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  1. If you've been living in Turkey for at least one year with a residence permit, you can enroll in Turkey's Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Institution) Genel Sağlık Sigortası (General Health Insurance Plan). Often called "SGK Insurance," this is Turkey's comprehensive national health insurance plan. You can join the SGK plan at any age and have insurance coverage for the rest of your life. While SGK doesn't cover chronic, pre-existing conditions you already have when you join, it will cover them, continuously, if you develop one or more chronic conditions after you've joined the plan. Free Treatment at State Hospitals After you've successfully enrolled in the SGK plan, you'll receive free medical treatment at any state hospital, for practically any medical condition. There's no card involved—show your residence permit when you go to the hospital and, with your yabancı kimlik numarası (foreigner identification number which is printed on the card), and the hospital will bill SGK directly. Treatment at Private Hospitals Many private hospitals also accept SGK insurance. While they're more expensive than state hospitals, you can use your SGK insurance to cover much of the bill, then pay the rest out-of-pocket. If you also have an insurance policy from your home country, which covers you in Turkey, you may be able to send the unpaid part of the bill to your home country health insurance provider for reimbursement. Check with your home country insurance company for details. Turkey's private health insurance companies also offer an SGK supplemental plan you can use to cover out-of-pocket costs that SGK doesn't pay. To learn about these supplemental policies, contact Selma Akdeniz of Mertsel Insurance using our health insurance inquiry form. Eligibility To join the SGK plan, you must have lived in Turkey, with a residence permit, for at least one year. Required Documents You'll need the following: Your current residence permit card, with an expiration date at least 30 days after the date you enroll in the SGK plan Your previous residence permit card if the start date of your current residence permit is less than one year ago, to prove you've been living in Turkey for at least one year A photocopy of the front and back of both residence permit cards. They may ask you to get a health report from a state or private hospital. Learn how to get a health report. Insider Tip: Even they don't ask for a health check, it's a good idea to get one anyway. If you later develop a chronic health problem, and SGK doesn't want to pay because they think the condition existed before you joined, the health report will help you prove you didn't have the condition when you joined the plan. Coverage for Your Family Your policy will also cover your spouse and children at no additional cost. An SGK policy for a single person and a policy for a family costs the same. Required Documents for Your Spouse To get coverage for your spouse, take your Turkish marriage certificate (International Family Book) to the SGK office with both of your residence permits (or work and residence permit if you have a work permit). If you have a foreign marriage certificate, you must have it internationally legalized with an apostille, then have the marriage license and the apostille translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. Learn how to get a copy of a Turkish marriage certificate. Learn how to get a copy of a foreign marriage certificate and have it legalized and translated. Required Documents for Your Child To get coverage for your children, take your child's Turkish birth certificate or a foreign birth certificate, which has been internationally legalized and translated, to the SGK office. Learn how to get a copy of a Turkish birth certificate. Learn how to get a copy of a foreign birth certificate and have it legalized and translated. Enrolling in SGK While Extending Your Residence Permit When you first enroll for SGK insurance, you'll experience what seems to be a dilemma. Let's say you're completing your first year of residence in Turkey. You're about to apply for an extension of your residence permit, and you want to join the SGK plan and use that as your health insurance coverage. But there's a problem. Your current residence permit only has, say, another month left before it expires. Here's how to handle it: Provisional Enrollment in the SGK Plan Before You Get Your Residence Permit When you go to the SGK and enroll, you'll at first be "provisionally enrolled." The SGK will give you a Provizyon Sorgulama Cevap Belgesi (Provision Inquiry Reply Document). This document proves your enrollment in the SGK plan. You'll include that document in your residence permit application package. Permanent Enrollment in the SGK Plan After You Get Your Residence Permit Later, when you get your residence permit card, take it to the SGK office and they'll formally enroll you in the SGK program, and set the coverage expiration date to match the expiration date of your residence permit. Visit the SGK Office Every Time You Extend Your Residence Permit Your SGK insurance coverage will be suspended whenever your residence permit expires. So whenever you get a new residence permit, go to the SGK office with your new residence permit so they can extend the end date of your SGK coverage. Reinstatement and Reimbursement for Medical Bills if SGK is Suspended Reinstatement If you're renewing your residence permit and it expires before your new one arrives, your SGK coverage will have been suspended as of the last date of validity of your previous residence permit. To get reinstated, go to the SGK office and show them your new card. They'll reactivate your account and set the end date of your coverage to match the expiration date of your new residence permit. In some provinces, the SGK will accept the İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) that the immigration specialist will give you during your residence permit application interview. This document serves as a temporary residence permit until your residence permit card arrives in the mail. You'll have to check with your local SGK office to see if they'll reinstate your coverage with this document. Refunds for Treatment While SGK is Suspended If you receive medical treatment during a period when your SGK coverage is suspended, you'll have to pay for it with your own money. After your SGK coverage is reinstated, take the bills back to the hospital along with your residence permit card. The hospital will bill SGK for your previous treatment and receive payment from them, then give you a refund. The SGK Monthly Premium The monthly premium for 2022 is ₺1,200. It increases every year. It is also means-tested, so if you're unable to afford the premiums, visit your local SGK office to see if you can get a lower premium. Maintaining Your Enrollment You must also keep up with your monthly payments. If you miss any, you'll have to make the missed payments along with your current month's payment. You can pay your SGK premiums at any PTT (Turkish post office), or online using the e-Devlet website. Learn how to pay your SGK premiums using e-Devlet. You can also make payments automatically from your bank account. As of this writing, only the state-owned banks, such as Ziraat Bank and Halk Bank, offer this service. Quitting the SGK Insurance Plan Once you enroll in the SGK plan, your coverage will continue for life. You can't quit unless you're permanently leaving Turkey or switching to a Turkish private health insurance policy. You'll need to go to the SGK office to disenroll. Mertsel Health Insurance and Residence Permit Application Service Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Set up your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Buy Health Insurance for Your Residence Permit Ken Grubb 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.
  2. Does the PDF document contain your tax number? Yes it is normal. You just need your passport number. Since the tax number is based on your passport number, the government already has your other identification information and your photo. Then later you'll get your residence permit which will have your foreign identification number printed on it. That will also be attached to your passport as well, so you can use your foreigner identification instead of your tax number once you get it.
  3. I haven't bought them before, but not knowing exactly what you need to know, the Turkish government-owned banks are probably the safest bet. The latest info I saw was from 2020 showing the government-owned banks: Ziraat Bankasi Ziraat Katilim Bankasi Vakifbank Vakif Katilim Bankasi Halk Bankasi Iller Bankasi Turk Eximbank Turkiye Katilim Bankasi Birlesik Fon Bankasi Adabank The main ones you'll probably be interested in are Ziraat Bank, Vakıf Bank, and Halk Bank. Do a search for them in English (using "bank" instead of "bankası" and you 'll find the English pages). Here is Ziraat Banks's investment page that has English information about buying treasury bills. Ziraat Bank Investment Page You can buy them at the bank, online, or even using a bank machine (I'm not sure how that works!).
  4. As far as a work permit goes, you won't need one. But you're correct regarding taxes and where your tax home is. Personally I would speak to a tax professional about this. And have them read over the tax agreement between the UK and Turkey (you can probably find it with a Google search).
  5. I don't think it will be a problem. Normally they ask for utility bills only if there is some doubt. Personally I have never been asked for one. The contract was enough. Just in case though, perhaps you should take the utility bills, and the notarized copy of your contract anyway. At least the could see that your friend (who is on the contract with you) has the bills in their name. And since they are on the contract with you, it would make sense that the contract is a valid one and that you really are living there. And that's only if they ask for the utility bill in the first place.
  6. Brian, I doubt any repository of marriage records would release such a document or information to anyone other than the person the record pertained to (and then only with identification). it seems to me that your best bet is to connect with the hotel again. Ask to speak to the general manager if necessary. They would be the only ones who might have an actual name and address, and contact info for the person whose name is inscribed on that ring. I must say here that I salute you for your sense of duty to do the right thing. We need more people like you in this world.
  7. Thank you Meral! I'm in the process of updating all of the articles. That will be very helpful!
  8. When you apply for a residence permit in Turkey, you must be covered by health insurance. You can use one of the low-cost "foreigner health insurance" policies many insurance companies sell, or buy a more expensive private insurance policy with greater coverage. After you've been living in Turkey for one year, you can join the Turkish government's comprehensive health insurance plan, called Genel Sağlık Sigortası (General Health Insurance) offered by the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Administration, also called SGK). Foreigner (Expat) Health Insurance Cost Here's a general idea of what you can expect to pay. What you actually pay may be a bit higher or lower depending on which company you buy your policy from. Cost (Premiums) for Turkey Residence Permit Health Insurance (2022) Age First Year Second and Additional Years 0-5 ₺1,600 ₺2,400 6-17 ₺1,200 ₺1,800 18-25 ₺810 ₺1,215 26-30 ₺1,080 ₺1,620 31-35 ₺1,080 ₺1,620 36-40 ₺1,080 ₺1,620 41-45 ₺1,500 ₺2,250 46-50 ₺1,674 ₺2,511 51-55 ₺2,394 ₺3,591 56-60 ₺3,600 ₺5,400 61-64 ₺6,000 ₺9,000 The prices are pretty good for health insurance. But to screen out pre-existing conditions, the first year of these policies offer limited coverage which is actually less than the government's requirements. The policy in the second and subsequent years fully covers you to the government's minimum requirements. However, if you get treatment for a medical condition, your next year's policy probably won't cover it because it will be considered a pre-existing condition. Learn more about insurance policies for residence permits. Private Health Insurance Cost You can also get a private policy that has more comprehensive coverage, and that won't stop covering you for a medical problem once you've been treated for it. They're more expensive, but if you need a higher level of coverage, they're worth it. The cost varies according to the level of coverage you want, the amount of the cost of medical treatment you want to share, and the minimum amount a medical bill must reach before it starts to pay out. You can get these policies all the way up to the same coverage the government health insurance plan covers, and even more. Or, if you're already a member of the government health insurance plan, you can get supplemental insurance to cover the additional cost of treatment in private hospitals. If you'd like to get a quote for the cost of a private insurance policy, you can contact insurance agent Selma Akdeniz, who is a trusted partner, and tell her what you need. Insider Tip: If you buy one of the more comprehensive private policies, it must have a statement on it that says it meets the government's minimum coverage requirements. Learn the Turkish government's minimum coverage requirements. Learn more about Turkish private health insurance policies. SGK Insurance Cost You can join the Turkish government's comprehensive insurance plan after you've lived in Turkey for one year. The premium is the same for everyone, and even covers your spouse and children at no additional cost. Whether you're single or have ten children, the premium price is the same. For 2022, the yearly premium for SGK health insurance is ₺1,200. Learn more about the SGK health insurance plan. Using an Insurance Policy from Your Home Country While your health insurance policy from your home country might not meet the minimum requirements in Turkey, you may be able to use it to pay for the cost of medical treatment that your Turkish insurance doesn't pay. Read your insurance policy to see if you can use it to pay these additional costs. Mertsel Residence Permit Application Services and Insurance Mertsel Health Insurance and Residence Permit Application Service Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Set up your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Buy Health Insurance for Your Residence Permit Ken Grubb 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.
  9. If your residence permit is lost or stolen, you must report it to the police immediately and file a report. Then take a copy of the police report to the immigration office. You won't need an appointment. Take the following to the immigration office: A copy of the police report. Two biometric photos Your passport and a copy of your passport, including the identifying information and photo pages, and the page with the most recent entry stamp. A copy of the residence permit that was lost or stolen, if you have one (it is always a good idea to take a photo or scan of your residence permit and save it in case you need it). Fees for the Replacement of a Residence Permit You'll have to pay a fee to have your new residence permit card printed. For 2022, the fee is ₺160. You'll also have to pay half of the residence permit processing fee. The full fee is in US dollars (but paid in Turkish Lira) and varies according to your nationality and the current foreign exchange rate. It's calculated when your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form) is created at the end of the online application process and printed at the bottom of the first page. Because of daily changes in the value of the Turkish Lira and the US dollar, the fee you pay will vary, but at least you'll have a rough idea of what it will be. Delivery of Your New Residence Permit Once your residence permit replacement application is accepted and your new card is printed, the immigration office will send it to you by registered mail. If Your Residence Permit is Lost or Stolen While Outside of Turkey If you're in another country and your residence permit is lost or stolen, you'll still be allowed to re-enter Turkey without buying an e-visa. Just explain the situation to the immigration control officer as you show them your passport. Using your passport number, They'll see that you're listed as a resident in their system. After you enter Turkey, go to a police station and report the theft or loss, get a copy of the police report, and follow the rest of the instructions above. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb 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.
  10. This guide is about the student residence permit, which you can apply for after entering Turkey with a student visa. To learn about the student visa, see Student Visas: Eligibility, the Application Process, and What to do When You Arrive in Turkey. Contents What is a Student Residence Permit? An Overview of the Application Process Required Documents at a Glance Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Step 2: Apply Online Step 3: Create Your Application Package Step 4: Go to Your Appointment Step 5: Receive Your Student Residence Permit Extending Your Student Residence Permit Student Residence Permit Application Video Assistance and Support What is a Student Residence Permit? A student residence permit is a biometric identity card which enables you to enroll in an accredited school or university and take courses until you graduate. You can get a student residence permit after you've formally enrolled in a school which offers a curriculum leading to graduation and a certificate or diploma. If you're in another country and a school in Turkey has accepted you as a student, you must first apply for a student visa at a Turkish embassy or consulate in your home country (or the country where you're living), then travel to Turkey and enroll at your school before you apply for your student residence permit. Student residence permits are issued by the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management). You'll also hear this organization called the Göç İdaresi, the Göç, or the immigration office. You'll need a student residence permit to attend Primary and secondary education Two-year associate programs Four-year baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree programs Postgraduate master's degree programs. When a Student Residence Permit is Not Required You don't need a student residence permit for courses you sign up for one-by-one, and which aren't part of a formal curriculum leading to graduation and a diploma. For example, if you just want to take Turkish courses without formally enrolling in a bachelor's degree program at a university, you can enter Turkey with an e-visa and get a one-year short-term residence permit. You would use "learning Turkish" as your reason for getting the short-term residence permit. If You're Already in Turkey and Have a Residence Permit If you already have a residence permit, you can transfer from whatever type of residence permit you have to a student residence permit. It will depend on the school you're going to. If the school says you can take courses with a short-term residence permit, then you won't have to transfer to a student residence permit. No Working Rights The student residence permit doesn't give you the right to work. If you want to work, you'll need a separate work permit. There are rules concerning how many hours you can work as a student, so if you're going to work, contact your foreign student affairs office. Duration The student residence permit is valid for a maximum of one year or until your official graduation date, whichever is sooner. Your official graduation date is the one in your school records, not necessarily the date you want to graduate. On the day after your official graduation date, your student residence permit will expire. You'll have ten days to leave Turkey or apply for a short-term residence permit. If you're unable to graduate on time for whatever reason, you can extend your student residence permit one last time until your new graduation date, as long as the final extension doesn't exceed one year. When to Apply You must apply for your student residence permit after you formally register at your school, and within 30 days of arrival with your student visa. Residence Permit Law The law concerning residence permits is Law No. 6458, Law on Foreigners and International Protection. Go Back to the Top An Overview of the Application Process The residence permit application process always begins on the e-ikamet (e-residence) website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. "İkamet" means "residence." The online application system consists of several pages on which you enter your personal information. At the end of the process, you'll select an appointment date and time for an interview at the local immigration office. Then you download, print, and sign your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Application Form). If you need any other documents, you can collect them during the time between your online application and your appointment. On your appointment day, you'll go to the immigration office and present your application package to an immigration specialist. If all required documents are there, your application will be accepted, and your residence permit card will be printed and mailed to your school where you can pick it up. Note: Some universities are authorized to accept student residence permit packages and send them to the immigration office. If your school is one of these, you won't have to go to an appointment. Istanbul Residents If you're applying in Istanbul, you may not get the option to set up an appointment using the online system. Instead, the Istanbul immigration office will send you an SMS message telling you your appointment date and time. It may also tell you that they want you to bring additional documentation to your appointment (more on this later). Go Back to the Top Required Documents at a Glance Contact your school's foreign student affairs office for their list of required documents. Below is the usual list: Passport Copy of your passport, including the ID page and photo, validity dates, and stamp showing entry into Turkey Four biometric photos Tax number Student enrollment document Scholarship document (if any) Health insurance (not required if under 18 years of age) Proof of address Proof of financial ability Letter of consent (from parents if you're under age 18) Taahhütname (legal declaration), only if you're under 18 and have a sponsor in Turkey, declaring that they'll cover your expenses I'll cover each of these documents in the application steps below. Go Back to the Top Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Coordinate with your school's foreign student affairs office. They'll assist you with getting the documents you need for the online application. Passport You need the passport number, issue date, and expiration date. Tax Number To pay the fees for your residence permit application, you need a vergi numarası (tax number). Go to the vergi dairesi (tax office) or the maliye (finance office), which will have a tax office inside. Show the clerk your passport and ask for a tax number. After you fill out a form, they'll give you one immediately, for free. Learn more about getting a tax number. Photos You'll need four (4) biometric photos. The photos must be 5 cm in width, 4.5 cm in height Taken within the last six months Full frontal view White background In color Professional quality (no selfies) You can have the photos taken at any photo studio. Just say "ikamet izni" (residence permit). They'll know what you need. Health Insurance As a student, you qualify for Turkey's comprehensive health insurance plan, called Genel Sağlık Sigortası (General Health Insurance) managed by the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Administration). This plan will cover you for one year at a time. You'll have 90 days to join it. If you don't join in the SGK plan within 90 days, or choose not to participate, you'll have to buy private health insurance. Learn more about Turkey's general health insurance plan. Bilateral Health Care Coverage Agreements Some countries have a bilateral agreement with Turkey, which allows their citizens to be covered by the SGK insurance plan while living in Turkey (and vice versa). If you're a citizen of one of these countries, contact your government's health insurance representative to get the required form. Then take that form to an SGK office, and get a sicil numarası (registration number). You'll use this number while applying online. Learn more about health insurance under bilateral agreements. Private Health Insurance from a Turkish Company Most insurance companies offer a cheap health insurance plan which meets the minimum government requirements for health insurance. These policies are often called yabancı sağlık sigortası, (foreigner health insurance), or "expat" health insurance policies. You can get one by walking into an insurance company office, providing some necessary information about yourself, and paying the premium. It takes around 45 minutes. You can also buy it online and have the policy sent to you by e-mail and/or mail or courier. If you're applying for a two-year residence permit, you can buy two policies, one for the first year, and one for the second. Ask for one copy in Turkish and the other in English. You'll need the information from these policies when applying online, and you'll include the Turkish language policy in your application package. Learn more about buying health insurance online. Your Address Information If you're staying in housing provided by your school, contact the foreign student affairs office for a document you can use to prove your address. If you're staying in your own place, you'll need your rental agreement. For now, you just need to know what your exact address is. All legal addresses in Turkey (including rooms in student housing) are recorded in a central address database. The residence permit application system connects to this database. So you'll enter your address by "drilling down" through a series of drop-down menus until you get to your apartment or room number. Later, when you go to your appointment, you'll submit the address document to the immigration specialist. Learn more about proving your address as a student. Go Back to the Top Step 2: Apply Online The only official website for applying for a residence permit is at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. It has an English option. You can also view it using the Chrome browser with the Google Translate application. When you start your application, you enter your passport and contact information. The system will send you a verification e-mail with a link to click on. When you click on it, you'll be returned to the application system and given an application number. Keep that number, since you'll need it if you stop and continue your application later. If you have the documents you need, the online application should take less than an hour. Unfortunately, some people have problems using it. For suggestions about what to do if you have a problem with the system, see: e-İkamet: How to use Turkey's Online Residence Permit Application System to Apply for Your Residence Permit. Your Appointment Date and Time Some universities are authorized to receive your application package and make the application for you. In that case, you won't need to go to a separate appointment at the immigration office. Your university will take care of it for you, and the immigration office will mail your student residence permit to you at your school. If you must go to an appointment, you'll create one at the end of the online application. The system may give you a choice of dates and times, or give you a fixed date and time, or you may see this message: Randevu Tarihi GİGM Tarafından Belirlenecektir (the appointment date will be determined by the immigration office). It means the immigration office will contact you by SMS or e-mail, depending on your contact preferences, and give you an appointment date and time. So keep an eye on your mobile phone messages. Learn more about residence permit applications in Istanbul. Downloading Your Application Form At the end of the online application process, there is a link to download your completed İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Application Form). So download it, sign it, and add the original to your application package. Print a second copy of the first page of the application document and keep it with you, with your passport, to keep you legal in Turkey until your appointment date. The first page of your downloaded application will have the date and time of your appointment (if you were able to make one) and the address of the immigration office where you need to go. It will also have the residence permit fees you need to pay (see "Paying the Fees" below). Go Back to the Top Step 3: Create Your Application Package In this step, you'll gather whatever documents you still need for your application package. Proof of Residence If you're renting a residence A notarized copy of your rental contract. You can get this by taking your rental contract to a noter (notary). To learn more, see: Proving You Have a Place to Live as a Renter. If you're staying in a dormitory A document, from your school, that you live in a room provided by the school. If you're staying at a hotel You can use a hotel as your legal address. You'll need an e-signed, or stamped/sealed and signed, letter, on hotel letterhead, from the hotel which shows your intended dates of residence. To learn more, see: Proof of Address When Staying at a Hotel. If you're staying with a friend If you're using the home of a Turkish or foreign friend(s), your friend(s) will need to go with you to a notary. They must bring their identification and proof of their address (either a property title deed or rental contract) and sign a taahhütname (legal declaration). In this document, the renters or owners of the property where you're staying promise to make sure you depart Turkey when your residence permit expires (unless you extend it), and pay any debts you fail to pay. Each owner or renter of the property must sign the taahhütname. Your hosts don't have to go to your residence permit appointment with you—just put the taahhütname into your residence permit application package. To learn more, see: Proof of Address When Staying with a Friend. Utility bills: If you're renting your own place and have utility bills in your name showing service at your address, add them to your application package. Proof of Financial Ability This is documentary proof that you have enough money to live on while going to school in Turkey. It can be Bank statements for the last six months (can be from a bank in your home country) A letter from parents promising to take care of your expenses A taahhütname, which is a Turkish legal declaration by someone in Turkey who is promising to take care of your expenses To learn more, see: How to Prove You Have Enough Money to Live On. Paying the Fee The only fee you'll pay as a student is the değerli kağıt bedeli or kart bedeli (card printing fee). For 2022, it's ₺160. How and Where to Pay the Fee You can pay online, with a credit card, at the end of your online application using the link the online system will provde. You can also pay in person at any vergi dairesi (tax office). You'll need a copy of the first page of your application, your passport, and your tax number. Just show the clerk the first page of your application, and they'll know what to do. Include the original of the payment receipt in your application package and keep a copy for your records. Go Back to the Top Step 4: Go to Your Appointment Finding the Immigration Office Your appointment date, time, and location will be printed at the bottom of the first page of your residence permit application. You can also find the immigration offices by searching for the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü and your province in Google Maps. If there is an immigration office in your district, use your district's name. Make sure the address in Google Maps is the same as the one on your residence permit application form, because sometimes the offices move. Your Appointment During your appointment, the immigration specialist will go over your application package to make sure everything is there. Missing Documents If the immigration specialist finds that any documents are missing or inadequate, they'll give you time to get them and bring them back. You don't need another appointment for this; you can just walk in and ask for the immigration specialist who's handling your application. The Residence Permit Application Document At the end of the appointment, you'll receive an İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document). This document proves your application is complete and serves as a "temporary residence permit" to keep you legally in Turkey even after your current residence permit expires. It's valid for 90 days or until the day you receive your residence permit card. Leaving Turkey Before You Receive Your Residence Permit Card: If your current residence permit expires and you need to leave Turkey, you can stay out of the country for up to 15 days and re-enter without a visa, provided you have your Residence Permit Application Document, your passport, and the fee payment receipts. To learn more, see: Leaving Turkey before your appointment, or Leaving Turkey after your appointment If You Receive a Communique Document Instead of a Residence Permit Application Document The Istanbul and Ankara immigration offices (and perhaps offices in other provinces) may give you a Tebliğ-tebellüğ Belgesi (communique document) instead of a Residence Permit Application Document. The communique states that the immigration office has received your application and that it will process it. It keeps you legally in Turkey until your residence permit card arrives (provided you also have your passport with you). But if your current residence permit expires and you leave Turkey and return before your residence permit card arrives, it won't allow you to re-enter Turkey without a visa. To leave Turkey and return, you'll need to call the immigration office's helpline at 157 and get an e-mail address to request a Residence Permit Application Document. They'll send a reply e-mail with the document attached. To learn more about leaving Turkey if you get a communique document at the end of your appointment, see: Leaving Turkey After Your Residence Permit Appointment with a Tebliğ Tebellüğü Belgesi (Communique Document). Go Back to the Top Step 5: Receive Your Student Residence Permit Either you or someone with power of attorney to receive your residence permit must be present at your address when the residence permit card arrives. You must show your passport or other identification and sign for it. If you aren't home, the PTT will keep your card at the local PTT branch for seven days. After that, it will be returned to the local immigration office where you can go, without an appointment, and pick it up. Checking the Status of Your Application After your appointment, you can use the e-ikamet website to see if your application review is still in progress, if it's been approved, or if there's a problem with your application. SMS Message You Might Receive 2019-123-4567- nolu ikamet izni talebiniz olumlu degerlendirilmistir. Your residence permit request 2019-123-4567 numbered has been evaluated positively. B001 If you receive the message that your residence permit's been approved, then soon after, you'll receive this message: Adınıza, 2345678 barkod nolu gönderi kabul edilmiştir. www.ptt.gov.tr adresinden gönderinin durumunu takip edebilirsiniz. B001 This message comes from the PTT, to let you know that they're delivering your residence permit card. Once you've received the message that your residence permit card has been given to the PTT, you can check on its delivery using the barcode here: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/ptt-gonderi-takip Learn more about how to check the status of your residence permit and receiving your residence permit card in the mail. Go Back to the Top Extending Your Student Residence Permit You can apply to extend your student residence permit within 60 days of the expiration of your current permit. Extension applications work the same way as first-time applications and require an appointment (unless your school has other arrangements). In addition to the usual documents, bring your current residence permit to your appointment. Go Back to the Top Student Residence Permit Application Video Here is a video guide to the student residence permit application process. It's the first in a series of videos, so the next video will automatically begin when the first one ends. Go Back to the Top Mertsel Residence Permit Application Services and Insurance Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Set up your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb 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.
  11. In this article, I'll to teach you how to calculate the cost of your Turkey Residence permit processing fee as well as the other costs associated with becoming a resident of Turkey, including health insurance, notary expenses, biometric photos, and the fee you'll pay if you want to have someone else make your online application and get an immigration appointment for you. So how much does it cost to get a residence permit in Turkey? A Turkey residence permit costs on average $8.75 US dollars for the first month and $2.60 for each additional month of residence, with a second fee of ₺160 for printing the residence permit card. Those who enter Turkey without a visa must also pay a "single entry fee" of ₺1,033.60. Contents Calculating Your Turkey Residence Permit Cost If You Entered Turkey Without a Visa How to Learn if You Can Enter Turkey Without a Visa The Turkish Tax Number How to Pay the Turkey Residence Permit Fees How to Pay the Turkey Residence Permit Fees Online Using the Tax Office Website How to Pay Your Turkey Residence Permit Fees at a Tax Office How to Pay Your Turkey Residence Permit Fees at the Immigration Office Keep a Copy of Your Residence Permit Fee Payment Receipts Other Costs Associated with Getting a Turkey Residence Permit Paid Residence Permit Application Services Mertsel Residence Permit Application Services and Insurance Calculating Your Turkey Residence Permit Cost The Automatic Calculation of the Online Residence Permit Application System You'll see the total cost printed near the top of your completed and downloaded Residence Permit Registration Form. In this case, it's for a two-year residence permit, with no one-time entry fee. When you finish your residence permit registration at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/, the online system will automatically calculate your residence permit fees and give you a total cost. When you download your completed İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form), the total cost will be printed on the first page. Regardless of what calculations you've made, that is the fee you must pay. But you can also calculate the cost before you apply for a residence permit. How to Calculate the Residence Permit Processing Fee The İkamet Harç Bedeli (Residence Permit Processing Fee) is for reviewing and processing your residence permit application. It's charged according to nationality and is based on the US dollar, so it can be different from person to person and day to day, depending on currency exchange rates. It also varies because there's a fee for each day the residence permit covers in the first month (with a minimum and maximum amount), and then a fixed fee for each additional month. Insider Tip: Children under age 18 get a 50% discount on the Residence Permit Processing Fee. Here's how to do the calculation: Check the tables below to see which group (A through E) your country is in. Look at the bottom of the table containing your country to see what the fee amounts are for the first month and for each month after the first month. Country Group A Afghanistan Costa Rica Hungary Mongolia Slovenia Andorra Croatia Iceland Mozambique Solomon Islands Angola Cuba Independent Samoa Namibia Somalia Antigua and Barbuda Democratic Republic of the Congo India Nauru South African Republic Armenia Djibouti Indonesia New Zealand South Cyprus Australia Dominica Iran Nicaragua St. Kitts and Nevis Austria Dominican Republic Italy Niger St. Lucia Azerbaijan East Timor Jamaica Nigeria St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bahamas El Salvador Kazakhstan North Cyprus Sudan Bahrain England Kenya North Korea Surinam Bangladesh Ecuador Kiribati Pakistan Sweden Barbados Equatorial Guinea Kyrgyzstan Palestine Switzerland Belize Eritrea Laos Panama Tanzania Benin Estonia Latvia Papua New Guinea Bhutan Eswatini Lebanon Paraguay Thailand Bolivia Finland Lesotho People's Republic of China Togo Botswana France Liberia Peru Tonga Bosnia and Herzegovina Gabon Libya Poland Trinidad and Tobago Brunei Gambia Liechtenstein Portugal Tuvalu Bulgaria Georgia Lithuania Qatar Uganda Burkina Faso Germany Madagascar Rwanda Ukraine Burundi Ghana Malawi Republic of Palau United Arab Emirates Cameroon Greece Malaysia Republic of the Congo United States Canada Grenada Maldives Romania Uruguay Cape Verde Guatemala Mauritius San Marino Uzbekistan Central African Republic Guinea Marshall Islands Sao Tome and Principe Vanuatu Chad Guinea Bissau Mauritania Saudi Arabia Vatican Chile Guyana Myanmar Senegal Venezuela Columbia Haiti Mexico Seychelles Vietnam Comoros Holland Moldova Sierra Leone Yemen Cook Islands Honduras Monaco Slovakia Zambia Fee for the First Month The fee for the first month is the Turkish lira equivalent of $1.00 (US dollar) per day. The minimum fee for the first month is $10.00. The maximum fee for the first month is $25.00. Fee for the Second and Following Months For each month after the first month, the fee is $5.00. Country Group B Albania Israel Mali Oman Tajikistan Cambodia Japan North Macedonia Philippines Fee for the First Month The fee for the first month is the Turkish lira equivalent of $.50 (US dollar) per day. The minimum fee for the first month is $5.00. The maximum fee for the first month is $14.00. Fee for the Second and Following Months For each month after the first month, the fee is $3.50. Country Group C Algeria Belgium Kuwait Malta Spain Belarus Jordan Luxembourg Singapore Taiwan Fee for the First Month The fee for the first month is the Turkish lira equivalent of $.40 (US dollar) per day. The minimum fee for the first month is $4.00. The maximum fee for the first month is $9.00. Fee for the Second and Following Months For each month after the first month, the fee is $2.50. Country Group D Ethiopia Hong Kong Micronesia South Korea Russian Federation Fee for the First Month The fee for the first month is the Turkish lira equivalent of $.30 (US dollar) per day. The minimum fee for the first month is $4.00. The maximum fee for the first month is $7.00. Fee for the Second and Following Months For each month after the first month, the fee is $1.50. Country Group E Egypt Iraq Ivory Coast Montenegro Morocco Tunisia Fee for the First Month The fee for the first month is the Turkish lira equivalent of $.20 (US dollar) per day. The minimum fee for the first month is $4.00. The maximum fee for the first month is $5.00. Fee for the Second and Following Months For each month after the first month, the fee is $.50. Calculation for Adults First Month Fee + (Number of Additional Months x Fee for Additional Months) = Total Fee Calculation for Children (Under Age 18) First Month Fee + (Number of Additional Months x Fee for Additional Months ÷2) = Total Fee for Children Convert the Residence Permit Application Fee to Turkish Lira Remember, the Residence Permit Application Fee is in US dollars. So go to your favorite online currency converter (I use Oanda.com), and convert it to Turkish Lira. Here's a link to Oanda.com. https://www.oanda.com/ It won't be exact because currency prices fluctuate, and also vary from place to place. But it will give you a close approximation of what the cost will be in Turkish Lira. Add the Kart Bedeli (Card Printing Fee): The card printing fee is always the same. There are no discounts. So take the total cost of the Residence Permit Application fee and add ₺160. That's your final amount, unless you entered Turkey without a visa. Go Back to the Top If You Entered Turkey Without a Visa Turkey has visa-free entry agreements with various countries. If your country is one of them, you can enter Turkey with your national ID card. Unfortunately, these visa-free entry agreements only apply to entering the country for tourism. Because you want to live in Turkey, you'll have to pay a one-time Tek Giriş Harcı (Single-entry Fee). This fee is always the same. There are no discounts. So, if you entered Turkey without a visa, add ₺1,033.60 to your total cost. Insider Tip: the single-entry fee is paid at the time of your appointment, on the direction of the immigration specialist who interviews you. You can instantly learn if you're from a country with a visa-free entry agreement using the e-Visa website. Just complete the first part of the e-visa application. It doesn't result in your applying for an e-visa, it just tells you if you can get one or not or if you can enter with your ID card. If you don't need a visa to enter Turkey, you'll see this message when you try to apply for an e-visa. Unfortunately, it also means that you'll have to pay a one-time single-entry fee when you apply for a residence permit. Go Back to the Top How to Learn if You Can Enter Turkey Without a Visa Go to https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/. Click "Apply." Select your country, the type of passport (or other travel document) you have, and enter the security verification text, and click "Save and Continue." The system will tell you if you need a visa or if you can enter Turkey with your ID card. It will also tell you if can get an e-visa, or if you must get a visa from a Turkish embassy or consulate. Insider Tip: If you're thinking you can avoid the single-entry fee by buying an e-visa even though you don't need one, well, it doesn't work that way. When you use the e-Visa website and enter your country name, the e-visa system won't let you buy an e-visa. It will tell you to enter with your ID card. So you'll have to pay the single-entry fee when you apply for your residence permit. There's no way around it. Go Back to the Top The Turkish Tax Number A Turkish tax number is a government-issued number used to positively identify people or businesses when they do business with each other or with the Turkish government. Foreigners wanting to get a residence permit in Turkey must first get a tax number, either online or from a tax office, to pay the residence permit fees. If you're applying for a Turkey residence permit the first time, you'll need to get a vergi kimlik numarası (tax identification number) to pay the fees for your residence permit. You can get one easily, and for free. All you need is your passport. Insider Tip: After you get your Turkey residence permit, you'll have a yabancı kimlik numerası (foreigner identification number, or YKN) printed on the front of your residence permit card. You can then use your foreigner identification number instead of your tax number. How to Get a Turkish Tax Number Online Here's the link you need on Turkey's virtual tax office to get a tax number. Go to the Turkish Tax Office website, here: https://ivd.gib.gov.tr/tvd_side/main.jsp Near the center of the page, click Yabancılar İçin Potansiye Vergi Kimlik Numarası (Potential Tax Identification Number for Foreigners). See the image above. Fill out the form, enter the security code in the box provided, and click Tamam (OK). How to Get a Turkish Tax Number at a Tax Office You can go to any tax office, but you can find one near you using Google Maps at https://www.google.com/maps/. Search for your local tax office by using the name of your ilçe (district), and the key phrase vergi dairesi (tax office). You'll then see the nearest tax office marked on the map. Go Back to the Top How to Pay the Turkey Residence Permit Fees You can pay the residence permit fees online, at a tax office, or at the immigration office cashier, if it has one. If it doesn't, there will be one nearby. Go Back to the Top How to Pay the Turkey Residence Permit Fees Online Using the Tax Office Website 1. Go to https://ivd.gib.gov.tr/tvd_side/main.jsp. It's the same website where you can get your tax number as described above. Near the center of the page, click Harç ve Değerli Kağıt Bedeli Ödeme (Payment of fees and "valuable paper," which refers to identification cards) To pay your residence permit fees online, look for this link on Turkey's online tax office website. 2. Near the center of the page, click Harç ve Değerli Kağıt Bedeli Ödeme (Payment of fees and "valuable paper," which refers to identification cards). The link to the section exclusively used for paying residence permit fees. A pop-up screen will appear. Click Göç İdaresi İkamet Tezkeresi Harç Ödeme (Immigration Administration Residence Permit Fee Payment) Find this number at the top of your downloaded Residence Permit Registration Form and enter it into the online residence permit fee payment form. 3. Enter your residence permit registration number, which is printed at the top of your downloaded Residence Permit Registration Form, and the Güvenlik Kodu (Security Code) in the box provided. 4. Click Sorgula (Query). This will take you to a page where you can pay with a Turkish credit card, but only if your credit card is issued by a government-owned bank like Vakıfbank, Ziraat Bank, or Halkbank. There's also an option to pay with a foreign credit card. Insider Tip: I tried paying my residence permit fees online. When I used a Turkish credit card, it was rejected because my Turkish bank wasn't a government-owned bank. Then I tried to pay with my foreign Visa card, issued by a U.S. bank. It was also rejected--not by my bank, but by the online fee payment system. I finally gave up. If you can't pay online, use one of the other payment methods below. Go Back to the Top How to Pay Your Turkey Residence Permit Fees at a Tax Office You can go to any Turkish tax office and pay your residence permit fees. Just take the first page of your downloaded and printed Residence Permit Registration Form, your passport, and enough Turkish Lira to pay the fees. Go Back to the Top How to Pay Your Turkey Residence Permit Fees at the Immigration Office When you pay your residence permit fees at a tax office or any other government facility, look for the "vezne," which means "cashier." The offices of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management) in provincial city centers which have the same name as the province, such as Izmir (the city) and Antalya (the city) have a co-located vezne (cashier) which is run by the tax office. It's usually in the same building. But branch offices, such as those in various districts of Istanbul, or in towns with a large foreign population, may not have one. In those cases, you'll have to go to another building, somewhere else in town, and pay the fees there. Paying the Fees Before Your Appointment It's best if you can go to the immigration office, say, 45 minutes before your appointment, to pay your fees before your interview. Just find the cashier, show the clerk your downloaded and printed Residence Permit Registration Form and your passport or current residence permit, and pay in cash. Paying the Fees During Your Appointment But let's say you're applying for a two-year residence permit but you're unsure if the immigration specialist will give you the full two years. They may only give you one year. This is often the case for first-time applications, especially in Istanbul. If that's your situation, you can wait for the immigration specialist, at the end of your interview, to decide how long they're going to give you a residence permit for. Then go and pay for the amount of time they tell you and return with the receipt. Go Back to the Top Keep a Copy of Your Residence Permit Fee Payment Receipts You'll need your fee payment receipt to add to your residence permit application package. And there's another reason you might need it—for traveling outside of Turkey and returning before you receive your residence permit card. Receipts Are Required for Travel Outside of Turkey and Reentry If you've applied for a Turkey Residence Permit and your current visa or residence permit is expired, you must get the İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) from the immigration office to travel outside of Turkey and return without a visa. The Residence Permit Application Document allows you to be outside of Turkey for up to 15 days and then reenter, provided you have your passport and a copy of the receipts showing you've paid the fees for your residence permit. So be sure to keep your receipts in case you need to travel before you receive your residence permit card. How to Get a Fee Receipt Online If you've lost your receipt, you may be able to get one online. Go to: https://spos.gib.gov.tr/Spos/Sorgu Fill out the form with what information you have (some of the fields are optional) and submit it, and you'll have a receipt you can download and print. Go Back to the Top Other Costs Associated with Getting a Turkey Residence Permit Besides the Residence Permit Application Fee, Card Printing Fee, and Single-entry Fee (if you entered Turkey without a visa), you will also have the following associated costs: Cost of Four Biometric Photos You can get your photos taken at any photo studio for around ₺30. Cost of Health Insurance As of 2022, for policies issued specifically for residence permits, there is one premium price for the first year and a higher price for the second and following years. This is because, during the first year, there is more limited coverage. Also, what you will pay depends on your age, as follows: Cost (Premiums) for Turkey Residence Permit Health Insurance (2022) Age First Year Second and Additional Years 0-5 ₺1,600 ₺2,400 6-17 ₺1,200 ₺1,800 18-25 ₺810 ₺1,215 26-30 ₺1,080 ₺1,620 31-35 ₺1,080 ₺1,620 36-40 ₺1,080 ₺1,620 41-45 ₺1,500 ₺2,250 46-50 ₺1,674 ₺2,511 51-55 ₺2,394 ₺3,591 56-60 ₺3,600 ₺5,400 61-64 ₺6,000 ₺9,000 These are estimates. All of the health insurance policies for residence permits cover the same minimum government requirements, yet different insurance companies charge different prices for them. So it's a good idea to shop around or go through an insurance broker who can get prices from multiple companies, such as Mertsel Insurance (see below for more information). Cost of Private Insurance (Not Specifically Designed for Residence Permits) You can also buy Turkish private health insurance policies which cover more than the government minimums. They can cover anything you want, and of course, the more coverage you want, the more it will cost. Insider Tip: If you buy a private health insurance policy that isn't one of the typical policies for residence permits but which meets or exceeds the government requirements, it must have the following statement on the policy: Turkish: İşbu poliçe 10.05.2016 tarih ve 16 sayılı vize ve ikamet izni taleplerinde yaptırılacak özel sağlık sigortalarına ilişkin genelgede belirlenen asgari teminat yapısını kapsamaktadır. English: This policy covers the minimum coverage for the general health insurance for private health insurances to be made on visa and residence permit requests dated 10.05.2016. Policies issued specifically for residence permits already have this statement on them. Note: Health insurance isn't required for those under 18 or over 65 years of age. Cost of a Notarized Copy of Your Rental Contract To find a notary, you can just go into town and look for a sign like this. The cost of a notarized copy of a rental contract in Turkey for 2022 is around ₺200. If you later buy a property, you'll submit your tapu (property title deed) instead of a rental contract. A property title deed doesn't need a notarized copy. You can just bring your property title deed and a regular copy to your residence permit application appointment. Cost of Foreign Document Legalization (If Required) If foreign documents are required for your residence permit, such as a marriage certificate or criminal record from your home country (these are not usually required), you must pay to Have your home country government send the document(s) to you (if you don't already have them). Send the document(s) to your country's office which issues apostilles (an apostille certifies the document as genuine) and have the document and apostille sent back to you. Have the document(s) and apostille translated by a sworn translator and notarized. Each country which is a member of the International Apostille Convention lists their prices for an apostille here: https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/conventions/authorities1/?cid=41 If your country isn't on the list, it means it's not a member of the Apostille Convention. Contact your country's embassy in Turkey or search the internet for your government office which legalizes documents. Cost of Foreign Document and Apostille Translation After you receive the foreign document and apostille from your home country, you must have both translated into Turkish by a sworn translator, and the translation stamped by a notary. The cost of a sworn translation will depend on the language, number of pages, and the complexity of the document. For a one-page document in English, expect to pay at least ₺80. For the notary stamp on the translation (the translator will do this), expect to pay around ₺160. Go Back to the Top Paid Residence Permit Application Services If you want to pay a company to apply for your residence permit for you, they'll do the online application for you, get you a verified appointment with the immigration office. and send you the Residence Permit Registration Form to add to your application package. They can also get you a tax number and health insurance, and advise you as you collect the other documents you need. Prices for paid residence permit application services vary widely. Some are absolute scams, charging thousands of dollars. For a typical residence permit application done by application service (not including getting you a tax number or health insurance), expect to pay around $300 (USD). Go Back to the Top Mertsel Residence Permit Application Services and Insurance Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel shops for prices health insurance policies from various insurance companies to get the best price, and charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will also: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Book your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package Mertsel will also assist you in collecting any other documents you need for your application. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb 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.
  12. When you apply for a residence permit in Turkey, you'll need to prove you have enough money to support yourself (and your family, if you have one), for the duration of the residence permit you're applying for. The money doesn't have to come from Turkey or be in a Turkish bank. It can be from any source, such as a salary, pension, rental income, investments, or you can use your savings in a bank account. How Much Money Do I Need to Get a Residence Permit? There isn't any set answer to that question, because it depends on your situation. The main reason the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management or the immigration office) requires proof of financial ability is to make sure that you won't be living on the street or that you won't be working illegally. You'll be Evaluated as an Individual According to the immigration office's approach to evaluating foreigners for residence, each foreigner is viewed as an individual in their own situation. So if you don't have much money to live on, it doesn't necessarily mean your residence permit application will be rejected. With even a modest income, such as a monthly payout from your government's social security retirement fund can be enough, if you can also show that your lifestyle allows you to live on that amount of money. The Turkish Minimum Wage If there is any minimum amount of money you'll need to have, it's an amount of money equal to the Turkish minimum wage, plus one-third of that amount for each of your family members. The minimum wage in Turkey for 2022 is ₺5,004. Long-term Residence Permits If you're applying for a long-term residence permit, you must prove that you have a continuous income, for life, of at least the Turkish minimum wage and again, an additional one-third for each family member. Types of Savings or Income and Documentation Money in the Bank Typically, the immigration specialist will want printouts of your home country bank account, showing all deposits and withdrawals for the last six months. These are regular printouts you can make using a home printer. Have these printouts with you when you go to your appointment. You Don't Need a Turkish Bank Account. A foreign bank account is okay. However, the immigration specialist may ask for additional proof of income, such as a stamped and signed, or e-signed letter from your bank, showing deposits and withdrawals for the last six months. You may also get an SMS message or e-mail asking you to bring this after you complete your online application. A Large Recent Deposit May Not Be Accepted. If the only proof of financial capacity you have is a large sum of money recently deposited into a bank account, be it a Turkish or foreign one, you'll probably be asked for proof of where the money came from. In the past, many foreigners borrowed money, opened a Turkish bank account, and deposited a large amount of money into it. Then after their interview, they withdrew the money and paid back the loan. Then they worked illegally. Because of this, the immigration office usually asks for proof of the last six months of your income. Employment Income To prove employment income, your bank account records showing deposits of your salary should be enough. However, the immigration specialist may also ask for a letter from your employer, on a stamped and signed or digitally signed letter, on company letterhead, which shows how much money you make and that this money will continue during the duration of your stay in Turkey. Pension For retirees, a simple printout of the last six months of your bank account deposits and withdrawals is usually enough. If you're asked for more, they'll probably want a stamped and signed, or e-signed letter from your pension provider using their letterhead. The letter will need to state the amount, frequency, and duration of your pension payments. Rental Income If you have rental income from rental properties you own, a statement of monthly rental income and expenses should suffice. If it doesn't, the immigration specialist may ask for a stamped and signed or digitally signed statement of income and expenses from your property manager. If you're managing the property yourself, you may be asked for the title deed of the rental property and a rental contract between you and the tenant. Investment Income If you have money in a mutual fund or a private retirement plan, you'll need the last six months of the statements of activity. Putting Things into Perspective It's easy to feel a little stressed about this. But think about it this way. Imagine you're having a conversation with a friend talking about your move to Turkey. They ask you if you have enough to support yourself, and you say "yes." Then they ask, "how do you know?" What you'd tell your friend in this imaginary conversation is the same thing you'll be telling the immigration specialist. And if you already have the money or it's guaranteed as income, you'll already have the documentation to prove it. Declaring Your Financial Capacity in the Residence Permit Application System All applications for residence permits are created and submitted using the e-ikamet online residence permit application system. İkamet means "residence." The immigration office manages the system, which you'll find it at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. While going through the online process, you'll be asked to declare you have enough money to live on and how much it is. That's all you'll have to do. Then the end of the process, the system will provide you with an appointment date and time for you to go to the local immigration office and submit documents that prove that you have enough income or savings, among other things such proof of an address and health insurance. So you'll make the declaration during your online application, then prove it with documents at your appointment. Learn more about the online residence permit application system. If You Live Off of Your Savings While completing your online application, if you have an amount of money in your bank account and will be living from that, and have no monthly income, don't put "zero" (0) in the box where it asks for your monthly income. Instead, divide the money you have in the bank by 12, and use that number as your monthly income. Or if you're applying for a two-year residence permit, divide it by 24. SMS or E-mail Messages Asking for Documents After you declare your income or savings in the online application system, complete your application and get your appointment at the local immigration office, you may receive an SMS message or an e-mail (depending on the communications method you chose). The message will tell you specifically what additional proof of income you need to bring to your interview. The Istanbul immigration offices usually send these messages, mostly because they receive a lot of fraudulent applications and fake documentation. If you get one of these messages, it'll probably ask you for a stamped and signed letter from your bank certifying your last six months of banking deposits and withdrawals, or a similar letter from whatever company provides your income or maintains your savings or investments. If your financial documents aren't in the western alphabet, you'll need to have them translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. Learn more about additional requirements in Istanbul. Learn more about getting your documents translated. Learn more about additional documents which may be required. Presenting Documentary Proof of Income or Savings at Your Appointment When you go to your appointment, you'll meet an immigration specialist and present your application package. Your application package will include your downloaded and printed İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form), health insurance, proof of address, and proof you have enough money to live on. If in Doubt, Bring It! If you have any documents related to your income and aren't sure whether you should bring them to your appointment or not, bring them. It's better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them. Insufficient or Missing Documentation of Income If you can't get the requested documentation in time for your interview, or the immigration specialist looks over what you have and says it's insufficient, they'll give you up to 30 days to get the documents you need. When you get them, you can return to the immigration office and give the documents to the immigration specialist handling your case. You won't need an appointment. Important! Make sure you return with the documentation within the deadline they give you. If you don't, your application will be rejected (not just canceled, but rejected) because of insufficient documentation. If your application is rejected, you'll be unable to re-apply for the same type of residence permit for six months. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb 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.
  13. Contents What is a Short-term Residence Permit? An Overview of the Application Process Required Documents at a Glance Having Foreign Documents Legalized and Translated Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Step 2: Apply Online Step 3: Create Your Application Package Step 4: Go to Your Appointment Step 5: Receive Your Residence Permit Extending Your Short-term Residence Permit Short-term Residence Permit Application Video Assistance and Support What is a Short-term Residence Permit? A Short-term Residence Permit is a biometric identity card that enables you to remain in Turkey after your visa has expired. It has a validity period of up to two years, and can be extended indefinitely or until you get a Long-term Residence Permit (which is valid for life) or become a Turkish citizen. The Short-term Residence Permit doesn't allow you to work. If you want to work in Turkey, you must get a work permit. Residence Permit Law The law concerning residence permits is Law No. 6458, Law on Foreigners and International Protection. Go Back to the Top An Overview of the Application Process The residence permit application process always begins on the e-ikamet (e-residence) website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. You must get a few documents together before you apply online because the system will require some information from them. I'll cover each of these documents as we go through the steps in this guide. The application system consists of several ordered pages on which you enter your personal information. As you're finishing up, you'll select an appointment date and time for an interview at the local office of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, DGMM, or immigration office). Then you'll download, print, and sign your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). This form, and your passport, will keep you legal in Turkey until your appointment date, even after your visa or current residence permit expires. If you don't have all of the required documents after you've applied online, you can get them before your appointment date. At your appointment, you'll present your completed application package and undergo a brief interview. If your interview is successful, and your application is accepted, your residence permit card will be printed and sent to your address by registered mail. Istanbul Residents If you're applying in Istanbul, you may not get the option to set up an appointment using the online system. Instead, the Istanbul immigration office will send you an SMS message telling you your appointment date and time. It may also tell you that they want you to bring additional documentation to your appointment. Learn more about residence permit applications in Istanbul. When to Apply for a Short-term Residence Permit You can apply for a short-term residence permit any time within 60 days before the expiration of your visa. Leaving Turkey and Returning After You've Applied but Before Your Appointment Your downloaded Residence Permit Registration Form and your passport will allow you to stay in Turkey until your appointment date, even after your current residence permit expires. But the registration form isn't a travel document. So if your visa or current residence permit has expired and you must leave Turkey before your appointment date, you'll have to re-enter Turkey with a visa. Leaving Turkey won't interfere with your short-term residence permit application. However, if you've chosen a Turkish mobile phone number as your communication method, that will be where the immigration office sends SMS messages. If you're outside of Turkey, you won't be able to receive them. So, either ask someone to monitor your SMS messages or choose e-mail as your preferred communications method when you apply online. Learn more about leaving Turkey after you've applied online but before your appointment. Go Back to the Top Required Documents at a Glance Here is a preview of the documents you'll need: İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form) which you download and print at the end of the online application process Passport Copy of passport (including the photo and information pages and the page with the entry stamp for your most recent entry into Turkey)* Four (4) biometric photos Proof of address Proof of financial ability to support yourself Health insurance (not required for those less than 18 or over 65 years of age) *Insider Tip: Some provinces, like Istanbul, allow you to mail in your documents. If you mail them in, the copy of your passport must be notarized. If you take your passport to your appointment, it doesn't need to be notarized. You can also view required documents on the e-İkamet website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/Ikamet/IstenenBelgeler Istanbul Residents Because of the high rate of fake documents and fraudulent applications in Istanbul, the Istanbul immigration office often sends an SMS message asking for additional documents that aren't on the normal list. If you receive a request for a document and you aren't sure what it is or how to get it, see the section Documents, Forms & Numbers. Go Back to the Top Having Foreign Documents Legalized and Translated If your application doesn't include any documents from a foreign country, you can skip this and go to Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application. Any document issued by a foreign government, such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, or criminal record check, must be "legalized" before it can be accepted as a legal document in Turkey. Legalization is done with an attached document or stamp, called an "apostille." Then both the document and the apostille must be translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. What is an Apostille? An apostille is a special certificate issued by a country's secretary of state or another government office approved to do so by the international Apostille Convention. The apostille is attached to or stamped on the document in to certifies its authenticity. Where Can I Get an Apostille? Every country in the Apostille Convention has an office responsible for issuing apostilles. You just need to find out which government office issues them. Here's a list of all participating countries (and states in the USA): https://www.hcch.net/en/states/hcch-members The list also has links to each country's government office that issues apostilles. And it includes links to their websites so you can learn where to send your document and how to pay the fee. Once the government office receives your document, they attach the apostille and send it back to you. Once you receive them, the next step is to have them translated. If Your Country Isn't on the List If your country isn't a member of the convention, don't worry. In this case, the document will be legalized with a similar document you'll get from your home country. If you can't find out which office of your government issues them, contact your foreign affairs office or local embassy or consulate. Documents Which Don't Need an Apostille A passport is already an internationally accepted document, so it doesn't require an apostille. Also, documents that aren't issued by your government and which aren't part of your country's public records don't require an apostille. These would include diplomas and financial information from a school, bank, or private company. Having Foreign Documents Translated After you receive the document and apostille, you must have them translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. Then the translator will swear before a noter (notary) that the translation is true and accurate. You'll then get a notarized copy of your document and the apostille, and a sworn translation of them. At this point, your foreign document will be as legal in Turkey as it is in your country, and you can submit it with your residence permit application. Make a Note of the Notary's Document Registration Number When you get the notarized translation, find the notary's stamp on the back. Photograph, scan or write down the number in the stamp. If you ever need the document again, you can go back to the same notary and use that number to get another copy from their records. That way, you won't have to go through the whole process again, and you'll save money. Learn more about apostilles, sworn translations, and how to get them. Go Back to the Top Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Start the process by getting any foreign documents and apostilles first. It will take more time to get them than it will take to get local documents. You won't need them to start the online application, but you'll need them when you go to your appointment. Collect the following documents first, because the online system will ask you for information about them. Passport For the online application, you'll need your passport number, issue date, and expiration date. Your passport's expiration date must be at least 60 days beyond the last day of the duration of the residence permit. Later, you'll take your original passport to your appointment, with one regular (non-notarized) copy for the immigration specialist to keep. The copy must include the photo and identification pages, and the pages showing the stamps for your entries into and exits from Turkey. Note: If you're told by the immigration office to mail your application package to them, the copy of your passport must be notarized. Tax Number To pay the fees for your residence permit application, you need a vergi numarası (tax number). Go to the vergi dairesi (tax office) or the maliye (finance office), which has a tax office inside. Show the clerk your passport and ask for a tax number. After you fill out a form, they'll give you one immediately, for free. Photos You need four (4) biometric photos. These photos must be 5 cm in width, 4.5 cm in height Taken within the last six months Full frontal view White background In color Professional quality (no selfies) You can have the photos taken at any photo studio. Just say "ikamet izni" (residence permit). They'll know what you need. Health Insurance If you're under 65 years of age, you must have health insurance for the duration of the residence permit. If you're over 65, it isn't required. The online application system will determine your age from your birth date and omit that part of the application. There are three options for health insurance: private health insurance, government health insurance, and government insurance provided according to a bilateral agreement. Private Health Insurance from a Turkish Company Most insurance companies offer cheap health insurance policies specifically designed to meet the minimum government requirements for foreigners applying for residence permits. They're inexpensive, but they only cover limited medical procedures. The first year of the policy offers even less coverage, presumably to prevent having to pay for the treatment of pre-existing conditions. You can get one by either walking into an insurance company office or by buying it online. Buying Private Health Insurance from a Company Office: You'll just need to provide some necessary information about yourself and pay the premium. It takes around 45 minutes. Buying More Comprehensive Private Health Insurance: You don't have to buy one of the cheaper foreigner (or "expat") policies with limited coverage. If you prefer, you can get a private policy that covers whatever you want, provided you're willing to pay for it. If you buy one of the more comprehensive policies, it must meet Turkey's minimum coverage requirements. Health Insurance Coverage for Two-year Residence Permits: If you're applying for a two-year residence permit, you can buy two policies—one for the first year, and one for the second year. The day after the first policy ends, the second one begins. Get Two Copies of the Policy: Ask for one copy of your policy in Turkish and the other in English. You'll need the Turkish copy to submit with your residence permit application package. You can keep the English copy for yourself. Buying Private Health Insurance Online: You can also buy health insurance online and have the policy sent to you by e-mail and/or mail or courier. Learn more about private health insurance in Turkey. Learn about buying your Turkish health insurance online. SGK Health Insurance The Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Administration, also called the SGK), offers a national health insurance plan called Genel Sağlık Sigorta (General Health Insurance), which covers most medical procedures in state hospitals. It also includes you in private hospitals, but as prices are higher in private hospitals, you'll have to pay part of the cost yourself. Your eligibility for SGK health insurance begins after you've been a resident of Turkey for one year. If you've lived in Turkey for a year and have enrolled in the SGK health insurance plan, you'll need a Provizyon Belgesi (Provision Certificate) to prove you're covered. You'll also need some information from this document when you apply online. Learn more about SGK Health Insurance. Bilateral Health Care Coverage Agreements Some countries have a bilateral agreement with Turkey, which allows their citizens to be covered by the SGK insurance plan while living in Turkey (and vice versa). If you're a citizen of one of these countries, contact your government's health insurance representative to get the required form. Then take that form to an SGK office, and get a sicil numarası (registration number). You'll use this number while applying online. Learn more about health insurance under bilateral agreements. Address Information For the online application process, you'll need to know your full address. You can get this from your tapu (property title deed), your rental contract, from your host (if you're staying with a friend), or from your hotel. All legal addresses are recorded in a central government database, which is accessed by the online application system. So when you're on the address page of the application system, you'll "drill down" through various drop-down menus to locate your exact address, and then select it. You don't need documentary proof of your address at this point, but you'll need it for your application package. I'll cover that in Step 3. Go Back to the Top Step 2: Apply Online The only official website for applying for a residence permit is at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. It has an English option. You can also view it using the Chrome browser with the Google Translate application. When you enter the website, go near the bottom of the page and click the option for a first-time application. If you're extending a current residence permit, click the option to extend. On the next page, click on the button to create a new application. Enter your passport and contact information. The system will send you a verification e-mail with a link to click on. When you click on it, you will be returned to the application system and given an application number. Keep that number, as you'll need it if you stop and continue your application later. If you've gathered all the documents above before applying, the online application should take less than one hour. Unfortunately, some people have problems using it. Learn more about the online residence permit application system and what to do if you have problems. Your Appointment Date and Time At the end of the online application process, you'll make an appointment at the local immigration office. Depending on what province you're in, you may be given a choice of dates and times or be given one date and time with no other choice. If You're in Istanbul If you're in Istanbul, you may get this message: Randevu Tarihi GİGM Tarafından Belirlenecektir (the appointment date will be determined by the DGMM). It means the immigration office will contact you by SMS or e-mail, depending on your contact preferences, and give you an appointment date and time. So keep an eye on your mobile phone or e-mails for this, and be patient. It can take a month or so to get an appointment in Istanbul. Learn more about applying for a residence permit in Istanbul. Downloading Your Application Form You'll also get a link to download your completed application. So download it, sign it, and keep the original on the top of your application package. You should also print a separate copy of the first page of the application document and keep it with you, along with your passport, so you continue to be legal in Turkey if your current residence permit expires. The first page of your downloaded application will have the date and time of your appointment (if you were able to make one) and the address of the immigration office where you need to go. It will also have the residence permit fees you'll need to pay (see "Paying the Fees" below). Important! Your online application isn't complete until you've reached the point where you can download your completed application form. Go Back to the Top Step 3: Prepare Your Application Package In this step, you'll gather the rest of the documents you need for your residence permit application package. Proof of Residence What you'll need depends on if you own or rent your home, if you're the spouse of a renter or owner, if you're staying at a hotel, or if you're living at a friend's home. If you own your residence You'll need your tapu (property title deed) and a regular copy of your title deed (not notarized). Note: If the title deed was issued more than two years ago, you must go to the local Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü (Title Deed and Land Registry Directorate). Get a tapu kayıt örneği (title deed registration document), which proves your title deed is still valid. Learn more about proving your address as a property owner. If you're renting a residence You'll need a notarized copy of your rental contract. You can get one by taking your contract to a noter (notary). Learn more about proving your address as a renter. If you're a spouse of an owner or renter If you're the spouse of a foreigner and your name is on the title deed, you can get a short-term residence permit as a property owner. If your name isn't on the title deed, you can still get a short-term residence permit as a property owner if you provide a marriage certificate proving your marriage to the person named on the title deed. If the marriage certificate was issued in a foreign country, it must be legalized and translated. Learn how to get a copy of a marriage certificate from Turkey. Learn how to get a copy of a foreign marriage certificate and have it legalized. If you're staying at a hotel If you want to stay a few months longer than your visa allows, or if you're looking for a property to buy or rent, you can temporarily use the hotel where you're staying as your address. You'll later change this to your permanent address after you have your title deed or rental contract. You need an e-signed, or stamped/sealed and signed letter, on hotel letterhead, which shows your intended dates of residence. If you're traveling and staying at other hotels, you'll also need to submit a travel itinerary. You don't have to book and pay for all of the reservations in advance. It will be up to the immigration specialist to decide if your itinerary is acceptable or not. If it isn't, the immigration specialist will tell you what to do and give you time to create a more detailed itinerary and bring it back. If you're staying at a hotel while looking for a property to rent or buy If you're actively seeking a property to rent or buy to stay in Turkey for the long term, you can apply for up to a two-year residence permit even though you're still in a hotel. When you're in the online application system, you'll see that the central address system also includes hotel rooms, so you'll be able to select the exact room where you're staying. Within 30 days after your appointment, you must find a property and obtain a title deed or rental contract, then return to the immigration office with whichever document you have. Learn more about proving your address while staying in a hotel. If you're staying with a friend If you're using the home of a Turkish or foreign friend(s), your friend(s) will need to go to a notary and sign a taahhütname, or "undertaking." In this document, the registered renters or owners of the property where you're staying must promise to make sure you depart Turkey when your residence permit expires (unless you extend it), and to pay any debts you fail to pay before leaving Turkey. Each owner or renter of the property must prove that they live where they say they live and sign the taahhütname. Your hosts don't have to go to your residence permit appointment with you. Just put the taahhütname into your residence permit application package. Learn more about proving your address while staying with a friend. Utility Bills The immigration specialists consider utility bills in your name, for service at your address, to be the best proof of residence. If you have utility bills, bring them to your appointment. Proof of Financial Ability Print your bank account information or other proof of income or savings, for the last six months, and add that to your application package. If the immigration office wants more information, they'll notify you by SMS or e-mail. You don't have to open a Turkish bank account or have your money in Turkey—you can use your bank account in your home country. In addition to your bank statement, you can also provide documentation proving income from your investment accounts, pension fund, or rental income. There's no fixed amount of money or income you must have. The immigration specialists focus on each person as an individual. So if you have a modest lifestyle, with a modest income, it won't be a problem. The main thing they want to see is that you have enough money to live during the duration of the residence permit so you won't be working illegally. Learn more about proving you have enough money to live on. Applications in Istanbul For applications in Istanbul, The immigration office may send you an e-mail or SMS requesting more documentation beyond what's on the usual list. If the immigration office in Istanbul asks for additional documents and you're not sure what they are or how to get them, you'll find articles that explain each of these documents in the section Documents, Forms & Numbers. Paying the Fees There are usually two fees: The residence permit fee and the card printing fee. You'll see them at the bottom of the first page of your printed application. If you entered Turkey visa-free, you must also pay a single-entry fee. Residence Permit Fee This fee is for the processing of your residence permit application. It varies by nationality and is in US dollars, so currency fluctuations affect it. It's automatically calculated and printed at the bottom of the first page of your downloaded residence permit application. For children, the fee is 50% of the usual fee. The card printing fee is the same. Card Printing Fee The değerli kağıt bedeli or kart bedeli (card printing fee) for 2022 is ₺160. You can pay the fees with a credit card at the end of your online application by using the link the online system will provide. You can also pay them at your local vergi dairesi (tax office). Just take with you your passport and the first page of your residence permit application. Single-entry Fee The tek giriş harcı (single entry fee) for 2022 is ₺1,033.60. It's only paid by foreigners who enter Turkey legally without a visa, with an ID card. If that's you, you'll pay this fee during your appointment (not in advance). Also, this fee is only paid one time, during first-time residence permit applications. You won't have to pay it again when you extend. Include the originals of all receipts in your application package and keep the copies for your records. If you must leave Turkey between the dates of your appointment and the arrival of your residence permit card, you'll need these receipts (and the Residence Permit Application Document that you can get from the Immigration Office) to re-enter Turkey. If you don't have them, you'll have to get an e-visa to re-enter. Learn more about paying the residence permit fees. Go Back to the Top Step 4: Go to Your Appointment In this step, you go to the immigration office, present your residence permit application package, and be interviewed by an immigration specialist. Finding the Immigration Office Your appointment date, time, and location will be printed at the bottom of the first page of your residence permit application. You can also find the immigration offices by searching for the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü and your province in Google Maps. If the immigration office has a branch office in your district, use your district's name. Make sure the address in Google Maps is the same as the one on your residence permit application form, because sometimes the offices move. Attending Your Appointment During your appointment, the immigration specialist will go over your package and make sure everything is there. They'll ask you a few questions about why you want to live in Turkey, if anybody else is living with you, and if you intend to work. You'll also submit your fingerprints and take your application document to be stamped and signed. The whole process will take around 45 minutes. Learn more about the residence permit application appointment and interview. Missing Documents If you're missing any documents, the immigration specialist will ask you to get them and bring them back. They can give you up to 30 days (sometimes more). If it's a local document, you should be able to get it on the same day or the next day. Important! Be sure to get any missing documents back to the immigration specialist during the time allowed, or inform them of whatever difficulties you're having so you can get more time. If you fail to bring the missing documents within the allowed time, your application will be rejected, not canceled. If your application is rejected, you won't be allowed to re-apply for the same type of residence permit for another 180 days. The Residence Permit Application Document At the end of the appointment, you'll receive an İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document). This document proves your application is complete and serves as a "temporary residence permit" to keep you legally in Turkey even after your current residence permit expires. It's valid for 90 days or until the day you receive your residence permit card. Leaving Turkey Before You Receive Your Residence Permit Card: If your current residence permit expires and you need to leave Turkey, you can stay out of the country for up to 15 days and re-enter without a visa, provided you have your Residence Permit Application Document, your passport, and the fee payment receipts. If You Receive a Notification Receipt Document Instead of a Residence Permit Application Document The Istanbul and Ankara immigration offices (and perhaps offices in other provinces) may give you a Tebligat Belgesi (Notification Receipt Document) instead of a Residence Permit Application Document. The Notification Receipt Document states that the immigration office has received your application and that it will process it. It keeps you legal in Turkey until your residence permit card arrives (provided you also have your passport with you). But if your current residence permit expires and you leave Turkey and return before your residence permit card arrives, it won't allow you to re-enter Turkey without a visa. Learn more about leaving Turkey and returning before you receive your residence permit card. Go Back to the Top Step 5: Receive Your Residence Permit Either you or someone with power of attorney to receive your residence permit must be present at your address when the residence permit card arrives. You must show your passport or other identification and sign for it. If you aren't home, the PTT will keep your card at the local PTT branch for seven days. After that, it will be returned to the local immigration office where you can go, without an appointment, and pick it up. Learn more about how to give someone power of attorney. Checking the Status of Your Application After your appointment, you can use the e-ikamet website to see if your application is still in progress, if it's been approved, or if there is some problem that may result in a rejection. For more information, click on the link at the bottom of this section. SMS Messages You Might Receive "2019-123-4567- nolu ikamet izni talebiniz olumlu degerlendirilmistir. Your residence permit request 2019-123-4567 numbered has been evaluated positively. B001" What it Means: Your application is approved. Your card will be printed and sent to the PTT for delivery to your address. It may take up to 30 days for your residence permit card to be printed and sent to the PTT. "Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management. B001" What it could mean: Your residence permit application has been rejected. There's a problem with your application package. You need to clarify something or provide more documentation. If you see this message, you must go to the local immigration office, as soon as possible, to find out what the problem is. You can walk in without an appointment. If you received the message saying your residence permit's approved, you'll later get this message from the PTT (post office): "Adınıza, 2345678 barkod nolu gönderi kabul edilmiştir. www.ptt.gov.tr adresinden gönderinin durumunu takip edebilirsiniz. B001" What it means: The PTT has received your residence permit card from the immigration office, and it's in their delivery system. Delivery usually takes two or three days. The first number in the message is the package's barcode. Once you've received the message that your residence permit card has been given to the PTT, you can check on its delivery using the barcode here: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/ptt-gonderi-takip Learn more about how to check the status of your residence permit and receiving your residence permit card in the mail. Go Back to the Top Extending Your Residence Permit You can apply to extend your residence permit within 60 days of the expiration of your current residence permit. Extension applications work the same way as first-time applications and require an appointment. If You Need Copies of Previously Notarized Documents You don't have to have new copies made of documents that you've already submitted. Whenever a noter creates a notarized copy of a document, they stamp it on the back with a document number. Photograph, scan or record that number. When you need the same notarized copy again, go back to the same noter and give them that number. They'll pull their copy of the document, make another, and give it to you. It's just as legal as the first copy, and cheaper. Restrictions on Extending Your Short-term Residence Permit For citizens of some countries, the immigration office is no longer extending touristic-type short-term residence permits, unless the foreigner has a good reason for the extension. However, citizens on a list of countries can continue to extend their short-term residence permits indefinitely. Learn more about the extension restrictions, and see if your country is on the exemption list. Go Back to the Top Mertsel Residence Permit Application Services and Insurance Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Set up your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb 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.
  14. Contents What is a Long-term Residence Permit? An Overview of the Long-term Residence Permit Application Process Required Documents at a Glance Having Foreign Documents Legalized and Translated Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Step 2: Apply Online Step 3: Prepare Your Application Package Step 4: Attend Your Appointment Step 5: Receive Your Residence Permit Assistance and Support What Is a Long-term Residence Permit? The long-term residence permit is a biometric identity card that enables you to live in Turkey permanently (for life). You never need to extend it. It gives you the same rights and privileges as a Turkish citizen, except for things like voting and running for public office. You won't have to serve in the Turkish military, and you don't have to know Turkish. The long-term residence permit doesn't give you the right to work, but it does qualify you for an unlimited work permit. To be eligible to apply for a long-term residence permit, you must live in Turkey continuously with a work or residence permit for at least eight years. The Unlimited Work Permit Once you have a long-term residence permit, you can also apply for an unlimited work permit. The unlimited work permit is also for life and doesn’t need to be extended. It enables you to work in any job, for any employer, without the usual restrictions for foreign workers. It also allows you to open your own business and work in it. Learn more about the unlimited work permit. Eligibility You can apply for a long-term residence permit if you: Have enough income to live in Turkey permanently, from a source such as a pension, investment portfolio, or rental property, or otherwise convince the immigration specialist that you can live in Turkey permanently without working illegally Have valid health insurance that meets the minimum requirements Aren't considered to be a threat to public order or security Have lived in Turkey continuously for eight years without interruption (time accrued on a student residence permit doesn't count) A disqualifying interruption of continuous residence is: Being outside of Turkey for more than a total of 365 days during the previous five years before the date of your application Being outside of Turkey for more than 180 days in any one year from the sixth to the eighth year before the date of your application An exception is made if you were outside of Turkey for education, health reasons, or compulsory national service. Residence Permit Law The law concerning residence permits is Law No. 6458, Law on Foreigners and International Protection. Go Back to the Top An Overview of the Long-term Residence Permit Application Process The residence permit application process always begins on the e-ikamet (e-residence) website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. You'll need to get a few documents together before you apply online, because the online application system will require some information from them. I'll cover these documents later in this guide. The online application system consists of several sequential pages on which you'll enter your personal information. When you've finished, you'll select an appointment date and time for an interview at the local immigration office. Then you'll download, print, and sign your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). This, and your passport, will keep you legal in Turkey until your appointment date, even after your visa or current residence permit expires. If you don't have all of your required documents after you've applied online, you can get them before your appointment date. Then at your appointment, you'll present your application package and undergo a brief interview. If your interview is successful, and your application is accepted, your residence permit card will be printed and sent to your address by registered mail. Istanbul Residents If you're applying in Istanbul, you may not get the option to set up an appointment using the online system. Instead, the Istanbul immigration office will send you an SMS message telling you your appointment date and time. It may also tell you that they want you to bring additional documentation to your appointment. Learn more about residence permit applications in Istanbul. When to Apply for a Long-term Residence Permit You can apply for a long-term residence permit any time after you've been living in Turkey for at least eight years, as long as you meet the other eligibility requirements. You don't have to wait until your current residence permit is about to expire. Go Back to the Top Required Documents at a Glance I'll cover each required document and explain how to get it as we go through the steps of the process. For now, here's a quick list so you can see them all at once: İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form) which you download and print at the end of your online application Current residence permit card Passport(s) Current passport must have at least six months of validity remaining If you have had a new passport during the past eight years, have both the old one and the new one available Copy of your passport(s) (regular, non-notarized) Include the identification and photo pages (see note below) Four (4) biometric photos "No Social Support Received" letter showing that you haven't received government support for the past three years Proof of income and ability to support yourself Proof you're registered at your address in the address registration system Criminal record Health insurance (not required if over 65 years of age) You can also view required documents on the e-İkamet website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/Ikamet/IstenenBelgeler Insider Tip: You're no longer required to provide proof of residence for the previous eight years. The immigration specialist will check this with their computer during your appointment. Go Back to the Top Having Foreign Documents Legalized and Translated If your application doesn't include any documents from a foreign country, you can skip this and go to Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application. Any document issued by a foreign government, such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, or criminal record check, must be "legalized" before it can be accepted as a legal document in Turkey. Legalization is done with an attached document or stamp, called an "apostille." Then both the document and the apostille must be translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. What is an Apostille? An apostille is a special certificate issued by a country's secretary of state or another government office approved to do so by the international Apostille Convention. The apostille is attached to or stamped on the document in to certifies its authenticity. Where Can I Get an Apostille? Every country in the Apostille Convention has an office responsible for issuing apostilles. You just need to find out which government office issues them. Here's a list of all participating countries (and states in the USA): https://www.hcch.net/en/states/hcch-members The list also has links to each country's government office that issues apostilles. And it includes links to their websites so you can learn where to send your document and how to pay the fee. Once the government office receives your document, they attach the apostille and send it back to you. Once you receive them, the next step is to have them translated. If Your Country Isn't on the List If your country isn't a member of the convention, don't worry. In this case, the document will be legalized with a similar document you'll get from your home country. If you can't find out which office of your government issues them, contact your foreign affairs office or local embassy or consulate. Documents Which Don't Need an Apostille A passport is already an internationally accepted document, so it doesn't require an apostille. Also, documents that aren't issued by your government and which aren't part of your country's public records don't require an apostille. These would include diplomas and financial information from a school, bank, or private company. Having Foreign Documents Translated After you receive the document and apostille, you must have them translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. Then the translator will swear before a noter (notary) that the translation is true and accurate. You'll then get a notarized copy of your document and the apostille, and a sworn translation of them. At this point, your foreign document will be as legal in Turkey as it is in your country, and you can submit it with your residence permit application. Make a Note of the Notary's Document Registration Number When you get the notarized translation, find the notary's stamp on the back. Photograph, scan or write down the number in the stamp. If you ever need the document again, you can go back to the same notary and use that number to get another copy from their records. That way, you won't have to go through the whole process again, and you'll save money. Learn more about the apostille and sworn translation, and how to get them. Go Back to the Top Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Start the process of getting any foreign documents and apostilles first. It will take more time to get them than it will take to get local documents. You won't need any foreign documents to start the online application, but you'll need them when you go to your appointment. Collect the following local documents first, because the online system will ask you for information about them. Passport For the online application, you'll need the passport number, issue date, and expiration date. Your passport's expiration date must be at least 60 days beyond the last day of the duration of the residence permit. Later, you'll take your original passport to your appointment, with one regular (non-notarized) copy for the immigration specialist to keep. The copy must include the photo and identification pages, and the pages showing the stamps for your entries into and exits from Turkey. If you've had more than one passport during the previous eight years, do the same for the old passport. Photos You'll need four (4) biometric photos. The photos must be 5 cm in width, 4.5 cm in height Taken within the last six months Full frontal view White background In color Professional quality (no selfies) Health Insurance You must be covered by health insurance until you reach 65 years of age. After that, it's optional. For the coverage, you can use the Turkish national health insurance plan or private insurance (see below). If you're over 65: When you enter your health insurance information, the system will ask you if you're over 65 years of age. If you are, the system will skip the part which asks for health insurance policy information. SGK Health Insurance Turkey's national health insurance, Genel Sağlık Sigorta (General Health Insurance), is provided by the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (SGK, or Social Security Administration). It covers most procedures done in state hospitals. It also covers much of the cost in more expensive private hospitals, with the rest paid by the patient. Learn more about SGK Health Insurance. Bilateral Health Care Coverage Agreements Some countries have a bilateral agreement with Turkey, which allows their citizens to be covered by the SGK insurance plan while living in Turkey (and vice versa). If you're a citizen of one of these countries, contact your government's health insurance representative to get the required form. Then take that form to an SGK office, and get a sicil numarası (registration number). You'll use this number while applying online. Learn more about health insurance under bilateral agreements. Private Health Insurance from a Turkish Company You can use a private health insurance policy to apply for a long-term residence permit. This includes the low-cost foreigner "expat" policies which meet the Turkish government's minimum requirements (and also provide for limited coverage). You just need to keep renewing the policy to keep your coverage current. You can also buy a more comprehensive private health insurance policy at a higher price, according to your needs. But it must meet Turkey's minimum coverage requirements. Buying Private Health Insurance Online: You can buy your health insurance online and have the policy sent to you by e-mail and/or mail or courier. I won't go into this in-depth, because if you've been living in Turkey for more than eight years, you're already familiar with the health insurance requirement. Learn more about private health insurance in Turkey. Learn about buying your Turkish health insurance online. Go Back to the Top Step 2: Apply Online An application for a long-term residence permit is a "transfer" application from whatever residence permit you have now. If you have a work permit, it will be a first-time application. The only official website for applying for a residence permit is at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. It has an English option. You can also view it using the Chrome browser with the Google Translate application. When you enter the website, go near the bottom of the page and click the option for a transfer if you have a residence permit, and a first-time application if you have a work permit. On the next page, click on the button to create a new application. Enter your passport and contact information. The system will send you a verification e-mail with a link to click on. When you click on it, you'll be returned to the application system and given an application number. Keep that number, as you'll need it if you stop and continue your application later. If you've gathered all the documents above before applying, the online application should take less than one hour. Unfortunately, some people have problems using it. Learn more about how to use the online residence permit application system. Your Appointment Date and Time At the end of the online application process, you'll make an appointment at the local immigration office. Depending on what province you're in, you may be given a choice of dates and times or be given one date and time with no other choice. If You're in Istanbul If you're in Istanbul, you may get this message: Randevu Tarihi GİGM Tarafından Belirlenecektir (the appointment date will be determined by the immigration office). This means the immigration office will contact you by SMS or e-mail, depending on your contact preferences, and give you an appointment date and time. So keep an eye on your mobile phone or e-mails for this, and be patient. It can take a month or so to get an appointment in Istanbul. Learn more about applying for a residence permit in Istanbul. Downloading Your Application Form You'll also be given a link to download your completed application. So download it, sign it, and keep the original on the top of your long-term residence permit application package. You should also print a separate copy of the first page of the application document and keep it with you, along with your passport. This will ensure that you're still legal in Turkey even if your current residence permit expires. The first page of your downloaded application will have the date and time of your appointment (if you were able to make one) and the address of the immigration office where you need to go. It will also have the residence permit fees you'll need to pay (see "Paying the Fees" below). Important! Your online application isn't complete until you've reached the point where you can download your completed application form. Your full application isn't complete until you've given all of the required documents to the immigration office. Go Back to the Top Step 3: Create Your Application Package Now that you've completed your online application, you can get the rest of the documents you need. Proof of Residence According to the e-ikamet website, you only need to submit proof that your address is registered in the central address registry. You can download an e-signed document proving this on e-Devlet, Turkey's government website. You may also be asked to provide your Copy of your tapu (property title deed), or a Notarized copy of your rental contract. Learn how to join and use e-Devlet. Learn how to get a notarized copy of a document. If Your Title Deed is More than Two Years Old You'll need a tapu kağıt örneği (title deed registry document) to prove that the title is still valid. You can get this from the Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü (Title Deed and Land Registry Directorate). If You're a Spouse Not Listed on the Title Deed A spouse not listed on the title deed will need a marriage certificate proving marriage to the property owner. If the marriage certificate is from another country, it must be legalized and translated. Learn how to get a copy of a Turkish marriage certificate. Learn how to get a copy of a foreign marriage certificate. Proof of Income and Financial Ability This requirement can be met with a regular copy of your bank account record going back six months, a letter from your bank showing your last six months' deposits and withdrawals, documents from your pension fund or investment company, or documents proving rental income from investment property. Learn more about how to prove you have enough money to live in Turkey. Criminal Record As you've been living in Turkey for at least eight years, the immigration specialist doing your interview might only ask for your criminal record from Turkey. However, they may also ask for one from your home country. The criminal record must have a date within six months before the day you submit your application. Getting Your Criminal Record From Turkey The easiest way to get your Turkish criminal record is by downloading it from e-Devlet, Turkey's government portal. Here's a link to the e-Devlet guide where you'll find link to download your criminal history. The criminal history you download from there will be digitally signed and requires no further authentication. Learn how to get a criminal record check document in Turkey. Getting Your Criminal Record from Your Home Country Do this as soon as you can because it can take a while to get it, then have it legalized and translated. Each country (and state in the USA) has its procedures for obtaining a criminal record. You can usually learn them from your embassy or consulate's website, or search Google for the name of your home locality and the keywords "criminal record." Be sure only to go to sites that have ".gov" in the suffix. Otherwise, it will be a company which is mimicking the government website, and which obtains the records for an additional fee. Learn how to get a criminal record check from your home country. Proof of Uninterrupted Residence You don't need to provide proof of this anymore. At your interview, the immigration specialist will do a gün sayısı (day count) using their computer to verify that you've lived in Turkey for the previous eight years. Letter Showing You Haven't Received Social Assistance Go to the Kaymakam, or district governor's building, and visit the Sosyal Yardım Ofisi (Social Assistance Office). You'll get a stamped and signed letter, which states that you haven't received any social assistance for the past three years. Learn more about how to get a "no social assistance" letter. Applications in Istanbul For applications in Istanbul, The immigration office may send you an e-mail or SMS requesting additional documents. If you receive a request for a document and aren't sure what it is or how to get it, see Documents, Forms & Numbers. Long-term Residence Permit Fee The long-term residence permit is free. There is a değerli kağıt bedeli or kart bedeli (card printing fee), which for 2022 is ₺160. If you pay the fee online during your application, you won't need to submit a receipt with your application package. You can also pay the fee at any vergi dairesi (tax office). Have your Residence Permit Registration Form and your current residence permit and passport with you. Add the receipt for payment to your application package. Go Back to the Top Step 4: Go to Your Appointment Appointments for long-term residence permits are held at the provincial immigration offices in the capital cities of each province. Finding the Immigration Office Your appointment date, time, and location will be printed at the bottom of the first page of your residence permit application. You can also find the immigration offices by searching for the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü and your province in Google Maps. Make sure the address in Google Maps is the same as the one on your residence permit application form, because sometimes the offices move. Your Appointment If you're getting a long-term residence permit, then you've already been through enough appointments to know how things go. The only difference with this one is that at the end of your appointment, the immigration specialist will give you a Residence Permit Application Document with no expiration date (or with a generous expiration date). That's because it can take up to six months to get the long-term residence permit card. This document will keep you legally in Turkey until your card arrives, even if your current residence permit expires. Missing Documents If you're missing any documents, the immigration specialist will ask you to get them and bring them back. They can give you up to 30 days (sometimes more). If it's a local document, you should be able to get it on the same day or the next day. Missing Documents If you're missing any documents, the immigration specialist will ask you to get them and bring them back. They can give you up to 30 days (sometimes more). If it's a local document, you should be able to get it on the same day or the next day. Important! Be sure to get any missing documents back to the immigration specialist during the time allowed, or inform them of whatever difficulties you're having so you can get more time. If you fail to bring the missing documents within the allowed time, your application will be rejected, not canceled. If your application is rejected, you won't be allowed to re-apply for the same type of residence permit for another 180 days. Leaving Turkey Before Your Card Arrives If your current residence permit expires and you must leave Turkey, you can do so for up to 15 days, then return without a visa, provided you have your current (even expired) residence permit card, the Residence Permit Application Document, and the payment receipt for the card fee. Go Back to the Top Step 5: Receive Your Long-term Residence Permit Either you or someone with power of attorney to receive your residence permit must be present at your address when the residence permit card is delivered. You must show your passport or other identification and sign for it. If you aren't home, the PTT will keep your card at the local branch for seven days. After that, your card will be returned to the local immigration office where you can go, without an appointment, and pick it up. Checking the Status of Your Application After your appointment, you can use the e-ikamet website to see if your application review is still in progress, if it has been approved, or if there is a problem that may result in a rejection. SMS Messages You Might Receive 2019-123-4567- nolu ikamet izni talebiniz olumlu degerlendirilmistir. Your residence permit request 2019-123-4567 numbered has been evaluated positively. B001 What it Means: Your long-term residence permit is approved. Your card will be printed and sent to the PTT for delivery to your address. It can take up to 30 days for your residence permit card to be printed and sent to the PTT. It might take around 30 days, but you'll later receive this message: Adınıza, 2345678 barkod nolu gönderi kabul edilmiştir. www.ptt.gov.tr adresinden gönderinin durumunu takip edebilirsiniz. B001 What it means: The PTT has received your residence permit card from the immigration office, and it's in their delivery system. Delivery usually takes two or three days. The first number in the message is the package's barcode. Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management. What it might mean: Your long-term residence permit application has been rejected, or There's a problem with your application package. You need to clarify something or provide more documentation. If you see that message, you must go to the local immigration office, as soon as possible, to find out what the problem is. You can walk in without an appointment. Once you've received the message that your residence permit card has been given to the PTT, you can check on its delivery using the barcode here: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/ptt-gonderi-takip Learn more about how to check the status of your residence permit and receiving your residence permit card in the mail. Go Back to the Top Mertsel Residence Permit Application Services and Insurance Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Set up your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb 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. 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  15. Contents What is a Family Residence Permit? An Overview of the Application Process Required Documents at a Glance Having Foreign Documents Legalized and Translated Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Step 2: Apply Online Step 3: Create Your Application Package Step 4: Go to Your Appointment Step 5: Receive Your Residence Permit Extending Your Family Residence Permit Assistance and Support What is a Family Residence Permit? A family residence permit is a biometric identity card that enables the spouse or child of a sponsor to live in Turkey permanently. The sponsor must be A Turkish citizen A foreigner with a residence permit or work permit who has lived in Turkey for at least one year. If you're a foreign sponsor and want to bring your family to Turkey immediately, you won't meet the one-year residence requirement. So at first, you and your family members will apply for short-term residence permits, and your family members use your home as their address. After you've lived in Turkey for one year, you'll continue using the residence or work permit you have, and your family members will be eligible for family residence permits. Duration The Family Residence Permit has a maximum duration of three years. In the case of a foreign sponsor, it's either three years or until the expiration date of the sponsor's residence or work permit, whichever comes soonest. If you're the spouse of a Turkish citizen sponsor, then after three years of marriage, you and your children can apply to become Turkish citizens. When a Family Residence Permit is Practical If the sponsor is a Turkish citizen or has a residence or work permit with a longer duration, such as a long-term residence permit or an unlimited work permit, then the family members can enjoy the longer duration of the family residence permit. When a Family Residence Permit is Impractical The family residence permit expires in three years or when the sponsor's residence or work permit expires, whichever is sooner. So, if you're the sponsor and you only have six months left on your current residence or work permit, your family members could only get family residence permits with a duration of six months. So it would make more sense for your family members to get one or two-year short-term residence permits. Benefits The Family Residence Permit gives children under age 18 the right to free education in public schools. No Working Rights The family residence permit doesn't provide any right to work. If the family member wants to work, they must get a work permit. Eligibility Those eligible for a Family Residence Permit include the spouse of the sponsor and the children of the spouse or the sponsor if they're under age 18 or are legally determined to be dependent on the care of their parents. The Immigration Office in Turkey All residence permits in Turkey are issued by the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office). You'll also hear this organization called the Göç İdaresi, the Göç, or the DGMM. For this article, I'll call it the immigration office. Residence Permit Law The law concerning residence permits is Law No. 6458, Law on Foreigners and International Protection. From here on this article will assume you're a family member applying for the permit. Go Back to the Top An Overview of the Application Process The residence permit application process always begins on the e-ikamet (e-residence) website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. You'll need to get a few documents together before you apply online because the system will require some information from them. I'll cover each of these documents later in this guide. The application system consists of sequential pages on which you enter your personal information. When you've completed the application, you'll select an appointment date and time for an interview at the local immigration office. Then you'll download, print, and sign your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). This form, and your passport, will keep you legal in Turkey until your appointment date, even after your visa or current residence permit expires. If you don't have all of the required documents after you've applied online, you can get them before your appointment date. At your appointment, you'll present your completed application package and undergo a brief interview. If your interview is successful, and your application is accepted, your residence permit card will be printed and sent to your address by registered mail. Istanbul Residents If you're applying in Istanbul, you may not get the option to set up an appointment using the online system. Instead, the Istanbul immigration office will send you an SMS message telling you your appointment date and time. It may also tell you that they want you to bring additional documentation to your appointment. Learn more about applying for a residence permit in Istanbul. Go Back to the Top Required Documents at a Glance I'll cover each required document and explain how to get it as we go through the steps of the process. For now, here's a quick list so you can see them all at once: From the Sponsor National ID card (if a Turkish citizen) or residence permit/work permit (if a foreigner) Copy of the citizen ID card or residence permit/work permit Passport (if the sponsor is a foreigner) Copy of passport, including identity and photo pages and the page showing the stamp for the last entry into Turkey (if the sponsor is a foreigner) Criminal record check which shows no convictions for domestic violence Proof of financial ability Proof of address Health insurance covering the sponsor and the family members Receipts for payment of fees From the Family Member(s) İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form) which you'll download and print at the end of the online application process) Passport Copy of passport, including identity and photo pages, and the page showing the entry stamp for your most recent entry into Turkey Four (4) biometric photos Marriage certificate (spouse) Birth certificates (for children, if it isn't clear from the passports that they are children of the mother and father) You can also view the required documents on the e-İkamet website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/Ikamet/IstenenBelgeler. Go Back to the Top Having Foreign Documents Legalized and Translated If your application doesn't include any documents from a foreign country, you can skip this and go to Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application. Any document issued by a foreign government, such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, or criminal record check, must be "legalized" before it can be accepted as a legal document in Turkey. Legalization is done with an attached document or stamp, called an "apostille." Then both the document and the apostille must be translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. What is an Apostille? An apostille is a special certificate issued by a country's secretary of state or another government office approved to do so by the international Apostille Convention. The apostille is attached to or stamped on the document in to certifies its authenticity. Where Can I Get an Apostille? Every country in the Apostille Convention has an office responsible for issuing apostilles. You just need to find out which government office issues them. Here's a list of all participating countries (and states in the USA): https://www.hcch.net/en/states/hcch-members The list also has links to each country's government office that issues apostilles. And it includes links to their websites so you can learn where to send your document and how to pay the fee. Once the government office receives your document, they attach the apostille and send it back to you. Once you receive them, the next step is to have them translated. If Your Country Isn't on the List If your country isn't a member of the convention, don't worry. In this case, the document will be legalized with a similar document you'll get from your home country. If you can't find out which office of your government issues them, contact your foreign affairs office or local embassy or consulate. Documents Which Don't Need an Apostille A passport is already an internationally accepted document, so it doesn't require an apostille. Also, documents that aren't issued by your government and which aren't part of your country's public records don't require an apostille. These would include diplomas and financial information from a school, bank, or private company. Having Foreign Documents Translated After you receive the document and apostille, you must have them translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. Then the translator will swear before a noter (notary) that the translation is true and accurate. You'll then get a notarized copy of your document and the apostille, and a sworn translation of them. At this point, your foreign document will be as legal in Turkey as it is in your country, and you can submit it with your residence permit application. Make a Note of the Notary's Document Registration Number When you get the notarized translation, find the notary's stamp on the back. Photograph, scan or write down the number in the stamp. If you ever need the document again, you can go back to the same notary and use that number to get another copy from their records. That way, you won't have to go through the whole process again, and you'll save money. Learn more about the apostille and sworn translation, and how to get them. Go Back to the Top Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Start by getting any foreign documents and apostilles first. It will take more time to get them than it will take to get local documents. You won't need any foreign documents to start the online application, but you'll need them when you go to your appointment. Also collect the following documents, because the online system will ask you for information from them. Passport For the online application, you'll need the passport number, issue date, and expiration date. Your passport's expiration date must be at least 60 days beyond the last day of the duration of the residence permit. Later, you'll take your original passport to your appointment, with one regular (non-notarized) copy for the immigration specialist to keep. The copy must include the photo and identification pages, and the pages showing the stamps for your entries into and exits from Turkey. Note: If you're told by the immigration office to mail your application package to them, the copy of your passport must translated and notarized (see above). Tax Number To pay the fees for your residence permit application, you'll need a vergi numarası (tax number). Go to the vergi dairesi (tax office) or the maliye (finance office), which has a tax office inside. Show the clerk your passport and ask for one. After you fill out a form, they'll give you one immediately, for free. Learn more about getting your tax number. Photos You'll need four (4) biometric photos. The photos must be 5 cm in width, 4.5 cm in height Taken within the last six months Full frontal view White background In color Professional quality (no selfies) You can have the photos taken at any photo studio. Just say "ikamet izni" (residence permit). They'll know what you need. Health Insurance For the family residence permit, the sponsor must have an insurance policy that covers all family members. SGK Health Insurance Turkey's national health insurance plan is called Genel Sağlık Sigorta (General Health Insurance). It's provided by the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (SGK, or Social Security Administration). It covers most procedures done in state hospitals. It also covers much of the cost in more expensive private hospitals, with the rest paid by the patient. A foreign sponsor can apply for SGK health insurance coverage after they've lived in Turkey for one year. A Turkish sponsor will probably already have this coverage. If the sponsor already has SGK coverage, family members can be added to the sponsor's policy with no increase in the price. Learn more about SGK insurance. Bilateral Health Care Coverage Agreements Some countries have a bilateral agreement with Turkey, which allows their citizens to be covered by the SGK insurance plan while living in Turkey (and vice versa). If you're a citizen of one of these countries, contact your government's health insurance representative to get the required form. Then take that form to an SGK office, and get a sicil numarası (registration number). You'll use this number while applying online. Learn more about health insurance under bilateral agreements. Private Health Insurance from a Turkish Company You can use a private Turkish health insurance policy to apply for a family residence permit. However, you can't use the low-cost policies designed for foreigners with short-term residence permits. For the family residence permit, the sponsor must have a health insurance policy that meets the Turkish government's minimum coverage requirements and covers the sponsor and all family members. Learn more about private health insurance for family residence permits. You can buy private insurance by walking into any Turkish insurance office, providing your personal information, and paying the premium. It takes around 45 minutes at most. You can also buy a policy online and have it sent to you by e-mail, mail, or courier. Get a free quote for family residence permit health insurance. Get one copy of the policy in Turkish and the other in English. You'll include the Turkish policy with your residence permit application and keep the English copy for your records. Address Information For the online application process, you'll need to have your full address, that is, the address of the sponsor. All legal addresses are recorded in a central government database, which is accessed by the online application system. So when you're on the address page of the application system, you'll "drill down" through various drop-down menus to locate your exact address, and then select it. You don't need documentary proof of your address at this point, but you'll need it for your application package. I'll cover that in Step 3: Create Your Application Package. Go Back to the Top Step 2: Apply Online The only official website for applying for a residence permit is at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. It has an English option. You can also view it using the Chrome browser with the Google Translate application. When you enter the website, go near the bottom of the page and click the option for a first-time application. On the next page, click on the button to create a new application. Enter your passport and contact information. The system will send you a verification e-mail with a link to click on. When you click on the link in the e-mail, you'll be returned to the application system and be given an application number. Keep that number, since you'll need it if you stop and continue your application later. If you've gathered all the documents above before applying, the online application should take less than one hour. For more information about using the online system and what to do if you have problems, see: e-İkamet: How to use Turkey's Online Residence Permit Application System. Your Appointment Date and Time At the end of the online application process, you'll make an appointment at the local immigration office. Depending on what province you're in, you may be given a choice of dates and times or be given one date and time with no other choice. If You're in Istanbul If you're in Istanbul, you may get this message: Randevu Tarihi GİGM Tarafından Belirlenecektir (the appointment date will be determined by the DGMM). It means the immigration office will contact you by SMS or e-mail, depending on your contact preferences, and give you an appointment date and time. So keep an eye on your mobile phone or e-mails for this, and be patient. It can take a month or so to get an appointment in Istanbul. Downloading Your Application Form You'll also be given a link to download your completed application. So download it, sign it, and keep the original on the top of your application package. You should also print a separate copy of the first page of the application document and keep it with you, along with your passport, to keep you legal in Turkey if your current residence permit expires. The first page of your downloaded application will have the date and time of your appointment (if you were able to make one) and the address of the immigration office where you need to go. It will also have the residence permit fees you'll need to pay (see "Paying the Fees" below). Important! Your online application isn't complete until you've reached the point where you can download your completed application form. Istanbul Residents Because of the high rate of fake documents and fraudulent applications in Istanbul, the Istanbul immigration office often asks for additional documents by sending an SMS or e-mail message. If they ask you for a document you're not familiar with, you can learn what it is and how to get it here: Documents, Forms & Numbers. Leaving Turkey After You've Applied Online But Before Your Appointment If you have a valid visa and haven't exceeded the number of days it allows you to be in Turkey, or if you have a valid residence permit, you can leave Turkey and return as much as you like. But if you don't, you'll have to re-enter Turkey with a visa. Learn more about leaving Turkey and returning before your appointment. Go Back to the Top Step 3: Create Your Application Package Now that you've completed your online application, you can get the rest of the documents you need. Proof of Residence You'll need to prove two things. First, that the sponsor owns or rents a property, and second, that you're the spouse or the child of the sponsor. If the Sponsor is a Property Owner The sponsor will need the original tapu (property title deed) in the sponsor's name, to show the immigration specialist. The sponsor will also need a regular copy of the tapu for the immigration specialist to keep. If the tapu is more than two years old, the sponsor will also need a tapu kayıt örneği (title deed registration document), which proves the tapu is still valid. You can get this document from the Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü (Title Deed and Land Registry Directorate). If the Sponsor is a Renter The sponsor will need a notarized copy of the rental contract. At the appointment, the immigration specialist will keep the notarized copy. Utility Bills If you can, include utility bills, which are in the sponsor's name at the sponsor's address, in the application package. Since the utility companies also verify the residence, the immigration specialists consider utility bills to be the best proof of residence. Proof of Family Relationship You'll need to show a marriage certificate which names the legal owner or renter as your spouse, or a birth certificate showing the sponsor as the parent (if it isn't clear on the children's passports that they are the children of the sponsor or the spouse). If a marriage or birth certificate is from another country, it must also be legalized and translated. Learn how to get a Turkish marriage certificate. Learn how to get a marriage certificate from your home country. Learn how to get a Turkish birth certificate. Learn how to get a birth certificate from your home country. Proof of the Sponsor's Financial Ability The sponsor must have a monthly income, or savings/investments of at least the Turkish minimum wage, plus at least one-third of the minimum wage for each family member. The income doesn't have to come from Turkey, and the savings/investments don't have to be in Turkey. Whatever you provide, it must cover a time period going back six months before the date of your application. The minimum wage for Turkey for 2022 is ₺5,004. The financial ability requirement can be met with bank account records showing deposits and withdrawals, a statement from your investment company, or documents showing rental income from a rental property. Because these aren't public records, they don't have to be legalized with an apostille. Normally, you can just access your account information on your financial institution's website, then download and print it. Custody or Guardianship Documents If a child has a foreign parent who has custody, you must get a court document that permits the child to live in Turkey with the other parent and the sponsor. If the other parent is deceased, you'll need a copy of the death certificate. Criminal Record Check The sponsor must provide a criminal record check from Turkey and their home country (if applicable), especially if the sponsor has been living in Turkey for less than five years. The criminal record must show no convictions for domestic violence. Learn how to get a Turkish criminal record check. Learn how to get a criminal record check from your home country. Paying the Fees Everyone must pay the residence permit fee and the card printing fee. However, if you entered Turkey visa-free, you'll have to pay a single-entry fee. The single-entry fee is paid during your appointment. Residence Permit Fee This fee is for the processing of your residence permit application. It varies by nationality and is in US dollars, so it's affected by currency fluctuations. It's automatically calculated and printed at the bottom of the first page of your downloaded residence permit application. For children up to 18 years of age, the fee is 50% of the usual fee. The card printing fee is the same. Card Printing Fee The değerli kağıt bedeli or kart bedeli (card printing fee) for 2022 is ₺160. Single-entry Fee The tek giriş harcı (single entry fee) for 2022 is ₺1,033.60. It's only paid by foreigners who enter Turkey without a visa. If that's you, you'll pay this fee during your appointment. How and Where to Pay the Fees You can pay the fees online, with a credit card, at the end of your online application by following the link the online system will provide you. Or you can pay at the local vergi dairesi (tax office). You'll need a copy of the first page of your application, your passport, and your tax number. Just show the clerk the first page of your application, and they'll know what to do. Paying at a Bank: Officially, you can pay at participating banks including Ziraat Bank, HalkBank, and VakıfBank. However, Turkey Central members report that bank personnel often reject the payment, or are unaware of the option. So I don't recommend trying to pay at a bank. Go Back to the Top Step 4: Go to Your Appointment Finding the Immigration Office Your appointment date, time, and location will be printed at the bottom of the first page of your residence permit application. You can also find the immigration offices by searching for the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü and your province in Google Maps. If the immigration office has a branch office in your district, use your district's name. Make sure the address in Google Maps is the same as the one on your residence permit application, because sometimes the offices move. Attending Your Appointment Both the sponsor and the family members applying for the family residence permit must be present during your appointment. The immigration specialist will go over your package to make sure everything is there. They may ask you a few questions about how long you've been married, who else lives with you, and if you intend to work. You'll also submit fingerprints. The appointment will take around 30 minutes. Missing Documents If you're missing any documents, the immigration specialist will ask you to get them and bring them back. They can give you up to 30 days (sometimes more). If it's a local document, you should be able to get it on the same day or the next day. Important! Be sure to get any missing documents back to the immigration specialist during the time allowed, or inform them of whatever difficulties you're having so you can get more time. If you fail to bring the missing documents within the allowed time, your application will be rejected, not canceled. If your application is rejected, you won't be allowed to re-apply for the same type of residence permit for another 180 days. Documents You May Receive at the End of Your Appointment At the end of your appointment, you'll receive one of two documents: An İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) This document serves as a temporary residence permit to keep you legally in Turkey until you receive your residence permit card. It also allows you to leave Turkey and be out of the country for up to 15 days and return (one time) without a visa. To re-enter Turkey, you must have this document, your passport, and your fee payment receipts. A Tebligat (Official Communique Document) The Istanbul and Ankara immigration offices (and perhaps offices in other provinces) may give you a Tebligat (Official Communique Document) instead of a Residence Permit Application Document. The communique states that the immigration office has received your application and that it will process it. It will keep you legally in Turkey until your residence permit card arrives (along with your passport), but it doesn't give you the privilege of re-entering Turkey if you leave. However, there are ways to re-enter Turkey anyway. Learn about leaving Turkey after your residence permit application appointment. Go Back to the Top Step 5: Receive Your Family Residence Permit Either you or someone with power of attorney to receive your residence permit must be present at your address when the residence permit card arrives. You must show your passport or other identification and sign for it. If you aren't home, the PTT will keep your card at the local PTT branch for seven days. After that, it will be returned to the local immigration office where you can go, without an appointment, and pick it up. Learn how to give someone power of attorney. Checking the Status of Your Application After your appointment, you can use the e-ikamet website to see if your application is still in progress, if it's been approved, or if there is some problem that may result in a rejection. Go back to the e-ikamet website and click one of the buttons according to whether your application is a first time, extension, or transfer. On the next page, click "I would like to see my application result." Enter your application number, then your mobile (cell) phone number or your e-mail address, and your foreigner ID number or your passport number, and enter the code indicated in the "Captcha" function to prove you're a real person. On the next page, you'll see if your application is still being processed or if it's complete, and if it's been sent to the PTT (post office) for delivery. SMS Messages You Might Receive "2019-123-4567- nolu ikamet izni talebiniz olumlu degerlendirilmistir. Your residence permit request 2019-123-4567 numbered has been evaluated positively. B001" What it Means: Your application is approved. Your card will be printed and sent to the PTT for delivery to your address. It may take up to 30 days for your residence permit card to be printed and sent to the PTT. "Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management. B001" What it could mean: Your residence permit application has been rejected. There's a problem with your application package. You need to clarify something or provide more documentation. If you see that message, you must go to the local immigration office, as soon as possible, to find out what the problem is. You can walk in without an appointment. If you received the message saying your residence permit's been approved, you'll later get this message from the PTT (post office): "Adınıza, 2345678 barkod nolu gönderi kabul edilmiştir. www.ptt.gov.tr adresinden gönderinin durumunu takip edebilirsiniz. B001" What it means: The PTT has received your residence permit card from the immigration office, and it's in their delivery system. Delivery usually takes two or three days. The first number in the message is the package's barcode. Once you've received the message that your residence permit card has been given to the PTT, you can check on its delivery using the barcode here: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/ptt-gonderi-takip Learn more about how to check the status of your residence permit and receiving your residence permit card in the mail. Go Back to the Top Extending Your Family Residence Permit Family residence permits can be extended indefinitely. You can apply for an extension at any time within 60 days of expiration, and the extension process is the same as the first-time application process. If you're married to a Turkish citizen, after three years of marriage you and your children can apply to become Turkish citizens. Go Back to the Top Mertsel Residence Permit Application Services and Insurance Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Set up your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb 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.
  16. Most of the residence permit assistance companies in Turkey operate locally. That is, they help people who are in the city or town where the customer is. But Turkey Permit does it nationally. So where the local city and town companies can have you come to their office and meet with you personally, we can't. We do it virtually. With WhatsApp, Skype, online with personal conversations. Also, in our first consultation, we determine what you need and send you info brochures according to what you need, exactly. And also answer questions, live, as you go through the process. We stay with you from the online application until you have your residence permit in your hand.
  17. Yes it is okay. You could do either one, either travel all at once or separately. It won't make any difference. Turkey Central also has a site called "Turkey Permit" where you can have someone do your residence permit application for you. We can also arrange the required health insurance, get you a tax number, and make the residence permit fee payments for you. We also have plenty of informative brochures for you depending on what you need. And live support as you gather your documents. We'll walk you through it all step-by-step. And we can give you a discount since you're two people together. When you're in Turkey and ready, you can make the inquiry here: https://www.turkeypermit.com/
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    No. I verified this by calling the ministry of family, labor, and social security and asking them. If you're not doing business directly with Turkish people or companies, not taking money from them and not creating invoices, you are not considered to be "working in Turkey" and you don't need a work permit. I also asked an immigration specialist about this. One who actually does the interviews. He said that they are actually not concerned about working status. That this is the responsibility of the Ministry of Family, Labor, and Social Security. However, if there is an interview, they always ask "do you plan to work?" In this case, you should be completely okay in saying that you work online. And you could use it to demonstrate income.
  19. It's pretty much that way here, although with different fees, probably. I've gotten books and clothing delivered to my door with no customs fees. Regarding things getting lost, if I use the regular mail, things do sometimes get lost. So I use taahhütlü posta (Registered Mail" which has tracking by bar code. I haven't lost anything using a commercial cargo company. I also have a post office box. It can only be used for regular mail (no cargo shipping companies) but at least that way I know the mail will be kept in a box at the post office and not left on a table or on top of the mailboxes in my apartment lobby (which they usually do).
  20. Turkish males age 20 to 41 must serve in the Turkish military. If you're a male considering becoming a Turkish citizen or seeking citizenship for your male children, you should take this into account. If You Have a Turkish Mother or Father If you have a Turkish mother or father, the Turkish government considers you to be a Turkish citizen from birth, and you'll be required to serve in the military unless you can legally avoid it. If You Don't Have a Turkish Mother or Father If you don't have a Turkish mother or father and are over age 24 and become a naturalized citizen-that is, by choice, you won't be required to serve in the military. How the Turkish Military Conscription Cycle Works The call-up for military service registration occurs when a Turkish male reaches age 19. Their actual service begins at age 20. Turkish military conscription (draft) generally works with age groups. Here's an example of how it works in a typical year: In July, male Turks born anytime during the year which is 19 years previous are required to apply for military service (in 2022, for example, that birth year was 2003), While applying, the recruits can choose what capacity they want to serve in, such as officer, non-commissioned officer, or private. Anyone who doesn't meet the requirements to be an officer or non-commissioned officer will serve as a private. The recruits may also submit reasons for a postponement of their service, or to be excused from service because of a medical condition. In September, the applications are evaluated, reasons for postponement or excusal from service are considered, and assignments are made. In January of the following year, the first orders to report are sent out. In March of the following year, the first recruits report for duty. Typically the orders are sent out two months in advance of the start date of their training. How Your Education Level Can Affect Your Service If you don't have at least a four-year university degree, you'll serve 12 months as a private. If you have a four-year university degree or higher, you can serve 12 months as an officer, or six months as a private. Reducing or Avoiding Military Service Your Age at the Time of Naturalized Citizenship If you don't have a Turkish mother or father, are over 24 years old, and became a naturalized Turkish citizen after age 24 by choice, by marriage, or by investment, you won't be expected to serve in the Turkish military. This opportunity to avoid military service doesn't exist if you have a Turkish mother or father. If you have a Turkish mother or father, you're legally a Turkish citizen from the day of your birth. So you'll have the military service requirement no matter what. Veterans of the Armed Forces of Other Countries If you've already served in your home country's military, whether it was compulsory or voluntary, you probably won't have to serve again in the Turkish military. Turkey has agreements with many countries stating that if a person has already done military service in one country, and then becomes a citizen of the other, they don't have to serve in the military a second time. This also applies to those who've paid, in their home country, to forego military service. You would just need to have a document which certifies your military obligation, in your home country, has been fulfilled. Postponing Military Service Educational Reasons If you're in high school or have graduated, you can postpone your military service until age 22. If you're in or have graduated from a vocational and technical high school, you can postpone your military service until age 25. If you're a university student, you can postpone your military service until age 28. If you are still in a university at age 28, you'll be required to take a break from your studies and perform your military service. Then after that, you can return to the university. If you've completed your four-year university education and are working on a master's degree, you can postpone your military service for one year. Medical Reasons If you have a temporary medical condition, you can postpone your service until you are well enough and fit enough to perform it. The Askerlik Bedeli: Paying Money to Shorten Your Military Service From time to time, the Turkish government allows some who are obliged to serve in the military to pay a bedel (payment) to have their military service time shortened. They offer this paid opt-out to keep the civilian workforce healthy for economic growth. But it is always subject to the requirements of the military. Those who pay the Bedel attend 30 days of training, which fulfills their military commitment. In 2018, potential recruits born before 1 January 1994 were allowed to pay a bedel of 31,000 TL to have their military service time shortened to a training course of 21 days. After reporting for duty, their training focused on the basics of soldiering, including military customs and courtesies, marching, physical training, and marksmanship. While there have been discussions about making the Askerlik Bedeli permanent, as of this writing, it isn't. It will only be available on a year-to-year basis according to the needs of the government. Contacting the Turkish Recruitment Office You should always clarify your personal situation with the Turkish military directly. There are two ways to do this: Contact the Askerlama Genel Müdürlüğü (General Directorate of Recruitment), at https://asal.msb.gov.tr/. Go to, call, or e-mail the Askerlik Şubesi (Military Local Office) responsible for the area where you live. You can find a list of these offices, which includes their contact information, at https://asal.msb.gov.tr/Askeralma/AsalIletisim. References Law Number 7179, Article 43, as of June 26th, 2019. Consultation with Ender Keleş, Attorney at Law and Managing Partner of E&G Legal, August 22nd, 2019. If you would like to contact Mr. Keleş, you can do so through his website at www.eglegal.net. Turkish Citizenship Law Turkish Citizenship Law is the Turkish Nationality Act No. 5901 as amended. Assistance and Support Milli Savunma Bakanlığı Askerlama Genel Müdürlüğü Bedelli Askerlık: The Turkish military information page about making a payment and doing a shortened term of service. The Nüfus: handles citizenship applications made within Turkey. You can call their national helpline from any telephone in Turkey, at 150. Their international number is +90 312 591 2133 or 2389. It has an English option. For citizenship applications made outside of Turkey, contact your local Turkish embassy or consulate. Turkish Citizenship Forum: If you have a question about Turkish citizenship, search our citizenship forum to see if it's already been answered. If it hasn't, feel free to open a new topic. Ken Grubb 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.
  21. This article is for those who will be applying for work in Turkey from outside Turkey. If you have already been in Turkey with a residence permit for at least six months, see: Apply for a Work Permit While in Turkey: Eligibility, Required Documents, and the Application Process. If you want to travel to Turkey for work, you must first find a job and have a job offer or contract from an employer. You'll then attend an appointment at a Turkish embassy or consulate and get a reference number to send to your employer. Your employer will then apply for your work permit, as the Turkish embassy or consulate arranges your work visa. Your work visa and your work permit will be arranged simultaneously. You won't have to go through a second application when you arrive in Turkey—you'll just pick up your work permit and start working. The Work Visa to Work Permit Process Here's what you'll need to do. 1. Find a Job and Get Hired. To learn how to find a job and a list of websites which have jobs in Turkey, see Jobs in Turkey: Employment Websites and Tips for Finding Employment. 2. Receive an Employment Letter or Contract. 3. Make an Appointment at the Local Turkish Embassy or Consulate. Turkey has an online system where you pre-apply for a work visa. Go here: https://www.konsolosluk.gov.tr/ Select the Turkish embassy or consulate nearest your location and enter the site. At the upper right, click "Visa." From the drop-down menu, select "Visa Pre-Application." That will take you to the visa pre-application form. At the end of your pre-application, the system will let you choose a convenient date and time to go to the Turkish embassy or consulate. Then it will give you a link for you to download and print your pre-application appointment document. 4. Go to Your Appointment Go to the address printed on your appointment document. Take these documents with you: Appointment document Employment contract and/or invitation letter from your employer Passport (must be valid for at least 60 days beyond the expiration date of the work permit, so it must have at least 425 days of validity remaining) Copy of your passport, including the photo, identification information, and validity dates Four biometric photos University diploma or certificate which qualifies you for the job Official translation of your diploma or certificate* *If you need to have something translated, the consular official will tell you where to go. Sworn Turkish translators have offices near Turkish embassies or consulates. After your appointment, the consulate will send you an e-mail with a reference number to send to your employer. 5. Send the Reference Number to Your Employer. Once they have this reference number, your employer will open a work permit application using an online application system. This must be done within ten days of your appointment at the consulate. While your employer probably already knows this, remind them anyway, because if they don't make the application within ten days, you'll both have to start the process again. 6. Receive Approval If your work permit (and work visa) are approved, the embassy or consulate will notify you and tell you to return to get it. 7. Make a Second Appointment to Get the Visa. You'll go to the consulate with your passport, a confirmed one-way ticket to Turkey, and a travel insurance policy, and pay the fees. You'll leave your passport for them to affix the work visa onto one of your passport's pages. Fees: You'll need to pay the following fees (current for 2022): Work permit fee: ₺1,386.20 Work visa fee: ₺1,033.60 Work permit card printing fee: ₺160 Your employer may pay one or more of these fees depending on your agreement. 8. Pick Up Your Passport and Visa Return to the consulate and pick up your passport and work visa. You can also have them mail it to you if you provide them with a pre-paid, self-addressed envelope. 9. Travel to Turkey and Enter with your Work Visa Your work visa will be valid for 180 days, for a single entry. You can travel to Turkey any time you want during that period. 10. Go to Your Workplace Go to your new workplace and report in. You'll then receive your work permit and start working. Your Work Permit To learn about the work permit itself, see Turkey Work Permits: Types, Benefits, and How to Get One. Accompanying Family Members If any of your family members will be accompanying you to Turkey, talk to the embassy or consulate personnel about getting them a visa also. Citizens of many countries can get an e-visa online. Some can even come to Turkey with their national ID card. And others may be required to get their visa from an embassy or consulate. In any case, of your family members must travel to Turkey using their own visa or ID card. They can't accompany you with your work visa. After arriving in Turkey, your family members can apply for a short-term residence permit. The short-term residence permit is issued for up to two years and extended indefinitely. After you've worked in Turkey for one year, your family members can apply for a family residence permit, which is issued for up to three years. If you have children, they'll be allowed to go to public schools in Turkey for free. Work Permit Law The law concerning work visas and permits in Turkey is Law Number 6735, International Labor Force. Assistance and Support The Ministry of Family, Labor, and Social Security: They have a national customer service number, which, from within Turkey, is 170. From outside of Turkey, call +90 216 170 1122. Yükseköğretim Kurulu (Council of Higher Education, or "YÖK"): If you will be working at a University, contact the Council of Higher Education, at +90 312 298 7000. Work Visa and Work Permit Forums: If you have questions about work permits, search our work permit forums, or open a topic. We have many foreign members in Turkey who have been through the process and can help. Ken Grubb 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.
  22. I spoke to an immigration specialist about this personally. Here's how it goes. Let's say you want to move to Turkey. You get a tourist visa and stay at a hotel. You can then apply for a residence permit, while still in the hotel. You can actually apply for a two-year tourist category residence permit while at the hotel, even though you haven't found a place to live yet. And while still in the hotel, you can go to your appointment and be given a one or two year residence permit. You must have a letter from the hotel management, on hotel letterhead, which is stamped and signed (or digitally signed) by the management. Once you find a place to rent or buy, and move it, you must change your address. You can do this by going back to the immigration office to change it. If you buy a property, there is no need to change the category from "touristic" to "property owner." you can simply change the category when you extend it. Both categories are short-term residence permits. So no need to make any changes from one category to the other when you move in. Of course if you're renting, you'll still be in the "touristic" category. This section from the main article on addresses should explain the process: https://www.turkeycentral.com/guides/residence-permits/address/#hotel.
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    That is really old information. The way they do it now, the look at what the person has, and talk to them about their lifestyle habits to see if they can live on their own for the duration of the residence permit. The main thing they're concerned about is making sure the foreigner won't work illegally. So somebody could have far less, but live a much more inexpensive lifestyle, and still get a residence permit. I verified this in person in an interview with an immigration specialist. Your friend will have to declare how much money they will have to live on, by month, when they register online. I have heard of cases where, during the interview, the immigration specialist didn't ask for any proof of income. But in my case for example, even though I'm well established financially and retired, they still ask me for a printout of the last six months of my banking activity. So what happens during the interview varies. Getting a residence permit is a serious thing, and I never want to give any advice that might result in a rejection. So if I were you, I'd call the helpine at 157 and ask them. I think there may be a problem if your friend declares, online, zero finances! So it may be that they will have to declare a certain amount of income per month, even if it is provided by you. Then, during the interview, tell them about the situation. The immigration specialists aren't there to filter people out, they just want to be sure foreigners getting residence permits will abide by the rules and not work illegally. Anyway call the 157 helpline and ask them. There is an English option, and they are very helpful. It's better that you get such information directly from them than from any online source. After you talk to them, would you please come back to this topic and let us know what they said? It will help all of us to learn.
  24. Ken Grubb

    Sposorship letter

    I was thinking the same thing. It's probably even more complex in the USA. And they want to make sure the foreigner has a strong reason to return to their country after their visa is finished. They don't go that far with it in Turkey. We had an example here recently. A foreigner wanted a family member to use their address when they applied for a residence permit. They went to the notary and had the taahhütname made. The family member collected the other documents they needed and went to their appointment. The immigration specialist didn't even need to see the foreigner whose house they would be staying at. They just wanted to see the taahhütname.
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