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  1. 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://www.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 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 2021 is ₺125. You can pay the fees with a credit card at the end of your online application, at a participating bank such as Vakıfbank, Ziraatbank, or Halkbank, or at the local vergi dairesi (tax office). Just take with you your passport, the first page of your residence permit application, and your tax number, or your foreigner identification number if you have one. Single-entry Fee The tek giriş harcı (single entry fee) for 2021 is ₺758.90. 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. How and Where to Pay the Fees You can pay the fees online, with a credit card, at the end of your online application. Or you can also pay at participating banks, including Vakıfbank, ZiraatBank, and Halkbank, or 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. Payment Codes for Banks If you pay the fees at a bank, give them the following payment codes: Ikamet Harcı Bedeli (Residence Permit Fee): 9233. Kart Bedeli (Card Fee): 9207. You won't need a code for the single entry fee because you'll pay that during your appointment. That will make sure the fee payment goes to the correct account. 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 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 Short-term Residence Permit Application Video Here's the immigration office's video guide to the short-term residence permit application process. It's the first in a series of videos, so the next video will automatically start playing 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.
  2. 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 Family Residence Permit Video 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://www.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. Turkey Monthly Minimum Wage for 2021 Gross Minimum Wage ₺3,557.50 Net Minimum Wage, Single Without Children ₺2,825.90 Net Minimum Wage, with Unemployed Spouse ₺2,879.57 Net Minimum Wage, with Unemployed Spouse and One Child ₺2,919.81 Net Minimum Wage, with Unemployed Spouse and Two Children ₺2,960.06 Net Minimum Wage, with Unemployed Spouse and Three or More Children ₺3,013.72 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. 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 2021 is ₺125. Single-entry Fee The tek giriş harcı (single entry fee) for 2021 is ₺758.90. 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. Or you can also pay at participating banks, including Vakıfbank, ZiraatBank, and Halkbank, or 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. Payment Codes for Banks If you pay the fees at a bank, give them the following payment codes: Ikamet Harcı Bedeli (Residence Permit Fee): 9233. Kart Bedeli (Card Fee): 9207. That will make sure the fee payment goes to the correct account. You won't need a code for the single entry fee (if you have to pay it) because you'll pay it during your appointment. 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 Tebliğ Tebellüğü Belgesi (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 Family Residence Permit Videos Here's the immigration office's video guide to the family residence permit application process. It's the first in a series of videos, so the next video will automatically start playing 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.
  3. 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 Long-term Residence Permit Application Video 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://www.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 "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 2021 is ₺125. 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), or at HalkBank, Vakıfbank or ZiraatBank. Wherever you pay, have your Residence Permit Registration Form and your current residence permit with you. If you pay at a bank, you'll need this payment code: 9207: Kart Bedeli (Card Fee) 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 Long-term Residence Permit Application Video Here's the the immigration office's video guide to the long-term residence permit application process. It's the first in a series of videos, so the next video will automatically start playing 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.
  4. If the immigration specialist who is reviewing your residence permit application package finds that a document is missing or inadequate, they'll tell you during your interview. If you've mailed your application package, they'll send you an e-mail and/or an SMS explaining which documents are missing or inadequate. The message will also contain the name of the immigration specialist handling your case. You'll have up to 30 days to get the necessary documentation and take it to the immigration office or mail it in. Unless you need to get a document sent to you from your home country, you can usually get the documentation you need in less than a day. Important! Make sure you provide any missing documents within the time allowed. If you don't, your application will be rejected, not canceled. If your application is rejected, you can't apply for another residence permit of the same type for 180 days. Common Examples of Missing or Additional Documents They May Ask For They Need a Copy of Your Landlord's ID Card and a Copy of the Landlord's Tapu (Title Deed) for the Place Where You Live If your landlord is cooperative, this should be no problem. If not, you'll need to go to the immigration office and explain the situation to the immigration specialist. They can be flexible on requirements, so if you can convince them you really do live where you say you live, they may drop this requirement. If your landlord won't cooperate, ask the immigration specialist for an alternative to prove your address. They Want Proof You Can Support Yourself During your online application, you must make a declaration that you have enough cash or income to live on for the duration of the residence permit validity period. Have documentary proof ready, since they'll probably ask for it during your interview. Learn more about how to prove you have enough money to live on. Your Health Insurance Coverage is Inadequate This may happen if your insurance company doesn't have an office in Turkey, or your health insurance policy doesn't specifically say it covers you for the minimum coverage amounts required for a residence permit. In the worst case scenario, you will have to go to a private health insurance provider in Turkey and buy a Turkish policy. This only takes around an hour to do. You Need to Have Something Translated or Notarized When you apply for a residence permit for the first time, or extend your current residence permit, the online application system will tell you which documents you need to have translated and/or notarized. If for some reason you haven't done that, just go to a noter (notary). There is always one or more in every city and town in Turkey. The noter can also tell you where you can have a document translated by a certified translator--their offices are usually near each other. You can get a certified translation of a document done in a few hours, or a few days, if the translator is busy and you don't mind waiting for it. You can get a document notarized in around 15 minutes. Learn how to get a notarized translation of a document. Learn how to get a notarized copy of a document. If You Can't Get the Missing Documents The immigration specialists have discretion about what constitutes the required documentary proof, and whether or not you you meet the requirements for residency in Turkey. If you have problems getting any missing documentation, talk to the immigration official who is handling your residence permit application. They will work with you to find a solution for your situation. 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.
  5. 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://www.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 2021, it's ₺125. How and Where to Pay the Fee You can pay online, with a credit card, at the end of your online application. You can also pay at participating banks, including Vakıfbank, ZiraatBank, and Halkbank, or 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. If you pay at a bank, they'll need a payment code for the card printing fee to make sure it goes to the correct account. The payment code is 9207. 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.
  6. Once you've lived or worked in Turkey for at least eight continuous years, you'll be eligible for a long-term residence permit. While the application process is the same as for a short-term or other type of residence permit, there are some additional documents you'll need to include with your application. One of them is a letter from the Sosyal Yardımlaşma ve Dayanışma Vakfi (Social Assistance and Solidarity Foundation), which states that you haven't received social welfare assistance for the previous three years. What is a No Social Welfare Support Letter? The No Social Welfare Support Letter is a simple statement, with the letterhead of the Social Assistance and Solidarity Foundation, which contains your name, your foreigner identification number, and a sentence saying that you haven't received any social assistance for the previous three years. Where to Get a No Social Welfare Support Letter Go to the Sosyal Yardimlasma ve Dayanisma Vakfi (Social Assistance and Solidarity Foundation). It's in the kaymakamlık (district governor's office). You can find it by searching Google maps (maps.google.com) using your province's name and the above Turkish name for it, or with the word "kaymakamlık." What to Tell Them You'll probably talk to a receptionist first, then wait until you can see the manager. After they print the letter, you'll see the manager, who will stamp and sign it. If there's any confusion, show them the text below, which is exactly what the Turkish government states in its requirements for a Long-term Residence Permit. In Turkish: "Son üç yıl içerisinde sosyal yardım alınmadığını gösteren e-imzalı/imzalı ve kaşeli/mühürlü belgenin aslı (Valilikler/Kaymakamlıklar bünyesindeki Sosyal Yardımlaşma ve Dayanışma Vakıflarından alınabilir)." In English: "Original of e-signed/signed and stamped/sealed document which shows that no social support is received during the last three years (Can be obtained from Social Help and Solidarity Foundation of Governorates/District Governorates)" What the Letter Should Say Here's the text of one of these letters provided to me by a Turkey Central member. In Turkish: 12345678910 yabancı T.C. kimlik numaralı (yabancının adı) son 3 yıl içerisinde (il) Sosyal Yardımlaşma ve Dayanışma Vakfından hiçbir yardım almamıştır. In English: 12345678910 foreigner Turkish ID number (your name) has not received any assistance from the (province) Social Assistance and Solidarity Foundation in the last 3 years. The whole process, not including waiting for the manager to be available, will take around 30 minutes. The Fee There is no fee. Learn more about long-term residence permits. 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.
  7. As you're concluding your residence permit application interview in some cities in Turkey (especially Istanbul), the immigration official handling your case may give you a document called a tebligat. It is sometimes called a tebliğ-tebellüğü belgesi, with the tebliğ being the one communicating the message and the tebellüğü being the one receiving it. What is a Tebligat? A tebligat is an official communiqué or certificate of notification. It's used when one person, usually a government official, documents the communication of information to another person. It is dated and signed by both parties, and your signature is proof that you've been notified of whatever the communique says. A tebligat is sometimes used in place of the İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document). You'll be legally in Turkey with the tebligat until you receive your residence permit card by mail. Why the Tebligat is Used The tebligat is used instead of the Residence Permit Application Document when some offices of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or Immigration Office) are very busy. They get so many residence permit applications there isn't enough time or workers available to issue the usual residence permit application document. Getting one doesn't mean you're a suspicious person or that your application is more likely to be rejected. What Does the Tebligat Say, in English? They usually say something like this: "This Communiqué on receipt of the residence permit application of the foreigner residing in Istanbul has been issued in two copies and one copy has been signed to the person concerned, one copy of which has been signed in the file of the foreigner. Your application result will be sent by SMS to the contact number you have declared to us within 90 (ninety) days of the legal evaluation period. "As a result of your application for residence permit, the documents and other information in your file will be evaluated and your residence permit may be given or deemed negative by the governorship within the period deemed appropriate. The fact that the fees you have paid in accordance with your application for residence permit will not be returned in accordance with "the Law No 492 on Fees, that this notification document has been explained and communicated to the foreigner or legal representative in the language they understand, "The minutes of this communiqué have been signed by us together below." What's the Difference Between the Tebligat and the Residence Permit Application Document? There isn't much difference. Both documents allow you to remain in Turkey until you have your residence permit card. But while the Residence Permit Application Document will enable you to leave Turkey for up to 15 days and return without a visa, the tebligat doesn't give you that option. This will only be an issue if your visa or current residence permit has expired. If you still have a valid visa or residence permit, then don't worry. You can still leave Turkey and return as much as you want for as long as it's valid. A problem arises if these documents have expired, and you haven't yet received your residence permit card. What to Do if You Need to Travel If you have a tebligat and your visa or residence permit has expired, call the immigration office helpline at 157. They'll give you an e-mail address you can use to get a letter sent to you by e-mail which will enable you to leave Turkey and return without a visa. Of course, if your visa or residence permit is still valid, you can continue to leave Turkey and return until they are no longer valid. Have Your Fee Payment Receipts With You if You Travel If you're able to get a regular Residence Permit Application Document, you'll be allowed to leave Turkey for up to 15 days and return without having to buy a visa. Make sure you have the Residence Permit Application Document and the fee payment receipts with you to show the immigration official when you re-enter Turkey. 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.
  8. If you apply for a residence permit in Turkey, you may be required to provide a notarized copy of a document, such as your rental contract. By submitting a notarized copy with your application package, the Turkish government can be sure it's an authentic copy, and it allows you to keep the original. What is a Notarized Photocopy? A notarized copy is a photocopy made by a notary, which the notary certifies as being an exact copy of the original document. The copy is then stamped with the notary's stamp containing a document number, then signed. A second copy of the original document is also made and added to the notary's archives. A notarized copy doesn't prove the authenticity of the original document. It's only a certification that the copy is an authentic reproduction of the original. Foreign Documents Must Have an Apostille and Then be Translated into Turkish If your document was issued by a foreign government, it must be internationally "legalized" for use in Turkey. This is done with a stamp or separate document called an apostille. Apostilles are governed by the international Apostille Convention, of which Turkey is a member. Briefly, you must learn which office in your country issues apostilles, then send the document to them. They'll attach the apostille and send it back to you. Once you get the document and it's apostille, you must have them both translated by a sworn translator. The translator will take the translation (which will include a copy of your document) to the notary and the notary will stamp it. Your foreign document will then be legally recognized in Turkey. Learn more about apostilles and legalizing foreign documents for use in Turkey. Passports Don't Require an Apostille A passport is already an internationally-recognized document, so it doesn't need a separate apostille. However, to get a notarized copy of your passport, you must have it translated by a sworn translator. The translator will take their translation (which will include a copy of your passport) to the notary and have it stamped. Insider Tip: For residence permit applications, if you're given an appointment, you can take your original passport and a regular (non-notarized) copy to your appointment. The immigration specialist will examine your passport and return it to you, and keep the regular copy. If you're mailing in your residence permit application, you must mail in a translated, notarized copy of your passport. Learn more about sworn Turkish translators. Be Sure to Record the Document Number After you get your notarized copy, record the document number contained in the notary's stamp on the back. If later you need the same notarized copy again, you can return to the same notary, give them the document number, and they'll pull the official copy from their archives and give you another notarized copy. There's no need to take the original document. You only need the document number to get another copy. It's cheaper than having a new copy made and notarized again. How to Find a Notary in Turkey Most cities and towns have more than one notary. You can find their offices near the center of town by looking for the big red "Noter" signs. You can also find them using the website of the Türkiye Noterler Birliği, or Turkey Notary Association, at http://www.tnb.org.tr/. You can also use Tum Noterler, (All Notaries), at http://www.tumnoterler.com/. Use the Şehir Seçiniz (select the city) drop-down list, which produces a list of provinces and cities. When you click on your province, the page will refresh and display a drop-down list of İlçe (districts). Select your district, then your neighborhood in the same way. The site will also display an increasingly zoomed-in map with markers showing the location of notary offices as you go through the process. Below the maps, you'll see their addresses and contact information. Legalizing Foreign Documents for Use in Turkey If the document has been issued by a foreign country, it must be legalized for use in Turkey with an apostille. Then both the document and the apostille must be translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. 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.
  9. At the end of your residence permit application appointment, you may receive a document called an İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document). What is a Residence Permit Application Document? The Residence Permit Application Document is an A-4 sized paper containing your photo, identification information, residence permit application number, and an issue and expiration date. It's given to you at the end of your residence permit application interview and serves as your temporary residence permit until your residence permit card is delivered. The Residence Permit Application Document also allows you to leave Turkey for up to 15 days and return without buying a visa to re-enter. You must keep this document with you, together with your passport, until you receive your residence permit card. Learn about leaving Turkey after your appointment with a Residence Permit Application Document. If You Receive a Tebliğ Tebellüğ Belgesi (Communication Document) The Istanbul offices of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office ) don't issue a Residence Permit Application Document. They issue a document called a tebliğ tebellüğ belgesi (teh-blee teh-beh-loo bel-geh-see), or communique document, which says they've received your application, that they'll review it, and that you won't be getting a refund for the fees you paid. Both you and the immigration specialist sign it. Unlike the Residence Permit Application Document, the tebliğ tebellüğü doesn't provide any privilege to re-enter Turkey if the foreigner leaves the country. In cases where the foreigner receives a tebliğ tebellüğü, but they no longer have a valid visa (or have exceeded the days it allows them to be in Turkey, or if their residence permit is expired, they can contact the immigration office using the help line at 157 and request a Residence Permit Application Document which includes the travel privileges. Insider Tip: You'll hear people say that what needs to be requested is a "travel letter." there is no travel letter. What the immigration office issues to foreigners who must travel is the Residence Permit Application Document. Learn more about the tebliğ tebellüğ belgesi. Learn about how to leave Turkey and return with the tebliğ tebellüğ belgesi. 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.
  10. This article is about the Residence Permit Registration Form, which you download after applying for a residence permit online. To learn about the Residence Permit Application Document, which an immigration specialist gives you after your appointment, see: Residence Permit Application Document. After you've completed your online application for a residence permit, the online system will give you a link to download your completed application, so you can print it and take it, with other required documents, to your residence permit interview. Your completed application is called an İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). What is a Residence Permit Registration Form? The Residence Permit Registration Form is a document you download and print at the end of your online residence permit application. It contains your photo, your personal information, and the time, date, and location of your residence permit appointment (if the system gave you an appointment). It also contains the fees you must pay before or when you go to your appointment. The Residence Permit Registration Form keeps you legal in Turkey until your appointment. So if your current residence permit or visa has expired or you've exceeded the number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey, you must keep the first page of this document, and your passport, with you at all times. Residence permits are issued by the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office). Applications for Residence Permits are made online at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. Residence Permit Applications in Istanbul If you're applying in Istanbul, the online system may not give you an appointment date and time. Instead, the immigration office will send you this information by e-mail or SMS, according to the communications preference you've selected. It may take one or more weeks for them to send it to you. Traveling Outside of Turkey Before Your Appointment The Residence Permit Registration Form isn't a travel document. If you leave Turkey, you may only return with your current visa or residence permit, if they are still valid. If your residence permit or visa is no longer valid, call the immigration office's helpline at 157. You can call this number free from any telephone in Turkey. Have your application number when you call. They can give you an e-mail address you can use to request a a Residence Permit Application Document (sometimes erroneously called a "travel letter") which will be sent to you by e-mail. You can normally have one sent to you in a week or less. Learn more about the Residence Permit Application Document. If you don't get the Residence Permit Application Document, you'll have to re-enter Turkey with a new e-visa (unless you have one which hasn't yet reached its expiration date). If you've exceeded the number of days you're allowed to be in Turkey with a visa, you'll likely have to sign a Şartlı Giriş Bilgi Formu (Conditional Entry Information Form) on which you state that you'll apply for a residence permit within ten days (even if you already have). Learn more about leaving Turkey before your residence permit application appointment. 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.
  11. If you're a property owner applying for a residence permit in Istanbul, and sometimes in other provinces of Turkey, an immigration specialist may ask you to get a document called a Numarataj Belgesi (Address Numbering Document). Usually, this request will be sent by SMS or e-mail a few days after you've applied online for your residence permit. The message will also ask you to bring the Numarataj Belgesi to your residence permit application appointment. What is a Numarataj Belgesi? The Numarataj Belgesi is a document which records the exact location, address, and function of a building, or an apartment in that building. It's also proof that the building or apartment where you live is recorded in Turkey's Central Address Registration System. Why Do They Ask for the Numarataj Belgesi? Turkey, especially Istanbul, attracts a huge number of foreigners who want to move here. Some of them apply for their residence permit with false documents or lie on their applications. In some cases, they pass themselves off as property owners of non-existent or unregistered properties. By asking the foreigner to include their Numarataj Belgesi with their application document, the immigration office can be sure the property on the title deed exists and is legally registered. How Can I Get a Numarataj Belgesi? Only the owner of the property listed on the title deed can get the Numarataj Belgesi. If you're the owner of the property, you can get it yourself. Where Can I Get a Numarataj Belgesi? You can get a Numarataj Belgesi for your residence from your district's belediye (municipality) or the local Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü (General Directorate of Land Registry and Property Records). To find these offices, Google the name of your district, and the word "belediyesi." For example, if you live in the district of Muratpaşa in Antalya, Google "muratpaşa belediyesi." Or do the same using the second keyword, "kadastro." You can also find these offices, in the same way, using Google Maps. When you go to the municipality, find the office called "Bünyesinde İmar ve Şehircilik Müdürlüğü" (Directorate of Reconstruction and Urbanization) or something similar. Or ask for the "Numarataj Ofisi." The Fee The fee is nominal. It's usually less than ₺20. 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.
  12. 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 2021): Work permit fee: ₺1,017.80 Work visa fee: ₺758.90 Work permit card printing fee: ₺125 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 quite a few expat members who have already 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.
  13. If you've stayed in Turkey for the maximum time allowed on your visa, then leave the country and want to return, you can do so as long as you sign a form called a 180 günde 90 Gün Uygulaması Kapsamda İkamet İzni Şartlı Giriş Bilgi Formu (Information Form on Residence Permit Conditional Entry Within the Scope of 90 Days in 180 Days Implementation). That's quite a mouthful! So for short, people (including Turkish border control personnel) call it a Şartlı Giriş Formu (Conditional Entry Form). What Is a Şartlı Giriş Formu (Conditional Entry Form)? A Conditional Entry Form is a document on which you declare your intention to apply for a residence permit within ten days. It allows you to re-enter Turkey, even after you've exceeded the number of days on your visa. You can get one by asking a border control official when you arrive at any border control point or international airport. Once you've signed it, the Conditional Entry Form will allow you to be in Turkey for a period of ten days, during which you must apply for a residence permit. Who Can Re-enter Turkey with a Conditional Entry Form? Anyone who has a Schengen Visa, or anyone whose visa allows them to stay in Turkey for up to 90 days in a 180-day period and who has met or exceeded the 90 days can re-enter Turkey with a Conditional Entry Form. If you have a different type of visa, contact your local Turkish embassy or consulate for guidance. What Does the Conditional Entry Form Say? In English, it says: "As per the records it is understood that you have expired 90 days stay period within 180 days within the scope of the first paragraph of article 11 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection No. 6458. However, your entry to the country may be permitted in the case that you accept and fulfill the condition of applying for a residence permit within 10 days to the Foreigners Branch Directorate / Foreigners Bureau Directorship in the province/town that you live." Make Sure You Apply for a Residence Permit Within Ten Days! If you re-enter Turkey with a Conditional Entry Form then fail to apply online for a residence permit within ten days, you will be subject to deportation and a re-entry ban. The ban can be for up to two years. To learn more about how to apply for an e-visa, see Turkey e-Visa: Eligibility Rules, Online Application Process, Requirements, and Two Alternatives. To learn more about the 90-in-180-days rule which limits the amount of time you can be in Turkey with a visa, see Turkey Visa: The 90-in-180-Days Rule, How it Works and How to Do the Calculation. To learn more about how to apply for a short-term residence permit, see A Complete Guide to Applying for a Short-term Residence Permit in Turkey. 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.
  14. Everyone who lives in Turkey, whether they're a Turkish citizen or a foreign resident, is assigned a kimlik numarası (identity number). Foreign residents have a number identifying them as a foreigner. It's called a yabancı kimlik numarası (Foreigner Identification Number, or YKN). What is a Foreigner Identification Number? A foreigner identification number is an eleven-digit number beginning with 99. It's issued during the residence permit application process and printed on the front of the residence permit or work permit. Once received, a foreigner can use this number in place of their tax number. How Can I Get a Foreigner Identification Number? You must apply for a residence permit to get a foreigner identification number. Before you can do that, you'll have to get a tax number so you can pay the fees for your residence permit. So let's cover the tax number first, then the foreigner identification number. How to Get Your Tax Number After going through the online residence permit application process, you'll download and print your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). On the first page of that form will be the fees you have to pay before or when you go to your residence permit application appointment. You'll need a tax number to pay those fees. To get your tax number, go to any tax office with your passport and a copy of your passport's photo and identity information pages. You can get your tax number on the spot, for free. Once you have your tax number, you can pay your residence permit fees. During your residence permit application appointment at the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office), you'll provide your residence permit application package and the receipts for paying the fees. Learn more about how to get your tax number. Getting Your Foreigner Identification Number After your residence permit application is approved, your residence permit card will be sent to you by registered mail. Your foreigner identification number will be printed on the front of the card. What You Can Do with a Tax Number With your tax number, you can rent an apartment, buy a property, and set up utilities including gas, electricity, or water. But you can't set up a home telephone or internet account. What You Can Do with a Foreigner Identification Number Your foreigner identification number will enable you to set up your telephone and internet accounts. You can use it in place of your tax number for all government, business, and financial transactions, and to join e-Devlet, Turkey's government portal. Learn more about e-Devlet, and how to join and use it. 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.
  15. When applying for a residence permit, work permit, citizenship, or a driving license, you must provide one or more biometric photos. Usually, you must also scan one of them and upload it to an online application system. What is a Biometric Photo? A biometric photo is an ordinary photograph you can have taken at any photoshop. The photo must be of a specific width and height (determined by the government organization which requires it). It must display enough detail of your facial features so it can be scanned by a device that records, from the photo, the relative distances between your facial features. The measurement information from these photos is stored in a database so it can later be compared with your real face. A practical example of the use of biometrics is when you enter a country with your passport. You present your passport (which has your facial biometric information stored in a chip) to the border official. A facial recognition scanner then scans your face and compares the measurements of your facial features to data stored in your passport. In that way, they can know it's really you. The key thing to know is that a biometric photo is just a high-quality photo of your face. It would be more accurate to call it "a high-quality photo suitable for biometric measurement of your facial features." But that would be even more confusing, so they just call it a "biometric photo." Where Can I Get a Biometric Photo? You can have a biometric photo taken at any photography studio in Turkey. Just say "biometric photo" in English, and they'll know what you need. It takes maybe five or ten minutes to get the photo taken, and maybe 30 minutes for them to print it, so after you have it taken, go have a coffee and come back to get it. Biometric Photo Standards You must submit a photo which meets the biometric photo standards for a residence permit. The immigration office has put out a Word document which explains exactly how your photo must be. Immigration Office Biometric Photo Standards Download Download the above document and take it with you to the photo studio when you get your photo taken. If your photo isn't right, your residence permit won't be approved. The immigration office will send you a message to bring them a proper photo. Here are immigration office guidelines for a good biometric photo, taken from that document: 1. The face and hairstyle must be centered on the photograph and completely visible. Contrast must be controlled well, details must be sharp and clear enough. The height of the face must be between 32 mm and 36 mm and comprise between 70% and 80% of the photograph. 2. There must not be spots or distortion on the photograph, colours must be neutral and the photograph must reflect the natural colour of the face. 3. Your photograph must be taken while you are looking at the camera directly, eyes must be open and clearly visible, and hair must not cover the eyes. 4. Head must be upright and must not be facing any other direction, person must not smile or have any other expression, and mouth must be closed. Right and left features of the face between tip of the chin and hairline must be completely visible. 5. Background of the photograph must be without a pattern or shadow, for the ones who have dark hair it must be white and for the ones who have fair-hair it must be midtoned grey. 6. Light must be projected on the face equally, there must not be any reflection, shadow, or "red eye" on the photo. 7. Eyes must be clearly visible, there must not be any reflection on the glasses, sunglasses or coloured glasses must not be worn, frame of the glasses must not cover the eyes. 8. Except for the accessories that the person has out of necessity such as eyeglasses, objects such as hats, caps, or pipes must not be used. 9. For the photographs of the persons who wear a head covering, the face must be visible between the tip of the chin and forehead, there must not be any shadow on the face, and the colour of the scarf must be different than the colour of the background. 10. For the photographs of the minors there must not be anyone else or any object in the photo and also attention must be paid to the other points above. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. When you apply for a residence permit or other official identification, the government official involved may ask you for a criminal record check from your home country. How you get this will depend on the procedure used by your government's office that maintains criminal records. Because you'll be using the criminal record in Turkey, you'll also have to get it legalized and translated. Document legalization involves a separate document called an apostille, which I'll cover a bit later. Step 1: Learn Where Your Home Country Keeps and Issues Copies of Criminal Records Use Google to search for the government office in your home country which maintains criminal records. Use keywords and phrases which include the country, province, or district where you lived, along with the key phrase "criminal record." In the search results, you'll find the website of the government office you need. Visit their website to learn how to have a criminal record check done and have the results sent to you. UK Citizens ACRO, the Criminal Records Office, maintains criminal records for UK citizens. The website you need is https://www.acro.police.uk/police_certificates.aspx US Citizens Regardless of how many states you've lived in, get your criminal record check through the department of state for the state listed on your passport. Website addresses for all 50 departments of state are the state name followed by ".gov." For example, the website for the Arizona Department of State is www.arizona.gov. You'll find a link somewhere on your department of state website concerning criminal record checks. Unfortunately, having a criminal record check done in the USA usually requires you to appear in person and submit fingerprints. If this is too difficult, the Turkish government office may make an exception for you. I specifically asked an immigration specialist about this. He said they go by their impression of the person in deciding if they'll insist on a criminal record check from their home country or not. So if you can't go back to the States, dress nicely and look innocent when you submit your application. 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 criminal record sent to you, but they'll also charge you a lot of money for doing what you can easily do yourself. Step 2: Have the Criminal Record Check Document Sent to You The government office which does criminal record checks 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 criminal record check document, choose it! It will save you from having to do it yourself, and you can skip step 3. Step 3: Have Your Criminal Record Check Document Internationally Legalized Now that you have your criminal record check document in hand, you must now have it internationally legalized. How you do this depends on whether your country is a member of the apostille convention. What Is an Apostille? An apostille is an internationally recognized stamp or document attached to the document which is being certified. When a questioned document has an apostille attached to it, it is recognized and accepted by all countries in the international Apostille Convention. How to Learn if Your Country is a Member of the Apostille Convention 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. Once you find the competent authority you need, click on the link provided. That will take you to a page with a link to their website so you can learn where to send the document and how much the fee is. What is a Competent Authority? A competent authority is a government office that, under the Apostille Convention, is authorized to issue apostilles. If You Can't Find Your Country on the List If you don't see your country on the list, then your country isn't a member of the Apostille Convention. You'll need to contact your country's embassy or consulate for instructions. To learn more about apostilles, see Apostille: What it is, How it Works and How to Get One from Turkey. Step 4: Have Your Criminal Record Check Document and Apostille Translated to Turkish Now that you have your criminal record check document and its apostille, both documents must be translated by a sworn translator. The translator will take their translation to a notary and swear to its accuracy. Then the notary will put their stamp on it. At that point, your criminal record check document 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. To learn more about sworn translators, see Sworn Turkish Translators: What They Do and How to Find One. 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 notaries, see Notaries in Turkey: What They Do, Why You'll Need One and How to Find Them. Step 5: Submit Your Criminal Record Check Document With Your Application Now that you have your criminal record check document, 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 the criminal record check document and the apostille with you in case they want to see it. How to Get Another Copy of Your Legalized and Translated Criminal Record Check Document When you get the official translation of your criminal record check document 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 the document 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. That second copy will be as legal as the first, and you can use it for future applications. External Links UK Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants: From the UK government, explains how UK citizens can get a criminal record check while overseas. ACRO Criminal Records Office, UK: The place where you can get a criminal records check certificate in the United Kingdom. Criminal Records Checks for US Citizens: From the US Department of State, information about how you can obtain a criminal record certificate from the US. 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.
  18. If you apply for a family residence permit, or if your spouse owns or rents a home that you want to use as your residence but you're not on the title deed or rental contract, you'll need to produce a marriage certificate. You'll also need it if you'll be benefiting from your spouse's income and don't have enough independent income to meet the requirements for living in Turkey. How you get your marriage certificate sent to you depends on the procedure used by the office in your home country that maintains them. Since you'll be using the document in Turkey, you'll also have to get the document internationally legalized and translated. Document legalization involves a separate document called an apostille. I'll explain all of this as we go through the process step-by-step. Step 1: Learn Where Your Home Country Keeps and Issues Copies of Marriage Certificates Use Google to search for the government office in your home country which maintains marriage records. Use keywords and phrases including the country, province, or district where you got married, along with the key phrase "marriage certificate." 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 marriage 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 marriage 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 Marriage Certificate Sent to You The government office which issues copies of marriage certificates in your home country 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 marriage certificate, choose it! It will save you from having to do it yourself, and you can skip step 3. Step 3: Have Your Marriage 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 marriage certificate legalized is quite easy. In a few minutes, you'll understand it all! 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. How to Learn if Your Country is a Member of the Apostille Convention 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 see a link in the list you can use to go to the website of the competent authority you need. Follow the instructions on their website, pay the fee, and send your marriage certificate to them. 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 marriage certificate. Learn more about apostilles and how they work. Step 4: Have Your Marriage Certificate and Apostille Translated to Turkish Now that you have your marriage 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 marriage 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. Learn more about sworn translators. 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. Learn more about notaries. Step 5: Submit Your Documents With Your Application Now that you have your marriage 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 the copy of your marriage certificate with you in case they want to see it. How to Get Another Copy of Your Legalized and Translated Marriage Certificate When you get the official translation of your marriage 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 another copy of your marriage 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. That second copy will be as legal as the first, so 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.
  19. A health report is required to get married, get a driving license, or get a premium private health insurance policy which is more comprehensive than those normally purchased by foreigners for their residence permit. What is a Turkish Health Report? A health report, in Turkish called a sağlık kurulu raporu or heyet raporu, is a comprehensive report on your health by doctors specializing in internal medicine, eye, ear, nose and throat, neurology, mental health, and orthopedics. The types of doctors involved depend on the reason for the health report. You can obtain a health report at any state or university hospital, or a private hospital if it's approved to issue them. For foreigners living in Turkey, a health report is required in order to get a driving license. In some cases it's a good idea to get a health report even when it isn't required. For example, insurance companies, as well as Turkey's Genel Sağlık Sigortası (General Health Insurance) program, won't pay out if they believe your condition is a pre-existing one. If you have a health report done when you join the plan, it may help you to prove a problem didn't exist at the time you joined. Where and How to Get a Health Report State hospitals are responsible for issuing health reports. Private hospitals may also issue them provided they're approved to do so by the ministry of health. Making an Appointment You can make an appointment at any hospital in Turkey by using the Merkezi Hekim Randevu Sistemi (Central Doctor Appointment System, or MHRS). Their website is here: https://www.mhrs.gov.tr/ If you're a member of e-Devlet, Turkey's government services portal, you can make an appointment by going directly to this page and signing in: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/saglik-bakanligi-merkezi-hekim-randevu-sistemi Or you can call Turkey's national hospital appointment center at 182, from any telephone in Turkey. The call is free, and there's an option for English. State hospitals usually have certain days of the week when they do the examinations and issue health reports. Learn how to join and use e-Devlet. Getting a Health Report Without an Appointment You may be able to walk into a hospital and have the health report done. The hospital may fit you in between other appointments since the required examinations don't take much time. Required Documents You'll need these documents: Residence Permit Copy of your residence permit The document directing you to get the health report (if you have one) Four biometric photos Your glasses (if you wear them) You'll fill out a form requesting the health report at the reception desk, then pay a fee. Then the receptionist will tell you which clinic to go to for the first examination. Health Report Fee The fee will vary between hospitals but expect to pay around ₺200 to ₺300. The Health Report Process After a wait at the first and subsequent clinics, they'll do their examination or test, sign the document, and send you to the next clinic. Finally, you'll meet a doctor who'll interview you and sign off on the entire process. When I did this, I went without an appointment, and the whole process took around two hours (including waiting time). The examinations will likely include the following: Blood test Hearing test Vision test Examination and interview by a doctor Other tests if required The Health Report Document The doctor at the last clinic will send you back to the receptionist. The receptionist will create your health report, and attach your photo to it. After that, you can add it to your application package. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. This article is about how to get a copy of your Turkish marriage license from the Turkish government. If you need to get a copy of your marriage license from your home country, see: How to Get a Copy of a Foreign Marriage Certificate While in Turkey. There are two Turkish documents you can use to prove your marriage: The International Family Book or the Population Registry Document. Either of them should be sufficient, but sometimes a government office will want the population registry document and not the International family book. If you're applying for a family residence permit or otherwise must prove your marriage to the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or Immigration Office), either of these documents will work. The International Family Book In Turkey, the marriage certificate is actually a book, called a Uluslararası Aile Cüzdanı (International Family Book). It's a multilingual, multi-page book containing information about two people who are married, as well as any children they have. It's given to the couple by the government official who presides over their wedding and is supposed to be kept for life. So if you're getting a new one, it'll be because you've lost the one they gave you. By the way, you're supposed to report its loss to your district's police station! After that, you must go to your local muhtar (kind of a neighborhood mayor) and fill out an application for another International Family Book. First-time Applications for the Family Residence Permit If you're applying for a family residence permit for the first time, you can bring the International Family Book to your appointment and show it to the immigration specialist who's handling your case. The book is sufficient to prove your marriage. Extensions of the Family Residence Permit When applying for an extension of your family residence permit, you'll need to submit a notarized copy of the first three pages of your marriage book, that is, those pages which provide information about you, your spouse, and your marriage. The Vukuatlı Nüfus Kayıt Örneği (Population Registration Document) This document shows the dates and birthplaces of you and your family members, your address, and your marital status. You can get this document by visiting your district's Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, or Nüfus), or by downloading it from e-Devlet, Turkey's online government services portal. Getting Your Population Registration Document From the Nüfus You'll first need to make an appointment at your local Nüfus. You can make one using their online appointment system, here: Nüfus Appointment Website: https://randevu.nvi.gov.tr/ You can use Google Chrome with the downloaded Google Translate extension to translate the pages into Turkish, if necessary. Go to your appointment with your residence permit and passport, and ask them to give you a copy of your Vukuatlı Nüfus Kayıt Örneği. It will be digitally signed, and require no further authentication. Note: At the time of this writing, the Nüfus appointment system only accepts appointments from Turkish citizens using their national ID numbers. This situation may change, so at least give it a try. If you can't make an appointment, go to the Nüfus without one. At the check-in desk, they'll understand that you're a foreigner and can't make an online appointment. Take a number and wait, and someone will call you. Downloading your Population Registration Document from E-Devlet E-Devlet is Turkey's national government portal. While it's commonly called "e-Devlet," which means "e-Government." its address is www.turkiye.gov. To learn more about e-Devlet and how to download a population registration document, see How to Join and Use e-Devlet. 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.
  22. There may be a time when you need to perform a legal or financial task or sign a document in Turkey, but you're not in Turkey. Instead of spending the time and money to travel to Turkey, you can appoint someone else to do such things for you, using a power of attorney. What is a Power of Attorney? A power of attorney is a legal document in which you (the principal) designate and authorize another person (the agent) to perform one or more tasks on your behalf. Once you give this power, your agent can legally do whatever the power of attorney document says, as if they were you. Powers of attorney are frequently used in Turkey, and you can get one from any noter (notary). In Turkish, a power of attorney is called a vekaletname (veh-kah-let nah-meh). There are two general types of powers of attorney: general and specific. General Power of Attorney A general power of attorney can involve more than one person, more than one task, or both. It can give a wide range of powers, or certain powers to a group of people, such as a management team. Specific Power of Attorney A specific power of attorney empowers a single person to perform a single, specific task. As a rule of thumb, you should only give only those powers required to achieve your goal and no more. Additionally, your agent can only do what you specify in the power of attorney. For example, if your agent is supposed to convey ownership of a property from a seller to you, your agent can do those things required to convey ownership. They can't do anything else, such as transfer the title into their name or anyone else's name. Common Uses of the Power of Attorney You can use a power of attorney for practically anything. Most foreigners use them to hire a lawyer and have the lawyer sign documents on their behalf. They might empower a property agent to take care of various details in a property purchase. Or they might empower a trusted friend or family member to take care of an issue in the foreigner's absence. Below are some of the common uses of a power of attorney in Turkey: Hiring a Lawyer If you're going to do anything connected with the courts, you'll need a lawyer to represent you. The lawyer will need power of attorney to act on your behalf, to handle matters such as: Filing court documents Purchasing property and signing documents Conveying a property title deed from the seller to you Selling property Making investments and conducting financial transactions Managing tax issues Handling your inheritance Opening and registering a company for you Filing papers and performing tasks which don't involve the court Lawyers have a fiduciary responsibility under the law to act with due diligence and honesty, so they're usually the safest people you can give power of attorney. Working with a Property Agent Property agents often need power of attorney for: Arranging Appraisals Taking out Insurance Applying for military clearance Preparing, signing, and filing documents Paying taxes and fees Setting up your utilities Renting a property you own Managing your property Having a Person You Trust Take Care of a Legal or Financial Matter for You If you have a trusted relative or friend in Turkey, you can also give them power of attorney. They must be over 18 years of age and legally authorized to perform the task. Some of the things a trusted friend or relative can do for you include: Buying or selling your motor vehicle Receiving your residence permit from the PTT (post office) Withdrawing and spending your money Setting up your utilities Managing your business Making investments or financial transactions for you Signing legal documents Where and How to get a Power of Attorney in Turkey Notaries issue power of attorney documents, and the procedure for getting one is the same for both Turkish citizens and non-citizens. Notaries have a collection of templates to fit various situations, which they can modify to suit your specific needs. You can go to your local notary office and ask for a power of attorney. The person you're giving power of attorney to doesn't need to be there. You'll need the following documents: Identification, such as a residence permit or passport Tax number, if you don't have a residence permit Proof of address, such as your Address registration document Property title deed Rental contract, or Utility bills Copy of the ID card of your agent If your agent is a foreigner, you'll also need the agent's Nationality Place and date of birth Address For powers of attorney involving family law, divorce, property purchases, and property sales, you'll need four biometric photos. If you're getting a power of attorney on behalf of a company, you'll need proof of the company's existence and a document showing you have signature authorization. Getting a Turkish Power of Attorney in Another Country From a Turkish Embassy or Consulate If you're not in Turkey, you can get a Turkish power of attorney from any Turkish embassy or consulate. From a Notary in Your Country You can also get a power of attorney from a notary registered in your own country. Doing it this way is more complex and expensive because a foreign power of attorney must then be legalized for use in Turkey with an apostille. After you get the apostille, you must have both the power of attorney and the apostille translated into Turkish by a sworn Turkish translator. Cost of a Power of Attorney The cost will vary according to how many words it contains. Notaries in Turkey have a fixed price schedule for all of the documents they produce and notarize, so there's no arbitrary pricing or bargaining involved. Expiration or Termination of a Power of Attorney Powers of attorney can have a limited or unlimited time period. In most cases, your power of attorney should have a clause saying it expires as soon as the task is completed, or have a fixed expiration date. If you want to terminate it before its natural expiration, go back to the notary office or to the Turkish embassy or consulate where it was created, and the notary will terminate it for you. 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  23. If you've decided to live in Turkey and intend to apply for a residence permit, one of the first things you'll need is a vergi numarası (tax number). Having a tax number doesn't cause you to be liable for taxes. It's just a number to positively identify you whenever you make a financial transaction. What is a Tax Number? A tax number is a number used by the Turkish government to identify companies and individuals when they make financial transactions. Foreigners in Turkey may get a tax number by presenting their passport at their local İlçe Vergi Dairesi (District Tax Office). You'll also need a tax number to open a bank account, set up utilities for your residence, buy property, and pay property-related fees and taxes, among other things. How to Get a Tax Number Getting your tax number is probably one of the easiest transactions you'll have while in Turkey. Just take your passport and a copy of your passport's photo and information page to your local tax office. The tax office may be inside a larger complex called a Maliye (Finance Office). Take a number and wait, then when they call you, tell the person at the desk that you need a vergi numarası. Give them your passport and your passport copy. They'll know what you need and will give you your tax number on the spot. Once you get your tax number, record it in a place (like a document on your computer) or photograph it with your smartphone, so you don't lose it. How to Find Your Local Tax Office There's a tax office in every ilçe, or district, in every il, or province, of Turkey. To find the one in your district, search Google or Google Maps with the name of your district and the key phrase "vergi dairesi." You can also use the website of the Gelir İdaresi Başkanlığı, (Tax Administration) to find the nearest tax office. Here is the link you will need: https://www.gib.gov.tr/vdbd/vergi-dairesi-baskanliklari-defterdarlik-gelir-mudurlugu-ile-vergi-dairesi-adres-ve-telefonlari Select the province you're in from the drop-down list or click on it using the map. The tax office in that province will appear in a list below, along with their addresses and telephone numbers. Your Foreigner Identification Number When you receive your residence permit card, it'll have your 11-digit Yabancı Kimlik Numarası (Foreigner Identification Number, or YKN) printed on the front. You can then use your YKN instead of your tax number for all of your financial transactions. 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.
  24. All foreign documents which will be presented to the Turkish government must be internationally legalized with an apostille. Then the document, and the apostille, must be translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. In this guide, I'll explain what an apostille is, how you can get one for your foreign document, and what to do if your country doesn't issue apostilles. What is an Apostille? An apostille is a certificate, issued under the International Apostille Convention, which authenticates the origin of a public document. This makes the document it's attached to a legally recognized document in Turkey, and in other countries which are members of the International Apostille Convention. The Apostille Convention The Apostille Convention (Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents) established an agreed-upon, standard way of legalizing documents between countries. It required each country to designate one or more "competent authorities," as the convention calls them, to issue apostilles. You'll find a list of participating countries on the Hague Conference on Private International Law website. What To Do If Your Country Isn't On the List If your country isn't on the list, then it isn't participating in the Apostille Convention, and therefore doesn't issue apostilles. So you'll have to contact your country's embassy, consulate, or foreign ministry and ask them how to legalize your document for use in Turkey. And you can go directly to "Step 3: Get the Document and the Apostille Translated." The 3-Step Document Legalization and Translation Process While all of this sounds very complex, getting an apostille is actually quite simple, and a lot less intimidating once you understand this three-step process. Step 1: Learn Who the Competent Authority Is and How to Send Documents to Them In most countries, the government office which keeps public documents isn't the same government office which issues apostilles. The office that is authorized to issue them will be specifically named in the Apostille Treaty. There's a handy list of all of the competent authorities, for every country in the convention, here: HCCH Authorities (per Party) Find your country on the list and click on the link which has the words "Competent Authority (Article 6)." That will take you to a page which explains how to contact the competent authority, including a link to a website which should give you information about where to send your document, what the fee is, and how much time it will take. Note: There may be one, or more, competent authorities for each country. For example, in the UK the competent authority is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), while each of the UK's overseas territories each has its own. In the USA, each state has its own competent authority, and so does the federal government in Washington, DC). Step 2: Send Your Documents to the Competent Authority Create a cover letter which includes your e-mail address and telephone number, as well as your return address, the name of the document you're sending and its date and document number. Send the cover letter and document by registered mail or cargo delivery service to the address listed on the competent authority's website. What the Competent Authority Does Each competent authority has a file containing the signatures of government employees who are authorized to issue public documents. After receiving your document, they'll check the signature on the document against their signature exemplars. If everything is okay, they'll attach the apostille to your document (or stamp or place a seal on it), and send it back to you. How Much it Costs and How Long it Takes Each competent authority has its own fees, so the cost will vary. The time it takes will also vary according to your choice of delivery method. But once it gets to the competent authority, turnaround time is usually just one or two business days. Step 3: Get the Document and the Apostille Translated After you receive the document with its apostille (or other legalizing document if your country isn't part of the convention), both must be translated into Turkish by a yeminli çevirmen (sworn translator). The translator will then have the translation notarized. For a typical document, this might take as little as one or two hours. To learn more about sworn translators, see Sworn Turkish Translators: What They Do and How to Find One. Your Foreign Document is Now Legal in Turkey! You can now give your document to the Turkish authorities and it will be accepted. It is now as legal in Turkey as it is in your home country. Insider Tip: The notary will stamp both the original document, the apostille, and the translation on the back with his or her stamp. That stamp will include a document number. Photograph or write that number down and keep it for your files. If later you need those same translated and notarized documents, you can simply take that number back to the same notary and ask them to pull it from their files. It will be a lot cheaper than going through the whole process again. Finding a Sworn Translator The Yeminli Çevirmenlik Federasyonu (TURÇEF, or in English, Federation of Sworn Translators) Has a website here: https://www.turcef.net/ At the bottom of the home page is a menu of the regions of Turkey. You can use this to find a listing of sworn translators for your area, which include their contact information and the languages they are authorized to translate to and from. Another way to find a translator is to find a notary first. Notaries work with a specific group of translators who have offices nearby. Finding a Notary You can find all notaries public in Turkey here: http://www.tumnoterler.com/ You can also just walk around the center of town and look for their signs. To learn more about notaries, see Notaries in Turkey: What They Do, Why You'll Need One and How to Find Them. A Note on Private Companies which Arrange Apostilles Important! There are numerous private companies which charge for getting an apostille for your document. They are not "competent authorities" under the Apostille Convention. They simply do everything that I have written above, which you could just as easily do, and charge you for it. Assistance and Support If you have any questions about apostilles or other legal issues, please post them in our Turkish Law Forum. External Links The Apostille Handbook: A practical guide to the Apostille Convention and Apostilles. 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.
  25. This article is about how to get your Turkish criminal record check, in person, from the government of Turkey. To learn how to get your criminal record from the online government services portal, e-Devlet, see: e-Devlet, Turkey's Government Website: How to Join and Use it. To learn how to get your criminal record from your home country, see: How to Get a Foreign Criminal Record from Turkey. You may be asked to provide a criminal record while applying for your residence permit or getting a driving license, among other reasons. The document you need is usually called an adlı sicil belgesi, (criminal record document), but might also be called a ceza çek or polis suç raporu. The criminal record check, when provided in an application package, must be less than six months old. Where to Get Your Criminal Record Criminal records are kept by the adlı sicil birimi, (criminal records unit) which can be found at any kaymakamlık (district governor's office) or Cumhurriyet Başsavcılık (chief prosecutor's office) which is always located inside an adliye (courthouse). You can find your local kaymakamlık or adliye by searching Google (or Google Maps) using your district name and one of the above keywords or phrases. No appointment is required. Just walk in, show your residence permit, pay the fee at the cashier, then return and pick it up. Getting Your Criminal Record from e-Devlet If you'll be using your criminal record in Turkey, you can also download it from e-Devlet, Turkey's government website. If you'll be giving your criminal record to your home country's embassy or consulate, you must get it from the prosecutor's office. Learn how to download your criminal history from e-Devlet. 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.
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