish, an official translator will read it out loud to make sure everyone understands it. Then the parties will sign it.

You can then include the taahhutname with your residence permit application as proof of your address. The DGMM may require that the person you are staying with also attend your appointment. So have one of them go with you, or make sure they are immediately available on the day of your appointment.

Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center

The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. Call 157 from any telephone within Turkey. The call will be free. From outside of Turkey, call +90 312 157 1122. Long-distance charges will apply.


See Also

Proving You Have an Address
Residence Permits Forums: If you have any questions or comments about the residence permit application process, please ask them there.
The Four Basic Steps of Applying for or Extending Your Residence Permit

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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Dear Ken,

Should the person who wants to stay with the host provide anything other than the passport to the host? Also, should he/she pay anything to the host or to the notary office?

Why they should go to the translator if the person who rents the house know Turkish?!

Finally, about the documents I read in the article you provided, here the person who wants to stay in friend's house should give taahhutname, insurance card, passport, photo, and bank statement to the GOC dairesi? Could she/he provide bank statement from her/his country in English which is notarized?

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On Monday, August 14, 2017 at 0:42 PM, Star said:

Dear Ken,

Should the person who wants to stay with the host provide anything other than the passport to the host?

 I mean staying with another one. What does exactly the host wants from the person staying with another one? Just a passport?

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