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  1. The immigration office is restricting the extension of short-term residence permits for touristic purposes. If you're living in Turkey as a renter, you're in the "touristic purposes" category. That means your next residence permit may not be approved unless you have a good reason for remaining in Turkey. Whether your reason is a good one will be decided by the immigration specialist who interviews you during your next extension application. If you own your home in Turkey, you'll have a residence permit in the category "property owner," and you won't be affected by the restriction. If you're a citizen of one of the countries in the list below, you also won't be affected by the restriction. Exceptions to the Restriction The restriction doesn't apply to citizens of the following countries: Austria Australia Belgium Bulgaria Canada Chile China Croatia Cyprus Czechia Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland İreland Israel Italy Japan Korea Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Poland Portugal Romania Russia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States 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.
  2. So what happens after your Turkey residence permit is approved? In this guide, I'll first explain how to check your residency's approval status. Then I'll explain how the card is delivered to you and how to check to see where it is in the postal system. Finally, I'll tell you what you need to do if you miss the delivery. Checking Your Residence Permit's Approval Status If the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office) is still processing your application, you can check your application's status in the online residence permit application system, like this: Go to https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/ Click on the type of application you filed, either first-time, extension, or transfer Click "I would like to see my application result." Enter your application number, your cell (mobile) phone number or your e-mail address, and your foreigner ID number or your passport number. Enter the characters which appear in the "Captcha" image and click "Login." Online Application System Messages In Progress: They're still evaluating your residence permit application. Kayıt durumunuz: PTT'ye Teslim Edildi: Your residence permit has been approved, your card has been printed, and it has been sent to the PTT for delivery. Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management: This is probably a rejection, but it may not be. It could mean they need clarification or there's a problem with one of the documents in your package. You'll have to go to the immigration office and find out what happened. Not found: If you see this, double check your info and try again. If you get the message again, go to the immigration office to find out what happened. SMS or E-mail Messages There are messages the immigration office sends out by SMS after they've reached a decision about your residence permit: 2019-**-******* nolu ikamet izni talebiniz olumlu degerlendirilmistir. Your residence permit request 2019-**-******* numbered has been evaluated positively. B001 What it means: Your residence permit package has been approved. Now your card will be printed and sent to the PTT for delivery to your address. It will take up to 30 days or so for your residence permit to be printed and sent to the PTT for delivery. Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management. What it means: This can mean: Your application has been rejected. If that's the case, you'll need to leave Turkey within ten days unless you have remaining time on your visa or current residence permit, or Some problem was found during a second look at your package, and you must clarify something or provide more documentation. In either case, you must go to the local immigration office as soon as possible to learn what the problem is. You can walk in without an appointment. Card Printing If it's approved, the Ankara immigration office will print your new residence permit card. This can take up to 30 days. Delivery to PTT After the immigration office prints your card, they'll send it to the PTT. When the PTT receives it, the PTT will send you an SMS message saying they've received your residence permit card and that it's in the process of being delivered. Their message will include a barcode number that you can use to track the delivery of your residence permit card from the PTT in Ankara to your home. Note: The immigration office and the PTT only send these messages to Turkish mobile phone numbers. SMS Messages from PTT Message 1 Adınıza, 222000222111 barkod nolu gönderi kabul edilmiştir. www.ptt.gov.tr adresinden gönderinin durumunu takip edebilirsiniz. B001 What it means: The Ankara PTT has received your residence permit card. The message will also have a barcode, and a link you can click on to go to PTT's package tracking web page. It will be at the PTT in Ankara first. Then it will be given to: One of PTT's provincial distribution offices. Your local PTT office. A courier. That's when you need to be at home waiting for the doorbell to ring. You can use the barcode to check on where it is at any time by going to this web page: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/ptt-gonderi-takip?submit Message 2 İkamet belgeniz 111222333 barkotla adresinize gönderildi. Your residence document has been posted to your address with the barcode number 222000222111. B001 What it means: Your residence permit has been sent from the Ankara PTT to your address. Attempted Delivery Message 222000222111 numaralı gönderiniz adresinizde bulunmamanız nedeniyle CARŞI-ANT PTT Şübesine bırakılmıştır. Bizzat muracaatınız halında teslimi sağlanacaktır. B001 What it means: A mail courier attempted delivery, but you weren't home. Your residence permit is at your local post office. In the above case, at "CARŞI-ANT PTT," which is the central PTT office in Antalya. You must go to the post office and get it. If you're unsure about which PTT you must go to, go to any PTT, and show them the message. They'll tell you where to go. Successful Delivery 222000222111 barkod nolu gönderiniz YOUR NAME'e teslim edilmiştir. B001 What it means: Your residence permit has been delivered. You should have your residence permit card when you see this one. What's the "B001" at the End of the SMS Messages? All SMS messages have a four-digit number like "B001" at the end. It isn't part of the message itself. Total Delivery Time Delivery times can vary widely, depending on how busy the various immigration offices are. Some foreigners report receiving their residence permit cards in just a few days, while others report delivery has taken up to 40 days. What to Do When Your Residence Permit Card Arrives When you receive your residence permit card, make sure all the information on it is correct. Take a photo of, or scan, both the front and back of the card. Keep this photo on your mobile phone and computer. Always keep your residence permit card with you when you go out. If There's a Mistake on Your Residence Permit Card If you find a mistake on your card, take it to the local immigration office. You won't need an appointment. Also, take with you any documents which show the information on the card is incorrect. The immigration office will print another card for you, with the correct information, and send it to you free of charge. Receipt by Another person The mail carrier should only give the residence permit package to another person if the other person has power of attorney to receive it. You can get a power of attorney for this at any noter (notary). Learn how to give power of attorney to another person. That said, there have been reports by Turkey Central members that mail carriers have left residence permit card packages with apartment security guards or superintendents. So if you check the barcode and the PTT website says your residence permit has been delivered, but no mail carrier has come to your door, check with such people, or neighbors in your building, to see if the mail carrier left the package with them. Failed Delivery If you're not at home, you'll receive an SMS message from the PTT saying they were unable to deliver your package. If that happens, the local PTT office will keep it for seven days. To learn which office has your card, query the barcode number again (see "Tracking the Delivery of Your Residence Permit Card" above). If the office you need to go to is unclear, print the page and take it to any PTT office, and they'll tell you where to go. After seven days, the PTT will send your residence permit card to the local immigration office. You can either go to the immigration office and get it (no appointment required) or have someone with power of attorney get it for you. 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 your residence permit is lost or stolen, you must report it to the police immediately and file a report. Then take a copy of the police report to the immigration office. You won't need an appointment. Take the following to the immigration office: A copy of the police report. Two biometric photos Your passport and a copy of your passport, including the identifying information and photo pages, and the page with the most recent entry stamp. A copy of the residence permit that was lost or stolen, if you have one (it is always a good idea to take a photo or scan of your residence permit and save it in case you need it). Fees for the Replacement of a Residence Permit You'll have to pay a fee to have your new residence permit card printed. For 2021, the fee is ₺125. You'll also have to pay half of the residence permit processing fee. The full fee is in US dollars (but paid in Turkish Lira) and varies according to your nationality and the current foreign exchange rate. It's calculated when your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form) is created at the end of the online application process and printed at the bottom of the first page. Because of daily changes in the value of the Turkish Lira and the US dollar, the fee you pay will vary, but at least you'll have a rough idea of what it will be. Delivery of Your New Residence Permit Once your residence permit replacement application is accepted and your new card is printed, the immigration office will send it to you by registered mail. If Your Residence Permit is Lost or Stolen While Outside of Turkey If you're in another country and your residence permit is lost or stolen, you'll still be allowed to re-enter Turkey without buying an e-visa. Just explain the situation to the immigration control officer as you show them your passport. Using your passport number, They'll see that you're listed as a resident in their system. After you enter Turkey, go to a police station and report the theft or loss, get a copy of the police report, and follow the rest of the instructions above. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  4. If you’ve never applied for a residence permit in Turkey before, the thought of being interviewed by an immigration official at the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office),might sound a little scary! It's something all of us as foreigners go through every time we extend our residence permits. Once you've done it, you'll realize it wasn't scary at all. But if you're like me, the more you know about something, the better you feel about it, so the objective of this guide is to tell you in advance what the appointment experience will be like. That way you'll have less anxiety and more confidence when you go to your appointment. Before Your Appointment Day As you come to the end of the online residence permit application process, you’ll be given an appointment date and time to go to the local immigration office. In some provinces, you can choose a convenient date and time. But in Istanbul, for example, you might have no choice—you’ll have to go on a date and at the time the online system gives you. The system will also give you a link for you to download your completed İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). Save a copy of that on your computer. Print one full copy (all pages) to add to your residence permit application package. Then print one copy of the first page to carry with you, along with your passport. That'll keep you legal in Turkey until your appointment day, even if your visa or current residence permit expires or you exceed the number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey. Next, you'll need to create an application package with the printed and signed registration form on top. To learn more about the different types of residence permits and what documents are required for each type of application, see: Residence Permit Application Guides. Residence Permit Appointments in Istanbul The immigration office's Istanbul branches often ask for more documentation than the others. If they want more documentation, they'll send you an SMS or an E-mail (depending on the communications preference you choose during the online application). To learn more about Istanbul’s additional requirements, see: Applying for a Residence Permit in Istanbul. If you receive a request for an additional document and don't know what it is or how to get it, see: Documents, Forms & Numbers. Pay the Residence Permit Fees Before Your Appointment You should pay your residence permit fees before you go to your appointment. You can pay them with a credit card online using the residence permit application system. If that doesn't work, you can pay them at any vergi dairesi (tax office) or participating banks like VakıfBank, ZiraatBank, and Halkbank. If you pay at a bank, you'll need payment codes, so they know which account to deposit the fees into. You can also pay during your appointment, but only if it has a tax office cashier there. If it doesn't, you'll have to go to one and come back with the receipt, probably in the middle of somebody else's appointment. For the least hassle, pay the fees before your appointment. To learn about the residence permit fees, how to pay them, and the payment codes you'll need if you pay at a bank, see: Residence Permit Fees. Finding the Immigration Office At the bottom of the first page of your Residence Permit Registration Form, you'll see the address of the immigration office where you need to go for your appointment. If you go there by taxi, show the driver that address to eliminate any confusion about where you're going. Go Early Don't miss your appointment! If you miss your appointment, your residence permit application will be canceled. Plan to be at the immigration office at least 30 minutes to an hour early, so you can be sure you’re there on time, even if there are delays. Learn what happens if you miss your residence permit application appointment. If in Doubt, Bring It! If you're not sure if you should bring a document or not, bring it. As the saying goes, "Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!" Arrival When you arrive at the immigration office, a security guard will ask to see your passport or your current residence permit and your printed Residence Permit Registration Form. Then they'll let you in. Reception/Information Desk Go to the information desk first, even though you have an appointment. Let them know you're there. They’ll check your identification and your application package, then have you sit in the waiting area. If the immigration office is one of the main provincial ones (in the capital city of a province), there'll be a vezne (cashier) there. So if you haven't paid your residence permit fees yet, and you have time, you can pay the fees there. Only the larger provincial offices have these cashiers; the smaller branch offices usually don't. If you're not sure if you have time, go to your appointment. The immigration official, after your appointment, will tell you to go and pay the fees and come back with the receipts. Insider Tip: Pay the residence permit fees before your appointment if you can. It will save time and the immigration official will appreciate it! Your Residence Permit Application Interview The immigration specialists are typically very polite, friendly, and professional. Smile. Be courteous and respectful. The immigration specialists have a difficult and stressful job, and I think they're pretty happy to deal with a polite foreigner who has everything ready. So by all means, be one. Hand the immigration specialist your residence permit package, or give them individual documents as they ask for them. They'll go over your documents and make sure everything is there. They'll probably ask you questions like: Is there anyone living with you? Are you working? Do you intend to work? Do you have enough money to support yourself? Why do you want to live in Turkey? They're not trying to screen you out or eliminate you. Turkey gives residence permits rather generously as compared to many other countries. The main thing they're checking is to make sure you're here for the reason you say you are, and that you can live in Turkey without having to work illegally. Proving You Have Enough Money to Live On One of the biggest concerns of the immigration specialist is if you'll work illegally. So they'll want you to convince them you won't. How much money will you need to prove? It depends on the person. If you have a smaller amount of money or income, but can convince them that it's enough, you'll be okay. Learn how much in savings or income you'll need to show. Proving You Have a Place to Live How to prove your address is detailed in the residence permit application guides (the link is above). But to summarize, they'll want Your property title deed or a notarized copy of your rental contract A taahhütname (a legal declaration) from your friend if you're using a friend's address A letter from the hotel where you're staying One or more utility bills, in your name (if you own or are renting your own place) If you own your place and have a property title deed that's more than two years old, take it to the local Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü (General Directorate of Property Titles and Land Registry) and get a Tapu Kayıt Örneği (Title Deed Registry Document) to prove the property is still in your name. To learn what documents are required to prove you have an address, see: Turkey Residence Permit Address and Change of Address. If you're applying in Istanbul, they often send an SMS message asking for other documents to bring to your appointment. If you get one of these messages and don't know what the document is that they're asking for, see: Documents, Forms & Numbers. Missing Documents If any documents are missing or inadequate, the immigration specialist will give you up to 30 days to get them. Then you can come back without an appointment and give them to the immigration specialist. Important! You must bring the missing documents to the immigration specialist within the time they give you, or go back and explain the situation. If you don't provide the missing document when you're required to, your application will be rejected, not canceled. If it's rejected, you'll have to wait six months before you can apply for the same type of residence permit again. Concluding the Interview At the end of the interview, the immigration specialist will give you one of two documents: The Residence Permit Application Document The İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) acts as a temporary residence permit. It's a regular A4 size piece of paper containing your personal information and photo. With this, you can stay in Turkey, even after your visa has expired or you've exceeded the number of days your visa allows. If you get one of these, then your residence is approved. They'll then print your card and send it to you by registered mail. If you need to leave the country before your residence permit card arrives, you can leave for up to 15 days and return without a visa, as long as you have this document and the receipts for payment of the residence permit fee and the card printing fee. If any of those documents are missing when you return, or if you're out of Turkey for more than 15 days, you'll have to re-enter with a visa. Learn more about the Residence Permit Application Document. Learn more about leaving Turkey with a Residence Permit Application Document. The Tebliğ Tebellüğü Belgesi(Communique Document) The tebliğ tebellüğü (Application Received Communique) is an untitled document that has your application number written at the top. It says you've applied for a residence permit and that you'll receive a notification within 90 days. It also says that, if your application is rejected, your fees won't be returned. This document allows you to stay in Turkey, even if your visa or current residence permit expires. But if you leave Turkey, it doesn't allow you to return without a visa as described above. They usually issue these in cases where the foreigner has more time allowed on their visa or current residence permit than the amount of time it'll take for them to receive their residence permit card. That is, if the foreigner has to leave Turkey and return before they receive the card, they can do so with their existing visa or residence permit. Learn more about the Communique Document. Learn more about leaving Turkey with a Communique Document. Learn more about leaving Turkey you've applied but before your appointment. 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. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. If you get married when you have a residence permit, you must report the change to your local Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management or immigration office) within 20 days. You can walk in without an appointment. Required Documents Passport Photocopy of your passport Uluslararası Aile Cüzdanı (International Marriage Book) or foreign marriage certificate with an apostille and a translation into Turkish by a sworn translator Current residence permit card Biometric photo If Your Marriage Was in Turkey If your marriage was in Turkey, you were issued an Uluslararası Aile Cüzdanı (International Marriage Book). This multi-lingual document includes the identity information of you, your spouse, and children (if any). Learn how to get a copy of your Turkish marriage certificate. If Your Marriage Was in Another Country If your marriage certificate is from a foreign country, it must be legalized for use in Turkey with an apostille. The marriage license and the apostille must then be translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. This procedure will change your marital status, but not your name. Learn how to get a copy of a foreign marriage certificate. Learn how to legalize a foreign document for use in Turkey. Changing Your Name after Getting Married Before you can change your name on your residence permit card, you must first get a new passport with your new name. Go to the website of your country's embassy in Turkey for instructions. Then take your new passport and a copy of your new passport to your local immigration office. No appointment is required. Fee There's no fee for reporting your change of marital status. When you update your passport and change your name on your residence permit card, the only fee is for printing a new residence permit card. For 2021, the fee is ₺125. 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.
  9. One of the most important things you must do while living in Turkey is informing and updating the immigration office about where you're living. This begins when you first register your address as you're applying online for your residence permit. Foreigners applying for a residence permit in Turkey may use the following types of address:: 1. A property they rent A property they own A friend's home A hotel Each address type has different required documents, and a change of address must be reported to the immigration office. In this article, I'll explain how Turkey's Address Registration System works and how it connects with the online residence permit registration system at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. I'll explain what documents you'll need for each address type, and what you must do if you move somewhere else. Contents Before You Begin Your Turkey Residence Permit Application Entering Your Address Into the Online Residence Permit Registration System Documents Required to Prove Your Address in Turkey Using a Property You're Renting in Turkey as Your Address Using a Property You Own in Turkey as Your Address Using a Property Your Spouse Owns or Rents as Your Address Using a Friend's Home in Turkey as Your Address Using a Hotel in Turkey as Your Address Using Student Housing in Turkey as Your Address Using Utility Bills to Prove Your Address Change of Address in Turkey Other Address Documents the Immigration Office Might Ask For Before You Begin Your Turkey Residence Permit Application Before you begin your online registration for your residence permit, you must have your address information ready. You don't need any documents that prove you have an address, you just need to know what your address is. After you complete the online registration, you can get the documentation and add it to your application package. Go Back to the Top Entering Your Address Into the Online Residence Permit Registration System Once you're in the Contact Details section of the online residence permit application system, you select your address from a database of all legally registered addresses. The last option, "Independent Section," refers to your actual apartment flat number, hotel room, or student dormitory room, if applicable. One of the pages you'll see while registering is an interface which is linked to Turkey's Adres Kayıt Systemi (Address Registration System), which is managed by the Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, or Nüfus). The central Address Registration System is a database of all registered addresses in Turkey, including houses, apartments, hotel rooms, and school dormitory rooms. It's integrated into the online residence permit registration system, so you can select your exact address using a series of drop-down menus. After you finish your online registration, the next step is to get the documents required to prove you're living at your address. Go Back to the Top Documents Required to Prove Your Address in Turkey At the end of the online registration, you'll download your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). On the first page, at the bottom, will be the address of the local immigration office and a date and time you must be there for an appointment. So you'll have time to get documents proving you live at the place you declared during your online registration. Here's what you'll need, according to your situation. Using a Property You're Renting in Turkey as Your Address You'll need a notarized copy of your kira sözleşmesi (rental contract). To find a notary, you can walk into town and look for a "noter" sign, or you can search Google Maps using the name of your district and the word "noter." The notaries in Turkey also have a website that displays the locations of all notaries in Turkey, here: http://www.tumnoterler.com/ Take your rental contract to the notary and ask them of for a noter tasdikli kopya (notarized copy). For 2021, the cost for this is around ₺140. Add the notarized copy with your residence permit application package, and keep the original. Insider Tip: On the back of your notarized copy will be a notary stamp with a registration number. Make a copy of this, or photograph it with your mobile phone and save it. When you extend your residence permit and need another notarized copy, you can take that number back to the same notary and they'll give you another copy from their records. It will save you the time and money you would spend to have another notarized copy made. Go Back to the Top Using a Property You Own in Turkey as Your Address You'll need your tapu (property title deed) and a regular (non-notarized) copy of it. Because property title deeds are issued by the Turkish government, there's no need to get a notarized copy. At your appointment, you'll give the copy to the immigration specialist, and keep the original. Go Back to the Top Using a Property Your Spouse Owns or Rents as Your Address You can use your spouse's address by proving marriage with a marriage certificate. If you're not married, the property owner or renter must sign a notarized declaration of responsibility for your debts if you leave Turkey without paying them. If Your Name is on the Rental Contract or the Property Title Deed Follow the instructions above for using a property you're renting as your address or using a property you own as your address. Otherwise you'll have to prove, with a marriage certificate, that you're the spouse of the person who is renting or who owns the property. If Your Spouse is a Turkish Citizen and You were Married in Turkey Your Turkish spouse can use e-Devlet to download their Vukuatlı Nüfus Kayıt Örneği (Population Registry Document). E-Devlet, meaning "e-government," is the Turkish government's online portal where citizens (and in most cases, foreign residents), can access and download official documents. The Population Registry Document is a record of a Turkish citizen which includes their marital status and spouse's information. Because it's e-signed, you can use a regular printed copy of it. If Your Spouse is a Foreigner and You Were Married in Turkey You can use your Uluslararası Aile Cüzdanı (International Family Book) which was issued just after you were married. You don't need to make a copy of it, just show the original to the immigration specialist. You can also use this if married to a Turkish citizen. If You Have a Foreign Marriage Certificate Foreign documents aren't accepted by the Turkish government unless they're authenticated by the government that issued them. The authentication is done with a stamp or attached document called an apostille. Apostilles are issued and accepted according to the International Apostille Convention, of which Turkey is a member. Each government member of the convention has a special office that issues apostilles. So to use your foreign marriage certificate to prove your marriage in Turkey, you must: Learn which office of your home government maintains marriage certificates. Get your marriage certificate sent to you. Learn which office of your home government issues apostilles. Send your marriage document to that office. Receive your marriage certificate with the apostille. Have your marriage certificate and the apostille translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. The sworn translator will have their translation notarized, and give you a Turkish copy of your marriage certificate and the apostille. At that point, the translated and notarized copy of your marriage certificate will be as legal in Turkey as your original marriage certificate is in your home country. You can learn the entire process for getting a copy of your foreign marriage certificate, the apostille, and the Turkish translation in this article: How to Get a Foreign Marriage Certificate from Turkey. Go Back to the Top Using a Friend's Home in Turkey as Your Address You can get a residence permit in Turkey using a friend or distant family member's home as your address. But your host(s) must sign a declaration, before a notary, stating they'll make sure you extend your residence permit or leave Turkey when required, and pay any debts you fail to pay. Required Documents A copy of your host's ID card. If your host is a Turkish citizen, a Nüfus Kayıt Örneği Belgesi (Population Registration Document), which they can download using the e-Devlet (e-government) website. A copy of the host's criminal record, which both Turkish citizens and foreign residents can download from e-Devlet. A notarized copy of your host's rental contract, or a regular copy of your host's property title deed. A taahhütname. What is a Taahhütname? In Turkey, a taahhütname (literally, a notarized legal undertaking), is a declaration that a person will do a certain thing, under penalty of law if they fail to do it. If a resident of Turkey allows a foreigner to use their home as an address, the host must sign a taahhütname declaring responsibility for the foreigner. Everyone whose name is on the rental contract or title deed must sign a taahhütname (pronounced tah-hoot-nah-meh). What your host(s) will be responsible for is making sure you leave Turkey or extend your residence permit when the time comes, and for paying any unpaid debts you incur while living in Turkey at their address. You can get a taahhütname at any notary. The notary will probably know what you need and have a pre-existing template they can use If any of the signers don't speak English, a sworn translator will verbally translate the taahhütname to make sure everyone understands it. Your host(s) don't have to go to your residence permit application interview with you. The taahhütname is enough. Insider Tip: In Istanbul, the immigration specialists are sometimes not approving residence permits for foreigners who are using someone else's address unless the host is an immediate family member. Also, the duration of the residence permits they approve may be for less than one year. Go Back to the Top Using a Hotel in Turkey as Your Address You can use a hotel as your address when applying for a residence permit in Turkey as you look for a property to rent or buy, or while traveling and sightseeing. If you are looking for a property to rent or buy, you'll need a letter from the hotel stating that you're staying there. If traveling, you'll also need a written itinerary. If You're Looking for a Property to Rent or Buy You can get a residence permit using a hotel as your address until you find a place to rent or buy, and also if you want to travel around Turkey for longer than your visa allows. You can apply for a residence permit with a duration of up to two years while you're staying in a hotel and looking for a property to buy. You apply for a touristic residence permit while you're at the hotel, using your hotel room as your address. After you find and buy a property, and move from the hotel into your home, you must take your new property title deed, and a regular copy, to the immigration office to report your change of address. You have 20 working days to do this after you move in to your new property. There's no need to re-apply for a new residence permit as a property owner. You can simply wait until it's time to extend your residence permit, then renew it as a property owner residence permit. Required Documents A stamped and signed letter from the hotel management, using the hotel's letterhead, stating your dates of stay, the address of the hotel, and your room number. If You Want to Stay in Turkey to See the Sights and Travel If you just want to stay in Turkey as a tourist, and take time to see the country beyond what your visa allows, you can get a touristic residence permit for however long you need one. You can even visit multiple places in Turkey and stay in different hotels. Required Documents A stamped and signed letter from the hotel management, using the hotel's letterhead, stating your dates of stay, the address of the hotel, and your room number A written itinerary explaining where you will be traveling in Turkey and where you plan to stay during your trip. You don't have to make all of the reservations or pay hotel bills in advance. When you go to your appointment, explain your itinerary to the immigration specialist. If they need more information or documentation, they'll let you know, and give you time to get whatever else you need. Go Back to the Top Using Student Housing in Turkey as Your Address Before you apply for your residence permit, coordinate with your school's student affairs office. They'll help you with your application. If You're Living in Student Housing Your school will give you a document stating what building and room number you'll be living in. Add that document to your residence permit application package. If You're Renting Your Own Apartment You'll need a notarized copy of your rental contract (See Using a Property You're Renting as Your Address). Go Back to the Top Using Utility Bills to Prove Your Address Although utility bills aren't on the official list of documents for residence permit applications, immigration specialists consider them to be some of the best proof of address you can have. So if you have any utility bills in your name, showing your address, bring them to your appointment. Go Back to the Top Change of Address in Turkey If you move, you must report your change of address to the immigration office within 20 business days. If you move to a new province, you must make another "first-time" application for a new residence permit. If you live in Turkey with a residence permit and have a change of address, you must report it to the immigration office within 20 working days. If you move to another address in a different province, you must also apply for a new residence permit. Don't Change Your Address During the Residence Permit Application Process! If you declare your address during the online registration, then change it to another address before you go to your appointment, your application will be canceled. If your current visa or residence permit is expired, you must leave Turkey within ten days, paying a fine at the airport or other exit point for any overstay. If your overstay doesn't result in a reentry ban, you may re-enter with a Conditional Entry Information Form, then reapply for a residence permit. But it's a huge hassle you can avoid by just staying at the same address until you receive your residence permit card. You can change your address after that. Updating Your Address in the Address Registration System You can report your change of address by going to your local immigration office. No appointment is required. An immigration specialist will update your address in the central Address Registration System. If you've moved to another place with a different immigration office, report the change at the immigration office responsible for the place you've moved to. Insider Tip: You may hear that you must also report your new address at the Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs. This is no longer required. The immigration office now updates all changes of address. Change of Address Within the Same Province If you have your residence permit card and move to a new address in the same province, go to the immigration office with your property title deed and a regular copy of it, or your rental contract and a notarized copy of it. It will be the same documents you used to prove your address when you first applied. If you have any utility bills listing you at your new address, take them too. Change of Address to a New Province If you move to a new address in a different province, you must apply for a new residence permit. That means you must register online again and get the same documents you needed when you first applied for your residence permit. You must also pay the fees again. Your new residence permit card will have the name of your new province printed on it instead of the old province. The new application will be a "first time" application, and not an extension. Note: If you later intend to apply for a long-term residence permit after living in Turkey for eight uninterrupted years, the making of another first-time application won't be a disqualifying break in residence. Interruptions in residence only occur when you leave Turkey. And the only type of residence permit that doesn't contribute to the eight-year requirement is the student residence permit. Change of Address if You're Within 60 Days of the Expiration of Your Current Residence Permit In this case, you must extend your residence permit anyway. So as long as you haven't gone past the 20 business days deadline to report your change of address, you can simply enter your new address when you register online to extend your residence permit. If you're going to go beyond the 20 business day limit, then report the change to the immigration office, and then register online for the extension. Go Back to the Top Other Address Documents the Immigration Office Might Ask For After your online application, you may receive an SMS message or e-mail (depending on the communications preference you selected) asking for additional documents. The following are those the immigration office might ask for. You only need to get these documents if you own the property where you live and you are specifically asked for them. The Tapu Kaydı Örneği A Tapu Kaydı Örneği (Property Title Deed Registration Sample) is an official document that contains detailed information about the owner(s) and specifications of real property. It is often used to prove ownership when applying for a loan or residence permit in Turkey. While you may have a title deed for your property, the Tapu Kaydı Örneği is updated whenever ownership of a property is transferred. It's also e-signed or signed and stamped, so it's more reliable than a property title deed when proving ownership. So the immigration office will ask for one in addition to your property title deed if your title deed is more than two years old. You can get the Tapu Kaydı Örneği for your property by downloading it from e-Devlet, at https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/tkgm-tapu-kayit-belgesi. You can also get it from the Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü (Title Deed and Land Registry General Directorate) responsible for the place where your property is. Just show them your current residence permit and property title deed and ask for it. You can find your local title deed office using Google maps. The Numarataj Belgesi A Numarataj Belgesi is a government document which lists your property's official address, location, and function. It's issued by the belediye (municipality) responsible for the district in Turkey where you live. You can get your Numarataj Belgesi (Address Numbering Document) from the belediye (municipality) or the Title Deed Office. At 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." Go Back to the Top Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  10. If you have a residence permit application in the online system, whether it's in progress or complete, you can cancel it. If you know you're going to miss your residence permit application appointment, please cancel your application, since it will be canceled anyway if you don't attend your appointment. If you cancel your application early, another foreigner can use the appointment time, and you won't waste the immigration specialist's time waiting for someone who isn't going to come. How Can I Cancel My Residence Permit Application? There are two ways to cancel your residence permit application. You can do it using Turkey's online application system or by calling the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office) Foreigner Information Center. Cancelling A Residence Permit Application Using the Online Application System Go to the online residence permit application system at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. Click on one of the buttons at the bottom of the page, according to your application type: First time Extension, or Transfer. The second page will give you the option "I want to continue my application." Click on that and log in using your Application number Mobile (cell) phone or e-mail address Foreigner ID or passport number That will take you to the next page. On that page will be an option to cancel your application in progress. Cancelling a Completed Residence Permit Application If your application is already complete, use the same process described above. The only difference between the in-progress application and the completed application is that you can't change or add information to a completed application. But you can still cancel it. Canceling Your Application by Calling the 157 Foreigner Information Center You can also cancel your application, either in progress or completed, by calling 157 from any telephone in Turkey. The international number is +90 312 157 1122. Press 2 for English. Have your passport and application number with you when you call. An immigration specialist will cancel it for you. 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.
  11. This article is about using Turkey's online residence permit application system. To learn about the entire application process according to the type of residence permit you need, see: Residence Permit Application Guides. All residence permit applications begin at Turkey's online application system, https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. If you have your preliminary documents ready (see below), you can get the application done in 45 minutes or less. If you can't finish in one session, you can log back in and complete it later, using your application number and your passport/current residence permit and your e-mail address or mobile phone number. Residence permits are issued by the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office). Documents and Information You'll Need Before You Apply The system will ask you for certain information from documents you'll need to have before you begin. Tax Number You'll need a tax number to pay the residence permit application fees. You can pay them with a credit card at the end of the online application process, or you can pay them at your local tax office or at a bank. You can also pay during your residence permit application appointment, but only if your appointment location is at a provincial immigration office with a cashier. To learn about the tax number and how to get one, see: Tax Number: What it is, How it Works, and How to Get One. To learn about the residence permit fees and how to pay them, see: Residence Permit Fees. Health Insurance Policy The system will ask you for the insurance company name, the policy number, the policy start and end dates, and the number of times you've renewed the policy (if you're extending your residence permit). To learn about the health insurance policies you can use, see: Types of Policies and How to Buy Them. Four Biometric Photos A biometric photo is a photo of such quality that it can be used to record measurements between facial features. Any photography shop can take a biometric photo. Get four and scan one to upload into the system. The photo you upload must be the same as the ones you submit with your package. Passport and Visa Information The system will require your identity information exactly as it's recorded in your passport, its issue and expiration dates, and the information from your visa about your most recent entry into Turkey. Address Information You'll need the complete address of the place where you're staying, even if it's a hotel. Turkey has a central address registry system where all legal addresses are recorded. The online residence permit application system will access the address system and let you select your address from a series of drop-down "select" options which become more and more specific, even to the level of apartment flat and hotel room numbers. Here are guides to proving your address according to your situation: As a property owner As a renter As a spouse of a property owner or renter Staying in a hotel Staying at a friend's or family member's home As a student Apply as Early as You Can You can apply for a residence permit any time within 60 days before the expiration of your current residence permit or visa. Apply as soon as you can, because if your current visa or residence permit expires, it can be a hassle if you must leave Turkey and return before you receive your new residence permit card. System Errors If you try to use the residence permit application system and see this message: Sistemde teknik bir hata olüştu (there's a technical problem with the system) Wait a few hours, or a day, and try again. A Walk Through the Application Process Communications Preference You'll be able to select e-mail or SMS as your communications method. If you select e-mail, then leave Turkey, you'll still be able to receive messages. If you select SMS, the system will only send to a Turkish mobile phone number, so you won't be able to get the SMS messages. Verification and Application Number Sent by E-mail or SMS After you enter your basic identity information, you'll receive an SMS message which contains your application number. Insider Tip: The SMS message you receive will have a suffix which isn't part of the application number. So if you get a message with a number like "12345 B001," The "B001" after the space is not part of the application number. Save the application number and keep it, because you'll go back into your application using the application number to verify that you own the mobile phone the application number was sent to. You'll also need your application number if you call the immigration office helpline at 157. Entering the Rest of the Information The rest of the information you must enter into the system is self-explanatory, but some of it might be confusing. In the rest of this guide, I'll explain the parts you might find confusing. Getting Your Appointment Date and Time In some provinces, the system will let you choose the date and time of your appointment. In others, the system will give you one fixed appointment date and time that you can't change. In Istanbul, they'll send your appointment date and time later, by e-mail or SMS message. Delayed Appointments in Istanbul If you're applying in Istanbul, you may see this message as you're finalizing your application: Randevu Tarihi GİGM Tarafından Belirlenecektir (the immigration office will determine the appointment date). That means the immigration office will send you an SMS or e-mail containing your appointment information. It might take them anywhere from a few days to a month to send you that message. Don't worry, as long as you have a copy of the first page of your downloaded and printed application document and your passport, you'll be legally in Turkey until your appointment date and time, even if your visa expires or you exceed the number of days in Turkey it allows. Learn more about applying for a residence permit in Istanbul. Tips and Fixes for Various Technical Problems These are techniques you can use to fix problems that might occur. By no means do you need to use all of them, but if you have a problem, try these fixes and see if one or more of them solves it. Use a desktop or laptop computer. Sometimes a tablet or smartphone won't work, sometimes they work even better. Try one of these if your desktop or laptop won't work Apply late at night or early in the morning when less people are using the system. Change the language to Turkish to insert your information, then change it back to English. Don't worry, it won't delete the information you've entered. The language selector is at the top of every page. You can also use the Google Chrome Browser with the Google Translate extension and use the site in Turkish, as your browser translates it into English. If you've completed your application and the system won't accept it, change the language of the system (not the Google Translate option in your browser, but in the application itself) and try submitting it while it's in Turkish mode. Use a different browser or switch your browser to "private" mode. Use a different computer. Reset your router. Click the reset button unplug your router for ten seconds, then plug it in again. Disable ad blockers. Ad blockers may perceive some functions on the immigration office website as advertisements. Learn how to use the Chrome browser with the Google Translate application. Some Things You Might Find Confusing The "Tourism" Residence Permit Type is Also for Renters If you're renting, select "tourism" or "touristic" as the type of residence permit you're applying for. The tourism reason applies both to people who want to stay in Turkey for longer than their visa allows and do more sightseeing, and to people who stay in Turkey for a year or more while renting. Your Health Insurance Coverage In the online system, you can choose what day your residence permit begins. That day must be no later than the day after your current residence permit or visa expires, or you reach the maximum number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey. It's the same with your health insurance policy. Your health insurance coverage must also begin on the day you want your residence permit to begin, or if you're extending your residence permit, the day after your current health insurance coverage ends. You mustn't have any gaps in your health insurance coverage. Entering Your Health Insurance Information In the online system, you'll have the option to choose SGK Genel Sigortası (General Health Insurance), which is Turkey's national health insurance plan. Reciprocal health insurance coverage under a bilateral agreement with your home country (if there is one), and Private health insurance. You can also choose the option saying that you're under 18 or over 65 years of age, which will disable the requirement to enter health insurance information since it won't be required. SGK Insurance You must have lived in Turkey for at least one year to qualify for the SGK plan, unless your country has a bilateral agreement for health care coverage with Turkey. For the SGK plan, the system will ask for a sicil numarası (registration number). If you're applying for the first time, you won't have one, because you have to live in Turkey for a year before you can qualify for it. For extensions, enter your foreigner identity number which is printed on the front of your residence permit card. To learn more about the Turkish government's comprehensive insurance plan, see Health Insurance Coverage Under Turkey's National Health Insurance Plan (SGK). Insurance Coverage Under a Reciprocal Agreement If your country has a bilateral agreement with Turkey for the provision of health care, you'll need to get a letter from the office of your country's health insurance plan, then take that to the SGK office to get your registration number. To learn more about health insurance coverage by reciprocal agreement, see: Health Insurance Coverage Under Bilateral International Agreements in Turkey. Private Health Insurance If you're using private health insurance, you'll need your policy number, insurance company name, start and end dates of the policy, and the Yenile No., which is an abbreviation of yenile numarası (renewal number). This number refers to how many times you've renewed the policy. You should find this number on the first page of the policy. If the number isn't on the first page of your policy, enter the number of times you've renewed the policy. If it's a first-time policy, enter 0 (zero). If it's the second policy you've bought from your insurance company, then you have renewed your policy one time, so enter one (and so on). All companies which are authorized to sell residence permit health insurance will appear in a drop-down menu, so you'll be able to select the name of your insurance company there. If you're applying for a two-year short-term residence permit and have two back-to-back one-year policies, the two policies will have different policy numbers and validity periods. Insert the information from the first policy, then click the option to add the information from the second policy. If you get an error message which says something like "The health insurance information you entered does not match your existing insurance data and you need to contact YIMER." "YIMER" is the Yabancılar İletişim Merkezi, or Foreigner's Communication Center, otherwise known as the immigration office helpline (which you can reach by calling 157). The message is telling you to call the 157 number. Before you do that, check to make sure you entered the information correctly. If there's a mistake, correct it and submit it again. If you just bought the policy on the same day you're applying online, it may be that the insurance company hasn't yet entered the information into the Sigorta Bilgi Gözetim Merkezi (Insurance Information Monitoring Center) that the application system is interacting with. So you can either continue the application the next day or contact your insurance company and ask them to update the system. To learn more about private health insurance coverage, see: Private Health Insurance Policies in Turkey. Financial Information The system will ask you to certify that you have enough savings or income each month to live in Turkey. The income or savings you want to use doesn't have to be in Turkey. It can be from a foreign source or in a foreign bank. At your appointment, the immigration specialist will ask you for documentation, usually bank statements for the last six months, but they may want more. So after you complete the online application, gather whatever financial documents you have to include them in your application package. If you have savings, don't enter zero (0) for monthly income. Instead, divide the amount of savings you have by 12 and use that number for your monthly income. To learn more about proving that you have enough money to live on, see: How to Prove You Have Enough Money to Live On. If You Have a New Passport If you've received a new passport while in Turkey and haven't exited and re-entered the country with it yet, the system won't know that your passport number has changed. Enter the number of your old passport and its issue date. Then enter the expiration date of the new passport. Take both your old and new passports with you to your appointment and show them to the immigration specialist. To learn more about what to do when you get a new passport, see: What to Do if You Get a New Passport or Change Your Name in Turkey. Accessing a Partially Completed Application If you can't complete your application in one session, you can return to it. When you return to the application website, click the button according to whether your application is a first-time application, an extension, or a transfer. On the next page, click the button which says, "I want to continue my application." Enter your application number and your mobile (cell) phone number or your e-mail address. Enter your foreigner ID number (if extending) or your passport number. Then enter the characters in the security function and click "Login." What to Do if You Make a Mistake If, during the process, you realize you've made a mistake and can't go back to correct it, go all the way to the end of the application and, on the last page, click the option to update your information. That will enable you to go back to the page where the mistake is. After you correct it, work your way back to the end to finish and print the application. If you realize you've made a mistake after you've completed the application, you won't be able to go back and fix it. Make a note of the mistake, then when you attend your interview, tell the immigration specialist. They'll correct it for you. How to Be Sure Your Application is Complete Your online application is complete only when you've successfully created an appointment time and date and the system gives you a link to download your application. Staying Legally in Turkey After Your Online Application If you still have a valid residence permit, or a valid or visa and you haven't exceeded the number of days it allows you to be in Turkey, you can use either of them as proof you're legally in Turkey. You can also exit and re-enter Turkey as usual with those documents. Once your residence permit or visa expires, or you exceed the number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey, you can carry a copy of the first page of the İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form) and your passport to prove you're legally in Turkey until your appointment day. Leaving Turkey and Returning It's best not to plan any travel during the residence permit application process. But if you must do so, how you depart and return depends on what stage of the process you're in. Learn about leaving Turkey before your application appointment. How you leave Turkey after your appointment depends on what document they give you at the end of your appointment. In most provinces, you'll get an İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document). This is a temporary residence permit which allows you to leave Turkey for up to 15 days and return without having to re-enter with a visa. In Istanbul and Ankara, you'll get a teblğ tebellüğü belgesi (official communique document) which is simply a letter saying that the immigration office has received your application and will process it. It doesn't provide you with the ability to leave Turkey and return. If you get one of these, see: Leaving Turkey with a Tebliğ Tebellüğü Belgesi (Notification of Receipt Communiqué). How to Check Your Application Results Go to the residence permit application website and click the button according to whether your application is a first-time application, an extension, or a transfer. On the next page, click the button which says, "I would like to see my application result." Enter your application number, your mobile (cell) phone number or your e-mail address, and your foreigner ID number or your passport number. Enter the characters in the security function and click "login." Then you'll be able to see the status of your application. Learn more about checking your application results and receiving your residence permit card. How to Cancel Your Application You can cancel your application any time, whether it's in progress or completed. Just close out the application if it's in progress, then re-enter it by going to the home page. Click on the type of application you were working on (first time, extension, or transfer), then click "I want to continue my application." Fill in the required information to re-access it. Once you're back into your residence permit application, click on the option to cancel it. Learn more about canceling your application. What To Do if You Can't Complete Your Application If you can't complete your application because of technical problems with the system, first call the immigration office's Yabancılar İletişim Merkezi (YIMER), which means "Foreigner's Communication Center." If it's not a problem with the system, they can help you. They'll give you live support with any problem you're having. If you still can't get it done because of a problem with the system, go to the immigration office on the last day of the validity period of your visa or residence permit, or on the last day your visa allows you to be in Turkey. An immigration specialist will assist you with your application or give you a temporary residence permit to keep you legally in Turkey until they fix the technical problem. Then you'll have to keep trying to complete your application until you're successful. Important! You can only use this option if it's the application system that is causing the problem. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  12. Istanbul is the most popular destination for foreigners seeking a new life in Turkey. For that reason, the Directorate General of Migration Management offices there have the highest number of residence permit applications, many of which contain false information or fake documents submitted by foreigners who intend to work illegally. So the Istanbul offices are stricter on issuing residence permits, and will usually ask for documentation in addition to the usual documents required to apply for a residence permit. For first-time applications, if the reason for the stay is "tourism," the Istanbul offices may only give up to five months of residence to citizens of certain countries. That doesn't mean you'll be rejected or given a shorter time of stay since the immigration specialists look at each foreigner as an individual. What they ask for, and whether a residence permit is approved or not, will vary from person to person depending on their circumstances. Apply for Your Residence Permit as Early as You Can You can apply for a residence permit any time within 60 days of the expiration date of your current residence permit or visa, or the last day your visa allows you to be in Turkey. Because of additional documentation that may be required (possibly including documents from your home country), you should apply for your residence permit as early as possible. Residence permit applications are made using an online system at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. Learn about the residence permit application system. Your Appointment Date Near the end of your online application, you may be given a single date and time for your interview, with no other options available. You may not have the option of selecting an appointment date and time at all—instead, the immigration office will send your appointment date and time by e-mail or SMS, depending on the communications preference you chose. It might could take up to three weeks (depending on their workload) for them to send you that message, Keep an eye on your e-mails and your SMS messages until you receive your appointment information. When you've completed your online application, the system will give you a link you can use to download your completed İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). If the system gives you an appointment date and time, you'll see it printed at the bottom of the first page, along with the address of the immigration office where you need to go. Important! Until you go to your appointment, keep a copy of the first page of your printed Residence Permit Registration Form and your passport with you whenever you go out. That first page of the application form will keep you in Turkey legally until your appointment day, even if your current residence permit or visa expires or you exceed the number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey. Additional Documents the Immigration Office May Ask For Depending on the communication preference you selected when you apply for a residence permit, you may receive an e-mail or an SMS message, in Turkish, which will tell you to bring certain additional documents to your interview. Insider Tip: It's highly unlikely that the immigration office is going to ask for all these documents. Typically they only need one to three of them. The following is a list of additional documents they may ask for. A Letter Stating Your Reason for Living in Turkey This letter is your personal explanation about why you want to live here. They usually ask everybody this question during the interview. But in this case, they want you to put it in writing and sign it. Make sure your letter is well-written, and that it clearly explains your reasons for wanting to live in Turkey. Then, have it translated into Turkish by a native-speaking Turk. Your Birth Certificate To learn how to get a copy of your birth certificate from your home country, see How to Get a Copy of a Foreign Birth Certificate from Turkey. Your Criminal Record from Turkey Learn how to Get a Turkish Criminal Record Check in Turkey. Your Criminal Record from Your Home Country Learn how to Get a Foreign Criminal Record from Turkey. Your Fingerprints They usually take fingerprints during the residence permit appointment. Sometimes they do them separately. So you'll have to go to the local immigration office and have this done before your appointment. A Utility Bill with Your Name and Address on it According to some immigration specialists I've spoken to, a utility bill is the best proof of address. So bring whatever utility bills you have to your appointment, even if you don't get a message telling you to do so. A Copy of the Tapu (Property Tile Deed) from Your Landlord The immigration specialist may want this to prove that the person signing your kira sözleşmesi (rental contract) is the true owner of the place where you're staying. If the title deed is more than two years old, it'll also need a Tapu Kayıt Örneği (Title Deed Registration Document) from the Tapu ve Kadastro Müdürlüğü (Title Deed and Land Registry Office) to prove the deed is still valid. A Numarataj Belgesi (Address Numbering Document) The immigration office will only ask for this if you're the owner of your residence. The numerataj belgesi proves the building or apartment you own is legally registered. Learn how to get your numerataj belgesi. A Sağlık Kurlu Raporu or Heyet Raporu (Health Report) This is a health checkup you can get at any state hospital. Learn how to get a health report. Additional Proof You Have Enough Money to Live in Turkey Normally, the immigration specialist wants to see a printout of the last six months of your banking activity. But sometimes they'll want more, such as a stamped and signed letter, with bank letterhead, from the financial institution. Whatever they need, they'll tell you in the message they send. Learn about how to prove you have enough money to live on. Legalizing Foreign Documents for Use in Turkey All documents from foreign countries must be internationally legalized, then translated by a sworn translator before the Turkish government can accept them. Legalization involves a separate document called an apostille, which certifies that the source of the document is genuine. You'll need to send the foreign document to a government office in your home country and have them attach an apostille to it. The legalization requirement only applies to foreign government-issued documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and criminal record checks. It doesn't apply to privately issued documents such as bank account records or educational certificates. While internationally legalizing a document sounds very complex, it's just a short series of simple processes. Once you learn how it works, it won't sound so scary. Learn about the apostille and how to legalize foreign documents for use in Turkey. Notarization of Rental Contracts in Istanbul If you're a renter, you'll need to include a notarized copy of your rental contract with your residence permit application package. That applies to everybody, not just foreigners in Istanbul. Learn how to get a document notarized. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  13. In this article, I'll explain what a residence permit is and what types of residence permits you might be eligible for. I'll briefly explain the residence permit application process, what documents you need, what happens during your residence permit appointment, and what happens after your appointment. What is a Turkey Residence Permit? A Turkey residence permit is an identity card which enables you to stay in Turkey after your visa or visa exemption has expired. There are four main types of residence permits: Short Term Residence Permit: Issued for a variety of reasons, including business, homeownership, and tourism. It has a duration of up to two years. Family Residence Permit: For foreign family members of a Turkish citizen or a foreigner who has lived in Turkey for more than one year. It has a duration of up to three years or until the expiration of the sponsor's residence or work permit, whichever comes first. Long-term Residence Permit: For foreigners who have lived in Turkey for eight years or more with a residence or work permit. It's issued for life. Student Residence Permit: For foreign students studying at an accredited school or university. It has a duration of one year or, in the year of graduation, until the graduation date. You must apply for your residence permit within 60 days before the last day your visa or visa exemption allows you to be in Turkey. There are also residence permits issued for humanitarian reasons and to victims of human trafficking. If you need a residence permit for one of these reasons, call the immigration office's Yabancılar İletişim Merkezi (Foreigner's Communication Center) for free at 157 from any phone in Turkey. The international number is +90 312 157 1122. The application for a residence permit is made online, at www.e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr. They're issued by the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office). You must enter Turkey with a visa before you can apply for a residence permit. Citizens of many countries can buy an e-visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/. Even if you're ineligible for an e-visa, the system will tell you what you need to do to get a regular visa. Learn more about the e-visa and how to get one. There are no visa extensions. If you want to stay longer than your visa allows, you must apply for a residence permit. The Short-term Residence Permit Anyone can apply for a short-term residence permit. Here are the main reasons they're issued: Touristic purposes (includes staying in Turkey for a short time beyond your visa's expiration to living in Turkey for up to two years as a renter) Owning real estate Taking Turkish courses Conducting scientific research Setting up a business or other commercial reasons Attending in-service training programs Receiving training as an intern Undergoing medical treatment Remaining in Turkey after completing higher education Learn more about the short-term residence permit and how to apply for one. The Family Residence Permit Family residence permits are issued to the spouse and children of a Turkish citizen or a foreigner who has lived in Turkey with a residence or work permit for at least one year. So, if your family comes with you to Turkey, for the first year, they'll apply for short-term residence permits. After that, they can apply for family residence permits. Eligibility Spouse: Must prove a marital relationship with a marriage license. Children: Can prove a familial relationship with their passports. Birth certificates are only required if the parents can't be determined with the passports. The sponsor: Must have a Turkish ID card, or a work permit or residence permit for at least one year. They must have health insurance covering the entire family and prove they make at least the Turkish minimum wage plus 1/3rd more of the minimum wage for each family member. They must have proof of an address and have no criminal record of crimes involving domestic violence. Duration of the Family Residence Permit Family residence permits are issued for three years or until the expiration of the foreign sponsor's residence or work permit, whichever happens first. After three years of marriage to a Turkish citizen, the spouse becomes eligible for citizenship, and so do the foreign children, hence the three-year duration. Learn more about the family residence permit and how to apply for one. The Long-term Residence Permit The long-term residence permit allows you to live in Turkey for life and gives you the same rights and privileges of a Turkish citizen except for such things as the right to vote and run for public office or work in certain professions. Eligibility You must live in Turkey for at least eight years with a work or residence permit. The eight years must not have any significant interruptions except for periods of illness, education, or mandatory national service. Learn more about the long-term residence permit and how to apply for one. The Student Residence Permit The student residence permit is for foreigners who attend an accredited school or university in Turkey. You must first receive a letter of acceptance from such a school before you can apply. If you're outside of Turkey, you'll first go to a Turkish embassy or consulate and apply for a student visa. Then you'll travel to Turkey. Then you'll apply for your student residence permit. If you're already in Turkey when you receive your letter of acceptance, you can transfer from whatever type of residence permit you have to a student residence permit. In some cases, universities allow students to attend classes with short-term or other types of residence permits. Check with the university you plan to attend to see if they allow this. Eligibility You must be accepted as a student by an accredited school or university in Turkey. Duration The student residence permit is issued for one year, then extended each year until graduation. In the final year, its expiration date is on your official date of graduation. After your graduation date, you have ten days to leave Turkey or apply for a residence permit. Currently, however, the Turkish government is giving students an additional six months to stay in Turkey. Contact your school's student affairs office for more information. Learn how to apply for a student visa. Learn how to apply for a student residence permit. Applying Online All residence permit applications are made online at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. Before You Apply Online The system will require certain information and the upload of a scan of one of the photos you'll be including with your application. So before you apply online, you must have your Passport Tax number Four biometric photos Health insurance and Your address information. At the end of the online application process, you'll be given a link to download and print your completed İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). On the first page of this form, you'll see the fees you must pay and your appointment date and time. If the system doesn't give you an appointment date and time, the immigration office will send you one by SMS message or e-mail, depending on your communication preferences. This may take a week or more. After you apply online, you can get the other required documents, which include Proof of your address Proof you have enough money to live on Other documents according to the type of residence permit you're applying for. You'll then assemble all of the documents into an application package with your Residence Permit Registration Form on top. Next, you'll go to your appointment. Learn more about the e-ikamet system and how to use it to apply for your residence permit. Applying for a Residence Permit in Istanbul The Istanbul immigration offices are limiting extensions of touristic residence permits for citizens of some countries and asking for documentation beyond the usual requirements. If they need additional documents, they'll send you an e-mail or SMS message asking for them. These additional documents may include A criminal record check (Turkish / Foreign) A health report A numerataj belgesi (for owners of real property, this document proves the existence and location of the property) A copy of the property title deed of the place you're renting A copy of the identity card of your landlord If you're asked for these or any other additional documents, you can learn how and where to get them here: Documents, Forms & Numbers. Learn more about applying for a residence permit in Istanbul. Legalizing Foreign Documents for Use in Turkey If the documents you need include those issued by a foreign government, you must have them legalized for use in Turkey with a separate, attached document or seal called an apostille. You'll get the apostille by sending the document to the department of your government which is authorized to issue them under the International Apostille Convention. They'll attach the apostille and send it back to you. Next, you must have the document and the apostille translated into Turkish by a sworn Turkish translator. Learn how to get an apostille and a sworn translation of a foreign document. Your Residence Permit Appointment and Interview You'll take your printed Residence Permit Registration Form and the rest of your documents to an appointment at your local immigration office branch, where an immigration specialist will interview you. At the end of your appointment, you'll receive one of two documents: An İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document): This is a stamped and signed A4-sized paper containing your photograph and personal information. It serves as a temporary residence permit until your residence permit card is delivered. With it, you can also leave Turkey for up to 15 days and return without buying a visa. A Tebliğ Tebellüğ Belgesi (Official Communiqué): This document is often issued in Istanbul and Ankara. It says your residence permit package has been received and that, if your application is approved or rejected, they'll notify you. It also says that the fees you paid won't be refunded. Learn more about the residence permit appointment and interview. Learn more about the Residence Permit Application Document. Learn more about the Tebliğ Tebellüğü Belgesi. Receiving Your Residence Permit Card If your residence permit is approved, the immigration office will print your card and give it to the PTT (post office) and send you an SMS message or e-mail to notify you of the approval. Next, you'll receive an SMS message from the PTT saying your residence permit card is being delivered by registered mail. Within a few days, a courier will bring it to you at your registered address. Learn more about receiving your residence permit card. Extending Your Residence Permit Extensions are made in the same way as first applications, which includes applying online again, collecting documents into an application package again, and going to an appointment again. You may apply for an extension at any time within 60 days before the expiration date of your current residence permit. Extend as soon as you can, so if you need to leave the country for some reason, you can do so with your current residence permit, and so you won't have to buy a visa to re-enter Turkey. Turkey is limiting short-term residence permit extensions for citizens of some countries. To learn these limitations and the countries affected, see: Short-term Residence Permit Extension Restrictions. 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.
  14. When you apply for a residence permit in Turkey, you'll need to prove you have enough money to support yourself (and your family, if you have one), for the duration of the residence permit you're applying for. The money doesn't have to come from Turkey or be in a Turkish bank. It can be from any source, such as a salary, pension, rental income, investments, or you can use your savings in a bank account. How Much Money Do I Need to Get a Residence Permit? There isn't any set answer to that question, because it depends on your situation. The main reason the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management or the immigration office) requires proof of financial ability is to make sure that you won't be living on the street or that you won't be working illegally. You'll be Evaluated as an Individual According to the immigration office's approach to evaluating foreigners for residence, each foreigner is viewed as an individual in their own situation. So if you don't have much money to live on, it doesn't necessarily mean your residence permit application will be rejected. With even a modest income, such as a monthly payout from your government's social security retirement fund can be enough, if you can also show that your lifestyle allows you to live on that amount of money. The Turkish Minimum Wage If there is any minimum amount of money you'll need to have, it's an amount of money equal to the Turkish minimum wage, plus one-third of that amount for each of your family members. 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 Long-term Residence Permits If you're applying for a long-term residence permit, you must prove that you have a continuous income, for life, of at least the Turkish minimum wage and again, an additional one-third for each family member. Types of Savings or Income and Documentation Money in the Bank Typically, the immigration specialist will want printouts of your home country bank account, showing all deposits and withdrawals for the last six months. These are regular printouts you can make using a home printer. Have these printouts with you when you go to your appointment. You Don't Need a Turkish Bank Account. A foreign bank account is okay. However, the immigration specialist may ask for additional proof of income, such as a stamped and signed, or e-signed letter from your bank, showing deposits and withdrawals for the last six months. You may also get an SMS message or e-mail asking you to bring this after you complete your online application. A Large Recent Deposit May Not Be Accepted. If the only proof of financial capacity you have is a large sum of money recently deposited into a bank account, be it a Turkish or foreign one, you'll probably be asked for proof of where the money came from. In the past, many foreigners borrowed money, opened a Turkish bank account, and deposited a large amount of money into it. Then after their interview, they withdrew the money and paid back the loan. Then they worked illegally. Because of this, the immigration office usually asks for proof of the last six months of your income. Employment Income To prove employment income, your bank account records showing deposits of your salary should be enough. However, the immigration specialist may also ask for a letter from your employer, on a stamped and signed or digitally signed letter, on company letterhead, which shows how much money you make and that this money will continue during the duration of your stay in Turkey. Pension For retirees, a simple printout of the last six months of your bank account deposits and withdrawals is usually enough. If you're asked for more, they'll probably want a stamped and signed, or e-signed letter from your pension provider using their letterhead. The letter will need to state the amount, frequency, and duration of your pension payments. Rental Income If you have rental income from rental properties you own, a statement of monthly rental income and expenses should suffice. If it doesn't, the immigration specialist may ask for a stamped and signed or digitally signed statement of income and expenses from your property manager. If you're managing the property yourself, you may be asked for the title deed of the rental property and a rental contract between you and the tenant. Investment Income If you have money in a mutual fund or a private retirement plan, you'll need the last six months of the statements of activity. Putting Things into Perspective It's easy to feel a little stressed about this. But think about it this way. Imagine you're having a conversation with a friend talking about your move to Turkey. They ask you if you have enough to support yourself, and you say "yes." Then they ask, "how do you know?" What you'd tell your friend in this imaginary conversation is the same thing you'll be telling the immigration specialist. And if you already have the money or it's guaranteed as income, you'll already have the documentation to prove it. Declaring Your Financial Capacity in the Residence Permit Application System All applications for residence permits are created and submitted using the e-ikamet online residence permit application system. İkamet means "residence." The immigration office manages the system, which you'll find it at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. While going through the online process, you'll be asked to declare you have enough money to live on and how much it is. That's all you'll have to do. Then the end of the process, the system will provide you with an appointment date and time for you to go to the local immigration office and submit documents that prove that you have enough income or savings, among other things such proof of an address and health insurance. So you'll make the declaration during your online application, then prove it with documents at your appointment. Learn more about the online residence permit application system. If You Live Off of Your Savings While completing your online application, if you have an amount of money in your bank account and will be living from that, and have no monthly income, don't put "zero" (0) in the box where it asks for your monthly income. Instead, divide the money you have in the bank by 12, and use that number as your monthly income. Or if you're applying for a two-year residence permit, divide it by 24. SMS or E-mail Messages Asking for Documents After you declare your income or savings in the online application system, complete your application and get your appointment at the local immigration office, you may receive an SMS message or an e-mail (depending on the communications method you chose). The message will tell you specifically what additional proof of income you need to bring to your interview. The Istanbul immigration offices usually send these messages, mostly because they receive a lot of fraudulent applications and fake documentation. If you get one of these messages, it'll probably ask you for a stamped and signed letter from your bank certifying your last six months of banking deposits and withdrawals, or a similar letter from whatever company provides your income or maintains your savings or investments. If your financial documents aren't in the western alphabet, you'll need to have them translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. Learn more about additional requirements in Istanbul. Learn more about getting your documents translated. Learn more about additional documents which may be required. Presenting Documentary Proof of Income or Savings at Your Appointment When you go to your appointment, you'll meet an immigration specialist and present your application package. Your application package will include your downloaded and printed İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form), health insurance, proof of address, and proof you have enough money to live on. If in Doubt, Bring It! If you have any documents related to your income and aren't sure whether you should bring them to your appointment or not, bring them. It's better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them. Insufficient or Missing Documentation of Income If you can't get the requested documentation in time for your interview, or the immigration specialist looks over what you have and says it's insufficient, they'll give you up to 30 days to get the documents you need. When you get them, you can return to the immigration office and give the documents to the immigration specialist handling your case. You won't need an appointment. Important! Make sure you return with the documentation within the deadline they give you. If you don't, your application will be rejected (not just canceled, but rejected) because of insufficient documentation. If your application is rejected, you'll be unable to re-apply for the same type of residence permit for six months. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  15. After you present your residence permit package during your interview, it will be evaluated, then approved, or rejected. Cancellation Versus Rejection Cancellation A cancellation occurs when you terminate your application using the online residence permit application system or call the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or Immigration Office) communications center and cancel. The number for the Foreigner Communications Center is 157. You can call this number, for free, from any phone in Turkey. From outside of Turkey, call the international number at +90 312 157 1122. Long-distance charges will apply. Give them your application number, and they can cancel your application for you. If you don't show up for your appointment, the immigration specialist will cancel your application. Note: Rather than being a no-show, please cancel your appointment so another foreigner can use the time for their interview, and so you don't waste the time of the immigration official. In the case of a cancellation, no application package was submitted, so no application package was rejected. You can reapply for the same type of residence permit again, whenever you want. Rejection A rejection occurs if an immigration specialist reviews your application package with its supporting documents, and says "no." In the case of a rejection, you can't apply for the same type of residence permit for 180 days. But you can apply for another type if you meet the requirements. Missing or Inadequate Documents Can Result in a Rejection If you attend your residence permit interview and the immigration specialist finds one or more of your documents is missing or inadequate, they'll give you up to 30 days to fix the problem. If you get the document(s) within the given time, they'll accept your application and process it for approval (or rejection). If you don't solve the problem time, your application will be rejected for being incomplete. Leaving Turkey If You Have a Residence Permit If you still have a valid residence permit (in the case of extension), you can remain in Turkey until it expires. Then you must leave Turkey within ten days after its expiration. If your residence permit is already expired, you must leave Turkey within ten days after being notified of the rejection. If You Have a Visa If you still have a valid visa and you haven't reached the maximum number of days it allows you to be in Turkey, you can remain in Turkey for as long as your visa allows. If your visa is expired or you've exceeded the maximum number of days it allows you to be in Turkey, you must leave Turkey within ten days after being notified of the rejection. If during the application process, your residence permit or visa expires or you reach the maximum number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey, and you're notified that your application has been rejected, you'll have ten days to leave Turkey. If you have an expired residence or work permit, you can also depart Turkey and return the next day if you want, with an e-visa. Then you can stay in Turkey for as long as your visa allows. But if your residence permit application was rejected, you'll have to wait at least 180 days before you can apply for another residence permit of the same type. Checking Your Status Online If you've attended your appointment and your application package was accepted, you can check your application's status at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. From the main page of the website, go down near the bottom of the page and click one of the buttons according to whether your application was a first-time application, an extension, or a transfer from one type of residence permit to another. Click the button which says, "I would like to see my application result." Enter your application number. Enter your cell (mobile) phone number or e-mail address, and your foreigner ID number or your passport number. Enter the characters from the Captcha (security system) image into the text box. Click "Login." Rejection Message If you see this text: "Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management." This message usually means the application has been rejected, but it may mean there's a problem with the application or something requires clarification. If you get this message, go to the local immigration office as soon as possible to learn what the problem is. Appeals Sometimes there's a mistake in the package which can be easily corrected or clarified. Sometimes the immigration office makes a mistake. If your application is rejected and you want to appeal, you must complete a Komisyon Değerlendirme Formu (Commission Evaluation Form), which an immigration specialist will give you. Go home and write out why your application package should be approved and not rejected. Have a Turkish person translate what you wrote into Turkish for your appeal and take it back to the immigration office. If your application is rejected a second time, the only remaining way to appeal is through the Turkish administrative courts. Re-applying After a Rejection You can re-apply for the same type of residence permit after 180 days. If you qualify for another type of residence permit, you can reapply for the other type within ten days (that's the ten days you're allowed to be in Turkey before you have to leave). For example, if your application for a family residence permit is rejected, you can apply for a short-term residence permit. Residence Permit Fee Refund You may be able to get a refund for the fees you paid for your application. Whether you get can get one or not depends on the type of document you're given at the end of your residence permit interview. If you receive a Residence Permit Application Document, you can get a refund. But if you get a tebliğ tebellüğü belgesi (official communique document, also called a tebligat), it will say on the communique that you aren't entitled to a refund. Learn more about getting a refund. Health Insurance Refund You should be able to get a refund on the unused portion of the health insurance policy you bought. Contact your insurance company for details. 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.
  16. If your residence permit application is rejected, or you get less time than you applied for, you may be able to get a refund of some of the application fees. It depends on what kind of document the immigration specialist gives you at the end of your appointment. If You Received a Tebliğ Tebellüğü Belgesi (Official Communication Document) This document is an A-4 sized paper which simply says the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office) has received your application and that they will process it. It also says your fees won't be refunded. Both you and the immigration specialist sign it. If you get one of these, unfortunately, you can't get a refund of any of the fees you paid. Learn more about the tebliğ tebellüğü. If You Received a Residence Permit Application Document The İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) is also on an A-4 sized paper, but it has your photo on it. At the top it says "Temporary Residence Permit" and that it's valid for 90 days. If you received one of these, your residence is basically approved. But you may, for example, be given one year of residence instead of the two years you applied for. Or you may later receive a message to go to the local immigration office and be given a rejection letter for some reason. If you get the rejection letter, it will include instructions for how to appeal the rejection. Learn more about the Residence Permit Application Document. Learn how to to appeal a rejection. Refunds are Only Sent to Turkish Bank Accounts You'll need a Turkish bank account in your name to receive the refund, no matter how you made the payment. Required Documents for a Refund A document from the immigration office which states you're no longer interested in continuing the residence permit process. To get this you'll need your fee payment receipts. A written request from you containing your identifying information and your bank information including the IBAN number. It should also say that you want a refund, what the refund is for, and how much you want to be refunded. Copies of the fee payment receipts. If You Paid Online Mail the documents to: Veraset Harçları Vergi Dairesi Ziraat Mahallesi, Çankiri Cd. No: 15, 06590 Altındağ / Ankara Telephone: 0312 324 2075, extension 7113 or 7114 If You Paid at a Tax Office You'll need the documents as described above. In your personal request, specify which tax office you paid the fees to. You can mail the documents to the tax office where you paid, or take them personally if it's nearby. If You Paid at a Bank If you paid the fees at a participating bank, you actually paid the tax office using their account at the bank. If it's not written on the fee receipt, you'll need to go to the bank and learn the address of the tax office the fees were sent to, then mail the documents to the tax office. Include the tax office's bank account number that the fees were paid into in your request. Processing Time It usually takes around two or three weeks before the refund is sent to your Turkish bank account. 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.
  17. If you get a new passport while you have a residence permit, you must report it in person to the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management) within 20 business days. You don't need an appointment. Required Documents to Report a New Passport Old passport New passport Color copy of your new passport, including the photo and personal information pages Residence permit Copy of both sides of your residence permit One biometric photo Changing Your Name If you're changing your name for any reason, including marriage, you must change your name on your passport before changing your name on your residence permit card. If You're within 60 Days of the Date You'll Be Extending Your Residence Permit You must apply for an extension of your residence permit within the 60 day period prior to its expiration. If you get a new passport during this time: Report the Change, in Person at the Immigration Office You must still personally report your new passport information to the immigration office within 20 working days. That is, don't wait more than 20 working days to report it since you'll be extending your residence permit anyway. Use Your Old Passport Information When Applying for an Extension When completing your online extension application at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/: Enter your old passport's number and the first day of its validity Enter your new passport's last day of its validity. This will extend your residence permit using the passport information already in the system, but give you the validity period you need to extend. When you go to your extension appointment, the immigration specialist will update the system with your new passport information. When the immigration specialist updates your passport information, it updates it in all government records. So there's no need to report the change anywhere else. 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.
  18. In this article I'll explain what you must do if you must leave Turkey and return during the residence permit application process. I'll give you the general guideline, and also some workarounds if you're unable to follow them. A foreigner may leave Turkey during the residence permit application process for up to 15 days per trip and return without a visa with a Residence Permit Application Document from the immigration office and the fee payment receipts. Without these documents, reentry may be made with a Conditional Entry Information Form. To avoid the hassles of leaving Turkey and returning during the Turkey residence permit application period, you should: Not plan to travel. Do what's necessary, before you apply, to prevent the need for travel. Apply for your residence permit as early as possible. Applying early minimizes the amount of time between when your current visa or residence permit will expire and when your residence permit card arrives in the mail. But if you're in the process of applying for a residence permit and must leave Turkey after your current residence permit or visa expires, or after you've exceeded the number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey, there are still ways to do it. I'll explain all of them in this article. Note: Of course, if you still have a valid residence permit, or if you have a valid visa and you haven't exceeded the number of days it allows you to be in Turkey, you can still leave Turkey and return as much as you want. Your departure from and return to Turkey won't affect your residence permit application at all. What's the Earliest You Can Apply for a Turkey Residence Permit? You can apply for a Turkey residence permit anytime within 60 days before the expiration of your visa or current residence permit. Once the immigration office has received all your application documents, it has 90 days to process the application. What You Must Do to Leave Turkey and Return Depends on Which Part of the Residence Permit Process You're In You can think of the Turkey residence permit process as having three steps. First the registration period, beginning after you've registered your application online. Next is the application period, beginning after you've submitted all of the required documents to the immigration office. Third is the approval period, beginning after your residence permit has been approved and ending when you receive your residence permit card in the mail. Since it's possible that you'll be outside of Turkey when you get the approval message, I've included that as a fourth situation. Click on a link in the menu below for whatever situation you're in, to learn what you must do to leave Turkey and return. Your Situation Situation 1: You've registered your Turkey residence permit application online, but you haven't submitted your application documents yet. Situation 2: You've registered your Turkey residence permit application online and submitted your application documents, but your application hasn't been approved yet. Situation 3: You've received a message saying your Turkey residence permit application has been approved and that it will be printed and mailed, but you haven't received your residence permit card yet. Situation 4: You've received a message saying your Turkey residence permit has been approved, but you're not in Turkey. Additional Information Situation 1: You've registered your Turkey residence permit application online, but you haven't submitted your application documents yet. When you register your residence permit application online at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/, you have done only that—you've registered for your residence permit, and that's all. Your application isn't complete until you submit all of your application documents to the immigration office. After that, an immigration specialist must review your documents and approve your application. The Residence Permit Registration Form The Residence Permit Registration Form keeps you legally in Turkey until your appointment. But doesn't give you any travel privileges. At the end of the online registration process, you're given a link to download a document called an İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). The Residence Permit Registration Form contains your identity details, passport number, the date, time, and location of your appointment at the immigration office, and the fees you must pay. It also includes your photo. You must sign and include the first page of the Residence Permit Registration Form with your document package the package to a specialist at the immigration office, then keep a copy of it, and your passport, with you to remain legally in Turkey after your current residence permit expires, your visa expires, or you exceed the number of days you're allowed to be in Turkey with a visa. If Your Visa is Expired, and You Haven't Exceeded the Number of Days You're Allowed to Be in Turkey If your visa has expired, but you haven't exceeded the number of days you're allowed to be in Turkey with a visa, you can pay a fine for any overstay and leave Turkey, then get a new visa and re-enter. For example, let's say you got an e-visa that is valid for 180 days, and it allows you to be in Turkey for up to 90 days during any 180-day period. Your visa expires on, say, July 5th. You've either just used it for a few short visits or one long visit near the end of its validity period. And sometime near the expiration date of July 5th, you register your application for a residence permit. Then your visa expires, but you still have a number of days left that you're allowed to be in Turkey with a visa. In this case, you'll pay a fine at the airport for any overstay beyond the expiration date of your visa, then leave. Then you can buy a new visa and re-enter because now you have a new visa and you haven't been in Turkey for more than 90 of your allowed days during the previous 180-day period. If Your Visa is Still Valid, and You've Exceeded the Number of Days You're Allowed to Be in Turkey If your visa is still valid, that is, it hasn't reached its expiration date yet, you don't have to buy a new visa because you already have one. But because you've used all of the days you're allowed to be in Turkey, you must re-enter by signing a special form called a Şartlı Giriş Bilgi Formu (Conditional Entry Information Form) when you arrive. What is the Conditional Entry Information Form? The Conditional Entry Information Form allows you to re-enter Turkey even if you've reached or exceeded the number of days you're allowed to be in Turkey with your visa. After signing it, you must apply for a residence permit within ten days. A Şartlı Giriş Bilgi Formu (Conditional Entry Information Form) is a document you can use to reenter Turkey after exceeding the number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey. On it, you declare that you will apply for a residence permit within ten days. Important: If you re-enter Turkey using the Conditional Entry Information Form and don't apply for a residence permit within ten days, you'll receive a re-entry ban for up to two years when you leave. What the Conditional Entry Form Says Translated to English, the conditional entry form says the following: "As per the records it is understood that you have expired 90 days stay period with in (sic) 180 days within the scope of 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 the fulfill the condition of applying for residence permit within 10 days to the Foreigners Branch Directorate / Foreigners Bureau Directorship in the province/town that you live." Insider Tip: The text above refers to visas with a validity period of 180 days and 90 days allowed in Turkey during any 180-day period. But according to the Visa Violation Office at Istanbul Airport, foreigners with a visa having a different validity period or a different number of days allowed in Turkey can also reenter Turkey by signing a conditional entry form. Go Back to the Top Situation 2: You've registered your Turkey residence permit application online, and submitted your application documents, but your application hasn't been approved yet. A tebligat is a simple memorandum that says an immigration specialist has received your residence permit application package and that it will be processed. It keeps you legally in Turkey until you receive your residence permit card, but gives you no travel privileges. So, you've completed your online registration and gone to your appointment at the immigration office, and an immigration specialist has checked your documents and received them. At this point your residence permit application is complete, and the immigration specialist may give you a simple, one-page (or half-page) document called a tebligat (an official communique document, also called a tebliğ-tebellüğü). A tebligat is an official notification used when communication from one person to another must be documented. For residence permit applications, it notifies the foreigner that their residence permit application has been received and that it will be reviewed. The tebligat is signed by both the immigration specialist and you. It just says they've received your application and they'll review it and let you know when it's approved. It may also say that you can't get a refund for whatever application fees you've paid. There's no photo on it. And it doesn't give you any travel privileges. If You Must Leave Turkey, You must get an İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) An İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) is an A-4 sized paper with your photo, identifying information, and application number. It's signed by an immigration specialist and stamped. It contains a statement giving you permission to leave Turkey for up to 15 days and return without a visa and without paying any fines. The Residence Permit Application Document also serves as a temporary residence permit. So, even if you've overstayed your visa or residence permit, if you have the Residence Permit Application Document, you can leave Turkey for multiple trips of up to 15 days at a time with no overstay fines, and re-enter Turkey without having to get a new visa. If you stay out of Turkey for more than 15 days, you must have a visa to re-enter. The Residence Permit Application Document is what you need to leave Turkey and return during the residence permit application process. It allows multiple trips of up to 15 days each. If your residence permit application appointment involves an interview, the immigration specialist may give you the Residence Permit Application Document instead of a tebligat. If they do, you're in luck, because you won't have to request one for travel. You already have exactly what you need. Important: When you re-enter Turkey, besides the first page of your Residence Permit Application Document and your passport, you must also have a copy of the receipt showing that you've paid the residence permit application fees. So don't throw away your receipt and make a copy of it just in case. Insider Tip: You may hear foreigners refer to requesting a "travel letter." What they're referring to is actually the Residence Permit Application Document. There is no "travel letter." How to Get a Residence Permit Application Document Here's how to get a Residence Permit Application Document so you can travel: 1. Get the e-mail address for the immigration office where you submitted your residence permit application. The e-mail address you need should be printed on the tebligat. If it isn't, call the Yabancılar İletişim Merkezi (Foreigners Communication Office, or YİMER) at 157. You can call that number from any telephone in Turkey. There is an English option, as well as options for other languages. Ask them for the e-mail address you need. 2. Send an E-mail to the Immigration Office Requesting a Residence Permit Application Document. It might help if you use the Turkish name of the document, İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi in your request to prevent any confusion. Explain the reason for your travel. It must be something urgent, because since your application hasn't been approved yet, an immigration specialist will have to find your application package and do an approval ahead of all of the other applications, then create a Residence Permit Application Document just for you. They're not going to do this for you just because you want to go on a shopping trip. Your reason for travel must be urgent and unavoidable, and something you can't delay. The Immigration Office will Send Your Residence Permit Application Document by E-mail. How Long does it Take to Get the Residence Permit Application Document? Officially, it can take up to 14 days to get a Residence Permit Application Document sent to you. However, a Turkey Central member recently asked for one and it was sent to her in three days. What if I Leave Turkey Without Getting a Residence Permit Application Document? As I mentioned before, it's best not to do this. If you leave Turkey without the Residence Permit Application Document, you'll have to pay a fine for any overstay you have when you leave. If you're already outside of Turkey, send an e-mail to the immigration office where you applied and ask them to send you a Residence Permit Application Document. Because it's sent by e-mail, it doesn't matter if you're out of the country. Otherwise, you can re-enter by signing a Conditional Entry Information Form (see above). Go Back to the Top Situation 3: You've received a message saying your Turkey residence permit application has been approved and that it will be printed and mailed, but you haven't received your residence permit card yet. If your residence permit has been approved but you must leave Turkey before you receive the card, and you don't have a Residence Permit Application Document, e-mail the immigration office and ask them to send you one. Let's say you've received an e-mail or SMS message saying your residence permit has been approved. The SMS message looks like this: 2021-**-******* nolu ikamet izni talebiniz olumlu degerlendirilmistir. Your residence permit request 2021-**-******* numbered has been evaluated positively. B001 Note: the "B001" is just a number that appears after every SMS message. Congratulations! You've been approved for residence in Turkey! The immigration office will now have your card printed and mailed to you by registered mail. But what if you suddenly have to leave Turkey before you get your residence permit card? According to the immigration office, you must still request a Residence Permit Application Document if you want to re-enter Turkey without a visa. However, I also called the Visa Violations Office at the Istanbul Airport. They told me that if a foreigner has an approved residence permit but doesn't have a residence permit card, they'll be able to see in their computer system that the foreigner has a residence permit and will let the foreigner leave Turkey without paying a fine and re-enter without a visa. So what should you do? Personally, I always do as much as I can to avoid any hassles, so my advice is to go ahead and request the Residence Permit Application Document and get one before you leave. Go Back to the Top Situation 4: You've received a message saying your Turkey residence permit has been approved, but you're not in Turkey. As I mentioned before, when your residence permit is approved, the immigration office adds that information into a central computer system, which the border police at ports of entry can see. So when you enter Turkey, you won't need a visa. Just let the visa police know your residence permit was approved while outside of Turkey, and they'll be able to see that you're a legal resident. You can then enter Turkey without your residence permit card. Receiving Your Residence Permit Card When You Return to Turkey If your residence permit card is delivered before you get back to Turkey, and you miss the delivery, the PTT (post office) will keep it for seven days. After that, they'll send it to the immigration office where you applied. You can then get it by going to the immigration office. No appointment is required. Go Back to the Top Additional Information If You're Going to Miss Your Appointment If your travel outside of Turkey will cause you to miss your residence permit application appointment, cancel it. You can re-apply when you return to Turkey. Canceling your appointment allows another foreigner to use the time and saves an immigration specialist from waiting for someone who isn't going to be there. You can cancel your appointment by going back into your online application. There you'll see an option to cancel. You can also call the Foreigners Communication Center at 157 from inside Turkey. If you're outside of Turkey, call +90 312 157 1122. Have your application number ready when you call. It's printed on the first page of your Residence Permit Registration Form. Giving Another Person Power of Attorney to Receive Your Residence Permit Card You can give someone else power of attorney to receive your residence permit card for you. The PTT will still send it to your registered address, so they'll need to be there, but with power of attorney, they can sign for it. You can get a power of attorney created for you at any notary office. The person you're giving power of attorney to doesn't have to be there, but you must have a copy of their ID card or passport, and their mobile phone number. Contacting the Visa Police at the Airport or Port of Entry The visa violation offices at airports and other ports of entry handle issues concerning visas and issues that might come up when exiting or entering Turkey. You can contact them by going to the website of the relevant airport or port of entry and asking the operator to connect you. Contacting the Foreigners Communications Center The Foreigners Communications Center handles issues concerning residence permits. But they also have a department to answer questions about visas. When you call, just press the number according to which one you want. You can call them at 157 from any telephone in Turkey. If you're outside of Turkey, call +90 312 157 1122. It may help to have your passport, current residence permit (if you have one), and your residence permit application number when you call. Go Back to the Top 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.
  19. In this article, I'll to teach you how to calculate the cost of your Turkey Residence permit processing fee as well as the other costs associated with becoming a resident of Turkey, including health insurance, notary expenses, biometric photos, and the fee you'll pay if you want to have someone else make your online application and get an immigration appointment for you. So how much does it cost to get a residence permit in Turkey? A Turkey residence permit costs on average $8.75 US dollars for the first month and $2.60 for each additional month of residence, with a second fee of ₺125 for printing the residence permit card. Those who enter Turkey without a visa must also pay a "single entry fee" of ₺758.90. Contents Calculating Your Turkey Residence Permit Cost If You Entered Turkey Without a Visa How to Learn if You Can Enter Turkey Without a Visa The Turkish Tax Number How to Pay the Turkey Residence Permit Fees How to Pay the Turkey Residence Permit Fees Online Using the Tax Office Website How to Pay Your Turkey Residence Permit Fees at a Tax Office How to Pay Your Turkey Residence Permit Fees at a Participating Bank How to Pay Your Turkey Residence Permit Fees at the Immigration Office Keep a Copy of Your Residence Permit Fee Payment Receipts Other Costs Associated with Getting a Turkey Residence Permit Paid Residence Permit Application Services Mertsel Residence Permit Application Services and Insurance Calculating Your Turkey Residence Permit Cost The Automatic Calculation of the Online Residence Permit Application System You'll see the total cost printed near the top of your completed and downloaded Residence Permit Registration Form. In this case, it's for a two-year residence permit, with no one-time entry fee. When you finish your residence permit registration at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/, the online system will automatically calculate your residence permit fees and give you a total cost. When you download your completed İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form), the total cost will be printed on the first page. Regardless of what calculations you've made, that is the fee you must pay. But you can also calculate the cost before you apply for a residence permit. How to Calculate the Residence Permit Processing Fee The İkamet Harç Bedeli (Residence Permit Processing Fee) is for reviewing and processing your residence permit application. It's charged according to nationality and is based on the US dollar, so it can be different from person to person and day to day, depending on currency exchange rates. It also varies because there's a fee for each day the residence permit covers in the first month (with a minimum and maximum amount), and then a fixed fee for each additional month. Insider Tip: Children under age 18 get a 50% discount on the Residence Permit Processing Fee. Here's how to do the calculation: Check the tables below to see which group (A through E) your country is in. Look at the bottom of the table containing your country to see what the fee amounts are for the first month and for each month after the first month. Country Group A Afghanistan Costa Rica Hungary Mongolia Slovenia Andorra Croatia Iceland Mozambique Solomon Islands Angola Cuba Independent Samoa Namibia Somalia Antigua and Barbuda Democratic Republic of the Congo India Nauru South African Republic Armenia Djibouti Indonesia New Zealand South Cyprus Australia Dominica Iran Nicaragua St. Kitts and Nevis Austria Dominican Republic Italy Niger St. Lucia Azerbaijan East Timor Jamaica Nigeria St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bahamas El Salvador Kazakhstan North Cyprus Sudan Bahrain England Kenya North Korea Surinam Bangladesh Ecuador Kiribati Pakistan Sweden Barbados Equatorial Guinea Kyrgyzstan Palestine Switzerland Belize Eritrea Laos Panama Tanzania Benin Estonia Latvia Papua New Guinea Bhutan Eswatini Lebanon Paraguay Thailand Bolivia Finland Lesotho People's Republic of China Togo Botswana France Liberia Peru Tonga Bosnia and Herzegovina Gabon Libya Poland Trinidad and Tobago Brunei Gambia Liechtenstein Portugal Tuvalu Bulgaria Georgia Lithuania Qatar Uganda Burkina Faso Germany Madagascar Rwanda Ukraine Burundi Ghana Malawi Republic of Palau United Arab Emirates Cameroon Greece Malaysia Republic of the Congo United States Canada Grenada Maldives Romania Uruguay Cape Verde Guatemala Mauritius San Marino Uzbekistan Central African Republic Guinea Marshall Islands Sao Tome and Principe Vanuatu Chad Guinea Bissau Mauritania Saudi Arabia Vatican Chile Guyana Myanmar Senegal Venezuela Columbia Haiti Mexico Seychelles Vietnam Comoros Holland Moldova Sierra Leone Yemen Cook Islands Honduras Monaco Slovakia Zambia Fee for the First Month The fee for the first month is the Turkish lira equivalent of $1.00 (US dollar) per day. The minimum fee for the first month is $10.00. The maximum fee for the first month is $25.00. Fee for the Second and Following Months For each month after the first month, the fee is $5.00. Country Group B Albania Israel Mali Oman Tajikistan Cambodia Japan North Macedonia Philippines Fee for the First Month The fee for the first month is the Turkish lira equivalent of $.50 (US dollar) per day. The minimum fee for the first month is $5.00. The maximum fee for the first month is $14.00. Fee for the Second and Following Months For each month after the first month, the fee is $3.50. Country Group C Algeria Belgium Kuwait Malta Spain Belarus Jordan Luxembourg Singapore Taiwan Fee for the First Month The fee for the first month is the Turkish lira equivalent of $.40 (US dollar) per day. The minimum fee for the first month is $4.00. The maximum fee for the first month is $9.00. Fee for the Second and Following Months For each month after the first month, the fee is $2.50. Country Group D Ethiopia Hong Kong Micronesia South Korea Russian Federation Fee for the First Month The fee for the first month is the Turkish lira equivalent of $.30 (US dollar) per day. The minimum fee for the first month is $4.00. The maximum fee for the first month is $7.00. Fee for the Second and Following Months For each month after the first month, the fee is $1.50. Country Group E Egypt Iraq Ivory Coast Montenegro Morocco Tunisia Fee for the First Month The fee for the first month is the Turkish lira equivalent of $.20 (US dollar) per day. The minimum fee for the first month is $4.00. The maximum fee for the first month is $5.00. Fee for the Second and Following Months For each month after the first month, the fee is $.50. Calculation for Adults First Month Fee + (Number of Additional Months x Fee for Additional Months) = Total Fee Calculation for Children (Under Age 18) First Month Fee + (Number of Additional Months x Fee for Additional Months ÷2) = Total Fee for Children Convert the Residence Permit Application Fee to Turkish Lira Remember, the Residence Permit Application Fee is in US dollars. So go to your favorite online currency converter (I use Oanda.com), and convert it to Turkish Lira. Here's a link to Oanda.com. https://www.oanda.com/ It won't be exact because currency prices fluctuate, and also vary from place to place. But it will give you a close approximation of what the cost will be in Turkish Lira. Add the Kart Bedeli (Card Printing Fee): The card printing fee is always the same. There are no discounts. So take the total cost of the Residence Permit Application fee and add ₺125. That's your final amount, unless you entered Turkey without a visa. Go Back to the Top If You Entered Turkey Without a Visa Turkey has visa-free entry agreements with various countries. If your country is one of them, you can enter Turkey with your national ID card. Unfortunately, these visa-free entry agreements only apply to entering the country for tourism. Because you want to live in Turkey, you'll have to pay a one-time Tek Giriş Harcı (Single-entry Fee). This fee is always the same. There are no discounts. So, if you entered Turkey without a visa, add ₺758.90 to your total cost. Insider Tip: the single-entry fee is paid at the time of your appointment, on the direction of the immigration specialist who interviews you, or in advance at a bank using a special payment code (see Paying Residence Permit Fees at a Participating Bank, below). You can instantly learn if you're from a country with a visa-free entry agreement using the e-Visa website. Just complete the first part of the e-visa application. It doesn't result in your applying for an e-visa, it just tells you if you can get one or not or if you can enter with your ID card. If you don't need a visa to enter Turkey, you'll see this message when you try to apply for an e-visa. Unfortunately, it also means that you'll have to pay a one-time single-entry fee when you apply for a residence permit. Go Back to the Top How to Learn if You Can Enter Turkey Without a Visa Go to https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/. Click "Apply." Select your country, the type of passport (or other travel document) you have, and enter the security verification text, and click "Save and Continue." The system will tell you if you need a visa or if you can enter Turkey with your ID card. It will also tell you if can get an e-visa, or if you must get a visa from a Turkish embassy or consulate. Insider Tip: If you're thinking you can avoid the single-entry fee by buying an e-visa even though you don't need one, well, it doesn't work that way. When you use the e-Visa website and enter your country name, the e-visa system won't let you buy an e-visa. It will tell you to enter with your ID card. So you'll have to pay the single-entry fee when you apply for your residence permit. There's no way around it. Go Back to the Top The Turkish Tax Number A Turkish tax number is a government-issued number used to positively identify people or businesses when they do business with each other or with the Turkish government. Foreigners wanting to get a residence permit in Turkey must first get a tax number, either online or from a tax office, to pay the residence permit fees. If you're applying for a Turkey residence permit the first time, you'll need to get a vergi kimlik numarası (tax identification number) to pay the fees for your residence permit. You can get one easily, and for free. All you need is your passport. Insider Tip: After you get your Turkey residence permit, you'll have a yabancı kimlik numerası (foreigner identification number, or YKN) printed on the front of your residence permit card. You can then use your foreigner identification number instead of your tax number. How to Get a Turkish Tax Number Online Here's the link you need on Turkey's virtual tax office to get a tax number. Go to the Turkish Tax Office website, here: https://ivd.gib.gov.tr/tvd_side/main.jsp Near the center of the page, click Yabancılar İçin Potansiye Vergi Kimlik Numarası (Potential Tax Identification Number for Foreigners). See the image above. Fill out the form, enter the security code in the box provided, and click Tamam (OK). How to Get a Turkish Tax Number at a Tax Office You can go to any tax office, but you can find one near you using Google Maps at https://www.google.com/maps/. Search for your local tax office by using the name of your ilçe (district), and the key phrase vergi dairesi (tax office). You'll then see the nearest tax office marked on the map. Go Back to the Top How to Pay the Turkey Residence Permit Fees Once you have a tax number, you can pay the residence permit fees online, at a tax office, at a participating bank, or at the immigration office cashier, if it has one. There are three ways to pay your Turkey residence permit fees. You can pay: Using the tax office website At tax office At a participating bank At a cashier at the immigration office (if there is one). Go Back to the Top How to Pay the Turkey Residence Permit Fees Online Using the Tax Office Website 1. Go to https://ivd.gib.gov.tr/tvd_side/main.jsp. It's the same website where you can get your tax number as described above. Near the center of the page, click Harç ve Değerli Kağıt Bedeli Ödeme (Payment of fees and "valuable paper," which refers to identification cards) To pay your residence permit fees online, look for this link on Turkey's online tax office website. 2. Near the center of the page, click Harç ve Değerli Kağıt Bedeli Ödeme (Payment of fees and "valuable paper," which refers to identification cards). The link to the section exclusively used for paying residence permit fees. A pop-up screen will appear. Click Göç İdaresi İkamet Tezkeresi Harç Ödeme (Immigration Administration Residence Permit Fee Payment) Find this number at the top of your downloaded Residence Permit Registration Form and enter it into the online residence permit fee payment form. 3. Enter your residence permit registration number, which is printed at the top of your downloaded Residence Permit Registration Form, and the Güvenlik Kodu (Security Code) in the box provided. 4. Click Sorgula (Query). This will take you to a page where you can pay with a Turkish credit card, but only if your credit card is issued by a government-owned bank like Vakıfbank, Ziraat Bank, or Halkbank. There's also an option to pay with a foreign credit card. Insider Tip: I tried paying my residence permit fees online. When I used a Turkish credit card, it was rejected because my Turkish bank wasn't a government-owned bank. Then I tried to pay with my foreign Visa card, issued by a U.S. bank. It was also rejected--not by my bank, but by the online fee payment system. I finally gave up. If you can't pay online, use one of the other payment methods below. Go Back to the Top How to Pay Your Turkey Residence Permit Fees at a Tax Office You can go to any Turkish tax office and pay your residence permit fees. Just take the first page of your downloaded and printed Residence Permit Registration Form, your passport, and enough Turkish Lira to pay the fees. Go Back to the Top How to Pay Your Turkey Residence Permit Fees at a Participating Bank You can pay your residence permit fees at certain banks, including Ziraat Bank, Vakıf Bank, or Halk Bank. Take your passport and the first page of your downloaded and printed Residence Permit Registration Form. You'll need a payment code for each fee you pay. Turkey Residence Permit Fee Payment Codes İkamet Harç Bedeli (Residence Permit Processing Fee): 9233 Kart Bedeli (Card Fee): 9207 Tek Giriş Vize Harcı (Single-Entry Fee): 758.90* *The Single-Entry Fee can only be paid at a bank or during your appointment at an immigration office vezne (cashier). Insider Tip: The payment codes are only used by banks. You won't need them if you pay online, at a tax office, or at an immigration office cashier. Go Back to the Top How to Pay Your Turkey Residence Permit Fees at the Immigration Office When you pay your residence permit fees at a tax office or any other government facility, look for the "vezne," which means "cashier." The offices of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management) in provincial city centers which have the same name as the province, such as Izmir (the city) and Antalya (the city) have a co-located vezne (cashier) which is run by the tax office. It's usually in the same building. But branch offices, such as those in various districts of Istanbul, or in towns with a large foreign population, may not have one. In those cases, you'll have to go to another building, somewhere else in town, and pay the fees there. Paying the Fees Before Your Appointment It's best if you can go to the immigration office, say, 45 minutes before your appointment, to pay your fees before your interview. Just find the cashier, show the clerk your downloaded and printed Residence Permit Registration Form and your passport or current residence permit, and pay in cash. Paying the Fees During Your Appointment But let's say you're applying for a two-year residence permit but you're unsure if the immigration specialist will give you the full two years. They may only give you one year. This is often the case for first-time applications, especially in Istanbul. If that's your situation, you can wait for the immigration specialist, at the end of your interview, to decide how long they're going to give you a residence permit for. Then go and pay for the amount of time they tell you and return with the receipt. Go Back to the Top Keep a Copy of Your Residence Permit Fee Payment Receipts You'll need your fee payment receipt to add to your residence permit application package. And there's another reason you might need it—for traveling outside of Turkey and returning before you receive your residence permit card. Receipts Are Required for Travel Outside of Turkey and Reentry If you've applied for a Turkey Residence Permit and your current visa or residence permit is expired, you must get the İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) from the immigration office to travel outside of Turkey and return without a visa. The Residence Permit Application Document allows you to be outside of Turkey for up to 15 days and then reenter, provided you have your passport and a copy of the receipts showing you've paid the fees for your residence permit. So be sure to keep your receipts in case you need to travel before you receive your residence permit card. How to Get a Fee Receipt Online If you've lost your receipt, you may be able to get one online. Go to: https://spos.gib.gov.tr/Spos/Sorgu Fill out the form with what information you have (some of the fields are optional) and submit it, and you'll have a receipt you can download and print. Go Back to the Top Other Costs Associated with Getting a Turkey Residence Permit Besides the Residence Permit Application Fee, Card Printing Fee, and Single-entry Fee (if you entered Turkey without a visa), you will also have the following associated costs: Cost of Four Biometric Photos You can get your photos taken at any photo studio for around ₺25. Cost of Health Insurance Your cost for the required health insurance policy will be charged according to your age, as follows: Turkey Residence Permit Health Insurance Cost by Age Age 18-20 21-25 26-30 31-35 36-40 41-45 46-50 51-55 55-60 61-64 Cost ₺250 ₺260 ₺280 ₺300 ₺350 ₺400 ₺450 ₺500 ₺650 ₺750 These are estimates. All of the health insurance policies for residence permits cover the same minimum government requirements, yet different insurance companies charge different prices for them. So it's a good idea to shop around or go through an insurance broker who can get prices from multiple companies, such as Mertsel Insurance (see below for more information). You can also buy Turkish private health insurance policies which cover more than the government minimums. They can cover anything you want, and of course, the more coverage you want, the more it will cost. Insider Tip: If you buy a private health insurance policy that isn't one of the typical policies for residence permits but which meets or exceeds the government requirements, it must have the following statement on the policy: Turkish: İşbu poliçe 10.05.2016 tarih ve 16 sayılı vize ve ikamet izni taleplerinde yaptırılacak özel sağlık sigortalarına ilişkin genelgede belirlenen asgari teminat yapısını kapsamaktadır. English: This policy covers the minimum coverage for the general health insurance for private health insurances to be made on visa and residence permit requests dated 10.05.2016. Policies issued specifically for residence permits already have this statement on them. Note: Health insurance isn't required for those under 18 or over 65 years of age. Cost of a Notarized Copy of Your Rental Contract To find a notary, you can just go into town and look for a sign like this. The cost of a notarized copy of a rental contract in Turkey is ₺140. If you later buy a property, you'll submit your tapu (property title deed) instead of a rental contract. A property title deed doesn't need a notarized copy. You can just bring your property title deed and a regular copy to your residence permit application appointment. Cost of Foreign Document Legalization (If Required) If foreign documents are required for your residence permit, such as a marriage certificate or criminal record from your home country (these are not usually required), you must pay to Have your home country government send the document(s) to you (if you don't already have them). Send the document(s) to your country's office which issues apostilles (an apostille certifies the document as genuine) and have the document and apostille sent back to you. Have the document(s) and apostille translated by a sworn translator and notarized. Each country which is a member of the International Apostille Convention lists their prices for an apostille here: https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/conventions/authorities1/?cid=41 If your country isn't on the list, it means it's not a member of the Apostille Convention. Contact your country's embassy in Turkey or search the internet for your government office which legalizes documents. Cost of Foreign Document and Apostille Translation After you receive the foreign document and apostille from your home country, you must have both translated into Turkish by a sworn translator, and the translation stamped by a notary. The cost of a sworn translation will depend on the language, number of pages, and the complexity of the document. For a one-page document in English, expect to pay at least ₺80. For the notary stamp on the translation (the translator will do this), expect to pay around ₺160. Go Back to the Top Paid Residence Permit Application Services If you want to pay a company to apply for your residence permit for you, they'll do the online application for you, get you a verified appointment with the immigration office. and send you the Residence Permit Registration Form to add to your application package. They can also get you a tax number and health insurance, and advise you as you collect the other documents you need. Prices for paid residence permit application services vary widely. Some are absolute scams, charging thousands of dollars. For a typical residence permit application done by application service (not including getting you a tax number or health insurance), expect to pay around ₺600. Go Back to the Top Mertsel Residence Permit Application Services and Insurance Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel shops for prices health insurance policies from various insurance companies to get the best price, and charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will also: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Book your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package Mertsel will also assist you in collecting any other documents you need for your application. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  20. Don't miss your residence permit appointment. If you do, your application will be canceled. But let's say that, for some reason, you miss it. All is not lost, and even if you have to leave Turkey, you can return under certain conditions, and even re-apply. If You Know You're Going to Miss Your Appointment, Cancel Your Application If you know you're going to miss your appointment, cancel your application. It will allow another person to have their appointment and will save the immigration specialist from having to waste their time waiting for someone who isn't going to come. Learn how to cancel your application. Staying in or Leaving Turkey, and Re-applying If your current residence permit is still valid, or your visa is still valid and you haven't exceeded the number of days the visa rules allow you to stay in Turkey, you can re-apply for the same type of residence permit. This is true if you cancel your appointment, and also if you miss your appointment. Once you complete your second online application, you'll get another appointment date and time and download your completed İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Application Form) will keep you legally in Turkey again until your new appointment date and time. If Your Current Residence Permit is Expired If you're extending your residence permit and your current residence permit is expired, you must leave Turkey and pay a fine for an overstay depending on how many days you've overstayed. Go to the airport early to allow time to pay the fine before you leave. Learn more about overstay fines. Because you had a residence permit, you can buy an e-visa and return to Turkey (even the next day). Then you can re-apply for a residence permit. If Your Visa is No Longer Valid If your visa has gone past its expiration date or you've exceeded the number of days it allows you to be in Turkey, you'll have to pay a fine when you leave Turkey. Go early to the airport to allow time for you to pay the fine before your flight departs. Unfortunately, if you've exceeded the number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey, you can't just buy an e-visa and return. The limit on the number of days the visa rules allow you to be in Turkey still apply even if you buy another visa. However, you may be able to re-enter Turkey anyway, but only if you sign a document called a Şartlı Giriş Bilgi Formu (Conditional Entry Information Form). The Şartlı Giriş Bilgi Formu The Şartlı Giriş Bilgi Formu (Conditional Entry Information Form) is a document that allows you to re-enter Turkey with your visa, even if you've exceeded the number of days the visa rules allow you to be in Turkey with a visa. The number of days allowed varies by country. Citizens of European countries, the UK, US, Canada, Australia, and some other countries are allowed a maximum of 90 days in Turkey in any 180-day period. This is called the 90-in-180-days rule. For citizens of other countries, it works the same way. But the number of days you're allowed to be in Turkey and the range of days it applies to may be different. Citizens of the above countries can still re-enter Turkey as long as they sign the Conditional Entry Information Form. On that form, you declare your intention to apply for a residence permit within ten days. Be sure to apply within those ten days, because if you don't, you'll have to pay a hefty fine and will be banned from re-entering Turkey for some time. Check with the border control office as you leave to make sure you can re-enter with a Conditional Entry Form, or contact your local Turkish embassy or consulate if you're not sure if you can re-enter with this document. Learn more about the Conditional Entry Form. Residence Permit Application Rejections A rejection is different from a cancellation. A rejection occurs after your application has been received (normally during your appointment) when something is wrong with your application. The most common type of rejection occurs when the documents in the application are missing or inadequate. When this happens, the immigration specialist will give you time to get the documents. If you don't get them, your application will be rejected. If your application is rejected, you can't apply for the same type of residence permit for 180 days. Learn more about residence permit application rejections. 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.
  21. In this article, I'll explain what you must do to get a residence permit for your child. What you do depends on if your child was born outside of Turkey, or if they were born in Turkey. Foreign children must have a residence permit to live in Turkey. The application process is the same as it is for adults, but children born in Turkey must have their birth registered within 30 days, then the application for a residence permit made within six months. All residence permit applications begin on Turkey's online registration system, e-İkamet, at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. İkamet means "residence." For your child, you'll either apply for a family or a short-term residence permit. Turkey Family Residence Permit or Short-term Residence Permit? Family Residence Permit for a Foreign Child in Turkey A family residence permit is issued to the foreign family members of a sponsor. The sponsor of the family member must be: A Turkish citizen, or A foreign resident living in Turkey for at least one year with a residence or work permit. If the sponsor of the family doesn't meet either of those requirements, then you must apply for a short-term residence permit for your child. After a year, they'll be eligible for a family residence permit. To learn more, see: Turkey Family Residence Permit. Note: The family residence permit is valid for three years or if the sponsor is a foreigner, until the expiration of the sponsor's residence or work permit. Short-Term Residence Permit for a Foreign Child in Turkey If you're coming to Turkey for the first time and bringing a child, and neither you nor your spouse is a Turkish citizen, apply for a short-term residence permit for your child. To learn more, see: Turkey Short-Term Residence Permit. Residence Permit for a Child Born Outside of Turkey If your child was born outside of Turkey, the residence permit application process is the same as it is for an adult. Normally no birth certificate is required. However, if there is a question about who the child's parents are when you present your application package during your appointment, the immigration specialist may ask you to supply a birth certificate and give you time to get it. If you must get a foreign birth certificate for your child, you'll need to acquire it from the office of your home country that keeps such records. Then you must have it "legalized," or validated by another office in your home country with a stamp or separate document called an apostille. After you receive the birth certificate and apostille, you must then then have both translated by a sworn Turkish translator. I've covered the entire process for getting a foreign birth certificate and the apostille, and having them translated here: How to Get a Foreign Birth Certificate from Turkey Residence Permit for a Child Born in Turkey If your child is born in Turkey, you have 30 days to register the birth and six months to get the child's passport and apply for their residence permit. After a child is born, the doğum belgesi, or birth certificate, is issued at the hospital. This form is sometimes called a "formul A." The birth certificate will allow the child to stay in Turkey for six months or until the expiration date of the parents' current residence permit (whichever is sooner). Here's what you must do: 1. Register the child's birth at the Nüfus You will need to register the birth at the local Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (Population and Citizenship Affairs Directorate, or Nüfus) within 30 days. You can make an appointment to register the birth online, at https://randevu.nvi.gov.tr/. The Nüfus also has a national customer helpline at 199, which you can call for free from any telephone in Turkey. There is an option for English. To register the baby, take the birth certificate and your ID cards to your appointment. They'll register the birth of the child and list you as the parents. No marriage certificate is required, nor are any documents concerning previous marriage(s) or divorce(s). The two parents can simply claim the child as theirs with the birth certificate and their ID cards. If only one parent is present, then that parent can register the birth. 2. Register the birth at your country's embassy or consulate and get a passport for your child The birth certificate doesn't allow for travel outside of Turkey or for return to Turkey, so you should also register the birth with your country's embassy or consulate and apply for a passport for the child. A passport is also needed to apply for your child's residence permit. Visit your country's consular website and go to the section on birth registration and passport applications to learn what you must do, what documents you need, and what fees you must pay. 3. Apply for your child's residence permit During the first six months, you'll apply online for a residence permit using the e-İkamet residence permit registration system. The procedure is the same as it is for an adult, with one important difference--the option to designate the child as being a newborn in Turkey. When registering online for your child's residence permit, one of the first pages will ask you if your child was born in Turkey. When you're entering the identity information for the child, you'll see the option Türkiye'de Doğan Çocuk (Child Born in Turkey), with an option of yes or no. Select "yes." You'll also see an option to state that the child is a newborn in Turkey, which will cause the system to not ask for a date of entry into Turkey. If One of the Child's Parents is Absent If one of the child's parents is not in Turkey, you must get a notarized parental consent declaration. If the parent is deceased, you must have the death certificate. Since these documents are foreign documents, they will also need to be legalized with an apostille and translated by a sworn Turkish translator. Residence Permit for a Child When You Are a Sponsor and Not a Parent If you're sponsoring a child not your own in Turkey, you need a letter of consent from the biological parents. Also, you and any other guardians of the child must go to a noter (notary) and get a document called a taahhütname (a sworn, legally enforceable declaration), in which you promise to provide support for the child. Include the taahhütname in the child's residence permit application package. You and any other guardians must also attend the child's application appointment. Education of Foreign Children in Turkey Children who have residence permits (it doesn't matter which kind) may attend Turkish public schools for free. Turkish Citizenship by Birth Children born in Turkey with two foreign parents are not automatically Turkish citizens. However, if one of the parents is a Turkish citizen, the child is considered a Turkish citizen from the day they were born, no matter where in the world they were born. So if the child has a Turkish parent, contact the Population and Citizenship Affairs Directorate to get the child a Turkish citizen's identification card instead of a residence permit. To learn more, see Turkish Citizenship by Birth. 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.
  22. No temporary RP paper or any other paper given after I submitted my application. She just took my phone number and told me to go. I was so nervous I even left my receipt in the file I submitted. Does anyone one know what will happen next ? I submitted on the 10/10/19
  23. My husband was to the first time residence permit interview last Wednesday. He asked during the interview for a letter to travel outside for 15 days. the officer told him he can not get immediately, he will receive a SMS message in 2 working day to come again and get the letter. Unfortunately he got nothing yet. we are planning to leave on the 4th of October. He has already used his 90 days visa. if he does not get such a letter and leave on the 4th. of October, Is he going to pay a fine for the exceeding days? Can he get this letter from any immigration office in Istanbul without this SMS?
  24. Yesterday I had my meeting at the immigration office in Kadıköy, I went to the meeting and expected that I am going to a certain appointment which it had been sent to me from the immigration office. When I arrived and asked where the meeting should be, the police women at the door told me to stand in a long line and wait to my turn, when my turn came, the immigration officer asked me if it is renewal application? No it is my first time application. It is look like she did not pre-read the application. I am wondering if this is the normal way to have a meeting at the immigration office? For the property owners they should have a document called a numarataj. You could get it from tapu (property title deed) office or Belediye by showing them the original property title deed, which unfortunately we did not had with us. Any comment is very appreciated.
  25. I went to immigration office in Ankara today inquiring on the status to a mistake made on my kimlik (identity) card that I received back on 13 Dec 2018, which I turned it in for correction. Since it's been more than 5 weeks, I inquired today. The officer pulled up my record and then gave me a PTT barcode. I went to check at my local PTT after, but I was informed that no package has come in yet with that barcode. I also checked on gonderitakip.ptt.gov.tr to track the package but no details are showing. Could you help understand this situation? Does this mean soon I'll receive a text on my phone? I'm confused how is that I was given a barcode when the PTT doesn't seem to have the package?
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