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  1. When you apply for a residence permit or other official identification, the government official involved may ask you for a birth certificate from your home country. If you don't have your birth certificate, you'll need to apply to the office of your country's government that maintains birth records, and have a copy of it sent to you. The procedure will vary from country to country. Since you'll be using the birth certificate in Turkey, you'll also need to have the document internationally legalized and translated into Turkish. Document legalization involves a separate document called an apostille. In this guide, I'll explain what an apostille is and what you need to do, from getting a copy of your birth certificate from your home country to having it legalized and ready for inclusion in an application package to give to the Turkish government. What Is an Apostille? An apostille is an internationally recognized document that attaches to and certifies the origin of another document. When a document has an apostille attached to it, it will be recognized and accepted by all countries which have signed the Apostille Convention. Step 1: Learn Where Your Home Country Keeps Birth Records Use Google to search for the government office in your home country, which keeps records of and issues copies of birth certificates. Use keywords and phrases including the country, province, or district where you were born, along with the key phrase "birth record," "birth certificate," etc. In the search results, you'll find the website of the government office you need. Visit their website to learn how to have a copy of your birth certificate sent to you. Warning!: Always use websites with an address containing the ".gov" suffix. This suffix means the website is an official government website, and not a private company or individual. Never use a website with an address containing the ".com" suffix. There are many private companies and people with official-looking websites who'll get your birth certificate sent to you, but they'll also charge you a lot of money for doing what you can easily do yourself. Step 2: Have Your Birth Certificate Sent to You The government office which issues copies of birth certificates in your home country, state, or province will have its own procedure, so follow the instructions given on the website and pay whatever fee is involved. Important!: If the government website has an option to have an apostille or other internationally legalizing document attached to your birth certificate, choose it! It will save you from having to do it yourself, and you can skip step 3. Step 3: Have Your Birth Certificate Internationally Legalized A Word of Comfort here: I'll be talking about international conventions and a lot of important-sounding stuff, which makes it sound like you might need diplomatic credentials to do this! But don't worry, getting your birth certificate legalized is quite easy. In a few minutes, you'll understand it all! Okay. Now you have your birth certificate in hand. In this step, you'll get it internationally legalized. How you do this depends on whether your country is a member of the apostille convention. How to Learn if Your Country is a Member of the Apostille Convention and which Government Office Issues Apostilles You can see if your country is a member by going here: List of Members of the Apostille Convention and Their Competent Authorities You'll also see the various competent authorities for your country. What is a Competent Authority? A competent authority is a government office that, under the Apostille Convention, is authorized to issue apostilles. You'll need to visit the website of the competent authority and learn what you need to do to get the apostille. Click the link provided on the list for the competent authority, go to their website and follow their instructions, pay the fee, and send your birth certificate to the competent authority. When they receive it, they'll attach an apostille and send it back to you. If Your Country Isn't a Member of the Apostille Convention If you don't see your country on the list, then your country isn't a member of the Apostille Convention, so you'll need to contact your country's embassy or consulate for instructions. They'll have a different, but probably similar, way of legalizing your birth certificate. To learn more about apostilles and how they work, see Apostille: What it is, How it Works and How to Get One from Turkey. Step 4: Have Your Birth Certificate and Apostille Translated to Turkish Now that you have your birth certificate and the apostille, both documents must be translated by a sworn translator. The translator will take their translation to a nearby notary and swear to its accuracy. Then the notary will put their stamp on it. At that point, your birth certificate will be officially recognized in Turkey, and a copy of it will be kept in the notary's archives. How to Find a Sworn Translator Use Google Search Google or Google Maps using the name of the province and district where you live, and the keywords yeminli tercüman or yeminli çevirmen. Both phrases mean "sworn translator." Use the Sworn Translator Federation Website Go to the website of the Yeminli Çevirmenlik Federasyonu (TURÇEF, or in English, Federation of Sworn Translators), at https://www.turcef.net/. At the bottom of their home page is a menu of the regions of Turkey. Just select the option for where you are to get a listing of sworn translators showing their addresses, contact information, and the languages they specialize in. Ask a Notary Notaries in Turkey always work with sworn translators. So, if you see a big red noter sign anywhere, walk into their office and ask where you can find a sworn translator. There will be one nearby. To learn more about sworn translators, see Sworn Turkish Translators: What They Do and How to Find One. To learn more about notaries, see Notaries in Turkey: What They Do, Why You'll Need One and How to Find Them. Step 5: Submit Your Documents With Your Application Now that you have your birth certificate, the apostille, and the official notarized translation of both documents, you can include them in your application package. The Turkish government office you're applying to will only need the notarized translation, but also take your birth certificate copy with you in case they want to see it. How to Get Another Copy of Your Legalized and Translated Birth Certificate When you get the official translation of your birth certificate from the translator, you'll see a notary stamp on the back of it. This stamp contains a document number because the translation is now part of the archive at the notary's office. If you need to get another copy of your birth certificate later, you won't have to go through the whole process again. Just go to the notary office which notarized the translation and give them the document number. They'll pull the document again and give you another copy of it. The second copy will be as legal as the first, and you can use it for future applications. Assistance and Support Turkey Central Forums: Do you have a question? Search our forums 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 now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  2. This article is about how to get a copy of a Turkish birth certificate while either in Turkey or from another country. If you need to get a copy of a birth certificate issued by your home country, see: How to Get a Copy of a Foreign Birth Certificate from Turkey. Getting a Turkish Birth Certificate from the Nüfus In Turkey, the birth registration document is called an Uluslararası Doğum Belgesi (International Birth Certificate). It may also be called a "Formül A." You can get a copy of your birth certificate from the Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (Population and Citizenship Directorate, or Nüfus). The Nüfus website is: https://www.nvi.gov.tr/ You can make an appointment at any Nüfus office in Turkey here: https://randevu.nvi.gov.tr/ The Nüfus also has a customer service line you can call for free, from any telephone in Turkey, at 199. Their international number is 90 312 591 2133 or 2389. There's an option for English. If you intend to get your birth certificate copy while outside of Turkey, contact a Turkish embassy or consulate. Getting Birth Information from e-Devlet E-Devlet is Turkey's government portal, where you can conduct transactions with the government and download various documents. While it's called "e-Devlet," the actual web address is www.turkiye.gov.tr. You must join e-Devlet before you can use it. Learn how to join and use e-Devlet. If You're a Turkish Citizen If you're a Turkish citizen and have a citizen's national ID number, you can download your kayıt örneği belgesi (Population Registration Document), which has your birth information on it. The document is digitally signed (e-signed), so the downloaded and printed copy requires no further authentication. Use this link: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/nvi-nufus-kayit-ornegi-belgesi-sorgulama Enter your username and password, complete the Captcha function, then click Kimliğimi Şimdi Doğrulama (Verify My Identity Now). On the next page, you'll see the document. You can then download and print it. The Population Registration Document is often used as a birth certificate, so it will probably be accepted. Learn more about the Population Registration Document and how to get one. If You're Not a Turkish Citizen If you're a foreigner, you can still join and access e-Devlet, but there will be no Population Registration Document for you to download. But you can download your foreigner identification card information, which includes your birth date. Just go to this link: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/kisisel-bilgiler Log in as described above, and go to a page called Kişisel Bilgiler (Personal Information). On the menu at the top, click Bilgilerim (My Information). You'll then go to a page displaying information from your ID card. This information includes your birth date, which may be enough depending on who's asking for it and what it's for. This document is not digitally signed. Getting a Turkish Birth Certificate from a Turkish Embassy or Consulate If you're outside of Turkey and need a birth certificate which is in Turkey, make an appointment at your local Turkish embassy or consulate, then go to the appointment to make the request. You can make an appointment at any Turkish embassy or consulate in the world here: https://www.konsolosluk.gov.tr/ After your appointment, the embassy or consulate will coordinate with the Nüfus in Turkey and have the document sent to them. Then they'll call you to have you come and pick it up. Assistance and Support Turkish Citizenship Forum: If you have any questions about Turkish citizenship, search our citizenship forum, or open a topic there. 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.
  3. Hello everyone It's very urgent and I didn't understand anywhere that children birth certificate also required for short term residence permit Actually I am from Pakistan but as living in KSA from longtime my children birth certificate are issued from Riyadh and still not attested from foreign office. So it could be a big problem for us in Turkey, for getting residence permit or school admission. Thanks
  4. When I did my son's short-term, at the provincial immigration office in summer, I had his birth certificate legalised from the UK government, as well as a translated and notarized copy of it from Turkey. At the interview the lady said she can only accept the original one so I had to give that to her. I have another original with me that isn't legalised. She said get a copy of it stamped by your consulate and then stamped by us and we can accept it. I called the UK consulate in Istanbul and they don't certify birth certificates. Anyone face the same issue and what shall I do?
  5. Hi everyone( Although I think it's only Ken that is here!) I have a question about the apostille stamp on the kids birth certificates, does anyone know what that is, and whether Canadians need to apply for it? I taught just a birth certificate would suffice, if anyone knows it would save me a trip to the embassy! is it a must on the first meeting or would the agent request that as an additional document? Thank you in advance.
  6. Hi everyone, I hope everything is going well with all of you. My wife and I are applying the short term residence permit for the first time application soon and have some questions. I was informed we needed applying separately even the appointment for interview. Is that right? Do we need to prepare all the documents two separate sets? I understand the most of documents needed separately such as application form, passport, photo, heath insurance and etc., but how about the rental contract, marriage certificate, or bank information. I am confused. And one more thing, according to the old post named “residence permit procedure (Antalya 2015)”, we also need to show them our birth certificates. Is that really need it? Isn’t that enough with only marriage certificate? Thanks in advance for your help.
  7. First of all, thanks for compiling such an enormously helpful site - by far the best resource on Turkish visas / residency permits that I have come across. My wife, son and I are just about to apply for short term residency permits in order to extend our 3 month stay as tourists by a further two months. As our tourist visas run out on 9th September I am slightly concerned that I have left our applications too late especially with the forthcoming 10 day bayram, although from what I have seen on this forum it appears that we would be OK to stay in Turkey even if our tourist visa has expired as long as we have completed the online application and have a forthcoming appointment arranged - can you confirm that this is correct? Also I have just noticed on another question a requirement to have a birth certificate for my son (he is 2 years old) translated into Turkish - can you please provide precise details on the requirements re: this - is it something I need to arrange before the appointment? Do you have any idea how long it takes to get a birth certificate issued from the UK if you have misplaced the original and do you know how long it will take to get it translated in line with the requirements?
  8. I have a problem about a document that immigration ask me to take my son's RP. as you can see below (number 3), they want me something about born certification. I don't know Turkish and that's the reason I'm asking you for help. I already (last year) translate my son's birth certificate under the name "dogum belgesi", then I go to a noter and they stamp it but the immigration officer told me that is not enough and you should go to embassy (both Turkish and my country embassy) and stamp it (he told me in Turkish and I really didn't understand what he said). you should know that I got RP for my son last year with exactly this document but they didn't accept this year ! Can you please tell me what I need and how can I provide? thanks and wait to hear something from you
  9. I have a question and need your help...my grandmother is turkish but left her counrty when she was a little kid and lived abroad. Is it possible to obtain a copy of my grandmother's birth certificate? She was born in Izmir in 1918 and how do I go about it? Appreciate your advice - thanks!
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