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  1. If you've been living in Turkey for at least one year with a residence permit, you can enroll in Turkey's Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Institution) Genel Sağlık Sigortası (General Health Insurance Plan). Often called "SGK Insurance," this is Turkey's comprehensive national health insurance plan. You can join the SGK plan at any age and have insurance coverage for the rest of your life. While SGK doesn't cover chronic, pre-existing conditions you already have when you join, it will cover them, continuously, if you develop one or more chronic conditions after you've joined the plan. Free Treatment at State Hospitals After you've successfully enrolled in the SGK plan, you'll receive free medical treatment at any state hospital, for practically any medical condition. There's no card involved—show your residence permit when you go to the hospital and, with your yabancı kimlik numarası (foreigner identification number which is printed on the card), and the hospital will bill SGK directly. Treatment at Private Hospitals Many private hospitals also accept SGK insurance. While they're more expensive than state hospitals, you can use your SGK insurance to cover much of the bill, then pay the rest out-of-pocket. If you also have an insurance policy from your home country, which covers you in Turkey, you may be able to send the unpaid part of the bill to your home country health insurance provider for reimbursement. Check with your home country insurance company for details. Turkey's private health insurance companies also offer an SGK supplemental plan you can use to cover out-of-pocket costs that SGK doesn't pay. To learn about these supplemental policies, contact Selma Akdeniz of Mertsel Insurance using our health insurance inquiry form. Eligibility To join the SGK plan, you must have lived in Turkey, with a residence permit, for at least one year. Required Documents You'll need the following: Your current residence permit card, with an expiration date at least 30 days after the date you enroll in the SGK plan Your previous residence permit card if the start date of your current residence permit is less than one year ago, to prove you've been living in Turkey for at least one year A photocopy of the front and back of both residence permit cards. They may ask you to get a health report from a state or private hospital. Learn how to get a health report. Insider Tip: Even they don't ask for a health check, it's a good idea to get one anyway. If you later develop a chronic health problem, and SGK doesn't want to pay because they think the condition existed before you joined, the health report will help you prove you didn't have the condition when you joined the plan. Coverage for Your Family Your policy will also cover your spouse and children at no additional cost. An SGK policy for a single person and a policy for a family costs the same. Required Documents for Your Spouse To get coverage for your spouse, take your Turkish marriage certificate (International Family Book) to the SGK office with both of your residence permits (or work and residence permit if you have a work permit). If you have a foreign marriage certificate, you must have it internationally legalized with an apostille, then have the marriage license and the apostille translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. Learn how to get a copy of a Turkish marriage certificate. Learn how to get a copy of a foreign marriage certificate and have it legalized and translated. Required Documents for Your Child To get coverage for your children, take your child's Turkish birth certificate or a foreign birth certificate, which has been internationally legalized and translated, to the SGK office. Learn how to get a copy of a Turkish birth certificate. Learn how to get a copy of a foreign birth certificate and have it legalized and translated. Enrolling in SGK While Extending Your Residence Permit When you first enroll for SGK insurance, you'll experience what seems to be a dilemma. Let's say you're completing your first year of residence in Turkey. You're about to apply for an extension of your residence permit, and you want to join the SGK plan and use that as your health insurance coverage. But there's a problem. Your current residence permit only has, say, another month left before it expires. Here's how to handle it: Provisional Enrollment in the SGK Plan Before You Get Your Residence Permit When you go to the SGK and enroll, you'll at first be "provisionally enrolled." The SGK will give you a Provizyon Sorgulama Cevap Belgesi (Provision Inquiry Reply Document). This document proves your enrollment in the SGK plan. You'll include that document in your residence permit application package. Permanent Enrollment in the SGK Plan After You Get Your Residence Permit Later, when you get your residence permit card, take it to the SGK office and they'll formally enroll you in the SGK program, and set the coverage expiration date to match the expiration date of your residence permit. Visit the SGK Office Every Time You Extend Your Residence Permit Your SGK insurance coverage will be suspended whenever your residence permit expires. So whenever you get a new residence permit, go to the SGK office with your new residence permit so they can extend the end date of your SGK coverage. Reinstatement and Reimbursement for Medical Bills if SGK is Suspended Reinstatement If you're renewing your residence permit and it expires before your new one arrives, your SGK coverage will have been suspended as of the last date of validity of your previous residence permit. To get reinstated, go to the SGK office and show them your new card. They'll reactivate your account and set the end date of your coverage to match the expiration date of your new residence permit. In some provinces, the SGK will accept the İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) that the immigration specialist will give you during your residence permit application interview. This document serves as a temporary residence permit until your residence permit card arrives in the mail. You'll have to check with your local SGK office to see if they'll reinstate your coverage with this document. Refunds for Treatment While SGK is Suspended If you receive medical treatment during a period when your SGK coverage is suspended, you'll have to pay for it with your own money. After your SGK coverage is reinstated, take the bills back to the hospital along with your residence permit card. The hospital will bill SGK for your previous treatment and receive payment from them, then give you a refund. The SGK Monthly Premium The monthly premium for 2022 is ₺1,200. It increases every year. It is also means-tested, so if you're unable to afford the premiums, visit your local SGK office to see if you can get a lower premium. Maintaining Your Enrollment You must also keep up with your monthly payments. If you miss any, you'll have to make the missed payments along with your current month's payment. You can pay your SGK premiums at any PTT (Turkish post office), or online using the e-Devlet website. Learn how to pay your SGK premiums using e-Devlet. You can also make payments automatically from your bank account. As of this writing, only the state-owned banks, such as Ziraat Bank and Halk Bank, offer this service. Quitting the SGK Insurance Plan Once you enroll in the SGK plan, your coverage will continue for life. You can't quit unless you're permanently leaving Turkey or switching to a Turkish private health insurance policy. You'll need to go to the SGK office to disenroll. Mertsel Health Insurance and Residence Permit Application Service Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Set up your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Buy Health Insurance for Your Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  2. When you apply for a residence permit in Turkey, you must be covered by health insurance. You can use one of the low-cost "foreigner health insurance" policies many insurance companies sell, or buy a more expensive private insurance policy with greater coverage. After you've been living in Turkey for one year, you can join the Turkish government's comprehensive health insurance plan, called Genel Sağlık Sigortası (General Health Insurance) offered by the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Administration, also called SGK). Foreigner (Expat) Health Insurance Cost Here's a general idea of what you can expect to pay. What you actually pay may be a bit higher or lower depending on which company you buy your policy from. Cost (Premiums) for Turkey Residence Permit Health Insurance (2022) Age First Year Second and Additional Years 0-5 ₺1,600 ₺2,400 6-17 ₺1,200 ₺1,800 18-25 ₺810 ₺1,215 26-30 ₺1,080 ₺1,620 31-35 ₺1,080 ₺1,620 36-40 ₺1,080 ₺1,620 41-45 ₺1,500 ₺2,250 46-50 ₺1,674 ₺2,511 51-55 ₺2,394 ₺3,591 56-60 ₺3,600 ₺5,400 61-64 ₺6,000 ₺9,000 The prices are pretty good for health insurance. But to screen out pre-existing conditions, the first year of these policies offer limited coverage which is actually less than the government's requirements. The policy in the second and subsequent years fully covers you to the government's minimum requirements. However, if you get treatment for a medical condition, your next year's policy probably won't cover it because it will be considered a pre-existing condition. Learn more about insurance policies for residence permits. Private Health Insurance Cost You can also get a private policy that has more comprehensive coverage, and that won't stop covering you for a medical problem once you've been treated for it. They're more expensive, but if you need a higher level of coverage, they're worth it. The cost varies according to the level of coverage you want, the amount of the cost of medical treatment you want to share, and the minimum amount a medical bill must reach before it starts to pay out. You can get these policies all the way up to the same coverage the government health insurance plan covers, and even more. Or, if you're already a member of the government health insurance plan, you can get supplemental insurance to cover the additional cost of treatment in private hospitals. If you'd like to get a quote for the cost of a private insurance policy, you can contact insurance agent Selma Akdeniz, who is a trusted partner, and tell her what you need. Insider Tip: If you buy one of the more comprehensive private policies, it must have a statement on it that says it meets the government's minimum coverage requirements. Learn the Turkish government's minimum coverage requirements. Learn more about Turkish private health insurance policies. SGK Insurance Cost You can join the Turkish government's comprehensive insurance plan after you've lived in Turkey for one year. The premium is the same for everyone, and even covers your spouse and children at no additional cost. Whether you're single or have ten children, the premium price is the same. For 2022, the yearly premium for SGK health insurance is ₺1,200. Learn more about the SGK health insurance plan. Using an Insurance Policy from Your Home Country While your health insurance policy from your home country might not meet the minimum requirements in Turkey, you may be able to use it to pay for the cost of medical treatment that your Turkish insurance doesn't pay. Read your insurance policy to see if you can use it to pay these additional costs. Mertsel Residence Permit Application Services and Insurance Mertsel Health Insurance and Residence Permit Application Service Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Set up your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Buy Health Insurance for Your Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  3. 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. The minimum wage in Turkey for 2022 is ₺5,004. 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.
  4. Contents What is a Family Residence Permit? An Overview of the Application Process Required Documents at a Glance Having Foreign Documents Legalized and Translated Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Step 2: Apply Online Step 3: Create Your Application Package Step 4: Go to Your Appointment Step 5: Receive Your Residence Permit Extending Your Family Residence Permit Assistance and Support What is a Family Residence Permit? A family residence permit is a biometric identity card that enables the spouse or child of a sponsor to live in Turkey permanently. The sponsor must be A Turkish citizen A foreigner with a residence permit or work permit who has lived in Turkey for at least one year. If you're a foreign sponsor and want to bring your family to Turkey immediately, you won't meet the one-year residence requirement. So at first, you and your family members will apply for short-term residence permits, and your family members use your home as their address. After you've lived in Turkey for one year, you'll continue using the residence or work permit you have, and your family members will be eligible for family residence permits. Duration The Family Residence Permit has a maximum duration of three years. In the case of a foreign sponsor, it's either three years or until the expiration date of the sponsor's residence or work permit, whichever comes soonest. If you're the spouse of a Turkish citizen sponsor, then after three years of marriage, you and your children can apply to become Turkish citizens. When a Family Residence Permit is Practical If the sponsor is a Turkish citizen or has a residence or work permit with a longer duration, such as a long-term residence permit or an unlimited work permit, then the family members can enjoy the longer duration of the family residence permit. When a Family Residence Permit is Impractical The family residence permit expires in three years or when the sponsor's residence or work permit expires, whichever is sooner. So, if you're the sponsor and you only have six months left on your current residence or work permit, your family members could only get family residence permits with a duration of six months. So it would make more sense for your family members to get one or two-year short-term residence permits. Benefits The Family Residence Permit gives children under age 18 the right to free education in public schools. No Working Rights The family residence permit doesn't provide any right to work. If the family member wants to work, they must get a work permit. Eligibility Those eligible for a Family Residence Permit include the spouse of the sponsor and the children of the spouse or the sponsor if they're under age 18 or are legally determined to be dependent on the care of their parents. The Immigration Office in Turkey All residence permits in Turkey are issued by the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office). You'll also hear this organization called the Göç İdaresi, the Göç, or the DGMM. For this article, I'll call it the immigration office. Residence Permit Law The law concerning residence permits is Law No. 6458, Law on Foreigners and International Protection. From here on this article will assume you're a family member applying for the permit. Go Back to the Top An Overview of the Application Process The residence permit application process always begins on the e-ikamet (e-residence) website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. You'll need to get a few documents together before you apply online because the system will require some information from them. I'll cover each of these documents later in this guide. The application system consists of sequential pages on which you enter your personal information. When you've completed the application, you'll select an appointment date and time for an interview at the local immigration office. Then you'll download, print, and sign your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). This form, and your passport, will keep you legal in Turkey until your appointment date, even after your visa or current residence permit expires. If you don't have all of the required documents after you've applied online, you can get them before your appointment date. At your appointment, you'll present your completed application package and undergo a brief interview. If your interview is successful, and your application is accepted, your residence permit card will be printed and sent to your address by registered mail. Istanbul Residents If you're applying in Istanbul, you may not get the option to set up an appointment using the online system. Instead, the Istanbul immigration office will send you an SMS message telling you your appointment date and time. It may also tell you that they want you to bring additional documentation to your appointment. Learn more about applying for a residence permit in Istanbul. Go Back to the Top Required Documents at a Glance I'll cover each required document and explain how to get it as we go through the steps of the process. For now, here's a quick list so you can see them all at once: From the Sponsor National ID card (if a Turkish citizen) or residence permit/work permit (if a foreigner) Copy of the citizen ID card or residence permit/work permit Passport (if the sponsor is a foreigner) Copy of passport, including identity and photo pages and the page showing the stamp for the last entry into Turkey (if the sponsor is a foreigner) Criminal record check which shows no convictions for domestic violence Proof of financial ability Proof of address Health insurance covering the sponsor and the family members Receipts for payment of fees From the Family Member(s) İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form) which you'll download and print at the end of the online application process) Passport Copy of passport, including identity and photo pages, and the page showing the entry stamp for your most recent entry into Turkey Four (4) biometric photos Marriage certificate (spouse) Birth certificates (for children, if it isn't clear from the passports that they are children of the mother and father) You can also view the required documents on the e-İkamet website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/Ikamet/IstenenBelgeler. Go Back to the Top Having Foreign Documents Legalized and Translated If your application doesn't include any documents from a foreign country, you can skip this and go to Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application. Any document issued by a foreign government, such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, or criminal record check, must be "legalized" before it can be accepted as a legal document in Turkey. Legalization is done with an attached document or stamp, called an "apostille." Then both the document and the apostille must be translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. What is an Apostille? An apostille is a special certificate issued by a country's secretary of state or another government office approved to do so by the international Apostille Convention. The apostille is attached to or stamped on the document in to certifies its authenticity. Where Can I Get an Apostille? Every country in the Apostille Convention has an office responsible for issuing apostilles. You just need to find out which government office issues them. Here's a list of all participating countries (and states in the USA): https://www.hcch.net/en/states/hcch-members The list also has links to each country's government office that issues apostilles. And it includes links to their websites so you can learn where to send your document and how to pay the fee. Once the government office receives your document, they attach the apostille and send it back to you. Once you receive them, the next step is to have them translated. If Your Country Isn't on the List If your country isn't a member of the convention, don't worry. In this case, the document will be legalized with a similar document you'll get from your home country. If you can't find out which office of your government issues them, contact your foreign affairs office or local embassy or consulate. Documents Which Don't Need an Apostille A passport is already an internationally accepted document, so it doesn't require an apostille. Also, documents that aren't issued by your government and which aren't part of your country's public records don't require an apostille. These would include diplomas and financial information from a school, bank, or private company. Having Foreign Documents Translated After you receive the document and apostille, you must have them translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. Then the translator will swear before a noter (notary) that the translation is true and accurate. You'll then get a notarized copy of your document and the apostille, and a sworn translation of them. At this point, your foreign document will be as legal in Turkey as it is in your country, and you can submit it with your residence permit application. Make a Note of the Notary's Document Registration Number When you get the notarized translation, find the notary's stamp on the back. Photograph, scan or write down the number in the stamp. If you ever need the document again, you can go back to the same notary and use that number to get another copy from their records. That way, you won't have to go through the whole process again, and you'll save money. Learn more about the apostille and sworn translation, and how to get them. Go Back to the Top Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Start by getting any foreign documents and apostilles first. It will take more time to get them than it will take to get local documents. You won't need any foreign documents to start the online application, but you'll need them when you go to your appointment. Also collect the following documents, because the online system will ask you for information from them. Passport For the online application, you'll need the passport number, issue date, and expiration date. Your passport's expiration date must be at least 60 days beyond the last day of the duration of the residence permit. Later, you'll take your original passport to your appointment, with one regular (non-notarized) copy for the immigration specialist to keep. The copy must include the photo and identification pages, and the pages showing the stamps for your entries into and exits from Turkey. Note: If you're told by the immigration office to mail your application package to them, the copy of your passport must translated and notarized (see above). Tax Number To pay the fees for your residence permit application, you'll need a vergi numarası (tax number). Go to the vergi dairesi (tax office) or the maliye (finance office), which has a tax office inside. Show the clerk your passport and ask for one. After you fill out a form, they'll give you one immediately, for free. Learn more about getting your tax number. Photos You'll need four (4) biometric photos. The photos must be 5 cm in width, 4.5 cm in height Taken within the last six months Full frontal view White background In color Professional quality (no selfies) You can have the photos taken at any photo studio. Just say "ikamet izni" (residence permit). They'll know what you need. Health Insurance For the family residence permit, the sponsor must have an insurance policy that covers all family members. SGK Health Insurance Turkey's national health insurance plan is called Genel Sağlık Sigorta (General Health Insurance). It's provided by the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (SGK, or Social Security Administration). It covers most procedures done in state hospitals. It also covers much of the cost in more expensive private hospitals, with the rest paid by the patient. A foreign sponsor can apply for SGK health insurance coverage after they've lived in Turkey for one year. A Turkish sponsor will probably already have this coverage. If the sponsor already has SGK coverage, family members can be added to the sponsor's policy with no increase in the price. Learn more about SGK insurance. Bilateral Health Care Coverage Agreements Some countries have a bilateral agreement with Turkey, which allows their citizens to be covered by the SGK insurance plan while living in Turkey (and vice versa). If you're a citizen of one of these countries, contact your government's health insurance representative to get the required form. Then take that form to an SGK office, and get a sicil numarası (registration number). You'll use this number while applying online. Learn more about health insurance under bilateral agreements. Private Health Insurance from a Turkish Company You can use a private Turkish health insurance policy to apply for a family residence permit. However, you can't use the low-cost policies designed for foreigners with short-term residence permits. For the family residence permit, the sponsor must have a health insurance policy that meets the Turkish government's minimum coverage requirements and covers the sponsor and all family members. Learn more about private health insurance for family residence permits. You can buy private insurance by walking into any Turkish insurance office, providing your personal information, and paying the premium. It takes around 45 minutes at most. You can also buy a policy online and have it sent to you by e-mail, mail, or courier. Get a free quote for family residence permit health insurance. Get one copy of the policy in Turkish and the other in English. You'll include the Turkish policy with your residence permit application and keep the English copy for your records. Address Information For the online application process, you'll need to have your full address, that is, the address of the sponsor. All legal addresses are recorded in a central government database, which is accessed by the online application system. So when you're on the address page of the application system, you'll "drill down" through various drop-down menus to locate your exact address, and then select it. You don't need documentary proof of your address at this point, but you'll need it for your application package. I'll cover that in Step 3: Create Your Application Package. Go Back to the Top Step 2: Apply Online The only official website for applying for a residence permit is at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. It has an English option. You can also view it using the Chrome browser with the Google Translate application. When you enter the website, go near the bottom of the page and click the option for a first-time application. On the next page, click on the button to create a new application. Enter your passport and contact information. The system will send you a verification e-mail with a link to click on. When you click on the link in the e-mail, you'll be returned to the application system and be given an application number. Keep that number, since you'll need it if you stop and continue your application later. If you've gathered all the documents above before applying, the online application should take less than one hour. For more information about using the online system and what to do if you have problems, see: e-İkamet: How to use Turkey's Online Residence Permit Application System. Your Appointment Date and Time At the end of the online application process, you'll make an appointment at the local immigration office. Depending on what province you're in, you may be given a choice of dates and times or be given one date and time with no other choice. If You're in Istanbul If you're in Istanbul, you may get this message: Randevu Tarihi GİGM Tarafından Belirlenecektir (the appointment date will be determined by the DGMM). It means the immigration office will contact you by SMS or e-mail, depending on your contact preferences, and give you an appointment date and time. So keep an eye on your mobile phone or e-mails for this, and be patient. It can take a month or so to get an appointment in Istanbul. Downloading Your Application Form You'll also be given a link to download your completed application. So download it, sign it, and keep the original on the top of your application package. You should also print a separate copy of the first page of the application document and keep it with you, along with your passport, to keep you legal in Turkey if your current residence permit expires. The first page of your downloaded application will have the date and time of your appointment (if you were able to make one) and the address of the immigration office where you need to go. It will also have the residence permit fees you'll need to pay (see "Paying the Fees" below). Important! Your online application isn't complete until you've reached the point where you can download your completed application form. Istanbul Residents Because of the high rate of fake documents and fraudulent applications in Istanbul, the Istanbul immigration office often asks for additional documents by sending an SMS or e-mail message. If they ask you for a document you're not familiar with, you can learn what it is and how to get it here: Documents, Forms & Numbers. Leaving Turkey After You've Applied Online But Before Your Appointment If you have a valid visa and haven't exceeded the number of days it allows you to be in Turkey, or if you have a valid residence permit, you can leave Turkey and return as much as you like. But if you don't, you'll have to re-enter Turkey with a visa. Learn more about leaving Turkey and returning before your appointment. Go Back to the Top Step 3: Create Your Application Package Now that you've completed your online application, you can get the rest of the documents you need. Proof of Residence You'll need to prove two things. First, that the sponsor owns or rents a property, and second, that you're the spouse or the child of the sponsor. If the Sponsor is a Property Owner The sponsor will need the original tapu (property title deed) in the sponsor's name, to show the immigration specialist. The sponsor will also need a regular copy of the tapu for the immigration specialist to keep. If the tapu is more than two years old, the sponsor will also need a tapu kayıt örneği (title deed registration document), which proves the tapu is still valid. You can get this document from the Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü (Title Deed and Land Registry Directorate). If the Sponsor is a Renter The sponsor will need a notarized copy of the rental contract. At the appointment, the immigration specialist will keep the notarized copy. Utility Bills If you can, include utility bills, which are in the sponsor's name at the sponsor's address, in the application package. Since the utility companies also verify the residence, the immigration specialists consider utility bills to be the best proof of residence. Proof of Family Relationship You'll need to show a marriage certificate which names the legal owner or renter as your spouse, or a birth certificate showing the sponsor as the parent (if it isn't clear on the children's passports that they are the children of the sponsor or the spouse). If a marriage or birth certificate is from another country, it must also be legalized and translated. Learn how to get a Turkish marriage certificate. Learn how to get a marriage certificate from your home country. Learn how to get a Turkish birth certificate. Learn how to get a birth certificate from your home country. Proof of the Sponsor's Financial Ability The sponsor must have a monthly income, or savings/investments of at least the Turkish minimum wage, plus at least one-third of the minimum wage for each family member. The income doesn't have to come from Turkey, and the savings/investments don't have to be in Turkey. Whatever you provide, it must cover a time period going back six months before the date of your application. The minimum wage for Turkey for 2022 is ₺5,004. The financial ability requirement can be met with bank account records showing deposits and withdrawals, a statement from your investment company, or documents showing rental income from a rental property. Because these aren't public records, they don't have to be legalized with an apostille. Normally, you can just access your account information on your financial institution's website, then download and print it. Custody or Guardianship Documents If a child has a foreign parent who has custody, you must get a court document that permits the child to live in Turkey with the other parent and the sponsor. If the other parent is deceased, you'll need a copy of the death certificate. Criminal Record Check The sponsor must provide a criminal record check from Turkey and their home country (if applicable), especially if the sponsor has been living in Turkey for less than five years. The criminal record must show no convictions for domestic violence. Learn how to get a Turkish criminal record check. Learn how to get a criminal record check from your home country. Paying the Fees Everyone must pay the residence permit fee and the card printing fee. However, if you entered Turkey visa-free, you'll have to pay a single-entry fee. The single-entry fee is paid during your appointment. Residence Permit Fee This fee is for the processing of your residence permit application. It varies by nationality and is in US dollars, so it's affected by currency fluctuations. It's automatically calculated and printed at the bottom of the first page of your downloaded residence permit application. For children up to 18 years of age, the fee is 50% of the usual fee. The card printing fee is the same. Card Printing Fee The değerli kağıt bedeli or kart bedeli (card printing fee) for 2022 is ₺160. Single-entry Fee The tek giriş harcı (single entry fee) for 2022 is ₺1,033.60. It's only paid by foreigners who enter Turkey without a visa. If that's you, you'll pay this fee during your appointment. How and Where to Pay the Fees You can pay the fees online, with a credit card, at the end of your online application by following the link the online system will provide you. Or you can pay at the local vergi dairesi (tax office). You'll need a copy of the first page of your application, your passport, and your tax number. Just show the clerk the first page of your application, and they'll know what to do. Paying at a Bank: Officially, you can pay at participating banks including Ziraat Bank, HalkBank, and VakıfBank. However, Turkey Central members report that bank personnel often reject the payment, or are unaware of the option. So I don't recommend trying to pay at a bank. Go Back to the Top Step 4: Go to Your Appointment Finding the Immigration Office Your appointment date, time, and location will be printed at the bottom of the first page of your residence permit application. You can also find the immigration offices by searching for the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü and your province in Google Maps. If the immigration office has a branch office in your district, use your district's name. Make sure the address in Google Maps is the same as the one on your residence permit application, because sometimes the offices move. Attending Your Appointment Both the sponsor and the family members applying for the family residence permit must be present during your appointment. The immigration specialist will go over your package to make sure everything is there. They may ask you a few questions about how long you've been married, who else lives with you, and if you intend to work. You'll also submit fingerprints. The appointment will take around 30 minutes. Missing Documents If you're missing any documents, the immigration specialist will ask you to get them and bring them back. They can give you up to 30 days (sometimes more). If it's a local document, you should be able to get it on the same day or the next day. Important! Be sure to get any missing documents back to the immigration specialist during the time allowed, or inform them of whatever difficulties you're having so you can get more time. If you fail to bring the missing documents within the allowed time, your application will be rejected, not canceled. If your application is rejected, you won't be allowed to re-apply for the same type of residence permit for another 180 days. Documents You May Receive at the End of Your Appointment At the end of your appointment, you'll receive one of two documents: An İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) This document serves as a temporary residence permit to keep you legally in Turkey until you receive your residence permit card. It also allows you to leave Turkey and be out of the country for up to 15 days and return (one time) without a visa. To re-enter Turkey, you must have this document, your passport, and your fee payment receipts. A Tebligat (Official Communique Document) The Istanbul and Ankara immigration offices (and perhaps offices in other provinces) may give you a Tebligat (Official Communique Document) instead of a Residence Permit Application Document. The communique states that the immigration office has received your application and that it will process it. It will keep you legally in Turkey until your residence permit card arrives (along with your passport), but it doesn't give you the privilege of re-entering Turkey if you leave. However, there are ways to re-enter Turkey anyway. Learn about leaving Turkey after your residence permit application appointment. Go Back to the Top Step 5: Receive Your Family Residence Permit Either you or someone with power of attorney to receive your residence permit must be present at your address when the residence permit card arrives. You must show your passport or other identification and sign for it. If you aren't home, the PTT will keep your card at the local PTT branch for seven days. After that, it will be returned to the local immigration office where you can go, without an appointment, and pick it up. Learn how to give someone power of attorney. Checking the Status of Your Application After your appointment, you can use the e-ikamet website to see if your application is still in progress, if it's been approved, or if there is some problem that may result in a rejection. Go back to the e-ikamet website and click one of the buttons according to whether your application is a first time, extension, or transfer. On the next page, click "I would like to see my application result." Enter your application number, then your mobile (cell) phone number or your e-mail address, and your foreigner ID number or your passport number, and enter the code indicated in the "Captcha" function to prove you're a real person. On the next page, you'll see if your application is still being processed or if it's complete, and if it's been sent to the PTT (post office) for delivery. SMS Messages You Might Receive "2019-123-4567- nolu ikamet izni talebiniz olumlu degerlendirilmistir. Your residence permit request 2019-123-4567 numbered has been evaluated positively. B001" What it Means: Your application is approved. Your card will be printed and sent to the PTT for delivery to your address. It may take up to 30 days for your residence permit card to be printed and sent to the PTT. "Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management. B001" What it could mean: Your residence permit application has been rejected. There's a problem with your application package. You need to clarify something or provide more documentation. If you see that message, you must go to the local immigration office, as soon as possible, to find out what the problem is. You can walk in without an appointment. If you received the message saying your residence permit's been approved, you'll later get this message from the PTT (post office): "Adınıza, 2345678 barkod nolu gönderi kabul edilmiştir. www.ptt.gov.tr adresinden gönderinin durumunu takip edebilirsiniz. B001" What it means: The PTT has received your residence permit card from the immigration office, and it's in their delivery system. Delivery usually takes two or three days. The first number in the message is the package's barcode. Once you've received the message that your residence permit card has been given to the PTT, you can check on its delivery using the barcode here: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/ptt-gonderi-takip Learn more about how to check the status of your residence permit and receiving your residence permit card in the mail. Go Back to the Top Extending Your Family Residence Permit Family residence permits can be extended indefinitely. You can apply for an extension at any time within 60 days of expiration, and the extension process is the same as the first-time application process. If you're married to a Turkish citizen, after three years of marriage you and your children can apply to become Turkish citizens. Go Back to the Top Mertsel Residence Permit Application Services and Insurance Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Set up your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  5. 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 ₺160 for printing the residence permit card. Those who enter Turkey without a visa must also pay a "single entry fee" of ₺1,033.60. 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 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 ₺160. 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 ₺1,033.60 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. 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 You can pay the residence permit fees online, at a tax office, or at the immigration office cashier, if it has one. If it doesn't, there will be one nearby. 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 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 ₺30. Cost of Health Insurance As of 2022, for policies issued specifically for residence permits, there is one premium price for the first year and a higher price for the second and following years. This is because, during the first year, there is more limited coverage. Also, what you will pay depends on your age, as follows: Cost (Premiums) for Turkey Residence Permit Health Insurance (2022) Age First Year Second and Additional Years 0-5 ₺1,600 ₺2,400 6-17 ₺1,200 ₺1,800 18-25 ₺810 ₺1,215 26-30 ₺1,080 ₺1,620 31-35 ₺1,080 ₺1,620 36-40 ₺1,080 ₺1,620 41-45 ₺1,500 ₺2,250 46-50 ₺1,674 ₺2,511 51-55 ₺2,394 ₺3,591 56-60 ₺3,600 ₺5,400 61-64 ₺6,000 ₺9,000 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). Cost of Private Insurance (Not Specifically Designed for Residence Permits) 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 for 2022 is around ₺200. 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 $300 (USD). 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.
  6. Contents What is a Short-term Residence Permit? An Overview of the Application Process Required Documents at a Glance Having Foreign Documents Legalized and Translated Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Step 2: Apply Online Step 3: Create Your Application Package Step 4: Go to Your Appointment Step 5: Receive Your Residence Permit Extending Your Short-term Residence Permit Short-term Residence Permit Application Video Assistance and Support What is a Short-term Residence Permit? A Short-term Residence Permit is a biometric identity card that enables you to remain in Turkey after your visa has expired. It has a validity period of up to two years, and can be extended indefinitely or until you get a Long-term Residence Permit (which is valid for life) or become a Turkish citizen. The Short-term Residence Permit doesn't allow you to work. If you want to work in Turkey, you must get a work permit. Residence Permit Law The law concerning residence permits is Law No. 6458, Law on Foreigners and International Protection. Go Back to the Top An Overview of the Application Process The residence permit application process always begins on the e-ikamet (e-residence) website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. You must get a few documents together before you apply online because the system will require some information from them. I'll cover each of these documents as we go through the steps in this guide. The application system consists of several ordered pages on which you enter your personal information. As you're finishing up, you'll select an appointment date and time for an interview at the local office of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, DGMM, or immigration office). Then you'll download, print, and sign your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). This form, and your passport, will keep you legal in Turkey until your appointment date, even after your visa or current residence permit expires. If you don't have all of the required documents after you've applied online, you can get them before your appointment date. At your appointment, you'll present your completed application package and undergo a brief interview. If your interview is successful, and your application is accepted, your residence permit card will be printed and sent to your address by registered mail. Istanbul Residents If you're applying in Istanbul, you may not get the option to set up an appointment using the online system. Instead, the Istanbul immigration office will send you an SMS message telling you your appointment date and time. It may also tell you that they want you to bring additional documentation to your appointment. Learn more about residence permit applications in Istanbul. When to Apply for a Short-term Residence Permit You can apply for a short-term residence permit any time within 60 days before the expiration of your visa. Leaving Turkey and Returning After You've Applied but Before Your Appointment Your downloaded Residence Permit Registration Form and your passport will allow you to stay in Turkey until your appointment date, even after your current residence permit expires. But the registration form isn't a travel document. So if your visa or current residence permit has expired and you must leave Turkey before your appointment date, you'll have to re-enter Turkey with a visa. Leaving Turkey won't interfere with your short-term residence permit application. However, if you've chosen a Turkish mobile phone number as your communication method, that will be where the immigration office sends SMS messages. If you're outside of Turkey, you won't be able to receive them. So, either ask someone to monitor your SMS messages or choose e-mail as your preferred communications method when you apply online. Learn more about leaving Turkey after you've applied online but before your appointment. Go Back to the Top Required Documents at a Glance Here is a preview of the documents you'll need: İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form) which you download and print at the end of the online application process Passport Copy of passport (including the photo and information pages and the page with the entry stamp for your most recent entry into Turkey)* Four (4) biometric photos Proof of address Proof of financial ability to support yourself Health insurance (not required for those less than 18 or over 65 years of age) *Insider Tip: Some provinces, like Istanbul, allow you to mail in your documents. If you mail them in, the copy of your passport must be notarized. If you take your passport to your appointment, it doesn't need to be notarized. You can also view required documents on the e-İkamet website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/Ikamet/IstenenBelgeler Istanbul Residents Because of the high rate of fake documents and fraudulent applications in Istanbul, the Istanbul immigration office often sends an SMS message asking for additional documents that aren't on the normal list. If you receive a request for a document and you aren't sure what it is or how to get it, see the section Documents, Forms & Numbers. Go Back to the Top Having Foreign Documents Legalized and Translated If your application doesn't include any documents from a foreign country, you can skip this and go to Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application. Any document issued by a foreign government, such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, or criminal record check, must be "legalized" before it can be accepted as a legal document in Turkey. Legalization is done with an attached document or stamp, called an "apostille." Then both the document and the apostille must be translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. What is an Apostille? An apostille is a special certificate issued by a country's secretary of state or another government office approved to do so by the international Apostille Convention. The apostille is attached to or stamped on the document in to certifies its authenticity. Where Can I Get an Apostille? Every country in the Apostille Convention has an office responsible for issuing apostilles. You just need to find out which government office issues them. Here's a list of all participating countries (and states in the USA): https://www.hcch.net/en/states/hcch-members The list also has links to each country's government office that issues apostilles. And it includes links to their websites so you can learn where to send your document and how to pay the fee. Once the government office receives your document, they attach the apostille and send it back to you. Once you receive them, the next step is to have them translated. If Your Country Isn't on the List If your country isn't a member of the convention, don't worry. In this case, the document will be legalized with a similar document you'll get from your home country. If you can't find out which office of your government issues them, contact your foreign affairs office or local embassy or consulate. Documents Which Don't Need an Apostille A passport is already an internationally accepted document, so it doesn't require an apostille. Also, documents that aren't issued by your government and which aren't part of your country's public records don't require an apostille. These would include diplomas and financial information from a school, bank, or private company. Having Foreign Documents Translated After you receive the document and apostille, you must have them translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. Then the translator will swear before a noter (notary) that the translation is true and accurate. You'll then get a notarized copy of your document and the apostille, and a sworn translation of them. At this point, your foreign document will be as legal in Turkey as it is in your country, and you can submit it with your residence permit application. Make a Note of the Notary's Document Registration Number When you get the notarized translation, find the notary's stamp on the back. Photograph, scan or write down the number in the stamp. If you ever need the document again, you can go back to the same notary and use that number to get another copy from their records. That way, you won't have to go through the whole process again, and you'll save money. Learn more about apostilles, sworn translations, and how to get them. Go Back to the Top Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Start the process by getting any foreign documents and apostilles first. It will take more time to get them than it will take to get local documents. You won't need them to start the online application, but you'll need them when you go to your appointment. Collect the following documents first, because the online system will ask you for information about them. Passport For the online application, you'll need your passport number, issue date, and expiration date. Your passport's expiration date must be at least 60 days beyond the last day of the duration of the residence permit. Later, you'll take your original passport to your appointment, with one regular (non-notarized) copy for the immigration specialist to keep. The copy must include the photo and identification pages, and the pages showing the stamps for your entries into and exits from Turkey. Note: If you're told by the immigration office to mail your application package to them, the copy of your passport must be notarized. Tax Number To pay the fees for your residence permit application, you need a vergi numarası (tax number). Go to the vergi dairesi (tax office) or the maliye (finance office), which has a tax office inside. Show the clerk your passport and ask for a tax number. After you fill out a form, they'll give you one immediately, for free. Photos You need four (4) biometric photos. These photos must be 5 cm in width, 4.5 cm in height Taken within the last six months Full frontal view White background In color Professional quality (no selfies) You can have the photos taken at any photo studio. Just say "ikamet izni" (residence permit). They'll know what you need. Health Insurance If you're under 65 years of age, you must have health insurance for the duration of the residence permit. If you're over 65, it isn't required. The online application system will determine your age from your birth date and omit that part of the application. There are three options for health insurance: private health insurance, government health insurance, and government insurance provided according to a bilateral agreement. Private Health Insurance from a Turkish Company Most insurance companies offer cheap health insurance policies specifically designed to meet the minimum government requirements for foreigners applying for residence permits. They're inexpensive, but they only cover limited medical procedures. The first year of the policy offers even less coverage, presumably to prevent having to pay for the treatment of pre-existing conditions. You can get one by either walking into an insurance company office or by buying it online. Buying Private Health Insurance from a Company Office: You'll just need to provide some necessary information about yourself and pay the premium. It takes around 45 minutes. Buying More Comprehensive Private Health Insurance: You don't have to buy one of the cheaper foreigner (or "expat") policies with limited coverage. If you prefer, you can get a private policy that covers whatever you want, provided you're willing to pay for it. If you buy one of the more comprehensive policies, it must meet Turkey's minimum coverage requirements. Health Insurance Coverage for Two-year Residence Permits: If you're applying for a two-year residence permit, you can buy two policies—one for the first year, and one for the second year. The day after the first policy ends, the second one begins. Get Two Copies of the Policy: Ask for one copy of your policy in Turkish and the other in English. You'll need the Turkish copy to submit with your residence permit application package. You can keep the English copy for yourself. Buying Private Health Insurance Online: You can also buy health insurance online and have the policy sent to you by e-mail and/or mail or courier. Learn more about private health insurance in Turkey. Learn about buying your Turkish health insurance online. SGK Health Insurance The Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Administration, also called the SGK), offers a national health insurance plan called Genel Sağlık Sigorta (General Health Insurance), which covers most medical procedures in state hospitals. It also includes you in private hospitals, but as prices are higher in private hospitals, you'll have to pay part of the cost yourself. Your eligibility for SGK health insurance begins after you've been a resident of Turkey for one year. If you've lived in Turkey for a year and have enrolled in the SGK health insurance plan, you'll need a Provizyon Belgesi (Provision Certificate) to prove you're covered. You'll also need some information from this document when you apply online. Learn more about SGK Health Insurance. Bilateral Health Care Coverage Agreements Some countries have a bilateral agreement with Turkey, which allows their citizens to be covered by the SGK insurance plan while living in Turkey (and vice versa). If you're a citizen of one of these countries, contact your government's health insurance representative to get the required form. Then take that form to an SGK office, and get a sicil numarası (registration number). You'll use this number while applying online. Learn more about health insurance under bilateral agreements. Address Information For the online application process, you'll need to know your full address. You can get this from your tapu (property title deed), your rental contract, from your host (if you're staying with a friend), or from your hotel. All legal addresses are recorded in a central government database, which is accessed by the online application system. So when you're on the address page of the application system, you'll "drill down" through various drop-down menus to locate your exact address, and then select it. You don't need documentary proof of your address at this point, but you'll need it for your application package. I'll cover that in Step 3. Go Back to the Top Step 2: Apply Online The only official website for applying for a residence permit is at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. It has an English option. You can also view it using the Chrome browser with the Google Translate application. When you enter the website, go near the bottom of the page and click the option for a first-time application. If you're extending a current residence permit, click the option to extend. On the next page, click on the button to create a new application. Enter your passport and contact information. The system will send you a verification e-mail with a link to click on. When you click on it, you will be returned to the application system and given an application number. Keep that number, as you'll need it if you stop and continue your application later. If you've gathered all the documents above before applying, the online application should take less than one hour. Unfortunately, some people have problems using it. Learn more about the online residence permit application system and what to do if you have problems. Your Appointment Date and Time At the end of the online application process, you'll make an appointment at the local immigration office. Depending on what province you're in, you may be given a choice of dates and times or be given one date and time with no other choice. If You're in Istanbul If you're in Istanbul, you may get this message: Randevu Tarihi GİGM Tarafından Belirlenecektir (the appointment date will be determined by the DGMM). It means the immigration office will contact you by SMS or e-mail, depending on your contact preferences, and give you an appointment date and time. So keep an eye on your mobile phone or e-mails for this, and be patient. It can take a month or so to get an appointment in Istanbul. Learn more about applying for a residence permit in Istanbul. Downloading Your Application Form You'll also get a link to download your completed application. So download it, sign it, and keep the original on the top of your application package. You should also print a separate copy of the first page of the application document and keep it with you, along with your passport, so you continue to be legal in Turkey if your current residence permit expires. The first page of your downloaded application will have the date and time of your appointment (if you were able to make one) and the address of the immigration office where you need to go. It will also have the residence permit fees you'll need to pay (see "Paying the Fees" below). Important! Your online application isn't complete until you've reached the point where you can download your completed application form. Go Back to the Top Step 3: Prepare Your Application Package In this step, you'll gather the rest of the documents you need for your residence permit application package. Proof of Residence What you'll need depends on if you own or rent your home, if you're the spouse of a renter or owner, if you're staying at a hotel, or if you're living at a friend's home. If you own your residence You'll need your tapu (property title deed) and a regular copy of your title deed (not notarized). Note: If the title deed was issued more than two years ago, you must go to the local Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü (Title Deed and Land Registry Directorate). Get a tapu kayıt örneği (title deed registration document), which proves your title deed is still valid. Learn more about proving your address as a property owner. If you're renting a residence You'll need a notarized copy of your rental contract. You can get one by taking your contract to a noter (notary). Learn more about proving your address as a renter. If you're a spouse of an owner or renter If you're the spouse of a foreigner and your name is on the title deed, you can get a short-term residence permit as a property owner. If your name isn't on the title deed, you can still get a short-term residence permit as a property owner if you provide a marriage certificate proving your marriage to the person named on the title deed. If the marriage certificate was issued in a foreign country, it must be legalized and translated. Learn how to get a copy of a marriage certificate from Turkey. Learn how to get a copy of a foreign marriage certificate and have it legalized. If you're staying at a hotel If you want to stay a few months longer than your visa allows, or if you're looking for a property to buy or rent, you can temporarily use the hotel where you're staying as your address. You'll later change this to your permanent address after you have your title deed or rental contract. You need an e-signed, or stamped/sealed and signed letter, on hotel letterhead, which shows your intended dates of residence. If you're traveling and staying at other hotels, you'll also need to submit a travel itinerary. You don't have to book and pay for all of the reservations in advance. It will be up to the immigration specialist to decide if your itinerary is acceptable or not. If it isn't, the immigration specialist will tell you what to do and give you time to create a more detailed itinerary and bring it back. If you're staying at a hotel while looking for a property to rent or buy If you're actively seeking a property to rent or buy to stay in Turkey for the long term, you can apply for up to a two-year residence permit even though you're still in a hotel. When you're in the online application system, you'll see that the central address system also includes hotel rooms, so you'll be able to select the exact room where you're staying. Within 30 days after your appointment, you must find a property and obtain a title deed or rental contract, then return to the immigration office with whichever document you have. Learn more about proving your address while staying in a hotel. If you're staying with a friend If you're using the home of a Turkish or foreign friend(s), your friend(s) will need to go to a notary and sign a taahhütname, or "undertaking." In this document, the registered renters or owners of the property where you're staying must promise to make sure you depart Turkey when your residence permit expires (unless you extend it), and to pay any debts you fail to pay before leaving Turkey. Each owner or renter of the property must prove that they live where they say they live and sign the taahhütname. Your hosts don't have to go to your residence permit appointment with you. Just put the taahhütname into your residence permit application package. Learn more about proving your address while staying with a friend. Utility Bills The immigration specialists consider utility bills in your name, for service at your address, to be the best proof of residence. If you have utility bills, bring them to your appointment. Proof of Financial Ability Print your bank account information or other proof of income or savings, for the last six months, and add that to your application package. If the immigration office wants more information, they'll notify you by SMS or e-mail. You don't have to open a Turkish bank account or have your money in Turkey—you can use your bank account in your home country. In addition to your bank statement, you can also provide documentation proving income from your investment accounts, pension fund, or rental income. There's no fixed amount of money or income you must have. The immigration specialists focus on each person as an individual. So if you have a modest lifestyle, with a modest income, it won't be a problem. The main thing they want to see is that you have enough money to live during the duration of the residence permit so you won't be working illegally. Learn more about proving you have enough money to live on. Applications in Istanbul For applications in Istanbul, The immigration office may send you an e-mail or SMS requesting more documentation beyond what's on the usual list. If the immigration office in Istanbul asks for additional documents and you're not sure what they are or how to get them, you'll find articles that explain each of these documents in the section Documents, Forms & Numbers. Paying the Fees There are usually two fees: The residence permit fee and the card printing fee. You'll see them at the bottom of the first page of your printed application. If you entered Turkey visa-free, you must also pay a single-entry fee. Residence Permit Fee This fee is for the processing of your residence permit application. It varies by nationality and is in US dollars, so currency fluctuations affect it. It's automatically calculated and printed at the bottom of the first page of your downloaded residence permit application. For children, the fee is 50% of the usual fee. The card printing fee is the same. Card Printing Fee The değerli kağıt bedeli or kart bedeli (card printing fee) for 2022 is ₺160. You can pay the fees with a credit card at the end of your online application by using the link the online system will provide. You can also pay them at your local vergi dairesi (tax office). Just take with you your passport and the first page of your residence permit application. Single-entry Fee The tek giriş harcı (single entry fee) for 2022 is ₺1,033.60. It's only paid by foreigners who enter Turkey legally without a visa, with an ID card. If that's you, you'll pay this fee during your appointment (not in advance). Also, this fee is only paid one time, during first-time residence permit applications. You won't have to pay it again when you extend. Include the originals of all receipts in your application package and keep the copies for your records. If you must leave Turkey between the dates of your appointment and the arrival of your residence permit card, you'll need these receipts (and the Residence Permit Application Document that you can get from the Immigration Office) to re-enter Turkey. If you don't have them, you'll have to get an e-visa to re-enter. Learn more about paying the residence permit fees. Go Back to the Top Step 4: Go to Your Appointment In this step, you go to the immigration office, present your residence permit application package, and be interviewed by an immigration specialist. Finding the Immigration Office Your appointment date, time, and location will be printed at the bottom of the first page of your residence permit application. You can also find the immigration offices by searching for the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü and your province in Google Maps. If the immigration office has a branch office in your district, use your district's name. Make sure the address in Google Maps is the same as the one on your residence permit application form, because sometimes the offices move. Attending Your Appointment During your appointment, the immigration specialist will go over your package and make sure everything is there. They'll ask you a few questions about why you want to live in Turkey, if anybody else is living with you, and if you intend to work. You'll also submit your fingerprints and take your application document to be stamped and signed. The whole process will take around 45 minutes. Learn more about the residence permit application appointment and interview. Missing Documents If you're missing any documents, the immigration specialist will ask you to get them and bring them back. They can give you up to 30 days (sometimes more). If it's a local document, you should be able to get it on the same day or the next day. Important! Be sure to get any missing documents back to the immigration specialist during the time allowed, or inform them of whatever difficulties you're having so you can get more time. If you fail to bring the missing documents within the allowed time, your application will be rejected, not canceled. If your application is rejected, you won't be allowed to re-apply for the same type of residence permit for another 180 days. The Residence Permit Application Document At the end of the appointment, you'll receive an İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document). This document proves your application is complete and serves as a "temporary residence permit" to keep you legally in Turkey even after your current residence permit expires. It's valid for 90 days or until the day you receive your residence permit card. Leaving Turkey Before You Receive Your Residence Permit Card: If your current residence permit expires and you need to leave Turkey, you can stay out of the country for up to 15 days and re-enter without a visa, provided you have your Residence Permit Application Document, your passport, and the fee payment receipts. If You Receive a Notification Receipt Document Instead of a Residence Permit Application Document The Istanbul and Ankara immigration offices (and perhaps offices in other provinces) may give you a Tebligat Belgesi (Notification Receipt Document) instead of a Residence Permit Application Document. The Notification Receipt Document states that the immigration office has received your application and that it will process it. It keeps you legal in Turkey until your residence permit card arrives (provided you also have your passport with you). But if your current residence permit expires and you leave Turkey and return before your residence permit card arrives, it won't allow you to re-enter Turkey without a visa. Learn more about leaving Turkey and returning before you receive your residence permit card. Go Back to the Top Step 5: Receive Your Residence Permit Either you or someone with power of attorney to receive your residence permit must be present at your address when the residence permit card arrives. You must show your passport or other identification and sign for it. If you aren't home, the PTT will keep your card at the local PTT branch for seven days. After that, it will be returned to the local immigration office where you can go, without an appointment, and pick it up. Learn more about how to give someone power of attorney. Checking the Status of Your Application After your appointment, you can use the e-ikamet website to see if your application is still in progress, if it's been approved, or if there is some problem that may result in a rejection. For more information, click on the link at the bottom of this section. SMS Messages You Might Receive "2019-123-4567- nolu ikamet izni talebiniz olumlu degerlendirilmistir. Your residence permit request 2019-123-4567 numbered has been evaluated positively. B001" What it Means: Your application is approved. Your card will be printed and sent to the PTT for delivery to your address. It may take up to 30 days for your residence permit card to be printed and sent to the PTT. "Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management. B001" What it could mean: Your residence permit application has been rejected. There's a problem with your application package. You need to clarify something or provide more documentation. If you see this message, you must go to the local immigration office, as soon as possible, to find out what the problem is. You can walk in without an appointment. If you received the message saying your residence permit's approved, you'll later get this message from the PTT (post office): "Adınıza, 2345678 barkod nolu gönderi kabul edilmiştir. www.ptt.gov.tr adresinden gönderinin durumunu takip edebilirsiniz. B001" What it means: The PTT has received your residence permit card from the immigration office, and it's in their delivery system. Delivery usually takes two or three days. The first number in the message is the package's barcode. Once you've received the message that your residence permit card has been given to the PTT, you can check on its delivery using the barcode here: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/ptt-gonderi-takip Learn more about how to check the status of your residence permit and receiving your residence permit card in the mail. Go Back to the Top Extending Your Residence Permit You can apply to extend your residence permit within 60 days of the expiration of your current residence permit. Extension applications work the same way as first-time applications and require an appointment. If You Need Copies of Previously Notarized Documents You don't have to have new copies made of documents that you've already submitted. Whenever a noter creates a notarized copy of a document, they stamp it on the back with a document number. Photograph, scan or record that number. When you need the same notarized copy again, go back to the same noter and give them that number. They'll pull their copy of the document, make another, and give it to you. It's just as legal as the first copy, and cheaper. Restrictions on Extending Your Short-term Residence Permit For citizens of some countries, the immigration office is no longer extending touristic-type short-term residence permits, unless the foreigner has a good reason for the extension. However, citizens on a list of countries can continue to extend their short-term residence permits indefinitely. Learn more about the extension restrictions, and see if your country is on the exemption list. Go Back to the Top Mertsel Residence Permit Application Services and Insurance Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Set up your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  7. Contents What is a Long-term Residence Permit? An Overview of the Long-term Residence Permit Application Process Required Documents at a Glance Having Foreign Documents Legalized and Translated Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Step 2: Apply Online Step 3: Prepare Your Application Package Step 4: Attend Your Appointment Step 5: Receive Your Residence Permit Assistance and Support What Is a Long-term Residence Permit? The long-term residence permit is a biometric identity card that enables you to live in Turkey permanently (for life). You never need to extend it. It gives you the same rights and privileges as a Turkish citizen, except for things like voting and running for public office. You won't have to serve in the Turkish military, and you don't have to know Turkish. The long-term residence permit doesn't give you the right to work, but it does qualify you for an unlimited work permit. To be eligible to apply for a long-term residence permit, you must live in Turkey continuously with a work or residence permit for at least eight years. The Unlimited Work Permit Once you have a long-term residence permit, you can also apply for an unlimited work permit. The unlimited work permit is also for life and doesn’t need to be extended. It enables you to work in any job, for any employer, without the usual restrictions for foreign workers. It also allows you to open your own business and work in it. Learn more about the unlimited work permit. Eligibility You can apply for a long-term residence permit if you: Have enough income to live in Turkey permanently, from a source such as a pension, investment portfolio, or rental property, or otherwise convince the immigration specialist that you can live in Turkey permanently without working illegally Have valid health insurance that meets the minimum requirements Aren't considered to be a threat to public order or security Have lived in Turkey continuously for eight years without interruption (time accrued on a student residence permit doesn't count) A disqualifying interruption of continuous residence is: Being outside of Turkey for more than a total of 365 days during the previous five years before the date of your application Being outside of Turkey for more than 180 days in any one year from the sixth to the eighth year before the date of your application An exception is made if you were outside of Turkey for education, health reasons, or compulsory national service. Residence Permit Law The law concerning residence permits is Law No. 6458, Law on Foreigners and International Protection. Go Back to the Top An Overview of the Long-term Residence Permit Application Process The residence permit application process always begins on the e-ikamet (e-residence) website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. You'll need to get a few documents together before you apply online, because the online application system will require some information from them. I'll cover these documents later in this guide. The online application system consists of several sequential pages on which you'll enter your personal information. When you've finished, you'll select an appointment date and time for an interview at the local immigration office. Then you'll download, print, and sign your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). This, and your passport, will keep you legal in Turkey until your appointment date, even after your visa or current residence permit expires. If you don't have all of your required documents after you've applied online, you can get them before your appointment date. Then at your appointment, you'll present your application package and undergo a brief interview. If your interview is successful, and your application is accepted, your residence permit card will be printed and sent to your address by registered mail. Istanbul Residents If you're applying in Istanbul, you may not get the option to set up an appointment using the online system. Instead, the Istanbul immigration office will send you an SMS message telling you your appointment date and time. It may also tell you that they want you to bring additional documentation to your appointment. Learn more about residence permit applications in Istanbul. When to Apply for a Long-term Residence Permit You can apply for a long-term residence permit any time after you've been living in Turkey for at least eight years, as long as you meet the other eligibility requirements. You don't have to wait until your current residence permit is about to expire. Go Back to the Top Required Documents at a Glance I'll cover each required document and explain how to get it as we go through the steps of the process. For now, here's a quick list so you can see them all at once: İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form) which you download and print at the end of your online application Current residence permit card Passport(s) Current passport must have at least six months of validity remaining If you have had a new passport during the past eight years, have both the old one and the new one available Copy of your passport(s) (regular, non-notarized) Include the identification and photo pages (see note below) Four (4) biometric photos "No Social Support Received" letter showing that you haven't received government support for the past three years Proof of income and ability to support yourself Proof you're registered at your address in the address registration system Criminal record Health insurance (not required if over 65 years of age) You can also view required documents on the e-İkamet website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/Ikamet/IstenenBelgeler Insider Tip: You're no longer required to provide proof of residence for the previous eight years. The immigration specialist will check this with their computer during your appointment. Go Back to the Top Having Foreign Documents Legalized and Translated If your application doesn't include any documents from a foreign country, you can skip this and go to Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application. Any document issued by a foreign government, such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, or criminal record check, must be "legalized" before it can be accepted as a legal document in Turkey. Legalization is done with an attached document or stamp, called an "apostille." Then both the document and the apostille must be translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. What is an Apostille? An apostille is a special certificate issued by a country's secretary of state or another government office approved to do so by the international Apostille Convention. The apostille is attached to or stamped on the document in to certifies its authenticity. Where Can I Get an Apostille? Every country in the Apostille Convention has an office responsible for issuing apostilles. You just need to find out which government office issues them. Here's a list of all participating countries (and states in the USA): https://www.hcch.net/en/states/hcch-members The list also has links to each country's government office that issues apostilles. And it includes links to their websites so you can learn where to send your document and how to pay the fee. Once the government office receives your document, they attach the apostille and send it back to you. Once you receive them, the next step is to have them translated. If Your Country Isn't on the List If your country isn't a member of the convention, don't worry. In this case, the document will be legalized with a similar document you'll get from your home country. If you can't find out which office of your government issues them, contact your foreign affairs office or local embassy or consulate. Documents Which Don't Need an Apostille A passport is already an internationally accepted document, so it doesn't require an apostille. Also, documents that aren't issued by your government and which aren't part of your country's public records don't require an apostille. These would include diplomas and financial information from a school, bank, or private company. Having Foreign Documents Translated After you receive the document and apostille, you must have them translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. Then the translator will swear before a noter (notary) that the translation is true and accurate. You'll then get a notarized copy of your document and the apostille, and a sworn translation of them. At this point, your foreign document will be as legal in Turkey as it is in your country, and you can submit it with your residence permit application. Make a Note of the Notary's Document Registration Number When you get the notarized translation, find the notary's stamp on the back. Photograph, scan or write down the number in the stamp. If you ever need the document again, you can go back to the same notary and use that number to get another copy from their records. That way, you won't have to go through the whole process again, and you'll save money. Learn more about the apostille and sworn translation, and how to get them. Go Back to the Top Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Start the process of getting any foreign documents and apostilles first. It will take more time to get them than it will take to get local documents. You won't need any foreign documents to start the online application, but you'll need them when you go to your appointment. Collect the following local documents first, because the online system will ask you for information about them. Passport For the online application, you'll need the passport number, issue date, and expiration date. Your passport's expiration date must be at least 60 days beyond the last day of the duration of the residence permit. Later, you'll take your original passport to your appointment, with one regular (non-notarized) copy for the immigration specialist to keep. The copy must include the photo and identification pages, and the pages showing the stamps for your entries into and exits from Turkey. If you've had more than one passport during the previous eight years, do the same for the old passport. Photos You'll need four (4) biometric photos. The photos must be 5 cm in width, 4.5 cm in height Taken within the last six months Full frontal view White background In color Professional quality (no selfies) Health Insurance You must be covered by health insurance until you reach 65 years of age. After that, it's optional. For the coverage, you can use the Turkish national health insurance plan or private insurance (see below). If you're over 65: When you enter your health insurance information, the system will ask you if you're over 65 years of age. If you are, the system will skip the part which asks for health insurance policy information. SGK Health Insurance Turkey's national health insurance, Genel Sağlık Sigorta (General Health Insurance), is provided by the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (SGK, or Social Security Administration). It covers most procedures done in state hospitals. It also covers much of the cost in more expensive private hospitals, with the rest paid by the patient. Learn more about SGK Health Insurance. Bilateral Health Care Coverage Agreements Some countries have a bilateral agreement with Turkey, which allows their citizens to be covered by the SGK insurance plan while living in Turkey (and vice versa). If you're a citizen of one of these countries, contact your government's health insurance representative to get the required form. Then take that form to an SGK office, and get a sicil numarası (registration number). You'll use this number while applying online. Learn more about health insurance under bilateral agreements. Private Health Insurance from a Turkish Company You can use a private health insurance policy to apply for a long-term residence permit. This includes the low-cost foreigner "expat" policies which meet the Turkish government's minimum requirements (and also provide for limited coverage). You just need to keep renewing the policy to keep your coverage current. You can also buy a more comprehensive private health insurance policy at a higher price, according to your needs. But it must meet Turkey's minimum coverage requirements. Buying Private Health Insurance Online: You can buy your health insurance online and have the policy sent to you by e-mail and/or mail or courier. I won't go into this in-depth, because if you've been living in Turkey for more than eight years, you're already familiar with the health insurance requirement. Learn more about private health insurance in Turkey. Learn about buying your Turkish health insurance online. Go Back to the Top Step 2: Apply Online An application for a long-term residence permit is a "transfer" application from whatever residence permit you have now. If you have a work permit, it will be a first-time application. The only official website for applying for a residence permit is at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. It has an English option. You can also view it using the Chrome browser with the Google Translate application. When you enter the website, go near the bottom of the page and click the option for a transfer if you have a residence permit, and a first-time application if you have a work permit. On the next page, click on the button to create a new application. Enter your passport and contact information. The system will send you a verification e-mail with a link to click on. When you click on it, you'll be returned to the application system and given an application number. Keep that number, as you'll need it if you stop and continue your application later. If you've gathered all the documents above before applying, the online application should take less than one hour. Unfortunately, some people have problems using it. Learn more about how to use the online residence permit application system. Your Appointment Date and Time At the end of the online application process, you'll make an appointment at the local immigration office. Depending on what province you're in, you may be given a choice of dates and times or be given one date and time with no other choice. If You're in Istanbul If you're in Istanbul, you may get this message: Randevu Tarihi GİGM Tarafından Belirlenecektir (the appointment date will be determined by the immigration office). This means the immigration office will contact you by SMS or e-mail, depending on your contact preferences, and give you an appointment date and time. So keep an eye on your mobile phone or e-mails for this, and be patient. It can take a month or so to get an appointment in Istanbul. Learn more about applying for a residence permit in Istanbul. Downloading Your Application Form You'll also be given a link to download your completed application. So download it, sign it, and keep the original on the top of your long-term residence permit application package. You should also print a separate copy of the first page of the application document and keep it with you, along with your passport. This will ensure that you're still legal in Turkey even if your current residence permit expires. The first page of your downloaded application will have the date and time of your appointment (if you were able to make one) and the address of the immigration office where you need to go. It will also have the residence permit fees you'll need to pay (see "Paying the Fees" below). Important! Your online application isn't complete until you've reached the point where you can download your completed application form. Your full application isn't complete until you've given all of the required documents to the immigration office. Go Back to the Top Step 3: Create Your Application Package Now that you've completed your online application, you can get the rest of the documents you need. Proof of Residence According to the e-ikamet website, you only need to submit proof that your address is registered in the central address registry. You can download an e-signed document proving this on e-Devlet, Turkey's government website. You may also be asked to provide your Copy of your tapu (property title deed), or a Notarized copy of your rental contract. Learn how to join and use e-Devlet. Learn how to get a notarized copy of a document. If Your Title Deed is More than Two Years Old You'll need a tapu kağıt örneği (title deed registry document) to prove that the title is still valid. You can get this from the Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü (Title Deed and Land Registry Directorate). If You're a Spouse Not Listed on the Title Deed A spouse not listed on the title deed will need a marriage certificate proving marriage to the property owner. If the marriage certificate is from another country, it must be legalized and translated. Learn how to get a copy of a Turkish marriage certificate. Learn how to get a copy of a foreign marriage certificate. Proof of Income and Financial Ability This requirement can be met with a regular copy of your bank account record going back six months, a letter from your bank showing your last six months' deposits and withdrawals, documents from your pension fund or investment company, or documents proving rental income from investment property. Learn more about how to prove you have enough money to live in Turkey. Criminal Record As you've been living in Turkey for at least eight years, the immigration specialist doing your interview might only ask for your criminal record from Turkey. However, they may also ask for one from your home country. The criminal record must have a date within six months before the day you submit your application. Getting Your Criminal Record From Turkey The easiest way to get your Turkish criminal record is by downloading it from e-Devlet, Turkey's government portal. Here's a link to the e-Devlet guide where you'll find link to download your criminal history. The criminal history you download from there will be digitally signed and requires no further authentication. Learn how to get a criminal record check document in Turkey. Getting Your Criminal Record from Your Home Country Do this as soon as you can because it can take a while to get it, then have it legalized and translated. Each country (and state in the USA) has its procedures for obtaining a criminal record. You can usually learn them from your embassy or consulate's website, or search Google for the name of your home locality and the keywords "criminal record." Be sure only to go to sites that have ".gov" in the suffix. Otherwise, it will be a company which is mimicking the government website, and which obtains the records for an additional fee. Learn how to get a criminal record check from your home country. Proof of Uninterrupted Residence You don't need to provide proof of this anymore. At your interview, the immigration specialist will do a gün sayısı (day count) using their computer to verify that you've lived in Turkey for the previous eight years. Letter Showing You Haven't Received Social Assistance Go to the Kaymakam, or district governor's building, and visit the Sosyal Yardım Ofisi (Social Assistance Office). You'll get a stamped and signed letter, which states that you haven't received any social assistance for the past three years. Learn more about how to get a "no social assistance" letter. Applications in Istanbul For applications in Istanbul, The immigration office may send you an e-mail or SMS requesting additional documents. If you receive a request for a document and aren't sure what it is or how to get it, see Documents, Forms & Numbers. Long-term Residence Permit Fee The long-term residence permit is free. There is a değerli kağıt bedeli or kart bedeli (card printing fee), which for 2022 is ₺160. If you pay the fee online during your application, you won't need to submit a receipt with your application package. You can also pay the fee at any vergi dairesi (tax office). Have your Residence Permit Registration Form and your current residence permit and passport with you. Add the receipt for payment to your application package. Go Back to the Top Step 4: Go to Your Appointment Appointments for long-term residence permits are held at the provincial immigration offices in the capital cities of each province. Finding the Immigration Office Your appointment date, time, and location will be printed at the bottom of the first page of your residence permit application. You can also find the immigration offices by searching for the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü and your province in Google Maps. Make sure the address in Google Maps is the same as the one on your residence permit application form, because sometimes the offices move. Your Appointment If you're getting a long-term residence permit, then you've already been through enough appointments to know how things go. The only difference with this one is that at the end of your appointment, the immigration specialist will give you a Residence Permit Application Document with no expiration date (or with a generous expiration date). That's because it can take up to six months to get the long-term residence permit card. This document will keep you legally in Turkey until your card arrives, even if your current residence permit expires. Missing Documents If you're missing any documents, the immigration specialist will ask you to get them and bring them back. They can give you up to 30 days (sometimes more). If it's a local document, you should be able to get it on the same day or the next day. Missing Documents If you're missing any documents, the immigration specialist will ask you to get them and bring them back. They can give you up to 30 days (sometimes more). If it's a local document, you should be able to get it on the same day or the next day. Important! Be sure to get any missing documents back to the immigration specialist during the time allowed, or inform them of whatever difficulties you're having so you can get more time. If you fail to bring the missing documents within the allowed time, your application will be rejected, not canceled. If your application is rejected, you won't be allowed to re-apply for the same type of residence permit for another 180 days. Leaving Turkey Before Your Card Arrives If your current residence permit expires and you must leave Turkey, you can do so for up to 15 days, then return without a visa, provided you have your current (even expired) residence permit card, the Residence Permit Application Document, and the payment receipt for the card fee. Go Back to the Top Step 5: Receive Your Long-term Residence Permit Either you or someone with power of attorney to receive your residence permit must be present at your address when the residence permit card is delivered. You must show your passport or other identification and sign for it. If you aren't home, the PTT will keep your card at the local branch for seven days. After that, your card will be returned to the local immigration office where you can go, without an appointment, and pick it up. Checking the Status of Your Application After your appointment, you can use the e-ikamet website to see if your application review is still in progress, if it has been approved, or if there is a problem that may result in a rejection. SMS Messages You Might Receive 2019-123-4567- nolu ikamet izni talebiniz olumlu degerlendirilmistir. Your residence permit request 2019-123-4567 numbered has been evaluated positively. B001 What it Means: Your long-term residence permit is approved. Your card will be printed and sent to the PTT for delivery to your address. It can take up to 30 days for your residence permit card to be printed and sent to the PTT. It might take around 30 days, but you'll later receive this message: Adınıza, 2345678 barkod nolu gönderi kabul edilmiştir. www.ptt.gov.tr adresinden gönderinin durumunu takip edebilirsiniz. B001 What it means: The PTT has received your residence permit card from the immigration office, and it's in their delivery system. Delivery usually takes two or three days. The first number in the message is the package's barcode. Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management. What it might mean: Your long-term residence permit application has been rejected, or There's a problem with your application package. You need to clarify something or provide more documentation. If you see that message, you must go to the local immigration office, as soon as possible, to find out what the problem is. You can walk in without an appointment. Once you've received the message that your residence permit card has been given to the PTT, you can check on its delivery using the barcode here: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/ptt-gonderi-takip Learn more about how to check the status of your residence permit and receiving your residence permit card in the mail. Go Back to the Top Mertsel Residence Permit Application Services and Insurance Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Set up your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  8. This guide is about the student residence permit, which you can apply for after entering Turkey with a student visa. To learn about the student visa, see Student Visas: Eligibility, the Application Process, and What to do When You Arrive in Turkey. Contents What is a Student Residence Permit? An Overview of the Application Process Required Documents at a Glance Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Step 2: Apply Online Step 3: Create Your Application Package Step 4: Go to Your Appointment Step 5: Receive Your Student Residence Permit Extending Your Student Residence Permit Student Residence Permit Application Video Assistance and Support What is a Student Residence Permit? A student residence permit is a biometric identity card which enables you to enroll in an accredited school or university and take courses until you graduate. You can get a student residence permit after you've formally enrolled in a school which offers a curriculum leading to graduation and a certificate or diploma. If you're in another country and a school in Turkey has accepted you as a student, you must first apply for a student visa at a Turkish embassy or consulate in your home country (or the country where you're living), then travel to Turkey and enroll at your school before you apply for your student residence permit. Student residence permits are issued by the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management). You'll also hear this organization called the Göç İdaresi, the Göç, or the immigration office. You'll need a student residence permit to attend Primary and secondary education Two-year associate programs Four-year baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree programs Postgraduate master's degree programs. When a Student Residence Permit is Not Required You don't need a student residence permit for courses you sign up for one-by-one, and which aren't part of a formal curriculum leading to graduation and a diploma. For example, if you just want to take Turkish courses without formally enrolling in a bachelor's degree program at a university, you can enter Turkey with an e-visa and get a one-year short-term residence permit. You would use "learning Turkish" as your reason for getting the short-term residence permit. If You're Already in Turkey and Have a Residence Permit If you already have a residence permit, you can transfer from whatever type of residence permit you have to a student residence permit. It will depend on the school you're going to. If the school says you can take courses with a short-term residence permit, then you won't have to transfer to a student residence permit. No Working Rights The student residence permit doesn't give you the right to work. If you want to work, you'll need a separate work permit. There are rules concerning how many hours you can work as a student, so if you're going to work, contact your foreign student affairs office. Duration The student residence permit is valid for a maximum of one year or until your official graduation date, whichever is sooner. Your official graduation date is the one in your school records, not necessarily the date you want to graduate. On the day after your official graduation date, your student residence permit will expire. You'll have ten days to leave Turkey or apply for a short-term residence permit. If you're unable to graduate on time for whatever reason, you can extend your student residence permit one last time until your new graduation date, as long as the final extension doesn't exceed one year. When to Apply You must apply for your student residence permit after you formally register at your school, and within 30 days of arrival with your student visa. Residence Permit Law The law concerning residence permits is Law No. 6458, Law on Foreigners and International Protection. Go Back to the Top An Overview of the Application Process The residence permit application process always begins on the e-ikamet (e-residence) website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. "İkamet" means "residence." The online application system consists of several pages on which you enter your personal information. At the end of the process, you'll select an appointment date and time for an interview at the local immigration office. Then you download, print, and sign your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Application Form). If you need any other documents, you can collect them during the time between your online application and your appointment. On your appointment day, you'll go to the immigration office and present your application package to an immigration specialist. If all required documents are there, your application will be accepted, and your residence permit card will be printed and mailed to your school where you can pick it up. Note: Some universities are authorized to accept student residence permit packages and send them to the immigration office. If your school is one of these, you won't have to go to an appointment. Istanbul Residents If you're applying in Istanbul, you may not get the option to set up an appointment using the online system. Instead, the Istanbul immigration office will send you an SMS message telling you your appointment date and time. It may also tell you that they want you to bring additional documentation to your appointment (more on this later). Go Back to the Top Required Documents at a Glance Contact your school's foreign student affairs office for their list of required documents. Below is the usual list: Passport Copy of your passport, including the ID page and photo, validity dates, and stamp showing entry into Turkey Four biometric photos Tax number Student enrollment document Scholarship document (if any) Health insurance (not required if under 18 years of age) Proof of address Proof of financial ability Letter of consent (from parents if you're under age 18) Taahhütname (legal declaration), only if you're under 18 and have a sponsor in Turkey, declaring that they'll cover your expenses I'll cover each of these documents in the application steps below. Go Back to the Top Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Coordinate with your school's foreign student affairs office. They'll assist you with getting the documents you need for the online application. Passport You need the passport number, issue date, and expiration date. Tax Number To pay the fees for your residence permit application, you need a vergi numarası (tax number). Go to the vergi dairesi (tax office) or the maliye (finance office), which will have a tax office inside. Show the clerk your passport and ask for a tax number. After you fill out a form, they'll give you one immediately, for free. Learn more about getting a tax number. Photos You'll need four (4) biometric photos. The photos must be 5 cm in width, 4.5 cm in height Taken within the last six months Full frontal view White background In color Professional quality (no selfies) You can have the photos taken at any photo studio. Just say "ikamet izni" (residence permit). They'll know what you need. Health Insurance As a student, you qualify for Turkey's comprehensive health insurance plan, called Genel Sağlık Sigortası (General Health Insurance) managed by the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Administration). This plan will cover you for one year at a time. You'll have 90 days to join it. If you don't join in the SGK plan within 90 days, or choose not to participate, you'll have to buy private health insurance. Learn more about Turkey's general health insurance plan. Bilateral Health Care Coverage Agreements Some countries have a bilateral agreement with Turkey, which allows their citizens to be covered by the SGK insurance plan while living in Turkey (and vice versa). If you're a citizen of one of these countries, contact your government's health insurance representative to get the required form. Then take that form to an SGK office, and get a sicil numarası (registration number). You'll use this number while applying online. Learn more about health insurance under bilateral agreements. Private Health Insurance from a Turkish Company Most insurance companies offer a cheap health insurance plan which meets the minimum government requirements for health insurance. These policies are often called yabancı sağlık sigortası, (foreigner health insurance), or "expat" health insurance policies. You can get one by walking into an insurance company office, providing some necessary information about yourself, and paying the premium. It takes around 45 minutes. You can also buy it online and have the policy sent to you by e-mail and/or mail or courier. If you're applying for a two-year residence permit, you can buy two policies, one for the first year, and one for the second. Ask for one copy in Turkish and the other in English. You'll need the information from these policies when applying online, and you'll include the Turkish language policy in your application package. Learn more about buying health insurance online. Your Address Information If you're staying in housing provided by your school, contact the foreign student affairs office for a document you can use to prove your address. If you're staying in your own place, you'll need your rental agreement. For now, you just need to know what your exact address is. All legal addresses in Turkey (including rooms in student housing) are recorded in a central address database. The residence permit application system connects to this database. So you'll enter your address by "drilling down" through a series of drop-down menus until you get to your apartment or room number. Later, when you go to your appointment, you'll submit the address document to the immigration specialist. Learn more about proving your address as a student. Go Back to the Top Step 2: Apply Online The only official website for applying for a residence permit is at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. It has an English option. You can also view it using the Chrome browser with the Google Translate application. When you start your application, you enter your passport and contact information. The system will send you a verification e-mail with a link to click on. When you click on it, you'll be returned to the application system and given an application number. Keep that number, since you'll need it if you stop and continue your application later. If you have the documents you need, the online application should take less than an hour. Unfortunately, some people have problems using it. For suggestions about what to do if you have a problem with the system, see: e-İkamet: How to use Turkey's Online Residence Permit Application System to Apply for Your Residence Permit. Your Appointment Date and Time Some universities are authorized to receive your application package and make the application for you. In that case, you won't need to go to a separate appointment at the immigration office. Your university will take care of it for you, and the immigration office will mail your student residence permit to you at your school. If you must go to an appointment, you'll create one at the end of the online application. The system may give you a choice of dates and times, or give you a fixed date and time, or you may see this message: Randevu Tarihi GİGM Tarafından Belirlenecektir (the appointment date will be determined by the immigration office). It means the immigration office will contact you by SMS or e-mail, depending on your contact preferences, and give you an appointment date and time. So keep an eye on your mobile phone messages. Learn more about residence permit applications in Istanbul. Downloading Your Application Form At the end of the online application process, there is a link to download your completed İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Application Form). So download it, sign it, and add the original to your application package. Print a second copy of the first page of the application document and keep it with you, with your passport, to keep you legal in Turkey until your appointment date. The first page of your downloaded application will have the date and time of your appointment (if you were able to make one) and the address of the immigration office where you need to go. It will also have the residence permit fees you need to pay (see "Paying the Fees" below). Go Back to the Top Step 3: Create Your Application Package In this step, you'll gather whatever documents you still need for your application package. Proof of Residence If you're renting a residence A notarized copy of your rental contract. You can get this by taking your rental contract to a noter (notary). To learn more, see: Proving You Have a Place to Live as a Renter. If you're staying in a dormitory A document, from your school, that you live in a room provided by the school. If you're staying at a hotel You can use a hotel as your legal address. You'll need an e-signed, or stamped/sealed and signed, letter, on hotel letterhead, from the hotel which shows your intended dates of residence. To learn more, see: Proof of Address When Staying at a Hotel. If you're staying with a friend If you're using the home of a Turkish or foreign friend(s), your friend(s) will need to go with you to a notary. They must bring their identification and proof of their address (either a property title deed or rental contract) and sign a taahhütname (legal declaration). In this document, the renters or owners of the property where you're staying promise to make sure you depart Turkey when your residence permit expires (unless you extend it), and pay any debts you fail to pay. Each owner or renter of the property must sign the taahhütname. Your hosts don't have to go to your residence permit appointment with you—just put the taahhütname into your residence permit application package. To learn more, see: Proof of Address When Staying with a Friend. Utility bills: If you're renting your own place and have utility bills in your name showing service at your address, add them to your application package. Proof of Financial Ability This is documentary proof that you have enough money to live on while going to school in Turkey. It can be Bank statements for the last six months (can be from a bank in your home country) A letter from parents promising to take care of your expenses A taahhütname, which is a Turkish legal declaration by someone in Turkey who is promising to take care of your expenses To learn more, see: How to Prove You Have Enough Money to Live On. Paying the Fee The only fee you'll pay as a student is the değerli kağıt bedeli or kart bedeli (card printing fee). For 2022, it's ₺160. How and Where to Pay the Fee You can pay online, with a credit card, at the end of your online application using the link the online system will provde. You can also pay in person at any vergi dairesi (tax office). You'll need a copy of the first page of your application, your passport, and your tax number. Just show the clerk the first page of your application, and they'll know what to do. Include the original of the payment receipt in your application package and keep a copy for your records. Go Back to the Top Step 4: Go to Your Appointment Finding the Immigration Office Your appointment date, time, and location will be printed at the bottom of the first page of your residence permit application. You can also find the immigration offices by searching for the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü and your province in Google Maps. If there is an immigration office in your district, use your district's name. Make sure the address in Google Maps is the same as the one on your residence permit application form, because sometimes the offices move. Your Appointment During your appointment, the immigration specialist will go over your application package to make sure everything is there. Missing Documents If the immigration specialist finds that any documents are missing or inadequate, they'll give you time to get them and bring them back. You don't need another appointment for this; you can just walk in and ask for the immigration specialist who's handling your application. The Residence Permit Application Document At the end of the appointment, you'll receive an İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document). This document proves your application is complete and serves as a "temporary residence permit" to keep you legally in Turkey even after your current residence permit expires. It's valid for 90 days or until the day you receive your residence permit card. Leaving Turkey Before You Receive Your Residence Permit Card: If your current residence permit expires and you need to leave Turkey, you can stay out of the country for up to 15 days and re-enter without a visa, provided you have your Residence Permit Application Document, your passport, and the fee payment receipts. To learn more, see: Leaving Turkey before your appointment, or Leaving Turkey after your appointment If You Receive a Communique Document Instead of a Residence Permit Application Document The Istanbul and Ankara immigration offices (and perhaps offices in other provinces) may give you a Tebliğ-tebellüğ Belgesi (communique document) instead of a Residence Permit Application Document. The communique states that the immigration office has received your application and that it will process it. It keeps you legally in Turkey until your residence permit card arrives (provided you also have your passport with you). But if your current residence permit expires and you leave Turkey and return before your residence permit card arrives, it won't allow you to re-enter Turkey without a visa. To leave Turkey and return, you'll need to call the immigration office's helpline at 157 and get an e-mail address to request a Residence Permit Application Document. They'll send a reply e-mail with the document attached. To learn more about leaving Turkey if you get a communique document at the end of your appointment, see: Leaving Turkey After Your Residence Permit Appointment with a Tebliğ Tebellüğü Belgesi (Communique Document). Go Back to the Top Step 5: Receive Your Student Residence Permit Either you or someone with power of attorney to receive your residence permit must be present at your address when the residence permit card arrives. You must show your passport or other identification and sign for it. If you aren't home, the PTT will keep your card at the local PTT branch for seven days. After that, it will be returned to the local immigration office where you can go, without an appointment, and pick it up. Checking the Status of Your Application After your appointment, you can use the e-ikamet website to see if your application review is still in progress, if it's been approved, or if there's a problem with your application. SMS Message You Might Receive 2019-123-4567- nolu ikamet izni talebiniz olumlu degerlendirilmistir. Your residence permit request 2019-123-4567 numbered has been evaluated positively. B001 If you receive the message that your residence permit's been approved, then soon after, you'll receive this message: Adınıza, 2345678 barkod nolu gönderi kabul edilmiştir. www.ptt.gov.tr adresinden gönderinin durumunu takip edebilirsiniz. B001 This message comes from the PTT, to let you know that they're delivering your residence permit card. Once you've received the message that your residence permit card has been given to the PTT, you can check on its delivery using the barcode here: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/ptt-gonderi-takip Learn more about how to check the status of your residence permit and receiving your residence permit card in the mail. Go Back to the Top Extending Your Student Residence Permit You can apply to extend your student residence permit within 60 days of the expiration of your current permit. Extension applications work the same way as first-time applications and require an appointment (unless your school has other arrangements). In addition to the usual documents, bring your current residence permit to your appointment. Go Back to the Top Student Residence Permit Application Video Here is a video guide to the student residence permit application process. It's the first in a series of videos, so the next video will automatically begin when the first one ends. Go Back to the Top Mertsel Residence Permit Application Services and Insurance Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Set up your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  9. 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: 2022-**-******* nolu ikamet izni talebiniz olumlu degerlendirilmistir. Your residence permit request 2022-**-******* 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.
  10. 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 2022, the fee is ₺160. 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.
  11. I want to stay in Turkey beyond my visa period so I can visit different regions in Turkey. Therefore, I don’t want to rent a place for months in order to obtain a rental contract to show the immigration officer. So far, I have been staying at Airbnb places and hotels as I move from one city to another. If you have recently (in 2020) obtained a Residence Permit while staying at an Airbnb place or hotel, and not have had been tied to a long-term rental contract, please share your experience.
  12. 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. 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 Changing Your Address 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 2022, the cost for this is around ₺200. 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.
  13. Before you apply for a residence permit in Turkey, you must have health insurance. Most foreigners buy private health insurance policies specifically designed to meet the minimum requirements for a residence permit. These policies are commonly called "Expat Insurance," an expat being a foreigner who lives in Turkey. They usually cost a few hundred Turkish Lira, but the price varies according to age and other factors. Buy Health Insurance Before You Apply Online Residence permit applications are made online, at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. During the application process, the application system will ask you for your health insurance policy information, including the insurance company name, start and finish dates of the policy, and the policy number. So you must get a health insurance policy before you even begin. When you're finished with the online application, you'll include a copy of your health insurance policy with your residence permit application package. Learn more about Turkish private health insurance policies and how to buy them. Required information Insurance companies usually have a web page about their policies and what they cover, and a form you can fill out and submit for a free quotation. They usually need your: Name* Date of Birth Height Weight City and Province in Turkey Father's Name** Requested Start Date (see above) Number of Years of Coverage*** *Make sure you write your name exactly as it's written on your passport. If the name on your policy is different from the name on your passport, the immigration office won't accept it, and you'll have to go back and change the name on your insurance policy. **They won't need your father's name for a price quotation, but they'll need it to create a policy if you buy one. ***Some foreigners have applied for a two-year residence permit and only gotten one year, or even less! If you buy two one-year policies but are given a residence permit for one year or less, contact your insurance copy about canceling the second-year policy and getting a refund. One and Two-year Policies All insurance policies are issued for one year. Since foreigners can apply for a short-term residence permit for up to two years, most insurance companies give you two policies. The first will cover the first year, and the second will cover the second year. The second policy's coverage will begin the day after the first policy's coverage ends. When Your Insurance Coverage Should Start First-time Applications Your health insurance coverage should start the day after your visa expires, or the day after you reach the maximum number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey. Extensions If you're extending your residence permit, your new health insurance policy should start on the day after your current health insurance policy expires. Note: The last day of validity of the residence permit you're applying for can never exceed the last day of validity of your health insurance policy. Whenever your health insurance coverage expires, your residence permit also expires. Delayed Health Insurance Policy Start Dates You're likely to need an insurance policy with a start date in the future, so most companies will offer you a policy with a start date from 60 to 90 days in the future. Paying the Premium Most insurance companies accept payment by bank transfer. The insurance agent will give you the bank name, IBAN, account number, and a payment code. You can then pay by logging in to your account at your bank's website and following your bank's procedure to transfer the money. Mertsel Health Insurance and Residence Permit Application Service Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Set up your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Buy Health Insurance for Your Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  14. When applying for a residence permit, work permit, citizenship, or a driving license, you must provide one or more biometric photos. Usually, you must also scan one of them and upload it to an online application system. What is a Biometric Photo? A biometric photo is an ordinary photograph you can have taken at any photoshop. The photo must be of a specific width and height (determined by the government organization which requires it). It must display enough detail of your facial features so it can be scanned by a device that records, from the photo, the relative distances between your facial features. The measurement information from these photos is stored in a database so it can later be compared with your real face. A practical example of the use of biometrics is when you enter a country with your passport. You present your passport (which has your facial biometric information stored in a chip) to the border official. A facial recognition scanner then scans your face and compares the measurements of your facial features to data stored in your passport. In that way, they can know it's really you. The key thing to know is that a biometric photo is just a high-quality photo of your face. It would be more accurate to call it "a high-quality photo suitable for biometric measurement of your facial features." But that would be even more confusing, so they just call it a "biometric photo." Where Can I Get a Biometric Photo? You can have a biometric photo taken at any photography studio in Turkey. Just say "biometric photo" in English, and they'll know what you need. It takes maybe five or ten minutes to get the photo taken, and maybe 30 minutes for them to print it, so after you have it taken, go have a coffee and come back to get it. Biometric Photo Standards You must submit a photo which meets the biometric photo standards for a residence permit. The immigration office has put out a Word document which explains exactly how your photo must be. Immigration Office Biometric Photo Standards Download Download the above document and take it with you to the photo studio when you get your photo taken. If your photo isn't right, your residence permit won't be approved. The immigration office will send you a message to bring them a proper photo. Here are immigration office guidelines for a good biometric photo, taken from that document: 1. The face and hairstyle must be centered on the photograph and completely visible. Contrast must be controlled well, details must be sharp and clear enough. The height of the face must be between 32 mm and 36 mm and comprise between 70% and 80% of the photograph. 2. There must not be spots or distortion on the photograph, colours must be neutral and the photograph must reflect the natural colour of the face. 3. Your photograph must be taken while you are looking at the camera directly, eyes must be open and clearly visible, and hair must not cover the eyes. 4. Head must be upright and must not be facing any other direction, person must not smile or have any other expression, and mouth must be closed. Right and left features of the face between tip of the chin and hairline must be completely visible. 5. Background of the photograph must be without a pattern or shadow, for the ones who have dark hair it must be white and for the ones who have fair-hair it must be midtoned grey. 6. Light must be projected on the face equally, there must not be any reflection, shadow, or "red eye" on the photo. 7. Eyes must be clearly visible, there must not be any reflection on the glasses, sunglasses or coloured glasses must not be worn, frame of the glasses must not cover the eyes. 8. Except for the accessories that the person has out of necessity such as eyeglasses, objects such as hats, caps, or pipes must not be used. 9. For the photographs of the persons who wear a head covering, the face must be visible between the tip of the chin and forehead, there must not be any shadow on the face, and the colour of the scarf must be different than the colour of the background. 10. For the photographs of the minors there must not be anyone else or any object in the photo and also attention must be paid to the other points above. Assistance and Support Turkey Central Forums: Do you have a question? Search our forums to see if it's already been answered. If it hasn't, feel free to open a new topic. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  15. 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 a link to the tax office website the residence permit application system will provide. If that doesn't work, you can pay them at any vergi dairesi (tax office). Officially, you can also pay the fees at VakıfBank, ZiraatBank, and Halkbank. However, according to reports of Turkey Central members, personnel at the banks often refuse to accept the payment, or are unaware of the option. So this method of payment is not recommended. 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.
  16. I need help concerning my permit. I tried to login but I keep getting this message: Please help. What should I do?
  17. Hello! My Wife and i have just had a baby in Antalya 1 month ago, I am Australian and she is Russian. We chose the have the baby here because of covid complications we could not get into each others countries. Antalya specifically as its a nice place! We are now finding it difficult to get all the needed documents to obtain Russian citizenship, one in particular proof of address of our child from "muhtarlık" In order to get proof of residence you need an ikamet and tax number - to get that you need a passport - to get a passport you need citizenship. It seems there is a broken link somewhere! As for getting Australian citizenship & Passport it will take 6-8 months which is too long in our situation I read somewhere it is possible to get an ikamet without passport for a newborn in turkey, however it does not allow me to proceed with the application with out a passport number? If any one has been in a similar situation or could offer some advice Id be grateful to hear it! Thanks in advance! Colin V
  18. 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.
  19. So what happens after your Turkey residence permit is accepted? 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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 2022, the fee is ₺160. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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. 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.
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