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  1. Herkese merhaba: I am living in Istanbul and applied on 9th January, but I still didnt receive it my residence permit card by mailpost. I now about the up-to-90 days "rule" but I am starting to feell I bit concerned.. is there anyway I could know the status of my delivery?? it would be any help if I ask in my PTT ofice?? what do you think?? Thanks in advance!!!
  2. Hi everyone, Has anyone recently applied for a residence permit in Istanbul? I applied two days ago and the system didn't provide me with any date options. I called 157 and they told me there aren't appointments available now and all I can do is wait for an email or check the website regularly to see if the appointment option appears (right now it's greyed out). Is that normal? Any idea how long it can take before I receive an appointment date? I am Lebanese and my husband is American, we have remote jobs and are financially stable and we're paying a lot on rent so I can't think of a reason why our applications would be rejected. I applied for 20 months residence just because I purchased 2 year health insurance and my passport expires in June 2021, so I thought why not? I hope I made the right call, I just read in another topic thread that they're only giving 6 months to Middle Easterners.
  3. Hello everyone, Please I need some help regarding my husband health insurance, on the 2. July he will be 65 years old, and I read that people over 65 years old, does not need a health insurance for RP. Does he need an insurance if he apply for RP during May 2019? Or he should wait til the 2.July, then he apply for RP? If he does not need health insurance for RP, what he will write in insurance-fields on RP-application? Another issue which I need help too, I read that Danish Nationality are exempted from RP fee, is that true? I am Swedish. Am I also exempted from RP fee too? I appreciate your answer.
  4. Hey... I'm going onto my fifth residence permit now... and every time is a new headache. I am trying to apply for extension and I get a technical error message at the third page (passport info) every single time. And, its not because Im entering anything wrong. I called them and they said try at odd hours. I did, still the same technical error message! My residence expires on March 11, I really want to mail this in and get on with things. What should I do? I also wrote them many times and never get a response...
  5. Hi everyone, So my partner and I went to our interview today in Alanya and thought of sharing with you our experience, which comes to prove that it's a bit of a lottery, really. I'm british and my partner's Italian and we are going to purchase a home here in Alanya but had not yet finalised the purchasing process yet. We have been here for almost 70 days within our 90 days allowed so we were anxious to get this done. We opened an account here and transferred money in anticipation of being asked of proof of income and ahead of our home purchase. As we are buying a place, we decided to rent an apartment first for a short period (4 months) while the tapu is hopefully ready. So armed with all the docs requested and documentation needed we headed to our appointment this morning. At the Alanya Immigration office, we were greeted by the receptionist that checked the docs and asked my Italian partner to go and pay an "extra fee" for being Italian at the tax office (another 527 lira we didn't know we needed to pay) and come back... I was asked to stay and go to the waiting room while my partner was out getting this done. We had booked the appointment together so was hoping it would be done together but nope.... I was taken to an agent that processed my request (1 year) with no issues. Did not ask for any supporting documentation even though i had it all with me. He was a rather pleasant chap. My partner, however, was taken to different agent the experience was the complete opposite. His agent was rispid, questioned his motives, history and all sorts of questions before giving him only 4 months because his rental contract was only for four months! (The contract started a month ago so basically 3 months from today). It comes to show that it's a bit of a lottery although its good to warn people about the rental contract "hiccup". Basically my partner will have to wait for the card to arrive only to re-apply for the extension as soon as he receives it, as we hopefully will have a tapu then. Has anyone else had this kind of experience? What if his card doesn't arrive before his permit lapse? When we have the tapu ready in both our names, is it a straight forward process to renew the permits? Thanks, guys.
  6. Documents Required from the Applicant Residence Permit Application Form Passport, and a notarized copy of the identity information page, photo page, and page showing the last entry stamp * Four (4) photos meeting the official photo requirements Marriage certificate * * For passports which are not issued in Latin letters, you must have it translated by a Turkish sworn translator, and include the translation with your passport. ** If the marriage certificate is obtained fro a foreign country, it must have an apostille, then be translated by an official translator and notarized by a Turkish noter (notary). Documents Required from the Sponsor Turkish identity card and a copy Proof of sufficient financial support Proof of health insurance which is valid in Turkey and which meets minimum coverage requirements, or a document showing that the family member is covered under a bilateral agreement. Criminal record, from Turkey and/or other countries where the sponsor has lived for the past five years, showing no convictions for any crimes against family members* Address registration document from the Nüfus, (population directorate), showing the sponsor’s current address. * If the criminal record check is obtained from a foreign country, it must be apostilled, then translated by an official translator and notarized by a Turkish noter. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. 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. See Also Family Residence Permits Forum: Have a question or comment? Please post them in our residence permits forum.
  7. If you are a foreigner and have a child born in Turkey, the child’s birth certificate will enable him or her to stay in Turkey for six months, unless the residence permits of both parents expire sooner. During the first six months, you must apply for a residence permit for your child at the regional office of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or DGMM) which services the area where you live. The child will be eligible for a family residence permit if at least one of the parents is a Turkish citizen, or is a foreigner who has been legally living in Turkey for more than one year. Otherwise you must apply for a short-term residence permit for the child. Leaving and Re-entering Turkey If you take your child out of Turkey and the child doesn’t yet have a residence permit, and you want to re-enter Turkey, the birth certificate does not provide re-entry rights. You will have to obtain a visa for your child when you return to Turkey, even if you and the other parent both have a residence permit. If you have gone to your residence permit appointment, they will give your child a temporary residence permit, printed on a sheet of A4 paper. With the temporary residence permit, plus receipts for the residence permit card and fees, you may leave Turkey with your child for up to 15 days and re-enter without having to get a visa for your child when you return. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. 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. See Also Residence Permits Forum: You can ask questions, make comments, and communicate with other people who have gotten residence permits here.
  8. The Turkish government requires all foreign residents to have a health insurance policy which meets minimum coverage requirements. When you apply for your residence permit online for the first time, and when you extend it, the online system will ask you for your health insurance information, including the effective dates of the policy and the policy number. You will also need to take the policy, or other documentation according you your situation, to your appointment (for first-time applications) or mail it in (for extensions). Bilateral Health Care Agreements Between Countries Some countries have a bilateral agreement with Turkey for providing health care. If you are a citizen of a country that is a part of a bilateral agreement, then you will be covered in Turkey. However, you will need to go to the local office of the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (social security administration, or "SGK") to get a letter stating that you are covered under that agreement. Types of Insurance You Can Use SGK Insurance Turkey has a national health insurance plan, administered by the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu, or social security administration. Often called "SGK insurance," it is comprehensive, and allows you to simply present your SGK card at any Turkish state hospital for immediate 100% coverage. Some private hospitals also accept SGK insurance, but since treatment at private hospitals is more expensive than at state hospitals, there may be additional charges which have to be paid separately. You must be a legal resident of Turkey for at least one year before you are eligible for SGK insurance. Insurance from your Home Country You can use insurance coverage from your home country if it meets Turkey's minimum standards for health insurance coverage. Private Insurance From a Company in Turkey Most of the major insurance companies in Turkey, including Ankara Sigorta and Groupama, provide health insurance policies specifically designed for foreigners applying for residence permits. They provide two copies, one in English, and one in Turkish. Tell the insurance agent you need it for your ikamet Tezkeresi (residence permit), and they'll provide you with the policy you need. Two-year Residence Permit Health Insurance Policies Since the duration of short-term residence permits was extended to a maximum of two years, and since health insurance coverage is required during the entire validity period of the residence permit being applied for, Ankara Sigorta has created a two-year residence permit health insurance package. It consists of two one-year health insurance policies, both purchased at the same time. When the first policy expires, the second policy automatically activates. Purchasing Health Insurance in Advance At Ankara Sigorta (and probably other companies) you can also buy health insurance policies up to 60 days in advance--that is--a policy that activates up to 60 days after it is purchased. This can help you time the validity period of your health insurance policy with the validity period of the residence permit you are applying for. Important! Make sure the policy is active on the date of your residence permit appointment, or your application will be rejected. Tip! Get two copies of your health insurance policy. One for the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or DGMM), and one for you. Health Insurance Costs Insurance policy costs vary from one person to another according to age, gender, and existing health issues, and if the insured is a smoker or not. What Is and Isn't Covered These health insurance policies have a one-year waiting period for coverage of certain conditions. There are also certain conditions they never cover. If You Are Over 65 Years Old If you are over 65 years old, there is no requirement to prove you have health insurance, unless you are applying for a long-term residence permit. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. 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. See Also Health Insurance for Residence Permits Forum: Still unclear on what's involved? Feel free to post your questions or comments in our forum.
  9. If your home country has a bilateral agreement for healthcare coverage in Turkey, you don't have to buy health insurance in Turkey. You just have to get a Medical Insurance Entitlement Certificate from your home country, take that to the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Administration, or SGK) office, and get a letter from them to take to your residence permit application appointment. If you are extending a residence permit, you need to mail the SGK letter with your extension package. Here is what you need to do. 1. Get the Required Documents from Your Country If your country is listed on the left side of the table below, you will need to get the documents listed on the right side. Countries Which Have Reciprocal Health Insurance Coverage and What Documents are Required If You Are From One of These Countries You Will Need To Get These Documents Albania AL/TR 4, TR/AL 5 Austria A/TR 3, A/TR 4 Belgium BT.8, BT 16 Bosnia-Herzegovina BH/TR 4, BH/TR 6, BH/TR 7 Czech Republic CZ/TR 111 France SE 208-01 FT, SE 208-02 FT SE 208-30 FT, SE 208-06 A FT, SE 208-28 FT,SE 208-09 FT Germany T/A 11, T/A 9, T/A 20 Luxembourg TR/L 3, TR/L 5 Macedonia MC/TR 4, TR/MC 6 Romania R/TR 3, R/TR5, R/TR 6 The Netherlands N/TUR 106, N/TUR 111, N/TUR 121 Turkish Republic of North Cyprus K.K.T.C/T.C. 3, K.K.T.C/T.C. 6 2. Get a Healthcare Entitlement Letter from the SGK Take the appropriate documents to an SGK office. They will give you a letter which verifies that you are covered in Turkey under a bilateral agreement. 3. Include the Letter with Your Residence Permit Application Present the letter from the SGK as proof that you are covered for healthcare services in Turkey. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. 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. See Also Expat Health Insurance Forum: If you have questions or comments about health insurance, you can post them here. External Links Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (SGK): The official website for Turkey's social security Institution (with English, French, German and Arabic language options). Social Security Agreements: The SGK page which explains how reciprocal social security and healthcare coverage works between Turkey and other countries which have a reciprocal agreement for health care coverage.
  10. To apply for any type of residence permit in Turkey, you must have health insurance coverage meeting certain minimum standards for the type of treatment provided, and the percentage of the cost which will be paid according to your health insurance policy. If you have been a legal resident of Turkey for one year or more, you can apply for the Turkish government's comprehensive health insurance plan, provided by the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Administration, or SGK), often called "SGK insurance." SGK already meets all minimum standards, as do private Turkish policies issued specifically for foreigners who are applying for residence permits (such as those offered by Ankara Sigorta and Groupama). Health Insurance from Your Home Country If you want to use a health insurance policy from your home country, the policy must state that it is valid worldwide, preferably specifying Turkey. Your health insurance company must also have a branch office in Turkey. If in doubt about whether or not your insurance policy will be accepted, get a new copy of your policy, or a signed letter from your insurance company which says the following: In English: "This policy covers the minimum coverage stipulated in the circular no. 9, dated 06/06/2014, on private health insurance required to be taken out for residence permit applications." In Turkish: "İşbu Poliçe 6/6/2014 Tarih ve 9 Sayılı İkamet İzni Taleplerinde Yaptırılacak Özel Sağlık Sigortalarına İlişkin Genelge'de Belirlenen Asgarİ Teminat Yapısını Kasamaktadır." The minimum standards your insurance policy must meet are as follows: Turkey's Health Insurance Minimum Requirements Treatment Type Insurance Company Share Insured Share Insurance Company Share Limit Coverage Type Outpatient Treatment 60% 40% 2,000 TL Any Healthcare Facility Prescriptions 60% 40% 2,000 TL Any Healthcare Facility Medical Equipment 60% 40% 2,000 TL Any Healthcare Facility Inpatient Treatment (All Illnesses) 100% 0% 2,000 TL Any Healthcare Facility The pages of the policy which show this information, as well as your identifying information, start and end dates, and other information as described above, must be translated by an official Turkish translator and notarized by a noter (notary). Duration of the Insurance Policy All insurance policies must cover you until the expiration date of the residence permit you are applying for. If the insurance policy expires before that, the expiration date of the residence permit you receive will be the same date your insurance policy expires. Two-year Residence Permits If you are applying for a two-year residence permit, you will need to buy health insurance for two years, in advance. As of this writing, only Ankara Sigorta provides this coverage. They offer two one-year health insurance policies that can be bought together. When the first policy expires, the second one activates. Other insurance companies will likely begin offering similar two-policy plans. If You Are Over 65 Years Old If you are over 65 years old, there is no requirement to prove you have health insurance, unless you are applying for a long-term residence permit. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. See Also Health Insurance for Residence Permits Forum
  11. To apply for a residence permit, you must have health insurance which meets minimum coverage requirements, and which is valid in Turkey. You must include a copy of your policy in the package you submit with your residence permit application. Why Turkish Private Health Insurance Might Be Your Best Option Private health insurance from a foreign country will only accepted if the provider has an office in Turkey SGK insurance can only be applied for after you have legally resided in Turkey for more than one year, and it is for life--you cannot cancel it unless you are leaving Turkey permanently. Here is an example of what a private Turkish health insurance policy covers. It takes less than an hour to have a Turkish private health insurance policy drawn up and signed. Turkish Companies Which Provide Expat Health Insurance Ankara Sigorta and Groupama both have insurance policies specifically for foreign residents, which meet all of the minimum standards required for your residence permit. They have offices in all major cities and many smaller towns throughout Turkey. You can simply walk in to one of these offices and ask for a policy. If you find that they don't speak English, just say "İkamet Tezkeresi" (ee-kah-met tehz-keh-reh-see), which means "residence permit." They will understand what you need. Synchronizing Turkish Health Insurance With Your Residence Permit Duration You must have health insurance coverage while in Turkey. During your visa's duration, you can use travel insurance. But when you apply for your residence permit, you must have a health insurance policy (with a policy number) as soon as you apply. And it must cover you for the duration of the residence permit you are are applying for. Ankara Sigorta's expat health insurance policies, you can apply for a health insurance coverage up to 60 days in advance. Important! If you are applying for a residence permit for the first time, make sure your health insurance policy is active on the day of your residence permit appointment. If you are on a visa with travel insurance, make sure the appointment date you select is after the start date of your private Turkish health insurance policy. If you are extending your residence permit, make sure there are no gaps in coverage. Private Turkish Health Insurance Polices for Residence Permits with Durations of More than One Year Ankara Sigorta also offers a two-year plan for health insurance. This involves two separate health insurance polices, each for one year in duration. On the day after the first policy expires, the second one becomes active, covering you for two years. If You Are Over 65 Years Old If you are over 65 years old, there is no requirement to prove you have health insurance, unless you are applying for a long-term residence permit. Application Information When you are getting your policy, the insurance agent will need to know the following to calculate the premium you will pay: Gender Age, or yaş (yahsh) Height or boy Weight in Kilos, or kilo If you are a smoker or non-smoker, or sigara içmeyi (see-gah-ruh eech-meh-ee). Tip! Get two copies of your health insurance policy. One for the DGMM, and one for you. The companies which offer expat health insurance in Turkey also provide a copy of the policy in the English language. Extending Your Residence Permit You should get a new health insurance policy and extend your residence permit at least a week before your health insurance policy expires, so you can be sure your health insurance coverage will have no gaps. You can get a policy with a start date of up to 60 days in the future. Health Insurance Prices Prices vary according to the above factors. Insurance companies use these factors to calculate the probability that you will need health care during the term of the policy, and set their prices accordingly. While the prices are not negotiable, you can always shop around to see if another company has a lower price for the same level of coverage. Changing from One Insurance Company to Another While you are free to open a new health insurance policy with a new company, and let your old policy lapse, you will have to go through the second company's one-year waiting period again, during which many medical procedures will be excluded. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. See Also Turkey Expat Health Insurance Forum: Dedicated to health insurance in Turkey, where you can ask questions or post comments.
  12. Turkey has a national health insurance plan, managed by the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu, (Social Security Administration, or SGK). Once you have legally resided in Turkey for at least one year, you can enroll. After you pay the first premium, you are covered. You will get an SGK health insurance ID card which you can present at any state hospital and be treated, without charge. Some private hospitals also accept SGK insurance, but since treatment at private hospitals is more expensive than at state hospitals, there may be additional charges you will need to pay in cash, or have them covered by supplemental insurance that you can get from one of the Turkish insurance companies. SGK Insurance Premiums The premium for SGK insurance is currently 426.60 TL per month (2017). This price is for legally-married couples and their children (if they are under age 18) and for single persons (the price is the same for both--there is no discount for a single person). Note: If a person receives income from a government pension, that person will not be eligible to be a covered as a dependent under their spouse's SGK policy. First-time Application for SGK Insurance Because enrollment in the SGK plan requires you to be a resident of Turkey, and becoming a resident of Turkey requires health insurance coverage, you will have to go back and forth between the SGK office and the foreigners' bureau. Here's what you need to do: Go to the SGK office, and verify exactly what you need to do according to your situation. Rules can change or vary according to province. Get a physical examination. You can go to a private or state hospital for this (state hospitals are cheaper. You can pay by cash or credit card at either type of hospital. Go to the SGK office and submit an initial application for SGK insurance. You will need your residence permit, passport, and proof of address (such as a property deed or rental contract, or a stamped and signed address registration document from the Nüfus [Citizenship and Population Directorate]). The SGK will provisionally enroll you and give you a document called a Provizyon Sorgulama Cevap (Provisional Inquiry Reply) which shows you have been provisionally registered in the SGK system. Then, pay the premium for the first month of coverage. Go to the DGMM with your copy of the Provisional Inquiry Reply. Submit it with your residence permit application package. You will get a confirmation of application from the foreigners' bureau showing that you have applied for your residence permit. Go back to the SGK office with the confirmation document you received from the DGMM, and complete the SGK application process. You will then have medical insurance coverage in Turkey, and a completed and submitted application for your Turkey residence permit. Note: After you receive your residence permit, return to the SGK office, show them your residence permit card, and make sure that you are registered with the SGK as a resident of Turkey. Extending Your SGK Insurance Once you reach a date 60 days before the expiration of your residence permit, it is a good idea to apply to extend your SGK coverage as soon as possible, to make sure you have no gaps in your insurance coverage. If You Are Over 65 Years Old If you are over 65 years old, you do not need to have health insurance to get a residence permit, unless you are applying for a long-term residence permit. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. See Also Health Insurance Forum: A forum dedicated to the health insurance requirement to live in Turkey. Please post any questions or comments you have there. External Links Republic of Turkey, Social Security Institution: In English. Covers just about anything you need to know about SGK Universal Health Insurance.
  13. We've had a few questions in our residence permit health insurance forum about what exactly is covered by a Turkish private health insurance policy. So I took this information directly from my own health insurance policy, from Groupama, and I present it here to give you an idea of what is covered. The first year is limited in coverage, to screen out those who might come in with pre-existing conditions requiring immediate care. But after the first year, you will get full coverage. Make sure you get one of your insurance company's cards with your policy number. With that, the hospital or other healthcare provider can call your insurance company to verify your coverage. The insurance companies have various contracts with healthcare providers throughout Turkey. They offer discount rates to them, on a secret price list. And these contracted healthcare providers will accept your insurance immediately and not bill you (or will only bill you for any portions of your bill which are not covered. If your insurance company doesn't have a contract with the healthcare provider you visit, your healthcare provider will probably tell you that you have to pay cash in advance and get a refund from the insurance company. But that doesn't mean they can't still bill your insurance company if you don't have the cash, whether they have a contract or not. Anyway, here is what is covered by a typical health insurance policy provided by a private Turkish company. Statement of Health Coverage Coverage Scope Contracted Non-contracted Limit of Coverage Contribution Limit of Coverage Contribution Inpatient Treatment Annual Unlimited None 20,000 TL 20% Hospital Room-Meal Daily Charge for Standard Single Room None Charge for Standard Single Room 20% Intensive Care Daily Charge for Intensive Care Unit None Charge for Intensive Care Unit 20% Outpatient Diagnosis Treatment Annual 2,000 TL 40% 2,000 TL 40% Auxiliary Medical Supplies Annual 1,000 TL 40% 1,000 TL 40% *"Contribution" is the percentage the patient must pay. *"Contracted" referrers to healthcare providers with whom the insurance company has a contract. *"Non-contracted" refers to healthcare providers with whom the insurance company does not have a contract. * International emergency assistance and medical consultancy * Outpatient treatment coverage is limited at 2,000 TL in aggregate annually at contracted and non-contracted healthcare institutions. Waiting Periods According to Groupama's policy, for the first year, many things are not covered. The following was taken directly from the "Waiting Periods" clause of a policy purchased May 13th 2016: 4- Waiting Periods 4.1. Diagnose, outpatient treatment, minor intervention, surgery and inpatient treatment expenses related to the below mentioned diseases and complications are not covered for 12 months following the first effective date of the policy provided by Groupama Sigorta: Hearth diseases, cancer, chronic diseases (diabetes, hypertension, COPD, MS, Thyroid Gland Diseases / Goiter, hepatitis, gastroesophageal reflux, peptic ulcer etc.) benign tumor - mass- polyp- lypoma nevusverruca - cyst. Provided that, after evaluating the declaration/documents of the insured/ the policyholder, the insurer may extend the waiting period for the above mentioned diseases or apply waiting period for other diseases on condition that it is written on the appendices. 4.2. All kind of physiotherapy and rehabilitation expenses as well as algology treatments are not covered for 12 months following the first effective date of the policy. Exclusions According to the same policy, the following things are never covered: 5 - Exclusions: In addition to the Health Insurance General Conditions article 2 of the, any disease and/or injury resulting from an accident during the term of the insurance will be excluded due to the cases mentioned below: 5.1. Expenses regarding diseases and disabilities which exist before the effective date of the policy, examination and treatment following the first diagnose of congenital and/or structural diseases and disabilities, diagnoses and treatments of hereditary diseases and disabilities as well as the expenses for any related disorder, 5.2. Expenses related with medical examination, laboratory/X-ray, etc. tests , treatments for medical analysis or medical prevention purposes in absence of disease tests, check-ups, medicine and vaccines for early diagnose of diseases, 5.3. Any procedures carried out in the absence of any diagnostic / treatment program required by a physician and expenses resulting from these procedures, 5.4. All expenses related with treatments considered experimental by the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration), any experimental treatments that are not scientifically proven, chiropractic, PRP, transplantation and use of root cells apart from cancer treatments, 5.5. All expenses related with motor and mental development disorder, growth and development disorder, 5.6. Apart from cases resulting from an accident occurred during the term of the policy, all kind of plastic surgeries, diagnose and treatments for esthetic purposes, gynecomasty, sex reassignment surgeries, breast reduction surgery, laser epilation, laser ad phototherapy procedures related with any skin disease (except for puva therapy), telangiectasia, therapies for dermal haemangioma, varicose treatments, 5.7. Expenses related to gall bladder and biliary track diseases, urinary system stone, 5.8. Expenses related to septum deviation, narrowness of nasal meatus, concha hypertrophy, tonsillitis, adenoid, sinusitis, auto-sclerosis and otitis media complications, 5.9. Expenses of diagnoses and treatments of hallux valgus, disc diseases (discopathy), carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar tunnel syndrome, shoulder and knee surgery (meniscus, cartilage, synovia and ligament lesions, etc., coxarthrosis, hygroma, 5.10. Expenses of coronary artery calcium scan by Electron Tomography (EBT), Volume Computer Tomography (VCT) and similar equipment, coronary artery angiographies by multi-detector computer tomography, and virtual bronchoscopy and virtual colonoscopy performed for scanning purposes, : 5.11. Expenses of diagnoses and treatments of spermatocele varicosele, hydrocele, umbilical cyst and epididymis cyst, prostate diseases, hernia, hemorrhoid / anal fistula, anal fissure / anal abscess, perianal abscess, Bartholin’s abscess/cyst/ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease and pilonidal sinus, 5.12. Expenses of diagnoses and treatments of sleep disorders sleep apnea and snoring, and auxiliary equipment, 5.13. Immunotherapy and allergy tests (dermal tests,determination of quantitative antigen in serum and other analyses), 5.14. All expenses related with pregnancy and childbirth and incubation care, 5.15. Expenses related to diagnose and treatment of organ transplantation and organ failure, expenses related to organ donation and donor, 5.16. Breast diseases, breast prosthesis and nipple reconstruction after cancer surgery, 5.17. Expenses related to all kind of medical treatment, laser and surgical procedures carried out for strabismus and refractive errors, expenses related to diagnoses, analyses and treatments of amblyopia, expenses related to diagnose and treatment of cataract, glaucoma and retinal diseases, 5.18. Expenses related to diagnoses and treatments of all diseases related with AIDS, ARCS and HIV, genital herpes, genital and anal papillomatous lesions (warts, condyloma acuminatum, etc.), genital and anal contagiosum, human papilloma virus (HPV) and expenses incurred for diagnosis and treatment of venereal diseases, 5.19. Expenses of abortion, expenses of sterilization (tube ligation, vasectomy, etc.), implant contraceptives, all birth control methods (spiral application, oral contraceptives, etc.), analyses of oral abortion, impotency (erectile dysfunctions), sexual dysfunction, infertility and/or fertilization (in vitro fertilization, microinjection, etc.), HSG and hysterosonography, etc., analyses, controls and treatments carried out before pregnancy, expenses related to diagnoses and treatments of ovary cyst, myoma, stress incontinence, cystorectoceie, adhesiotysis, endometriosis, endometrioma, 5.20. Circumcision and related complications, 5.21. Expenses incurred for physical therapy and rehabilitation over 20 sessions within one year of insurance received as part of an outpatient and/or inpatient treatment, 5.22. Expenses of psychiatric and psychological disorders/treatments, treatment of psychosomatic diseases and expenses related to psychologists, pedagogues, social service experts, etc, 5.23. Expenses of diagnoses and treatments of geriatric diseases (dementia, Alzheimer's disease, etc.) and psycho-geriatric diseases, 5.24. Expenses of diagnoses and treatments of a disease or an accident resulting from the effect of alcohol and narcotic substances under which the insured is, diagnoses and treatments of any disease and complications developed as a result of use of alcohol or narcotic substances, expenses of cigarette, alcohol and substance addiction treatment, 5.25. Expenses of alternative medicine methods (acupuncture, hypnosis, aromatherapy, neural therapy, etc.), obesity, diagnose of metabolic syndrome, metabolic surgery, obesity surgery, diabetes surgery, methods of weight gain and expenses related with foot care centers, expenses of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), services used at SPA cure centers, massage expenses, dietary specialists, mud baths, weight loss centers, fitness centers and similar places, expenses related to anti-aging procedures, expenses of all kind of diagnoses and treatments of nutrition and diet, all expenses in beauty clinics, expenses of voice and speech therapy. 5.26. Expenses of all kind of examination, diagnose and treatment for hair loss, treatment of perspiration, iontophoresis and BTX procedures, treatments with orlistat and its derivatives (xenical caps, etc.), treatments with sibutramine and its derivatives (reductil caps). 5.27. Expenses of unlicensed drugs, vitamins and food supplementary products approved by Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, imported with the import license given by the Ministry of Health, expenses of fruit salts and medical sodas, supplements and herbs for weight loss, bran and plant fibres, artificial sweeteners, nicotine replacement products to quit smoking, contact lens care products, all kind of tooth paste, mouth and dental care products, all kind of medicinal teas, any products shaped like drug, containing components like herb and herbal elements and herbal extract distillate, unregistered by the Ministry of Health, all kind of soap, anti-dandruff and anti-hair loss products, hair or dandruff shampoo, skin cream, skin soap, cosmetic products, thermophore, thermometer, etc. 5.28. Expenses of all kind of intervention, diagnose and treatment on teeth, gum and jaw carried out by dentists. 5.29. Costs of eyeglasses, contact lenses and solutions, wheeled chair, hearing aid, ICD, crutches, orthopaedic boots-soles-slippers-shoes. 5.30. Costs of diapers, baby food, feeding bottle, pacifier, baby care creams, etc. 5.31. Expenses related to disability and injury occurred during the performance of all kind of professional and/or dangerous and extreme sports (mountain climbing, parachuting, air sports, underwater sports, rally, motocross, use of atv-utv, etc.) and related sports competitions and speed and strength races, and all kind of accident due to unlicensed driving.. 5.32. Expenses related to disability resulting from participation in strikes, workers movement involving lockouts, civil commotions, fights, etc. as well as expenses related to the required diagnosis and treatment. 5.33. Expenses of private nursing services at the hospital during outpatient or inpatient treatment 5.34. Costs of healthcare service received from physicians who are not specialist of the disease of the insured. 5.35. Expenses for use of robot, etc. in robotic surgical operations. 5.36. Daily hospital expenses exceeding the limit and the scope of coverage defined in the policy for treatments which should be inpatient treatment according to medical point of view. 5.37. Daily work disability compensation for the period in which the insured cannot work due to its medical condition resulting from a disease. 5.38. Expenses of daily home care which are out of scope of Nurse Care at Home Coverage. 5.39. Expenses related to pes planus and scoliosis, kyphosis and lordosis which are not a consequence of an accident occurred after the effective date of the policy. 5.40. All expenses excluded from guarantees, limits and contributions specified on the policy and any uncovered special situations specified in the additional clauses of the policy. The above is only an example taken from the policy of one insurance company. Consult your personal health insurance policy to see what it covers or doesn't cover. And contact your health insurance provider if you have any questions. If You Are Over 65 Years Old If you are over 65 years old, there is no requirement to prove you have health insurance, unless you are applying for a long-term residence permit. Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center The Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or DGMM) has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. 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. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. See Also Minimum Health Insurance Coverage for Your Residence Permit Health Insurance for Residence Permits Forum: We have an entire forum dedicated to the health insurance requirement. If you have comments or questions, please post them there.
  14. Documents Required for a Long-term Residence Permit Residence Permit Application Form Current Residence Permit Passport, valid for at least six months, and a notarized copy of the identity information and entry stamp pages of the passport * Proof that you have had no interruptions of residence** Two photos meeting the official photo requirements Document showing that you have not received any social assistance from the Turkish government for the past three years Proof of continuous income, such as a pension, equivalent to not less than the minimum wage (see "Minimum Wage in Turkey" under "External Links")*** Criminal Record Check Document**** Proof of health insurance which is valid in Turkey, has a duration of at least one year, and meets minimum coverage requirements Address registration document from the Nüfus, or population directorate. *If your passport is not in the Latin alphabet, it must be translated by a government-approved translator, then notarized. **To prove no interruptions of residence, take your passport (and previous passport if necessary, with one copy per passport) to a local office of the passport police. Ask them for a Giriş Çekiş Belgesi (entrance and exit document) for all of your previous entries and exits to and from Turkey. ***You will need documentation from your pension provider with an apostille from your home country. The letter must then be translated by an official Turkish translator and notarized. **** This will usually include a criminal record check in Turkey as well as your home country. Extensions Since the long-term residence permit never expires, you will never have to apply for an extension. However, you must continue to renew your health insurance plan and keep it current, because your residence permit will become invalid if your health insurance policy lapses. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. 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. See Also Long-term Residence Permit Forum: If you have questions or comments, please post them here.
  15. What is a long-term residence permit? A long-term residence permit is only issued to foreigners who have been legally residing in Turkey for at least 8 continuous years. It doesn't expire, but may be canceled under certain circumstances (see below). Also, when you apply, you only have to pay the fee required for printing the card-- and not the additional tax required for other types of residence permits. What requirements must I meet to apply for a long-term residence permit? You must: Have been legally residing in Turkey for at least eight years. Have not received social assistance from the Turkish government in the past three years. Have a sufficient and stable income (such as a pension) to support yourself and your family (if you have family members living with you). Be covered with a valid medical insurance policy which meets minimum requirements. Not pose a threat to public order or security. Do I have to wait for my current residence permit to get within 60 days of expiration before I can apply? No. You can apply for a long-term residence permit at any time. It is a good idea to apply well in advance of your current residence permit's expiration date, since it can take up to six months for it to be approved and sent to you. Why does it take so long for a long-term residence permit application to be approved? Because it's tantamount to Turkish citizenship, except for a few restrictions (see "rights" below). How much income do I need to meet the financial requirement? A continuous monthly income at least equivalent to the minimum wage in Turkey for the year you apply. And for each family member you support, an additional amount equivalent to one-third of the minimum wage in Turkey. What rights will I have with a long-term residence permit? You'll have the same rights as a Turkish citizen, except for: Compulsory military service. The right to vote and to be elected. The ability to work in an office providing public services. Exemption from customs duties when importing vehicles. When can a long-term residence permit be canceled? It can be canceled if you: Pose a threat to public security or public order. Stay outside of Turkey continuously for more than one year, except for reasons involving health, education, or compulsory public service in your home country. If my long-term residence permit is cancelled, can I apply for another one? If your long-term residence permit is canceled because you were out of Turkey continuously for more than one year, for reasons other than your health, education, or compulsory public service in your home country, you may apply again without accumulating another eight years of residence. But you must submit a separate justification explaining why the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) should approve your application. For more information, see Cancellation of Your Long-term Residence Permit. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. 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. See Also Long-term Residence Permits Forum. If you have questions or comments, please post them in our forum.
  16. You may apply for a long-term residence permit if you have been a legal resident of Turkey for at least eight (8) years. They never expire, and are free of charge, except for a 58.50 TL (2016) fee for printing the residence permit itself. Because you will be converting from one type of residence permit to another, it is considered a first-time application. It is not an extension of your current residence permit. Applications are made online, on the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General for Migration Management , or DGMM) residence permit application website, e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr. Near the end of the application process, the system will tell you what documents are required and allow you to choose an appointment day and time to go to the DGMM office with your documentation. During your appointment, an immigration specialist will review your package. If you have any missing or inadequate documents, they will tell you what you need to do to complete the application package. Once accepted, your application will be sent to the main DGMM office in Ankara for final approval. Appointments for long-term residence permits are typically at the DGMM main office in each province. Rights of a Long-term Residence Permit Holder You will have the same rights and duties as a Turkish citizen, except for Compulsory military service The right to vote and be elected Entry into public service Exemption from customs duties when importing vehicles. Working Rights A long term residence permit does not give you the right to work in Turkey. However, once you have one, you can get an unlimited work permit from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. With this type of work permit, you can work for any employer you choose to, without the restrictions of a regular work permit. The unlimited work permit also never expires. Requirements To qualify for a long-term residence permit, you must Be a legal resident of Turkey for at least eight (8) years Not have received any social assistance for the previous three (3) years Have sufficient and stable income to sustain yourself and your family Have health insurance which is valid in Turkey and meets minimum coverage requirements Not pose a threat to public order or security. Long-term Residence Permits for Spouses If you are the spouse of someone who has continuous income, you may also apply for a long-term residence permit, by providing proof of the income of your spouse. When You Can Apply You can apply for a long-term residence permit as soon as you have reached the eight-year mark for your time living in Turkey. You don't have to wait until your current residence permit is about to expire. Documents Required Please see our article about what documents are required to apply for a long-term residence permit. How Much Time it Takes It usually takes around six months for a long-term residence permit to be processed. What you are requesting is tantamount to Turkish citizenship, so more time for approval is required. Cancellation Under some circumstances, a long-term residence permit may be canceled. See our article about cancellation of long-term residence permits. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. 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. See Also Long-term Residence Permits Forum: A forum dedicated to the process of getting a long-term residence permit. If you have any questions or comments, please post them there.
  17. Reasons for Cancellation Your long-term residence permit may be canceled if you 1. Stay outside of Turkey, continuously, for more than one year, for reasons other than health, education, or compulsory public service in your country. 2. Allow your health insurance coverage to lapse. Even though a long-term residence permit doesn't have to be extended, your health insurance does. When your health insurance becomes invalid, so does your residence permit. Re-applying if Your Long-term Residence Permit has been Canceled If your long-term residence permit is canceled because you have been outside of Turkey for more than one year, for reasons other than those listed above, you may submit another application, in person, with an explanation and evidence supporting the reason for your absence. It will be up to the discretion of the issuing authorities whether or not to re-issue you another long-term residence permit. The following will be taken into account when considering whether or not to give you another long-term residence permit: Your intent to stay in Turkey and settle here If you have relatives in Turkey or not Your immovable assets, such as real estate Your active work and labor relations Your history of social, financial, and cultural relations with Turkey. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. 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. See Also Long-term Residence Permits Forum: If you have any questions or wish to make a comment, please do so here.
  18. One of the documents you will need, when applying for a long-term residence permit, is a letter showing that you have not received government social assistance (welfare) in the last three years of your residence in Turkey. Here's how to get that letter. Go to the Sosyal Yardımı Ofisi (social assistance) office. This is usually located in the Nüfus (population directorate), or the Kaymakamlik (district governorship) building in or near the city or town center. Large cities with multiple districts may have one of these offices for each district, so you will need to find the one responsible for the area where you live. Give them your residence permit, which has your kimlik numarası (identity number) on it. They will use this number to look up your record. Ask for a letter, on official letterhead, stating that you have not received social assistance for the last three years. This must be on official letterhead, and not on a regular piece of paper. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. See Also Long-term Residence Permits Forum: Have questions or want to make a comment? You can do so here.
  19. The following documents are required: Residence Permit Application Form Your passport, and a notarized copy of your passport's identity information page, photo page, and the page showing your latest entry into Turkey * Four (4) photos which meet Turkey's official photo requirements Declaration of financial capacity stating that you have sufficient, or regular income for the duration period of the residence permit you are applying for** Proof of health insurance coverage, which is valid in Turkey and meets Turkey's minimum coverage requirements, which may be any of the following: A document showing that you are covered for health care under a bilateral agreement between Turkey and your home country Private health insurance from your home country which meets Turkey's minimum requirements. Private Turkish health insurance Proof that you have a place to live * For passports which are not issued in Latin letters, you must have it translated by a Turkish sworn translator, and include the translation with your passport ** You make the declaration during the online application process. However, be prepared to show documentation proving this if you are asked during your interview. Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. 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. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. See Also Short-term Residence Permits Forum: Have questions or comments? Please post them in our forum.
  20. The following documents are required: Residence Permit Application Form Your passport, and a copy of your passport's identity information page, photo page, and the page showing your latest entry into Turkey * Two (2) photos which meet Turkey's official photo requirements Declaration of financial capacity stating that you have sufficient, or regular income for the duration period of the residence permit you are applying for ** Proof of health insurance coverage, which is valid in Turkey and meets Turkey's minimum coverage requirements, which may be any of the following: A document showing that you are covered for health care under a bilateral agreement between Turkey and your home country Private health insurance from your home country which meets Turkey's minimum requirements. Private Turkish health insurance Proof that you have a place to live, which can be an address registration document from the Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (also called the "Nüfus"). *** * For passports which are not issued in Latin letters, you must have it translated by a Turkish sworn translator, and include the translation with your passport. Since extensions are done by mail, send in only the notarized copy. Do not mail the original passport. ** You make the declaration during the online application process. However, be prepared to show documentation proving it if you are asked during your interview. *** Go to your local Nüfus and show them your residence permit. They will look into their computer system, then print out a proof of address document that you can mail to the DGMM with your extension package. Mailing in Your Documents Near the end of your residence permit online application, the system will give you the address to which you must mail your printed out and signed residence permit extension form, and supporting documents. These must be sent by by taahhütlü posta (registered mail), using Turkey's national postal system, the PTT. You may also send them using a Turkish cargo delivery company. Once you complete the residence permit extension application in the online system, you have five business days to mail the application and supporting documentation to the DGMM. Send each application separately. If you send more than one application in an envelope, it will be rejected. Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. 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. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. See Also Short-term Residence Permits Forum: If you have questions or comments about how to get a short-term residence permit, please ask them in our forum.
  21. If you want to live in Turkey permanently, or just stay for a while beyond the duration of your visa, must apply for a short-term residence permit. This is the only way you can stay in Turkey after your visa expires. You may apply for a short-term residence permit if you are conducting scientific research own real estate want to establish a business or commercial connections participate in on-the-job training programs attend educational or similar programs as part of a student exchange program or agreements to which Turkey is a party to want to stay beyond the duration of a visa, for tourism purposes * intend to receive medical treatment (provided they are not a public health threat) are required to stay in Turkey pursuant to a request or a decision of judicial or administrative authorities attend a Turkish language course attend an education or a research program, an internship, or a course through the agency of a public institution in Turkey want to stay in Turkey after graduating from a higher education program in Turkey. * If you just want to live in Turkey, for no other reason than that you want to live here, you'll apply for a short term residence permit for "tourism purposes." That is all would you need to rent a place to live and stay. Duration Short-term residence permits are issued for a minimum of one month, and a maximum of two years. When it is within 60 days of expiration, you can extend it (see below). In no case will the expiration date of any residence permit be beyond the date 60 days prior to your passport's expiration date. Your residence permit may also be considered invalid if your health insurance policy expires. Online Application Procedure Both first-time and renewal applications are done online, at e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr (ikamet is Turkish for “residence permit”). Select either “First Application” or “Application for Extension” as soon as you enter the e-ikamet site. If you have to buy health insurance, or have documentation saying you are exempt because of a bilateral agreement, get your policy or the bilateral agreement information before you apply online, because you will need it as you apply. Also have your photos taken according to requirements. Fill out the various forms and submit them, and upload a scan of one of your photos. The system will tell you what documents you need, what fees need to be paid and where to pay them. First-time Application If it is a first-time application, the system will also give you an appointment date and time to go to the local DGMM office with your required documents. During your appointment, an immigration expert will go over your package and make sure there are no missing documents. Keep in mind that your application is not considered submitted until all required documentation is submitted with your application. Here's more information on the documents required for a first-time application for a short-term residence permit. Extensions Extensions work the same way, with the extension application being done online. But there is no appointment, and no need to go to the DGMM. The system will give you a mailing address for where you need to send your documents and payment receipts. Here's more information on the documents required for the extension of a short-term residence permit. *Some provinces are requiring appointments for residence permit extensions. Others may also require them under certain circumstances. If they do require an appointment, you can select a time and date for it on the online system. Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. 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. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. See Also Short-term Residence Permits Forum: If you have any questions or comments, please post them here.
  22. After you are accepted by a Turkish university, you'll apply for and receive a student visa to enter Turkey. After you arrive in Turkey, you'll apply online for your student residence permit. At the end of the online application, you'll select a date and time for an appointment at the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or DGMM), where an immigration specialist will go over your application and paperwork to make sure everything is in order. Once it's accepted, they'll send the package to their main headquarters in Ankara, where your student residence permit will be printed. Then they'll mail your student residence permit to you by registered mail. Coordinate With Your Student Affairs Office Your student affairs office will give you a briefing about how to go about applying for your student residence permit, and make sure you have what you need before you make an online application. Required Documents Please see our article detailing the commonly required documents for a student residence permit in Turkey. Make sure you have your photos and your insurance policy (or your document from the SGK if your country has a bilateral agreement with Turkey for healthcare coverage) before you start the online application. You will need to scan and upload one photo of yourself. That photo must be the same as the ones you take to your appointment. Also, you will need to enter the information from your healthcare insurance or SGK document (such as the policy number and start and end dates). At your appointment, if any of the documents are missing or inadequate, the immigration specialist will tell you, and give you time to go get the documents and return with them. What Student Residence Permits May Be Issued For Associate, undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate study Primary and secondary education, as long as care and expenses of the student are provided by a natural or legal person. Student residence permits are not required for open education programs or courses, such as Turkish language courses. They are also not issued if you are attending a university as a guest student or as part of a research program. For these, you can use an e-visa or a short-term residence permit. Working as a Student A student residence permit does not automatically give you permission to work. If you want to work, you must apply for a work permit. Reporting Changes in Your Location If you transfer to a different department of a university, or move to another university, you must inform the DGMM of the transfer within 20 business days. If you move to a university in another city or province, you must inform the DGMM within ten business days. They will issue you another residence permit card for the new province. This only involves issuing you a new residence permit card, that is, you don't have to go through the whole application process again. The DGMM office you need to inform is the one in the province you have been transferred to. Any change of residential address must also be reported to the Nüfus ve Vatandaş İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (Population and Citizenship Directorate, or Nüfus). Renewal Student residence permits may be renewed annually, or until the end of the period of study. Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. 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. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. See Also Turkey Residence Permit Forum: If you need more information, post your questions in our Residence Permits forum. Student Visas External Links Study in Turkey: From the Turkish government, a good source of information for anyone who wants to come to Turkey for education.
  23. Foreigners typically first enter Turkey with a visa. If you want to remain in Turkey beyond the duration of your visa, you must get a residence permit. There are no "visa extensions." Residence permit applications are handled by the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü, (Directorate General of Migration Management, or DGMM). There is a DGMM office in the capital city of each province in Turkey, and in many towns with a significant foreign population. All applications for residence permits (both first-time and extensions) are made online. Supporting documents are then delivered to the DGMM. For first-time applications, the documents are delivered in person, at a time and date you will select as an appointment during the online application. For extensions, you can mail the documents to an address you will be given during the online application. Required Documents In all cases, you must provide documents proving: Who You Are Done with your passport or passport substitute, and a notarized copy of it. The copy must include the identity information page, the page containing your photo, and the page showing the stamp for your most recent entry into Turkey. If your passport is in a non-Latin language, you must have it translated by a sworn translator. That You Have a Place to Live Done with a rental contract, a tapu (title deed to a property), or even a letter from a hotel manager stating that you are using a hotel for a residence. Learn more here. That You Have Enough Financial Support Usually, you only have to declare that you have the financial capacity to live in Turkey for the duration of the residence permit you are applying for. You make this declaration during the online application process. However, the DGMM may ask for supporting proof of financial means, so you should be prepared to present it on demand. Cash: Until recently, the standard of proof was the equivalent of $500 USD in a Turkish bank account. However, the DGMM no longer uses this as a set rule. Obviously, if you have that amount of money in a Turkish bank, that will certainly be accepted as proof that you can support yourself. But if you have less, don't worry. You just need to convince the immigration specialist handling your application that you have enough to live on, based on your monthly expenses and lifestyle. Income from a Pension or Other Source: If you have a pension or other income, you can present a letter or statement from the organization which manages your pension or otherwise pays you. Learn more here. 4. That you have health insurance which is valid in Turkey, and meets certain minimum coverage requirements. The following types of insurance are accepted: Health insurance from a Turkish private insurance company. Health insurance from your home country if if it meets certain minimum coverage requirements. Turkish government health insurance, managed by the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu, or SGK, which you can purchase after you have legally resided in Turkey for one year or more. Coverage under a bilateral agreement between the Turkish government and your country. Some types of residence permits, such as family residence permits and long-term residence permits, require additional documentation. Photos For new applications, four (4) photos are required. For extensions, two (2) are required. You must also scan one of the photos and, when applying using the online residence permit system, upload a scanned copy of your photo (so have your photos taken before you apply online). Photos must meet certain official requirements. Types of Residence Permits Short-term Residence Permits The short-term residence permit is what most foreigners who live in Turkey have. It allows you to stay in Turkey beyond the time allowed on your visa from one month to two years. Then you can extend it when it is within sixty days of expiring. You can continue to extend it for as long as you want to remain in Turkey. Family Residence Permits The family residence permit is for the foreign spouse, or foreign children or dependents, of a Turkish citizen or foreign legal resident who acts as the family sponsor. In all cases, the sponsor is already legally living in Turkey as a citizen or with a residence permit. Long-term Residence Permits If you have been legally residing in Turkey for at least eight years with any type of residence or work permit, you can apply for a long-term residence permit. This type of residence permit never has to be extended, but the approval of your application can take six months or more. Once you have one, you can also apply for an unlimited work permit, which will enable you to work for any employer, without the restrictions other types of work permits have. Student Residence Permits If you want to attend a university in Turkey, you will need to get a student residence permit. This requires an application at a Turkish embassy or consulate outside of Turkey, after being accepted as a student by an educational institution within Turkey. You must first get a student visa, then come to Turkey, and then apply for a student residence permit after you arrive. Four Steps for Residence Permit Applications and Extensions Residence permit applications and extensions both involve four basic steps: 1. Gather Your Documentation Before you apply online, you need to get some of your documentation ready, because the online system will ask you for information from them, or ask you to scan and upload them. A Copy of Your Passport: Get a color copy of your passport to include with your application. Photos: You'll need to upload one of these, and the one you upload must be the same as the photos you include with your application. Health Insurance Policy: You'll need the name of the company from which you bought the policy, the policy number, and the start and end dates of the policy. If you already have one policy and have bought a new one which activates when your old one expires, enter the start date of the first policy, and the end date of the second policy. Get a Turkish and an English version of the policy. Keep the English version, and send the Turkish version in with your application. Proof of Your Address: For first time applications, you'll need to have a notarized copy of your tapu (title deed) or a rental contract. For extensions, you'll need a Yerleşim Yeri ve Diğer Adres Belgesi (Place of Residence and Other Addresses Document). You can get this at the local Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (Citizenship and Population Directorate) office. If you are staying at a hotel or with a friend, or are in another situation, get the documentation as described in this guide about proving you have a residence. You'll be entering your address exactly as stated on whichever document you use. 2. Online Application Turkey has an online system where you can fill out the residence permit application forms and upload scanned copies of your documents, and a scanned photo of yourself. If it is your first application, it will then allow you to choose an available day and time for an appointment. If you are extending the duration of your residence permit, it will give you the address to which you must mail your documentation. The online system also allows you to pay the residence permit fees, using a credit card. All applications and extensions are done at this website: Online Residence Permit Application System Tip! You should already have your health insurance arranged before you begin the process, since the system will require you to enter information from your health insurance policy. You should also have your photos ready beforehand, since you must scan and upload one of them, and this photo must be the same as the ones you submit with your application. 3. Payment of Fees If you didn't already pay the residence permit fees by credit card online, you can also pay them at any vergi dairesi (tax office) or at any Ziraat Bankası (Ziraat Bank). Tell the clerk you need to pay the ikamet ucreti (ee-kah-met ooj-reh-tee). Be sure to get at least two receipts: one to give or send to the DGMM, and one for your records. 4. Delivery of Documentation First Time Application After you successfully submit the online application, you must go in person on the day and time you selected for your appointment. During your appointment, a migration management specialist will go over your documents to make sure everything is in order. If anything is missing, you can go and get it, then bring it back. You have 30 days to get any missing documents, but typically things like getting something notarized or getting health insurance can be done in a few hours. Extension If you are extending a residence permit, the process is the same, except instead of an appointment, the system will give you an address to which you must mail the supporting documents by taahhütlü posta (registered mail), using Turkey's national postal system, PTT. You may also send them using a Turkish cargo delivery company. Important! Each extension application must be mailed separately. Do not combine more than one application in the same package. Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. 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. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. See Also Residence Permit Forum: If you have questions or comments about residence permits in Turkey, please post them in our residence permits forum. External Links Directorate General of Migration Management, Required Documents: Several downloadable PDF documents available here, which cover the documents required for first-time applications and extensions.
  24. If you want to stay longer than your visa allows, you must get a residence permit. If you don't have your own address and are staying with a friend, you can use the residence of a friend as your residence. Your host will need to create a taahhutname (literally, "an undertaking"), at a noter (notary) office. The taahhutname will be a guarantee, by your host, to be responsible for any debts, fees or fines you incur while staying with them, and ensure you leave Turkey before your residence permit expires. If your host is married, his or her spouse will also have to sign the taahhutname. Your host (and spouse, if applicable), must go with you to the noter. Take your and their identification, and their tapu (property title deed) or a rental contract with their name on it. Once the taahhutname is created, if any of the involved parties don't speak Turkish, an official translator will read it out loud to make sure everyone understands it. Then the parties will sign it. You can then include the taahhutname with your residence permit application as proof of your address. The DGMM may require that the person you are staying with also attend your appointment. So have one of them go with you, or make sure they are immediately available on the day of your appointment. Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. 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. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. See Also Proving You Have an Address Residence Permits Forums: If you have any questions or comments about the residence permit application process, please ask them there.
  25. Turkish Law Governing Visas and Residence Permits The law which governs residence permits and foreigners in Turkey is the Law On Foreigners and International Protection. It is published in English and can be read online or downloaded (see "External Links"). Use the Official Residence Permit Website Turkey's official residence permit site is at www.goc.gov.tr. The residence permit application site is at e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr. All Turkish government websites end with ".gov.tr." If the website address doesn't have that on the end, it's not an official government website. Private Residence Permit Advisory Services You will encounter people, especially around the offices of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (General Directorate for Migration Management, or DGMM), who will offer assistance. While they may provide a valuable service, they are not officially authorized by the Turkish government. Each DGMM office has migration management specialists who can help you with the residence permit process. So before you consider paying a fee for a private advisor, go to the DGMM office and ask for assistance there. When to Apply for Your Residence Permit You should apply for your first-time residence permit within 30 days after you arrive Turkey. And you should apply for an extension of your residence permit within 60 days prior to the expiration date of your current residence permit. Sooner is often better, since the earliest appointment date you are able to get may be quite some time in the future, and it can take up to 90 days to get your residence permit approved and sent to you in some provinces. Photo Requirements Have your photos taken before you apply for your first residence permit or extension online, because you will need to scan and upload one of them. The photo you scan and upload must be the same as the photos you take to your appointment or mail to the DGMM. Photos for your residence permit must be 3.5 cm in width and 4.5 cm in height. They must be all the same, taken within the last six months, against a white background. Do not upload or submit family photos, selfies, unrecognizable, or black-and-white photos. For first-time applications, four photos are required. For extensions, two are required. The "60-day Rule" for Passport Validity Your passport must be valid for 60 days beyond the duration of the residence permit you are applying for. If it isn’t, the issued residence permit will only be valid until a date 60 days prior to your passport’s expiration. Documents and Must Match What You Put In To The System Be sure the information and dates on your documents are the same as what you enter into the residence permit application system. If something is inconsistent, you may end up running around at the last minute, or having to wait for a document to be delivered from your home country. Residence Permit Extensions After you complete your residence permit extension application on the online system, you have five business days to get your supporting documents in the mail. They must be sent to the DGMM address which is provided by the online system by taahhütlü posta (registered mail), using Turkey's national postal system, the PTT. You may also send them using a Turkish cargo delivery company. Don't mail in your original passport, or original ID card in the case of family residence permit applications. Get notarized copies of them and mail those instead. Mail each application package separately in a large, "A-4" size envelope. Do not put more that one application in any envelope. You can pay both the residence permit fee and the card fee with a credit card in the online system, or you can pay the fees at any vergi dairesi (tax office) or at any participating bank, such as Ziraat Bankası or Halkbank. If you pay the fees while using the online application system, you don't have to mail in the receipts. If you pay at a tax office or bank, get two copies of the receipts, and include one copy of each receipt with your application package Health Insurance Have your health insurance policy information ready before you apply for a residence permit online. The system will ask you for your health insurance information, including the start and end dates of the policy. Whatever health insurance policy you have, keep it current. If you let it expire, your residence permit will become invalid. If you are making a first-time application, make sure that your health insurance policy is valid on the date of your appointment at the DGMM. You can buy a health insurance policy for up to 60 days in advance from Ankara Sigorta (and probably other companies). This option will allow you to have your next policy activate as soon as your current policy expires. This is useful when you need to extend your residence permit. SGK Insurance Renewal If you are covered by the Turkish government’s SGK health insurance, take your new residence permit to the local SGK office so they can record a new expiration date, since SGK insurance coverage expires when your residence permit does (and vice-versa). Leaving and Returning to Turkey Before You Get Your Residence Permit At your residence permit appointment, the DGMM will give you a temporary residence permit printed on a sheet of A4 paper. With that, and with the receipts showing that you have paid the residence permit fees and card fees, you can leave Turkey for up to 15 days (one time), without having to get a visa on re-entry. You must have the temporary permit and receipts with you when you re-enter Turkey. If you return after more than 15 days, you will have to re-enter Turkey with an e-visa. This will not affect your visa application or result in the cancellation of your residence permit application. This doesn't mean you can stay outside of Turkey for as long as you want. You must be present at your registered address when your residence permit is delivered. And if there is a problem processing your residence permit, you may have to go to your local DGMM office to straighten it out. If you already have your Yabancı Kimlik Numarası (YKN, or Foreigner Identity Number), this will also help you when you return. The YKN is the number which will be on your residence permit card. You can ask to have your YKN assigned at your residence permit appointment or after that. It will help the immigration official when you return, since he or she will also be able to enter it into their computer to check your status. Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. 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. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. See Also Residence Permit Forum: If you have questions or comments about the residence permit process, please ask them in our forum. External Links DGMM, Required Documents and Explanations: Downloadable PDF files from the DGMM, including required documents, and explanations of the residence permit process.
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