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  1. If you've looked into applying for a residence permit in Turkey, you've probably already heard of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü. You may also have heard it called the Göç or Göç İdaresi, or the immigration office. What they're referring to is the Directorate General of Migration Management. What is the Immigration Office? The Directorate General of Migration Management (or immigration office) is a Turkish government organization under the Department of the Interior. It processes residence permit applications and issues residence permit cards, implements immigration policies, and provides protection for refugees and victims of human trafficking. The immigration office carries out its responsibilities under Law 6458 on Foreigners and International Protection. Immigration Office Provincial Capital Offices There's an immigration office in the capital city of every province in Turkey. These offices handle everything regarding residence permits, including receiving residence permit applications and conducting interviews. While they fall under the authority of the main headquarters in Ankara, the provincial offices have a lot of autonomy in deciding how to implement local procedures. For that reason, the rules and requirements for residence permit applications may differ from province to province. District Immigration Offices There are also immigration office branches in smaller districts that have a high number of foreigners. These branches are under the jurisdiction of the main provincial office and handle routine requests such as first-time applications and interviews for short-term residence permits. There are branch offices in various districts of Istanbul, and also in Alanya, Bodrum, Didim, Fethiye, Kemer, Kuşadası, Manavgat, and Marmaris. Which Immigration Office You Need to Go To When you're completing your residence permit application using the immigration office's online application system at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. The system will give you the date and time of your appointment and the address and contact information for the immigration office where you need to go for your appointment. When you download and print your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form), you'll also see this information printed at the bottom of the first page. So if you take a taxi to the local immigration office, give the taxi driver that address. Ankara Headquarters After you've submitted your residence permit application during your interview at the local immigration office, the immigration office headquarters in Ankara will create your residence permit card and give it to the PTT (national postal system). The PTT will then deliver it to your address by registered mail. Learn more about receiving your residence permit card and tracking its delivery. Immigration Specialists During your residence permit application appointment, you'll meet with an immigration specialist. The immigration specialist will go over your document package and make sure everything's in order. They'll probably ask you a few questions, such as "do you intend to work?" "Is anyone else living with you?" "Why did you decide to live in Turkey?" The immigration specialists aren't there to "screen you out" or look for ways to disqualify you. Their main concern is to make sure foreigners who come to Turkey obey the law and don't work illegally. They also focus on each person as an individual, and each person's situation, rather than on their national origin. Learn more about the residence permit application appointment and interview. The Immigration Office Helpline (YiMER) You can call the Yabancılar İletişim Merkezi (Foreigner's Communication Center) for free at 157 from any phone in Turkey. The international number is +90 312 157 1122. Press 2 for English. YiMER and its immigration specialists should be your primary source of information. They can help you with any problems or questions you have. Smartphone Applications The immigration office has smartphone applications you can download at either the iTunes store or the Google Playstore. Just search for "Göç İdaresi" and download the app. Social Media The immigration office also maintains pages on Facebook and other social media, where you can see the latest news and updates. Here they are: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Gocidaresi/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gocidaresi YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk4p0zl3EyDVF9Oi4oZNrpA On YouTube, you'll also find a variety of videos which explain the application process for various types of residence permits. Assistance and Support Residence Permit Application Assistance: With this service, a representative of Mertsel Insurance completes your online application and gets an appointment for you within 24 hours. They help you get the documents you need for your application package, and also provide insurance policies for residence permits. Foreigner Communications Center Help Line: The immigration office also has a helpline you can call with any questions you might have. Just call 157 from any telephone in Turkey. If you're outside of Turkey, you can call it at +90 312 157 1122. Be sure to have your passport, application number, and your visa information ready. Turkey Central Residence Permit Forums: Do you have a question? Search our residence permit forum to see if your question has already been asked and answered. If it hasn't, feel free to open a new topic. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  2. Here is a list of the offices of the Göç İdaresi Genel Mudürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration offices) in each province of Turkey. This is where you need to go to get your residence permit. The immigration also has a foreigner communications center where you can speak to an immigration specialist. Just call 157 from any telephone within Turkey. The call will be free. From outside of Turkey, call +90 312 157 1122. Long-distance charges will apply to calls made from outside of Turkey. Adana Address: Atakent Mahallesi Selahattin Çolak Bulvari No :88 Yüreğir / Adana E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 322 346 35 61 Fax: 0 322 346 46 64 Adiyaman Address: Turgut Reis Mahallesi Atatürk Bulvari Hükümet Konaği Yani Eski Adliye Binasi Merkez/Adiyaman E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 416 213 39 61 Fax: 0 416 213 39 60 Afyon Address: Ali Çetinkaya Mh. Atatürk Bulv. No:32/3 Afyonkarahisar E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 272 215 17 80 Fax: 0 272 215 17 90 Ağri Address: Firat Mahallesi Erzurum Cad. No:1 Hükümet Konaği Merkez / Ağri E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 472 215 33 25 Fax: 0 472 215 33 25 Aksaray Address: Zincirli Mahallesi Vehbibey Caddesi No: 46 (Eski Karakol Binasi) Merkez/Aksaray E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 382 214 00 06 Fax: 0 382 214 00 06-108 Alanya Address: Şekerhane Mahallesi Alaiye Caddesi No: 81/1 E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 242 511 17 51 Amasya Address: Gümüşlü Mah. Atatürk Cad. No: 9/B Kat :3 Seven Iş Merkezi Merkez / Amasya E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 358 218 10 45 Fax: 0 358 218 15 50 Ankara Address: Hoşdere Cad. No:144 Çankaya / Ankara E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 312 439 40 40 Fax: 0 312 440 33 48 Fax : 0 312 439 40 66 Antalya Address: Bayindir Mahallesi Gazi Bulvari 07030 (Mülga Il Özel Idaresi) Muratpaşa / Antalya E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 242 237 95 50 Alternate Numbers: 0 242 237 95 51 0 242 237 95 52 0 242 237 95 80 0 242 237 95 81 0 242 237 95 82 0 242 237 95 83 0 242 237 95 86 Fax: 0 242 237 95 53 Ardahan Address: Ardahan Valilik Hizmet Binasi Karagöl Mahallesi Kongre Caddesi No:11 Merkez/Ardahan E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 478 211 22 49 Fax: 0 478 211 22 89 Artvin Address: Çarşi Mah. Türkocaği Sok. No:12/2 Merkez / Artvin E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 466 212 12 33 Fax: 0 466 212 12 38 Aydin Address: Efeler Mahallesi Hürriyet Bulvari 2275 Sokak No:17 Efeler / Aydin E-mail: aydı[email protected] Telephone: 0 256 212 68 02 Alternate Number: 0 256 213 83 41 Fax: 0 256 212 68 08 Balikesir Address: Atatürk Mahallesi Doğan Caddesi No: 5 (Eski Mit Binasi) Karesi/ Balikesir E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 266 243 89 26 Alternate Numbers: 0 266 243 91 23 0 266 243 88 95 Fax: 0 266 241 16 58 Bartin Address: Elmalik Sokak No:3 Bartin Valiliği Merkez / Bartin E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 378 227 65 33 Fax: 0 378 227 55 88 Batman Address: Batman Diyarbakir Yolu Askeri Havaalani Girişi Tekel Binalari Merkez / Batman E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 488 213 24 72 Fax: 0 488 213 36 72 Bayburt Address: Turgut Özal Bulvari Tuzcuzade Mah. Özel Idare Iş Hani Kat 5 Merkez / Bayburt E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 458 222 10 03 Fax: 0 458 222 10 02 Bilecik Address: Cumhuriyet Mahallesi Cumhuriyet Caddesi Bilecik Valiliği Merkez / Bilecik E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 228 212 59 39 Fax: 0 228 212 37 71 Bingöl Address: Saray Mahallesi, Düzağaç Mevkii, Muş Karayolu Üzeri, Eski Diş Hastanesi Karşisi, Merkez/Bingöl E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 426 214 00 23 Fax: 0 426 213 26 93 Bitlis Address: Beşminare Mah. Ahmet Eren Bulvari No:227/1 (Il Afet Ve Acil Durum Müdürlüğü Binasi) Merkez / Bitlis E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 434 246 84 62 Fax: 0 434 246 84 68 Bodrum Address: Neyzen Tevfik Caddesi No. 22, Bodrum, 48400, Muğla E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 252 313 1133 Bolu Address: Aktaş Mahallesi Taşhancilar Caddesi K:1 No:10/1 Merkez / Bolu E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 374 210 70 00 Fax: 0 374 210 70 01 Burdur Address: Bağlar Mah. İbrahim Zeki Burdurlu Cad. Akgün Apt. No:27 Merkez / Burdur E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 248 232 15 10 Alternate Number: 0 322 346 35 61 Fax: 0 248 232 15 10 Bursa Address: Çirpan Mahallesi Ilkbahar Caddesi Güçlü Sokak Çarşamba Pazari Mevki Osmangazi / Bursa E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 224 252 64 58 Fax: 0 224 271 87 54 Çanakkale Address: Belediye Iş Merkezi 2.Kat Bati Kismi Kepez / Çanakkale E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 286 262 01 76 Fax: 0 286 262 01 76 Çankiri Address: Merkez Mimar Sinan Mah. Semerciler Sok. Tansuğ Sit. No:18 Merkez / Çankiri E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 376 213 46 49 Fax: 0 376 213 41 09 Çorum Address: Çorum Valiliği Hükümet Konaği C Blok Kat:2 Karakeçili Mahallesi Gazi Caddesi No:61 19030 Merkez/Çorum E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 364 224 18 32 Fax: 0 364 224 89 96 Denizli Address: Saraylar Mh. Enverpaşa Cad. İl Özel Idaresi Binasi Kat:5 Merkezefendi / Denizli E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 236 250 01 91 Fax: 0 258 241 11 23 Didim Address: Efeler Mahallesi Akdeniz Caddesi No:119, 09270 E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 256 811 54 46 Fax: 0 256 811 54 47 Diyarbakir Address: İskenderpaşa Mah. İnönü Cad. Şeran Plaza No:39 Sur 4.Kat Sur / Diyarbakir E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 412 229 06 08 Fax: 0 412 229 25 33 Düzce Address: Fevzi Çakmak Mahallesi Kalici Işyerleri C Blok Merkez / Düzce E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 266 243 91 23 Fax: 0 380 524 39 82 Edirne Address: Yeni Imaret Mahallesi 2. Beyazit Cad. Dişkapi No:73/A 22100 Merkez / Edirne E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 284 224 10 12 Alternate Numbers: 0 284 224 10 12 0 284 224 10 13 0 284 224 10 14 0 284 224 10 15 0 284 224 10 16 0 284 224 10 17 0 284 224 10 18 Fax: 0 284 224 10 19 Elaziğ Address: Gazi Caddesi Na:74 Merkez / Elaziğ E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 424 238 46 24 Fax: 0 424 238 44 66 Erzincan Address: İnönü Mahallesi Vali Recep Yazicioğlu Caddesi C Blok Kat:1 Eski Adliye Binasi Merkez / Erzincan E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 446 224 01 30 Alternate Number: 0 446 224 01 31 Fax: 0 446 224 01 30 Erzurum Address: Cami Kebir Mahallesi Tebrizkapi Caddesi No:1 Yakutiye / Erzurum E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 442 215 47 02 Fax: 0 442 215 01 35 Eskişehir Address: Cumhuriyet Mah. Cengiz Topel Cad. No:34 Kat:2 Eskişehir E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 222 230 04 82 Fax: 0 222 230 04 83 Fethiye Address: 501 Sokak No: 7, E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 252 614 0111 Gaziantep Address: İncirli Pinar Mahallesi 4 Nolu Cadde No:6 Şehitkamil / Gaziantep E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 342 215 01 81 Alternate Number: 0 342 215 01 85 Fax: 0 342 215 00 77 Giresun Address: Çiplakkale Mahallesi Atatürk Bulvari A Blok No:115 Yeni Hükümet Konaği Merkez / Giresun E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 454 215 77 01 Alternate Number: 0 454 215 77 02 Fax: 0 454 215 77 00 Gümüşhane Address: Karaer Mah. Zafer Cad. Hükümet Konaği No: 15 Kat 4 Merkez / Gümüşhane E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 456 213 15 85 Fax: 0 456 213 18 98 Hakkari Address: Sümbül Mahallesi Hakkari-Van Bulvari Üzeri Il Özel Idaresi Yeni Hizmet Binasi 2. Kat Merkez / Hakkari E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 438 211 05 58 Fax: 0 438 211 65 02 Hatay Address: Narlica Mahallesi Atatürk Caddesi 1 Sokak No:1 (Antakya-Reyhanli-Altinözü Yol Kavşaği) Antakya / Hatay E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 326 234 59 30 Fax: 0 326 234 59 60 Iğdir Address: Söğütlü Mahallesi Atatürk Caddesi Hükümet Konaği Binasi No:46 Kat:2 Merkez / Iğdir E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 476 227 70 40 Fax: 0 476 227 70 41 Isparta Address: Sanayi Mahallesi Atatürk Bulvari 104 Cadde No:71 (Eğirdir Yolu Üzeri Il Özel Idaresi Hizmet Binasi Kompleksi ) Merkez / Isparta E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 246 224 24 45 Fax: 0 246 224 24 47 Istanbul (Fatih) Address: Hirka-I Şerif Mahallesi Vatan Caddesi No:64/ 34091 Fatih / Istanbul E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 212 499 40 00 Fax: 0 212 453 61 72 Istanbul (Beşiktaş) Address: Gayrettepe Mahallesi, Gönenoğlu Sok. No:10, Beşiktaş, 34349, Istanbul E-mail: istanbul.goc.gov.tr Telephone: 212 499 4000 Istanbul (Beylikdüzü) Address: Yakuplu Mahallesi, Hürriyet Blv. No:18, Beylikdüzü, 34520, Istanbul E-mail: istanbul.goc.gov.tr Telephone: 212 499 4000 Istanbul (Kadıköy) Address: Caferağa Mahallesi, Kuzu Kestane Sok. No:1, Kadıköy, 34710 Istanbul E-mail: istanbul.göç.gov.tr Telephone: 212 499 6120 Izmir Address: Kemeralti Mahallesi 855 Sokak No:40/A Konak / Izmir E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 232 402 44 62 Fax: 0 232 484 32 70 Kahraman Maraş Address: Yenişehir Mahallesi 2. Sokak 9/1 Dulkadiroğlu / K.Maraş E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 344 225 30 15 Fax: 0 344 225 30 13 Karabük Address: Ergenekon Mahallesi Valilik Binasi Kat:1 78100 Merkez / Karabük E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 370 412 78 44 Fax: 0 370 412 76 54 Karaman Address: Sakabaşi Mahalllesi Mut Caddesi K:1 Hükümet Konaği C Blok Merkez / Karaman E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 338 212 70 30 Fax: 0 338 226 70 74 Kars Address: Cumhuriyet Mahallesi Hakim Ali Riza Arslan Caddesi Valilik Binasi Merkez / Kars E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 442 215 47 02 Fax: 0 474 223 27 19 Kastamonu Address: Hepkebirler Mahallesi Sakarya Caddesi No:20 Ilgaz Daği Milli Park Müdürlüğü Binasi Merkez / Kastamonu E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 366 222 20 47 Fax: 0 366 222 20 48 Kayseri Address: Serçeönü Mahallesi Ahmet Paşa Caddesi Adliye Ek Binasi 1. Ve 2. Kat No:4 Hükümet Konaği Yani Kocasinan / Kayseri E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 352 220 01 57 Fax: 0 352 220 21 57 Kaş Address: Andifli Mahalle Halk Konutları Sokak No: 10/3 E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 242 836 31 59 Kemer Address: Merkez Mahalle Yalı Caddesi No: 1 Telephone: 0 242 814 49 36 Kirikkale Address: Fabrikalar Mah.25.Sk.No:3 Eski Tip Fakültesi Hastanesi Binasi Merkez / Kirikkale E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 352 220 11 57 Alternate Number: 0 318 333 10 71 Fax: 0 318 333 10 70 Kırklareli Address: Demirtaş Mah. Yayla Cad. No:9 Merkez / Kırklareli E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 288 212 00 72 Dahili:313 Fax: 0 288 212 00 73 Kirşehir Address: Aşikpaşa Mahallesi Otuzevler Caddesi 4.Sokak Kardelen Apartmani A Blok No: Z/1 Merkez / Kirşehir E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 386 213 40 48 Fax: 0 386 213 33 97 Kilis Address: Ebulüle Mahallesi Mercidabik Caddesi No: 1 Merkez / Kilis E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 348 813 20 94 Fax: 0 348 813 20 96 Kocaeli Address: Kadiköy Mah. Turan Güneş Cad. No:98 41040 Izmit/Kocaeli E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 262 322 30 66 Alternate Number: 0 262 322 30 67 Fax: 0 262 322 30 68 Konya Address: Horozluhan Mah. Yeni Istanbul Cad. No:72 Valilik Ek Hizmet Binasi Selçuklu / Konya E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 332 248 10 50 Fax: 0 332 248 51 51 Kuşadası Address: Cami bekir Mahalle, Atatürk Bulvarı No. 8 E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 256 213 26 61 Fax: 0 256 213 26 60 Kütahya Address: Kütahya Eskişehir Karayolu 7.Km.Yenibosna Mah. Kestaş Yani.No:64 / Kütahya E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 274 225 17 79 Fax: 0 274 225 17 75 Malatya Address: İnönü Caddesi No:1 Hükümet Konaği Zemin Kat Merkez / Malatya E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 422 322 33 32 Fax: 0 422 323 02 13 Manavgat Address: Ek Hizmet Binası, 3081 Sokak. No: 6, 07600 E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 242 742 84 47 Manisa Address: Sakarya Mh. Atatürk Bulvari Taç Bina Işhani Hükümet Konaği Valilik Bloğu 3, Kat No:304 Şehzadeler / Manisa E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 236 250 01 91 Fax: 0 236 250 01 96 Mardin Address: Vali Ozan Caddesi Hükümet Konaği Kat: Zemin Artuklu / Mardin E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 482 213 47 66 Alternate Number: 0 482 213 47 67 Fax: 0 482 213 37 85 Alternate Fax: 0 482 213 47 64 Mersin Address: Camişerif Mah. Uray Cad. No:17 Akdeniz / Mersin E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 324 237 12 47 Alternate Numbers: 0 326 234 58 71-1-1 0 326 234 58 72-1-1 0 326 234 58 73-1-1 0 326 234 58 74-1-1 0 326 234 58 75-1-1 Fax: 0 324 237 12 48 Muğla Address: Orhaniye Mah. Papatya Sok. No: 15 Merkez / Muğla E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 256 226 83 99 Alternate Number: 0 252 214 42 20 Fax: 0 252 212 42 20 Muş Address: İl Özel Idaresi Başkani (Otogar Kavşaği)Merkez / Muş E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 436 212 84 80 Fax: 0 436 212 84 81 Nevşehir Address: 350 Evler Mahallesi Kayseri Caddesi No:40 50100 Merkez / Nevşehir E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 384 212 50 74 Fax: 0 384 212 50 75 Niğde Address: Yukari Kayabaşi Mahallesi Öğretmenler Caddesi Toprak Su Laboratuvari Üstü Sosyal Yardimlaşma Vakfi Yani No:2/3 Merkez / Niğde E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 388 213 10 64 Fax: 0 388 213 00 62 Ordu Address: Saray Mahallesi Hükümet Caddesi No: 1 B Blok 2. Kat 52100 Altinordu (Valilik Binasi Yani) Merkez / Ordu E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 452 222 71 52 Fax: 0 452 222 72 52 Osmaniye Address: Esenevler Mahallesi (Istasyon Cad.) Hasan Çenet Caddesi No:4 Merkez / Osmaniye E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 328 813 95 00 Fax: 0 328 813 97 00 Rize Address: Piriçelebi Mah. Adliye Cad. Eski Özel Idare Müd. Kat: 2 Merkez / Rize E-mail: [email protected] Telephone:0 462 223 22 45 Alternate Number: 0 464 213 06 51 Fax:0 464 213 17 98 Sakarya Address: Valilik Ek Hizmet Binasi, Karaman Mahallesi,1430 Ada M. Cahit Kiraç Cad. (Karaman Mah. Telekom Binasi) Sakarya E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 264 221 40 31 Alternate Number: 0 264 221 40 32 Fax: 0 264 221 40 33 Samsun Address: 19 Mayis Mahallesi Saadet Caddesi No:4/ Ilkadim / Samsun E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 362 431 28 03 Alternate Numbers: 0 362 431 28 63 0 362 431 28 68 0 362 431 28 07 0 362 431 28 13 0 362 431 28 98 Fax: 0 362 431 28 20 Siirt Address: Cumhuriyet Meydani Özbel Iş Hani Kat 7 56100 Merkez / Siirt E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 484 224 15 12 Fax: 0 484 224 15 13 Sinop Address: Meydankapi Mah. Tersane Cad. No:12 Merkez / Sinop E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 368 260 04 62 Fax: 0 368 260 04 65 Sivas Address: Sularbaşi Mahallesi Hükümet Konaği Ek Bina 58040 Merkez / Sivas E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 346 224 30 58 Alternate Number: 0 346 224 30 59 Fax: 0 346 224 30 60 Şanliurfa Address: Paşabağ Mahallesi Cumhuriyet Caddesi No:77 Şanliurfa Valiliği / Şanliurfa E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 414 313 54 01 Fax: 0 414 313 86 58 Şirnak Address: Atatürk Mah. Zübeyde Hanim Cad. Hükümet Konaği Merkez/Şirnak E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 486 216 12 16(Dahili:261) Fax: 0 486 216 11 88 Alternate Fax: 0 486 216 45 47 Tekirdağ Address: Yavuz Mahallesi Hükümet Caddesi Kocakardeşler Işhani No:207 Süleymanpaşa / Tekirdağ E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 282 263 50 98 Fax: 0 282 263 50 99 Tokat Address: Yeni Mahalle Gültekin Topçam Caddesi Il Özei Idaresi Yapi Kontrol Müdürlüğü Hizmet Binasi Terminal Yani No:16 Kat:1 Merkez / Tokat E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 356 214 90 10 Fax: 0 356 214 90 11 Trabzon Address: Gülbaharhatun Mh. Hükümet Konaği Sok.61040 Hükümet Konaği 4.Kat No:421 Merkez / Trabzon E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 462 223 22 45 Fax: 0 462 223 29 60 Tunceli Address: Atatürk Mahallesi Hükümet Konaği Elaziğ Tunceli Yolu K:3 Merkez / Tunceli E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 428 213 33 28 Fax: 0 428 213 33 48 Uşak Address: Fatih Mahallesi 1 Nazli Sokak No:12 Merkez / Uşak E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 276 227 44 00 Fax: 0 276 227 44 00 Van Address: Şemsibey Mahallesi Erciş Yolu Üzeri 7. Km Tuşba / Van E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 432 223 33 37 Fax: 0 432 223 33 20 Yalova Address: Adnan Menderes Mahallesi, Şehit Yaşar Kuş Caddesi, Anadolu Apt. No:49 (Sgk-Toki Yolu Üzeri) Merkez / Yalova E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 226 800 02 50 Alternate Number: 0 226 800 02 51 Fax: 0 226 800 02 53 Yozgat Address: Yozgat Valiliği Aşaği Nohutlu Mahallesi Şeyhzade Caddesi No: 1 Merkez / Yozgat E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 354 212 19 10 Fax: 0 354 212 19 11 Zonguldak Address: Merkez Belde Terakki Mahallesi Cumhuriyet Caddesi Soğuksu Mevki Ziraat Bankasi Yani Merkez / Zonguldak E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 0 372 222 11 55 Fax: 0 372 222 11 56 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.
  3. If you've been living in Turkey for at least one year with a residence permit, you can enroll in Turkey's Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Institution) Genel Sağlık Sigortası (General Health Insurance Plan). Often called "SGK Insurance," this is Turkey's comprehensive national health insurance plan. You can join the SGK plan at any age and have insurance coverage for the rest of your life. While SGK doesn't cover chronic, pre-existing conditions you already have when you join, it will cover them, continuously, if you develop one or more chronic conditions after you've joined the plan. Free Treatment at State Hospitals After you've successfully enrolled in the SGK plan, you'll receive free medical treatment at any state hospital, for practically any medical condition. There's no card involved—show your residence permit when you go to the hospital and, with your yabancı kimlik numarası (foreigner identification number which is printed on the card), and the hospital will bill SGK directly. Treatment at Private Hospitals Many private hospitals also accept SGK insurance. While they're more expensive than state hospitals, you can use your SGK insurance to cover much of the bill, then pay the rest out-of-pocket. If you also have an insurance policy from your home country, which covers you in Turkey, you may be able to send the unpaid part of the bill to your home country health insurance provider for reimbursement. Check with your home country insurance company for details. Turkey's private health insurance companies also offer an SGK supplemental plan you can use to cover out-of-pocket costs that SGK doesn't pay. To learn about these supplemental policies, contact Selma Akdeniz of Mertsel Insurance using our health insurance inquiry form. Eligibility To join the SGK plan, you must have lived in Turkey, with a residence permit, for at least one year. Required Documents You'll need the following: Your current residence permit card, with an expiration date at least 30 days after the date you enroll in the SGK plan Your previous residence permit card if the start date of your current residence permit is less than one year ago, to prove you've been living in Turkey for at least one year A photocopy of the front and back of both residence permit cards. They may ask you to get a health report from a state or private hospital. Learn how to get a health report. Insider Tip: Even they don't ask for a health check, it's a good idea to get one anyway. If you later develop a chronic health problem, and SGK doesn't want to pay because they think the condition existed before you joined, the health report will help you prove you didn't have the condition when you joined the plan. Coverage for Your Family Your policy will also cover your spouse and children at no additional cost. An SGK policy for a single person and a policy for a family costs the same. Required Documents for Your Spouse To get coverage for your spouse, take your Turkish marriage certificate (International Family Book) to the SGK office with both of your residence permits (or work and residence permit if you have a work permit). If you have a foreign marriage certificate, you must have it internationally legalized with an apostille, then have the marriage license and the apostille translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. Learn how to get a copy of a Turkish marriage certificate. Learn how to get a copy of a foreign marriage certificate and have it legalized and translated. Required Documents for Your Child To get coverage for your children, take your child's Turkish birth certificate or a foreign birth certificate, which has been internationally legalized and translated, to the SGK office. Learn how to get a copy of a Turkish birth certificate. Learn how to get a copy of a foreign birth certificate and have it legalized and translated. Enrolling in SGK While Extending Your Residence Permit When you first enroll for SGK insurance, you'll experience what seems to be a dilemma. Let's say you're completing your first year of residence in Turkey. You're about to apply for an extension of your residence permit, and you want to join the SGK plan and use that as your health insurance coverage. But there's a problem. Your current residence permit only has, say, another month left before it expires. Here's how to handle it: Provisional Enrollment in the SGK Plan Before You Get Your Residence Permit When you go to the SGK and enroll, you'll at first be "provisionally enrolled." The SGK will give you a Provizyon Sorgulama Cevap Belgesi (Provision Inquiry Reply Document). This document proves your enrollment in the SGK plan. You'll include that document in your residence permit application package. Permanent Enrollment in the SGK Plan After You Get Your Residence Permit Later, when you get your residence permit card, take it to the SGK office and they'll formally enroll you in the SGK program, and set the coverage expiration date to match the expiration date of your residence permit. Visit the SGK Office Every Time You Extend Your Residence Permit Your SGK insurance coverage will be suspended whenever your residence permit expires. So whenever you get a new residence permit, go to the SGK office with your new residence permit so they can extend the end date of your SGK coverage. Reinstatement and Reimbursement for Medical Bills if SGK is Suspended Reinstatement If you're renewing your residence permit and it expires before your new one arrives, your SGK coverage will have been suspended as of the last date of validity of your previous residence permit. To get reinstated, go to the SGK office and show them your new card. They'll reactivate your account and set the end date of your coverage to match the expiration date of your new residence permit. In some provinces, the SGK will accept the İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) that the immigration specialist will give you during your residence permit application interview. This document serves as a temporary residence permit until your residence permit card arrives in the mail. You'll have to check with your local SGK office to see if they'll reinstate your coverage with this document. Refunds for Treatment While SGK is Suspended If you receive medical treatment during a period when your SGK coverage is suspended, you'll have to pay for it with your own money. After your SGK coverage is reinstated, take the bills back to the hospital along with your residence permit card. The hospital will bill SGK for your previous treatment and receive payment from them, then give you a refund. The SGK Monthly Premium The monthly premium for 2021 is ₺858.60. It increases every year. It is also means-tested, so if you're unable to afford the premiums, visit your local SGK office to see if you can get a lower premium. Maintaining Your Enrollment You must also keep up with your monthly payments. If you miss any, you'll have to make the missed payments along with your current month's payment. You can pay your SGK premiums at any PTT (Turkish post office), or online using the e-Devlet website. Learn how to pay your SGK premiums using e-Devlet. You can also make payments automatically from your bank account. As of this writing, only the state-owned banks, such as Ziraat Bank and Halk Bank, offer this service. Quitting the SGK Insurance Plan Once you enroll in the SGK plan, your coverage will continue for life. You can't quit unless you're permanently leaving Turkey or switching to a Turkish private health insurance policy. You'll need to go to the SGK office to disenroll. Mertsel Health Insurance and Residence Permit Application Service Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Set up your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Buy Health Insurance for Your Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  4. An official, government-licensed translator in Turkey is called a yeminli çevirmen or a yeminli tercüman. Both words, in English, mean "sworn translator." They're the only translators authorized to translate documents from other languages for legal use in Turkey. After a sworn translator finishes a translation, they'll take it to a noter (notary), and swear an oath that the translation is a true and accurate translation of the document into Turkish. The notary will stamp and sign the translation, making it a legally recognized document. The notary will also stamp the translation with a document number and keep a copy of it in their archives. What is a Sworn Translator? A sworn translator is a licensed government translator who translates documents for legal purposes. To receive the license, they must graduate from an accredited university's faculty of translation and interpretation and swear an oath before the court declaring they will perform their translations truthfully and accurately. All translations made by a sworn translator are notarized after the translator swears that the translation is true and accurate. Legalize the Document First, Then Take It to the Sworn Translator Since the document originates from a foreign government, its origin must first be certified with a second document, called an apostille. The process goes like this: Get the foreign document sent to you if you don't already have it. Send the document to whatever government organization, in your home country, issues apostilles. They'll attach an apostille to the document which certifies its origin. Have the document, and the attached apostille, translated by the sworn translator. To learn more about how to legalize a foreign document with an apostille or similar document, see Apostille: What it is, How it Works and How to Get One from Turkey. Once you have the document and the attached apostille but must be translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. How to Find a Sworn Translator in Turkey Use Google Search Google for your location in Turkey, along with the keywords "yeminli çevirmen" or "yeminli tercüman." You may also use the Turkish word for the language you need to translate to or from. Use the Sworn Translator Federation Website Use 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. Select the region where you live for a listing of sworn translators, which will include each one's name, address, contact information, and the languages in which they specialize. How to Find a Sworn Translator in Other Countries If you're not in Turkey, you can find sworn translators by contacting your local Turkish embassy or consulate. The Turkish government's main consular website also has a directory of sworn translators, at https://www.konsolosluk.gov.tr/TranslatorSearch/Index. Assistance and Support Turkish Culture, Customs, Politics and Laws Forum: If you have a question about the Turkish government or its laws, 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.
  5. If you're planning to live or work in Turkey with a residence permit or work permit, you'll need to get a vergi numarası (tax number) from the tax office. Later, you'll likely have to pay various fees and taxes to the Turkish government, which you can do at the tax office or by using Turkey's government services portal, e-Devlet (e-Government) at www.turkiye.gov.tr. What is the Tax Office in Turkey? The Gelir İdaresi Başkanlığı (Directorate of Revenue Management) is the branch of the Turkish government which collects taxes, carries out the activities of the tax system, performs tax audits, and enforces tax laws. Each municipality in Turkey has a tax office. It might be in its own building, or in a consolidated complex, with a separate office for each district. The tax office also has a presence on Turkey's online government portal, e-Devlet (e-Government), where you can check your tax status and pay taxes online. Finding and Your Local Tax Office The best way to find your local tax office is with Google Maps. Go here: https://www.google.com/maps Enter a query containing the name of the ilçe (district) where you are, and the words vergi dairesi (tax office). You may also have to enter the name of your il (province), since more than one province may have a district with the same name. Visiting Your Tax Office If there's just one tax office in one building, you're already in the right place. If your tax office is in a consolidated complex, find an office with a sign which has the name of your district on it. Getting Your Tax Number Your first visit to a tax office will probably be to get your tax number because you'll need one to pay your residence permit fee(s). To get one, go to any tax office (whether it's responsible for your district or not) with your passport and a copy of your passport. The copy should contain your identification information and your photo. They'll give you a tax number, on the spot, for free. If you need help, you can say to the person at the information desk vergi numarası istiyorum (I want a tax number). When you get your residence permit, you'll be assigned a yabancı kimlik numarası (foreigner identification number), which will be printed on your residence permit card. After you have your foreigner identification number, you can use that instead of your tax number. Paying Residence Permit Fees There are two main fees for residence permits. They are for: Processing the residence permit application Printing your residence permit card. Citizens of some countries don't have to pay the processing fee, but everybody has to pay the card printing fee. You can pay the fee(s) at participating banks, but personnel at some banks are unfamiliar with the fee-paying process, so it can be more hassle than it's worth. You can also pay the fees online at the end of your residence permit application, but sometimes the system doesn't work very well. The most surefire option is to pay the fees at the tax office. Take your passport and a printed copy of your Residence Permit Registration Form. The fees you owe will be printed on the first page and will tell the clerk at the tax office what you owe. You'll probably get three copies of the receipts. Include the original with your residence permit application package. Keep a second copy for your records. Paying Your Residence Permit Fees During Your Residence Permit Appointment If your residence permit appointment is at a main provincial office of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office), it will probably have a branch of the tax office nearby. So you can go early and pay the fees. If it's a smaller immigration branch office, you'll have to go find the nearest tax office. You can go to your appointment without paying the fees and have the immigration official tell you to go pay them, but it's much less of a hassle to pay them before your interview. Paying Taxes using e-Devlet You can't pay your residence permit fees using e-Devlet, but you can pay taxes with it. You must be a member of e-Devlet to use it. To learn more about checking your tax status in Turkey and paying taxes and fees online, see How to Join and Use e-Devlet. Assistance and Support Vergi Dairesi Başkanlıgı: The website of the Directorate of Revenue Management. Turkish Culture, Customs, Politics and Laws Forum: If you have a question about the Turkish government or its laws, 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.
  6. At some point, while living in Turkey, you'll probably have to go to a government office called the Nüfus for one thing or another. In this guide, I'll explain what the Nüfus is, what it does, and how you can find your local Nüfus and go there. What is the Nüfus? The Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, or Nüfus), is Turkey's government office which issues Turkish citizens' identification cards, driving licenses, birth, marriage, divorce and death certificates. It also keeps records of these documents. The Nüfus also handles applications for Turkish citizenship and matters concerning citizenship. Finding Your Local Nüfus Each district, in each province of Turkey, has a Nüfus office. You can find the one nearest you here: https://nvi.gov.tr/ilce-nufus-mudurlukleri Select your il (province) in the first box and your ilçe (district) in the second box. This will produce an address with contact telephone numbers, and a small zoomable map showing the location of the Nüfus for that district. Visiting the Nüfus By Appointment The Nüfus online appointment system only accepts the identification numbers of Turkish citizens and not the identification numbers of foreigners. For that reason, foreigners may walk in without an appointment (see below). But if you're a Turkish citizen or a Turkish citizen will be coming with you, you can use your (or their) Turkish citizen ID number to make an appointment, here: https://randevu.nvi.gov.tr/ Use Google Chrome with the Google Translate extension to translate the page if necessary. To learn how to do this, see Using the Google Chrome Browser with the Google Translate Extension. On the first page, select the type of business you need to do (you can also cancel an existing appointment on this page). Fill out the form with your details and contact number, and continue, to make an appointment. When you go to your appointment, make sure to check-in at the main service desk and get a number. Even though you have an appointment, the system still runs by the numbers, so have a seat and watch the monitor until your number comes up. By Walking In (As a Foreigner) Go to the check-in desk and show them your residence permit. They'll understand the situation (that you couldn't make an appointment because the online system won't let you), and give you a number. As above, sit in the waiting area and watch the monitor until your number's called. Assistance and Support Nüfus Support Website: The Nüfus support website has a listing of frequently asked questions as well as listings of required documents you'll need for your appointment. Nüfus Telephone Help Line: The Nüfus also has a helpline you can call, from any phone in Turkey, at 199. From outside of Turkey, you can reach the Nüfus at +90 312 591 2133 or 2389. There is an English option. Turkish Culture, Customs, Politics and Laws Forum: If you have a question about the Turkish government or its laws, 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. Notaries are used more often in Turkey than in many other countries. Every district in Turkey has at least one, and most districts (as well as cities and towns) have more than one. You don't need an appointment to see a notary. You can walk in, take a number and wait for them to call you. What is a Notary in Turkey? A noter (notary) is a fully credentialed, government-appointed lawyer responsible for verifying the authenticity of documents. They identify signers of documents, verify their awareness and willingness to sign, administer oaths, and keep an archive of the documents they administer. Besides notarizing original documents, notaries may also make notarized copies of documents, on which they certify that the copy is a true and accurate copy of the original. Once a document (or copy) is notarized, the notary's stamp and signature make the document a legally recognized document in the Republic of Turkey. Notary Services In Turkey, notaries are used for: Official copies of Turkish documents (such as your rental contract, if you're applying for a residence permit) Certification of sworn translations of foreign documents. Transferring ownership of a second-hand motor vehicle. Giving power of attorney to another person. Creating a company. Making a will. Formalizing and legalizing written contracts. Formally, and provably, notifying another person about an issue. For example, notifying your landlord that you'll be vacating your apartment on a certain date, or demanding that a building contractor fix a problem with the construction of a home. Making a taahhütname (literally, a declaration that you'll do something). For example, if a friend wants to live with you and use your address as their address for their residence permit application, you must sign a taahhütname declaring you'll make sure they extend their residence permit or leave Turkey when the time comes, and pay their debts if they leave Turkey without paying them. How to Find a Notary in Turkey Walk Around and Look for a Notary Probably the easiest way to find a notary is to walk to the center of town and ask somebody where one is. Even before you find someone to ask, you'll probably see a notary sign. All notaries have a big red sign which has a number, then the word "Noter." The number has to do with the order in which notaries opened their offices. So, if you see a notary sign which says "1. Noter," that means that notary office was the first one to be opened in that district. The second one to open would have a sign which says "2. Noter," and so on. Any notary will do, I mention that bit of trivia just in case you wonder what the number means. Find A Notary Online You can also find one online. Visit the website of the Türkiye Noterler Birliği (Turkey Notary Association), at http://www.tnb.org.tr/. An alternative is a private website called Tum Noterler (All Notaries), at http://www.tumnoterler.com/. If you use Tum Noterler, the "Şehir Seçiniz" (select the city) drop-down list actually produces a list of provinces rather than cities. So select your province, and the page will refresh and display a drop-down list of districts. Select your district, then your neighborhood, in the same way. It'll also display an increasingly zoomed-in map with markers showing the location of notary offices. The notary offices' addresses, telephone numbers, and other contact information will be displayed below the map. Visiting a Notary When you visit a notary office, you'll first meet notarial assistants who'll determine your requirements and get whatever document is required. If you don't speak Turkish, they'll bring in a sworn translator to read the document to you, in English, to make sure you understand what it says. Then you'll sign the document before the notary, and the notary will stamp and sign it. Notary Fees The fees notaries charge are in accordance with a government-issued fee list. The fees vary according to the type of document and the number of pages involved and are increased every six months. Property Sales In Turkey, notaries aren't used for transferring ownership of real property. That's done by an official at the Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü (Property Title Deed and Land Registry Office). However, if you were to give power of attorney to another person to sign your property title deed, a notary would do that. Then your trusted friend or lawyer would sign the property title transfer documents at the Property Title Deed Office. Sworn Translations If the document you need to be notarized is in a language other than Turkish, it must be translated by a sworn translator. Every notary office works with sworn translators, so if you need to find one, ask somebody at a notary office. If you have a document translated by a sworn translator, the translator will do the translation, then take it to the notary, where they'll swear to the accuracy of the translation. The notary will then stamp the translation and sign it (and enter it into their archive). To learn about sworn translators, see Sworn Turkish Translators: What They Do and How to Find One. Getting Another Copy of a Notarized Document Whenever you have a document notarized (or have a document translated by a sworn translator), the notary will stamp it on the back with the document's record number. Then they'll make another copy and put it in their archive. So, when you have a document notarized, record the document number and keep it in a file on your computer, or photograph it with your smartphone and store the image. If you need another notarized copy, you can get one at any time by going to the same notary and giving them the document number. There's no need to have another copy made of the same document. Getting another copy of the document from the notary's archives will come in handy, for example, if you extend your residence permit and need another notarized copy of your rental contract. If you're staying in the same place with the same contract, another copy of the original notarized copy will suffice, and also save you some money. Assistance and Support Turkish Culture, Customs, Politics and Laws Forum: If you have a question about the Turkish government or its laws, 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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