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  1. 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.
  2. To enter Turkey you must have a visa unless your country has a bilateral agreement with Turkey which exempts you from needing a visa. What is a Visa? A visa is a permission to enter Turkey and remain temporarily. A visa typically has A Validity Period: beginning on the day the visa becomes active and ending on its expiration date. The validity period can be anywhere between one and six months. A maximum number of days you can be in Turkey: A visa also gives you a limited number of days you can be in Turkey during its validity period. So you could have a visa with a validity period of 180 days, allowing you to be in Turkey for up to 90 days. If you want to remain in Turkey beyond your visa's expiration date or beyond the number of days it allows you to be in Turkey, you must apply for a residence permit. Types of Visas E-visa Citizens of many European countries, the UK, the US, and many other countries can buy an e-visa online. It's much like buying an airline ticket. Just enter your passport or other travel document information, your personal information, and your planned day of arrival, then pay for the visa with a credit card. Citizens of some countries can visit Turkey without a visa. To learn if you're one of them, the e-visa system will tell you when you enter your travel document information on the first page of the e-visa system. The e-visa system is at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/. Insider Tip: Make sure the website has the ".gov.tr" suffix. If it doesn't, it will be a company that may get your e-visa for you while charging you for the service. Once you enter your information and submit it, the e-visa system will give you a link to download your e-visa and print it. To enter Turkey, present your passport and the printed e-visa to the border control officer. While in Turkey, you must keep your passport and the printed e-visa with you. To learn if you're eligible for an e-visa, the duration of the e-visa you're eligible for, and the number of days it will allow you to be in Turkey, enter your passport or other travel document information and submit it. You don't have to buy an e-visa to get this information. The system will also tell you if you must get a visa from a Turkish embassy or consulate. Learn more about the e-visa. The e-Visa Validity Period Your e-visa will have a validity period, which begins on the date it's issued and ends on a date a certain number of days after the issue date. These two dates don't change. The expiration date is always a definite date on the calendar. In all cases, if your e-visa goes past its expiration date, you'll have no visa at all. You'll have to buy a new visa to re-enter Turkey. Here's an example. If you're a citizen of a European country, the USA, the UK, or of certain other countries and get an e-visa on 5 February, it'll be valid for a 180-day validity period starting on 5 February and ending on 2 August. You can start using your e-visa any time you want from 5 February to 2 August, and you can enter Turkey and leave as many times as you want until 2 August, the last day of the validity period. But the total number of days you can be in Turkey can never exceed 90 in any 180-day period. I'll explain that part next. The Maximum Number of Days Allowed in Turkey Within a Range of Days Depending on your nationality, the visa rules will set a maximum number of days you can be in Turkey during a certain range of days. For example, if you're a citizen of a country as mentioned above, you can be in Turkey for a maximum of 90 days during any 180-day period. If you stay in Turkey for more than 90 days in any 180-day period, those days over the 90-day limit will be an overstay. Important!: Don't confuse the validity period with the date range used for the maximum days of stay. They're two completely different time periods. The validity period always starts and ends on a set calendar date. The range of days during which you can't exceed a maximum number of days is always counted back from whatever day "today" is. For citizens of European countries, the UK, Canada, Australia and many other countries, visas are limited by this 90-in-180-days rule. Visas for citizens of other countries have the same limitation but with a different number of days. To learn more about the visa limitations, see: 90-in-180-Days Rule, How it Works and How to Do the Calculation. Work Visa The work visa is a single-entry visa issued to those who have been employed by a Turkish company. It's valid for six months. If you want to work in Turkey, you must first find a job and receive an employment contract. In coordination with your employer in Turkey, you'll go to a Turkish embassy or consulate and apply for a work visa. At the same time, your employer will apply for and obtain your work permit. After you travel to Turkey with your work visa, you'll go to your place of employment and get your work permit. Learn how to apply for a work visa and work permit from outside of Turkey. Learn how to apply for a work permit from inside Turkey. Student Visa A student visa is a single-entry visa issued to those accepted as a student by an accredited Turkish school or university. It's valid for six months. To get a student visa, you must first obtain a letter of acceptance from the school or university you want to attend. Then you'll go to a Turkish embassy or consulate to apply for your student visa. After you travel to Turkey with your student visa, you'll go to your school or university and apply for your student residence permit. Learn more about the student visa. Learn more about the student residence permit. Getting a Visa from a Turkish Embassy or Consulate If the e-visa system tells you to get your visa from a Turkish embassy or consulate, you can use Turkey's consular appointments website to make an appointment at any Turkish embassy or consulate in the world. The appointment system is at https://www.konsolosluk.gov.tr/. Passport Validity Requirements Your passport must be valid for: At least 180 days beyond the date you enter Turkey. At least 120 days from the date you leave Turkey. At least 60 days beyond the expiration date of your visa or residence permit. Visas for citizens of Europe, the UK, and the US have a validity period of 180 days. So your passport will have to be valid for 240 days beyond the start date of your visa. Visa Exemptions Citizens of some countries don't need a visa to travel to Turkey for touristic reasons. To learn if you can travel to Turkey without a visa, go to the e-visa online application system and enter your passport or travel document information. The system will tell you if you can use your ID card to enter Turkey. Visa Extensions There are no visa extensions. If you want to remain in Turkey beyond the amount of time allowed by your visa, you must apply for a residence permit. You may apply at any time during the 60 days before your visa's expiration, or before you reach the maximum number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey. Learn more about residence permits. Travel Insurance Travel insurance is required by law for people visiting Turkey with a visa. I've never heard of anyone from the Turkish government checking to see if travelers have health insurance, but it is required. Travel insurance can protect you from financial loss due to medical treatment, trip cancelation, a lost deposit on a rental property, and theft. TravelInsurance.com is a website where you can enter your trip details and get quotes from multiple world-class insurance companies. Learn more about travel insurance. If you later apply for a residence permit, you'll need to buy a Turkish private health insurance policy to cover you for your residence permit's duration. Learn more about the required health insurance for your residence permit. If Your Visa Application is Rejected If your visa application is rejected, you'll receive a letter explaining why it was rejected. If you want to appeal the decision, first write a letter to the authority which rejected it, asking them to reconsider. If they again reject your application, your only recourse is to go to court. Residence Permits While a visa allows you to visit Turkey temporarily and leave, a residence permit will enable you to live in Turkey. You must already be in Turkey, with a visa or visa exemption, to apply for a residence permit. The type of residence permit you'll most likely be applying for is the short-term residence permit, which can be issued with a duration of one month to two years. Learn how to apply for a short-term residence permit. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  3. Hi, I have a quick question. My residence expires in April but i just renewed my passport. Am I supposed to notify immigration authorities or update my info on e-devlet, or do I wait until I apply to renew residence and then show both old and new passport?
  4. I have read on Doc Martin's site that you do not need a translated and noterised copy of your passport when you are making a first application for and RP. Is this still correct?
  5. I would like to know if the 90 days rule is depending on the person or on the passport, means if someone has 2 passports, can he/she stay in the country 180 days by using 2 passports or not?
  6. Hi guys, I am about to apply for a resident permit at Istanbul. Can any one tell me whether my passport will be stuck during this process, or do they return the passport after the submission of the application and the necessary documents?
  7. My friend has her short term renewal appointment in Pendik, Istanbul on the 6th of November. The agency that filled her application gave me the documents today but they have inputted her OLD passport number. My friend got her residence permit from Antalya in June (which they gave only 6 months) and she has since moved to Istanbul and during this time also renewed her passport. The agency is very sure that it's OK and told me they asked immigration as well and have done this "many" times before. They said her new passport number didn't work during the application. Knowing everyone gives you a different answer here I'm confused on what to do. I'm thinking of taking her to FATIH and updating her new passport/address (she has done the NUFUS update in Istanbul and traveled to Dubai for a few days with the new passport).
  8. Hi can anyone help me . Can i apply for a passport for my Turkish fiance in scotland ?
  9. I just renewed my US passport, by mail (UPS), from Antalya. The consulates don't handle renewals any more, they just receive the applications, which all go to the US Embassy in Ankara. Here's the link for renewing your US passport by mail: US Passport Renewals in Turkey I filled out the online form (DS-82), submitted it, and printed a copy to sign and enclose with the renewal package to send to the embassy via UPS. If you also submit the form electronically, they give you priority. For payment, I had to get a certified check from Garanti Bank (and ONLY Garanti Bank). Here's what the US Embassy website says: This was kind of a pain. First I had to find the branch which issued this kind of check. After trips to three Garanti Bank branches (and convincing various bank employees that Ganranti Bank DOES issue such checks), I found the branch which issues them. Apparently this isn't something they usually do. But they did finally give me a certified check for 110 USD. I found the UPS office in Antalya on their website. It's near the airport. Thankfully, the clerk was familiar with the process and had handled several US passport applications before. So I sent off my printed application form, photos, bank check and old passport by UPS and got the tracking number. I was able to track the delivery of my package, the dispatch of my new passport from the embassy, on the UPS website by using the tracking number. After around two weeks, UPS delivered my renewed passport to my door.
  10. I recently took a Pamukkale bus from Kaş to Izmir to submit the paperwork to renew my American passport. The cross-country buses serve tea, coffee, soft drinks, snacks and cheese sandwiches enroute. There are about nine short stops and one long stop along the way so I could get off and stretch and pee. Not bad, just tiring. At least I was able to read without getting a headache. Pamukkale provides free shuttle service in large cities so I was able to take a shuttle from the HUGE otogar into the city. My hotel was two buildings away from the Pamukkale ticket office and shuttle stop. That part was fine. I arrived in good time Sunday afternoon so I decided to find the place then so I would not be running around on Monday morning. A good thing… The address of the consulate is Mustafa Bey Cad./1387 Sok. No:1 D:8 On both maps you can see Dr Mustafa Enver Bey Cd. running from right to left. This Google map shows the address which the consulate gives. I walked around for nearly two hours Sunday evening and could find no signs or indication of any kind that the consulate was at or near that address. I asked taxi drivers and bar and restaurant employees and no one seemed to know where it was. I did find one restaurant manager who spoke good English who told me the address of his restaurant was 1387 Sok. No:3 and that No:1 was right next door. Again, no signs or any indication this was the correct building. I had an address, I found the right streets and no signs of any kind. So I gave up and went back to the hotel for a late dinner and went to bed. My appointment was not until 10:30 on Monday and I had plenty of time to get back to the area. I thought that by 0900 surely someone in one of the stores nearby would know the location of the consulate. I walked from the hotel, which was about 20 minutes, of course it then started to rain so by the time I got to the area I was wet even though I wore my hooded rain jacket! In the daylight I first went back to the building which the restaurant manager pointed out to me but I had no luck finding any indication that the consulate was there. I then walked up and down 1387 sokak and saw no signs or a US flag or anything. I asked a person in a restaurant and he told me the consulate was on 1383 sokak, the next street up!?! OK,so I walked up and down on 1383 and I asked a young man opening a coffee shop if he knew where it was, he did not. So I walked one more time up the street and found a clothing shop opening, the clerk said yes she knew where it was and walked me right to an alley around the corner which was the alleged entrance. At this time a private security guard comes up and tells me to wait and points at a woman getting out of a car. I then saw a sign next to her car, a very small sign, that said"Konsologlu otopark." Ommphh!! The woman was indeed of the consulate and was just arriving of course she then told me in a no uncertain tone that I could not come up until my appointment time. The security guard nodded to her and looked at me to confirm my understanding. So I wentback to the coffee shop and tried to warm up and dry off. This Google map shows Firsat35 clearly on it. The consulate is directly across the street from this building, not on 1387 Sokak!!! At 1015 I went back to the side entrance of the building, approaching from 1383 NOT 1387 sokak. I entered the lobby in which there are no signs, I went to the elevator, again no signs. The consulate woman did tell me it was on the top floor so I took the elevator up and got off. NOW, there appeared signs of an imposing and menacing nature telling visitors they were on "hallowed" American soil and under no circumstances should they enter any but the properly marked door. SoI went to that door, looked dutifiully at the CCTV camera and upon being buzzed in, I noticed that the steel doors where the thickness of small bank vaults. When I approached the bullet-proof glass window I asked her why was the address wrong. She said it was not and I explained what I went through. She merely shrugged and said the address was correct. I then asked her if anyone else had difficult finding the place. She looked me in the eye and said no. I gave up trying to reason with the bureaucrat in her. As I was dealing with the paperwork and all, some other people entered. They were Turkish-Americans and I asked them if they were from Izmir and did they have difficulty finding the place. They were from Antalya and said yes, it was difficult finding the place. (go figure huh?) Security is all well and good but for a legitimate visitor to have to wander around trying to find the place is nuts. The consulate will supposedly send my passport by cargo. (I hope) There you have it, my journey down the American rabbit hole and back. Has anyone else had this experience?
  11. I am an Irish Citizen who married a Turkish girl 28 years ago and had a child from the marriage who is now 18. I have now been divorced for some 6 years and my x has re-married. We have not registered the divorce in Turkey. We have lived in the UK all of our marriage. I hold as does my x wife and child, Irish Passports. I still have a good relationship with my x wife and child and my relations in Turkey. I want to retire to Turkey and possibly teach English. Am I entitled to a Turkish Passport?
  12. My husband and I are moving to Mersin next year with our 10 year old daughter. We were married in Australia and my daughter was born in Australia. What would be the best thing for us? Should we obtain a residence permit knowing it needs to be renewed each year or do we apply for Turkish citizenship and / or passport? Any help would be appreciated.
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