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  1. I need help concerning my permit. I tried to login but I keep getting this message: Please help. What should I do?
  2. 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
  3. The Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or 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. But the rule doesn't apply to citizens of many countries. 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.
  4. So what happens after your Turkey residence permit is approved? In this guide, I'll first explain how to check your residency's approval status. Then I'll explain how the card is delivered to you and how to check to see where it is in the postal system. Finally, I'll tell you what you need to do if you miss the delivery. Checking Your Residence Permit's Approval Status If the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office) is still processing your application, you can check your application's status in the online residence permit application system, like this: Go to https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/ Click on the type of application you filed, either first-time, extension, or transfer Click "I would like to see my application result." Enter your application number, your cell (mobile) phone number or your e-mail address, and your foreigner ID number or your passport number. Enter the characters which appear in the "Captcha" image and click "Login." Online Application System Messages In Progress: They're still evaluating your residence permit application. Kayıt durumunuz: PTT'ye Teslim Edildi: Your residence permit has been approved, your card has been printed, and it has been sent to the PTT for delivery. Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management: This is probably a rejection, but it may not be. It could mean they need clarification or there's a problem with one of the documents in your package. You'll have to go to the immigration office and find out what happened. Not found: If you see this, double check your info and try again. If you get the message again, go to the immigration office to find out what happened. SMS or E-mail Messages There are messages the immigration office sends out by SMS after they've reached a decision about your residence permit: 2019-**-******* nolu ikamet izni talebiniz olumlu degerlendirilmistir. Your residence permit request 2019-**-******* numbered has been evaluated positively. B001 What it means: Your residence permit package has been approved. Now your card will be printed and sent to the PTT for delivery to your address. It will take up to 30 days or so for your residence permit to be printed and sent to the PTT for delivery. Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management. What it means: This can mean: Your application has been rejected. If that's the case, you'll need to leave Turkey within ten days unless you have remaining time on your visa or current residence permit, or Some problem was found during a second look at your package, and you must clarify something or provide more documentation. In either case, you must go to the local immigration office as soon as possible to learn what the problem is. You can walk in without an appointment. Card Printing If it's approved, the Ankara immigration office will print your new residence permit card. This can take up to 30 days. Delivery to PTT After the immigration office prints your card, they'll send it to the PTT. When the PTT receives it, the PTT will send you an SMS message saying they've received your residence permit card and that it's in the process of being delivered. Their message will include a barcode number that you can use to track the delivery of your residence permit card from the PTT in Ankara to your home. Note: The immigration office and the PTT only send these messages to Turkish mobile phone numbers. SMS Messages from PTT Message 1 Adınıza, 222000222111 barkod nolu gönderi kabul edilmiştir. www.ptt.gov.tr adresinden gönderinin durumunu takip edebilirsiniz. B001 What it means: The Ankara PTT has received your residence permit card. The message will also have a barcode, and a link you can click on to go to PTT's package tracking web page. It will be at the PTT in Ankara first. Then it will be given to: One of PTT's provincial distribution offices. Your local PTT office. A courier. That's when you need to be at home waiting for the doorbell to ring. You can use the barcode to check on where it is at any time by going to this web page: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/ptt-gonderi-takip?submit Message 2 İkamet belgeniz 111222333 barkotla adresinize gönderildi. Your residence document has been posted to your address with the barcode number 222000222111. B001 What it means: Your residence permit has been sent from the Ankara PTT to your address. Attempted Delivery Message 222000222111 numaralı gönderiniz adresinizde bulunmamanız nedeniyle CARŞI-ANT PTT Şübesine bırakılmıştır. Bizzat muracaatınız halında teslimi sağlanacaktır. B001 What it means: A mail courier attempted delivery, but you weren't home. Your residence permit is at your local post office. In the above case, at "CARŞI-ANT PTT," which is the central PTT office in Antalya. You must go to the post office and get it. If you're unsure about which PTT you must go to, go to any PTT, and show them the message. They'll tell you where to go. Successful Delivery 222000222111 barkod nolu gönderiniz YOUR NAME'e teslim edilmiştir. B001 What it means: Your residence permit has been delivered. You should have your residence permit card when you see this one. What's the "B001" at the End of the SMS Messages? All SMS messages have a four-digit number like "B001" at the end. It isn't part of the message itself. Total Delivery Time Delivery times can vary widely, depending on how busy the various immigration offices are. Some foreigners report receiving their residence permit cards in just a few days, while others report delivery has taken up to 40 days. What to Do When Your Residence Permit Card Arrives When you receive your residence permit card, make sure all the information on it is correct. Take a photo of, or scan, both the front and back of the card. Keep this photo on your mobile phone and computer. Always keep your residence permit card with you when you go out. If There's a Mistake on Your Residence Permit Card If you find a mistake on your card, take it to the local immigration office. You won't need an appointment. Also, take with you any documents which show the information on the card is incorrect. The immigration office will print another card for you, with the correct information, and send it to you free of charge. Receipt by Another person The mail carrier should only give the residence permit package to another person if the other person has power of attorney to receive it. You can get a power of attorney for this at any noter (notary). Learn how to give power of attorney to another person. That said, there have been reports by Turkey Central members that mail carriers have left residence permit card packages with apartment security guards or superintendents. So if you check the barcode and the PTT website says your residence permit has been delivered, but no mail carrier has come to your door, check with such people, or neighbors in your building, to see if the mail carrier left the package with them. Failed Delivery If you're not at home, you'll receive an SMS message from the PTT saying they were unable to deliver your package. If that happens, the local PTT office will keep it for seven days. To learn which office has your card, query the barcode number again (see "Tracking the Delivery of Your Residence Permit Card" above). If the office you need to go to is unclear, print the page and take it to any PTT office, and they'll tell you where to go. After seven days, the PTT will send your residence permit card to the local immigration office. You can either go to the immigration office and get it (no appointment required) or have someone with power of attorney get it for you. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  5. If your residence permit is lost or stolen, you must report it to the police immediately and file a report. Then take a copy of the police report to the immigration office. You won't need an appointment. Take the following to the immigration office: A copy of the police report. Two biometric photos Your passport and a copy of your passport, including the identifying information and photo pages, and the page with the most recent entry stamp. A copy of the residence permit that was lost or stolen, if you have one (it is always a good idea to take a photo or scan of your residence permit and save it in case you need it). Fees for the Replacement of a Residence Permit You'll have to pay a fee to have your new residence permit card printed. For 2021, the fee is ₺125. You'll also have to pay half of the residence permit processing fee. The full fee is in US dollars (but paid in Turkish Lira) and varies according to your nationality and the current foreign exchange rate. It's calculated when your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form) is created at the end of the online application process and printed at the bottom of the first page. Because of daily changes in the value of the Turkish Lira and the US dollar, the fee you pay will vary, but at least you'll have a rough idea of what it will be. Delivery of Your New Residence Permit Once your residence permit replacement application is accepted and your new card is printed, the immigration office will send it to you by registered mail. If Your Residence Permit is Lost or Stolen While Outside of Turkey If you're in another country and your residence permit is lost or stolen, you'll still be allowed to re-enter Turkey without buying an e-visa. Just explain the situation to the immigration control officer as you show them your passport. Using your passport number, They'll see that you're listed as a resident in their system. After you enter Turkey, go to a police station and report the theft or loss, get a copy of the police report, and follow the rest of the instructions above. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  6. If you’ve never applied for a residence permit in Turkey before, the thought of being interviewed by an immigration official at the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office),might sound a little scary! It's something all of us as foreigners go through every time we extend our residence permits. Once you've done it, you'll realize it wasn't scary at all. But if you're like me, the more you know about something, the better you feel about it, so the objective of this guide is to tell you in advance what the appointment experience will be like. That way you'll have less anxiety and more confidence when you go to your appointment. Before Your Appointment Day As you come to the end of the online residence permit application process, you’ll be given an appointment date and time to go to the local immigration office. In some provinces, you can choose a convenient date and time. But in Istanbul, for example, you might have no choice—you’ll have to go on a date and at the time the online system gives you. The system will also give you a link for you to download your completed İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). Save a copy of that on your computer. Print one full copy (all pages) to add to your residence permit application package. Then print one copy of the first page to carry with you, along with your passport. That'll keep you legal in Turkey until your appointment day, even if your visa or current residence permit expires or you exceed the number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey. Next, you'll need to create an application package with the printed and signed registration form on top. To learn more about the different types of residence permits and what documents are required for each type of application, see: Residence Permit Application Guides. Residence Permit Appointments in Istanbul The immigration office's Istanbul branches often ask for more documentation than the others. If they want more documentation, they'll send you an SMS or an E-mail (depending on the communications preference you choose during the online application). To learn more about Istanbul’s additional requirements, see: Applying for a Residence Permit in Istanbul. If you receive a request for an additional document and don't know what it is or how to get it, see: Documents, Forms & Numbers. Pay the Residence Permit Fees Before Your Appointment You should pay your residence permit fees before you go to your appointment. You can pay them with a credit card online using the residence permit application system. If that doesn't work, you can pay them at any vergi dairesi (tax office) or participating banks like VakıfBank, ZiraatBank, and Halkbank. If you pay at a bank, you'll need payment codes, so they know which account to deposit the fees into. You can also pay during your appointment, but only if it has a tax office cashier there. If it doesn't, you'll have to go to one and come back with the receipt, probably in the middle of somebody else's appointment. For the least hassle, pay the fees before your appointment. To learn about the residence permit fees, how to pay them, and the payment codes you'll need if you pay at a bank, see: Residence Permit Fees. Finding the Immigration Office At the bottom of the first page of your Residence Permit Registration Form, you'll see the address of the immigration office where you need to go for your appointment. If you go there by taxi, show the driver that address to eliminate any confusion about where you're going. Go Early Don't miss your appointment! If you miss your appointment, your residence permit application will be canceled. Plan to be at the immigration office at least 30 minutes to an hour early, so you can be sure you’re there on time, even if there are delays. Learn what happens if you miss your residence permit application appointment. If in Doubt, Bring It! If you're not sure if you should bring a document or not, bring it. As the saying goes, "Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!" Arrival When you arrive at the immigration office, a security guard will ask to see your passport or your current residence permit and your printed Residence Permit Registration Form. Then they'll let you in. Reception/Information Desk Go to the information desk first, even though you have an appointment. Let them know you're there. They’ll check your identification and your application package, then have you sit in the waiting area. If the immigration office is one of the main provincial ones (in the capital city of a province), there'll be a vezne (cashier) there. So if you haven't paid your residence permit fees yet, and you have time, you can pay the fees there. Only the larger provincial offices have these cashiers; the smaller branch offices usually don't. If you're not sure if you have time, go to your appointment. The immigration official, after your appointment, will tell you to go and pay the fees and come back with the receipts. Insider Tip: Pay the residence permit fees before your appointment if you can. It will save time and the immigration official will appreciate it! Your Residence Permit Application Interview The immigration specialists are typically very polite, friendly, and professional. Smile. Be courteous and respectful. The immigration specialists have a difficult and stressful job, and I think they're pretty happy to deal with a polite foreigner who has everything ready. So by all means, be one. Hand the immigration specialist your residence permit package, or give them individual documents as they ask for them. They'll go over your documents and make sure everything is there. They'll probably ask you questions like: Is there anyone living with you? Are you working? Do you intend to work? Do you have enough money to support yourself? Why do you want to live in Turkey? They're not trying to screen you out or eliminate you. Turkey gives residence permits rather generously as compared to many other countries. The main thing they're checking is to make sure you're here for the reason you say you are, and that you can live in Turkey without having to work illegally. Proving You Have Enough Money to Live On One of the biggest concerns of the immigration specialist is if you'll work illegally. So they'll want you to convince them you won't. How much money will you need to prove? It depends on the person. If you have a smaller amount of money or income, but can convince them that it's enough, you'll be okay. Learn how much in savings or income you'll need to show. Proving You Have a Place to Live How to prove your address is detailed in the residence permit application guides (the link is above). But to summarize, they'll want Your property title deed or a notarized copy of your rental contract A taahhütname (a legal declaration) from your friend if you're using a friend's address A letter from the hotel where you're staying One or more utility bills, in your name (if you own or are renting your own place) If you own your place and have a property title deed that's more than two years old, take it to the local Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü (General Directorate of Property Titles and Land Registry) and get a Tapu Kayıt Örneği (Title Deed Registry Document) to prove the property is still in your name. To learn what documents are required to prove you have an address, see: Turkey Residence Permit Address and Change of Address. If you're applying in Istanbul, they often send an SMS message asking for other documents to bring to your appointment. If you get one of these messages and don't know what the document is that they're asking for, see: Documents, Forms & Numbers. Missing Documents If any documents are missing or inadequate, the immigration specialist will give you up to 30 days to get them. Then you can come back without an appointment and give them to the immigration specialist. Important! You must bring the missing documents to the immigration specialist within the time they give you, or go back and explain the situation. If you don't provide the missing document when you're required to, your application will be rejected, not canceled. If it's rejected, you'll have to wait six months before you can apply for the same type of residence permit again. Concluding the Interview At the end of the interview, the immigration specialist will give you one of two documents: The Residence Permit Application Document The İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) acts as a temporary residence permit. It's a regular A4 size piece of paper containing your personal information and photo. With this, you can stay in Turkey, even after your visa has expired or you've exceeded the number of days your visa allows. If you get one of these, then your residence is approved. They'll then print your card and send it to you by registered mail. If you need to leave the country before your residence permit card arrives, you can leave for up to 15 days and return without a visa, as long as you have this document and the receipts for payment of the residence permit fee and the card printing fee. If any of those documents are missing when you return, or if you're out of Turkey for more than 15 days, you'll have to re-enter with a visa. Learn more about the Residence Permit Application Document. Learn more about leaving Turkey with a Residence Permit Application Document. The Tebliğ Tebellüğü Belgesi(Communique Document) The tebliğ tebellüğü (Application Received Communique) is an untitled document that has your application number written at the top. It says you've applied for a residence permit and that you'll receive a notification within 90 days. It also says that, if your application is rejected, your fees won't be returned. This document allows you to stay in Turkey, even if your visa or current residence permit expires. But if you leave Turkey, it doesn't allow you to return without a visa as described above. They usually issue these in cases where the foreigner has more time allowed on their visa or current residence permit than the amount of time it'll take for them to receive their residence permit card. That is, if the foreigner has to leave Turkey and return before they receive the card, they can do so with their existing visa or residence permit. Learn more about the Communique Document. Learn more about leaving Turkey with a Communique Document. Learn more about leaving Turkey you've applied but before your appointment. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  7. 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 Family Residence Permit Video 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://www.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. Turkey Monthly Minimum Wage for 2021 Gross Minimum Wage ₺3,557.50 Net Minimum Wage, Single Without Children ₺2,825.90 Net Minimum Wage, with Unemployed Spouse ₺2,879.57 Net Minimum Wage, with Unemployed Spouse and One Child ₺2,919.81 Net Minimum Wage, with Unemployed Spouse and Two Children ₺2,960.06 Net Minimum Wage, with Unemployed Spouse and Three or More Children ₺3,013.72 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. 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 2021 is ₺125. Single-entry Fee The tek giriş harcı (single entry fee) for 2021 is ₺758.90. 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. Or you can also pay at participating banks, including Vakıfbank, ZiraatBank, and Halkbank, or 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. Payment Codes for Banks If you pay the fees at a bank, give them the following payment codes: Ikamet Harcı Bedeli (Residence Permit Fee): 9233. Kart Bedeli (Card Fee): 9207. That will make sure the fee payment goes to the correct account. You won't need a code for the single entry fee (if you have to pay it) because you'll pay it during your appointment. 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 Tebliğ Tebellüğü Belgesi (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 Family Residence Permit Videos Here's the immigration office's video guide to the family residence permit application process. It's the first in a series of videos, so the next video will automatically start playing 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.
  8. 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://www.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 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 2021 is ₺125. You can pay the fees with a credit card at the end of your online application, at a participating bank such as Vakıfbank, Ziraatbank, or Halkbank, or at the local vergi dairesi (tax office). Just take with you your passport, the first page of your residence permit application, and your tax number, or your foreigner identification number if you have one. Single-entry Fee The tek giriş harcı (single entry fee) for 2021 is ₺758.90. 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. How and Where to Pay the Fees You can pay the fees online, with a credit card, at the end of your online application. Or you can also pay at participating banks, including Vakıfbank, ZiraatBank, and Halkbank, or 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. Payment Codes for Banks If you pay the fees at a bank, give them the following payment codes: Ikamet Harcı Bedeli (Residence Permit Fee): 9233. Kart Bedeli (Card Fee): 9207. You won't need a code for the single entry fee because you'll pay that during your appointment. That will make sure the fee payment goes to the correct account. 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 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 Short-term Residence Permit Application Video Here's the immigration office's video guide to the short-term residence permit application process. It's the first in a series of videos, so the next video will automatically start playing 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. 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  9. 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.
  10. 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 Long-term Residence Permit Application Video 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://www.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 "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 2021 is ₺125. 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), or at HalkBank, Vakıfbank or ZiraatBank. Wherever you pay, have your Residence Permit Registration Form and your current residence permit with you. If you pay at a bank, you'll need this payment code: 9207: Kart Bedeli (Card Fee) 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 Long-term Residence Permit Application Video Here's the the immigration office's video guide to the long-term residence permit application process. It's the first in a series of videos, so the next video will automatically start playing 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. If you get married when you have a residence permit, you must report the change to your local Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management or immigration office) within 20 days. You can walk in without an appointment. Required Documents Passport Photocopy of your passport Uluslararası Aile Cüzdanı (International Marriage Book) or foreign marriage certificate with an apostille and a translation into Turkish by a sworn translator Current residence permit card Biometric photo If Your Marriage Was in Turkey If your marriage was in Turkey, you were issued an Uluslararası Aile Cüzdanı (International Marriage Book). This multi-lingual document includes the identity information of you, your spouse, and children (if any). Learn how to get a copy of your Turkish marriage certificate. If Your Marriage Was in Another Country If your marriage certificate is from a foreign country, it must be legalized for use in Turkey with an apostille. The marriage license and the apostille must then be translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. This procedure will change your marital status, but not your name. Learn how to get a copy of a foreign marriage certificate. Learn how to legalize a foreign document for use in Turkey. Changing Your Name after Getting Married Before you can change your name on your residence permit card, you must first get a new passport with your new name. Go to the website of your country's embassy in Turkey for instructions. Then take your new passport and a copy of your new passport to your local immigration office. No appointment is required. Fee There's no fee for reporting your change of marital status. When you update your passport and change your name on your residence permit card, the only fee is for printing a new residence permit card. For 2021, the fee is ₺125. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  14. One of the most important things you must do while living in Turkey is informing and updating the immigration office about where you're living. This begins when you first register your address as you're applying online for your residence permit. Foreigners applying for a residence permit in Turkey may use the following types of address:: 1. A property they rent A property they own A friend's home A hotel Each address type has different required documents, and a change of address must be reported to the immigration office. In this article, I'll explain how Turkey's Address Registration System works and how it connects with the online residence permit registration system at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. I'll explain what documents you'll need for each address type, and what you must do if you move somewhere else. Contents Before You Begin Your Turkey Residence Permit Application Entering Your Address Into the Online Residence Permit Registration System Documents Required to Prove Your Address in Turkey Using a Property You're Renting in Turkey as Your Address Using a Property You Own in Turkey as Your Address Using a Property Your Spouse Owns or Rents as Your Address Using a Friend's Home in Turkey as Your Address Using a Hotel in Turkey as Your Address Using Student Housing in Turkey as Your Address Using Utility Bills to Prove Your Address Change of Address in Turkey Other Address Documents the Immigration Office Might Ask For Before You Begin Your Turkey Residence Permit Application Before you begin your online registration for your residence permit, you must have your address information ready. You don't need any documents that prove you have an address, you just need to know what your address is. After you complete the online registration, you can get the documentation and add it to your application package. Go Back to the Top Entering Your Address Into the Online Residence Permit Registration System Once you're in the Contact Details section of the online residence permit application system, you select your address from a database of all legally registered addresses. The last option, "Independent Section," refers to your actual apartment flat number, hotel room, or student dormitory room, if applicable. One of the pages you'll see while registering is an interface which is linked to Turkey's Adres Kayıt Systemi (Address Registration System), which is managed by the Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, or Nüfus). The central Address Registration System is a database of all registered addresses in Turkey, including houses, apartments, hotel rooms, and school dormitory rooms. It's integrated into the online residence permit registration system, so you can select your exact address using a series of drop-down menus. After you finish your online registration, the next step is to get the documents required to prove you're living at your address. Go Back to the Top Documents Required to Prove Your Address in Turkey At the end of the online registration, you'll download your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). On the first page, at the bottom, will be the address of the local immigration office and a date and time you must be there for an appointment. So you'll have time to get documents proving you live at the place you declared during your online registration. Here's what you'll need, according to your situation. Using a Property You're Renting in Turkey as Your Address You'll need a notarized copy of your kira sözleşmesi (rental contract). To find a notary, you can walk into town and look for a "noter" sign, or you can search Google Maps using the name of your district and the word "noter." The notaries in Turkey also have a website that displays the locations of all notaries in Turkey, here: http://www.tumnoterler.com/ Take your rental contract to the notary and ask them of for a noter tasdikli kopya (notarized copy). For 2021, the cost for this is around ₺140. Add the notarized copy with your residence permit application package, and keep the original. Insider Tip: On the back of your notarized copy will be a notary stamp with a registration number. Make a copy of this, or photograph it with your mobile phone and save it. When you extend your residence permit and need another notarized copy, you can take that number back to the same notary and they'll give you another copy from their records. It will save you the time and money you would spend to have another notarized copy made. Go Back to the Top Using a Property You Own in Turkey as Your Address You'll need your tapu (property title deed) and a regular (non-notarized) copy of it. Because property title deeds are issued by the Turkish government, there's no need to get a notarized copy. At your appointment, you'll give the copy to the immigration specialist, and keep the original. Go Back to the Top Using a Property Your Spouse Owns or Rents as Your Address You can use your spouse's address by proving marriage with a marriage certificate. If you're not married, the property owner or renter must sign a notarized declaration of responsibility for your debts if you leave Turkey without paying them. If Your Name is on the Rental Contract or the Property Title Deed Follow the instructions above for using a property you're renting as your address or using a property you own as your address. Otherwise you'll have to prove, with a marriage certificate, that you're the spouse of the person who is renting or who owns the property. If Your Spouse is a Turkish Citizen and You were Married in Turkey Your Turkish spouse can use e-Devlet to download their Vukuatlı Nüfus Kayıt Örneği (Population Registry Document). E-Devlet, meaning "e-government," is the Turkish government's online portal where citizens (and in most cases, foreign residents), can access and download official documents. The Population Registry Document is a record of a Turkish citizen which includes their marital status and spouse's information. Because it's e-signed, you can use a regular printed copy of it. If Your Spouse is a Foreigner and You Were Married in Turkey You can use your Uluslararası Aile Cüzdanı (International Family Book) which was issued just after you were married. You don't need to make a copy of it, just show the original to the immigration specialist. You can also use this if married to a Turkish citizen. If You Have a Foreign Marriage Certificate Foreign documents aren't accepted by the Turkish government unless they're authenticated by the government that issued them. The authentication is done with a stamp or attached document called an apostille. Apostilles are issued and accepted according to the International Apostille Convention, of which Turkey is a member. Each government member of the convention has a special office that issues apostilles. So to use your foreign marriage certificate to prove your marriage in Turkey, you must: Learn which office of your home government maintains marriage certificates. Get your marriage certificate sent to you. Learn which office of your home government issues apostilles. Send your marriage document to that office. Receive your marriage certificate with the apostille. Have your marriage certificate and the apostille translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. The sworn translator will have their translation notarized, and give you a Turkish copy of your marriage certificate and the apostille. At that point, the translated and notarized copy of your marriage certificate will be as legal in Turkey as your original marriage certificate is in your home country. You can learn the entire process for getting a copy of your foreign marriage certificate, the apostille, and the Turkish translation in this article: How to Get a Foreign Marriage Certificate from Turkey. Go Back to the Top Using a Friend's Home in Turkey as Your Address You can get a residence permit in Turkey using a friend or distant family member's home as your address. But your host(s) must sign a declaration, before a notary, stating they'll make sure you extend your residence permit or leave Turkey when required, and pay any debts you fail to pay. Required Documents A copy of your host's ID card. If your host is a Turkish citizen, a Nüfus Kayıt Örneği Belgesi (Population Registration Document), which they can download using the e-Devlet (e-government) website. A copy of the host's criminal record, which both Turkish citizens and foreign residents can download from e-Devlet. A notarized copy of your host's rental contract, or a regular copy of your host's property title deed. A taahhütname. What is a Taahhütname? In Turkey, a taahhütname (literally, a notarized legal undertaking), is a declaration that a person will do a certain thing, under penalty of law if they fail to do it. If a resident of Turkey allows a foreigner to use their home as an address, the host must sign a taahhütname declaring responsibility for the foreigner. Everyone whose name is on the rental contract or title deed must sign a taahhütname (pronounced tah-hoot-nah-meh). What your host(s) will be responsible for is making sure you leave Turkey or extend your residence permit when the time comes, and for paying any unpaid debts you incur while living in Turkey at their address. You can get a taahhütname at any notary. The notary will probably know what you need and have a pre-existing template they can use If any of the signers don't speak English, a sworn translator will verbally translate the taahhütname to make sure everyone understands it. Your host(s) don't have to go to your residence permit application interview with you. The taahhütname is enough. Insider Tip: In Istanbul, the immigration specialists are sometimes not approving residence permits for foreigners who are using someone else's address unless the host is an immediate family member. Also, the duration of the residence permits they approve may be for less than one year. Go Back to the Top Using a Hotel in Turkey as Your Address You can use a hotel as your address when applying for a residence permit in Turkey as you look for a property to rent or buy, or while traveling and sightseeing. If you are looking for a property to rent or buy, you'll need a letter from the hotel stating that you're staying there. If traveling, you'll also need a written itinerary. If You're Looking for a Property to Rent or Buy You can get a residence permit using a hotel as your address until you find a place to rent or buy, and also if you want to travel around Turkey for longer than your visa allows. You can apply for a residence permit with a duration of up to two years while you're staying in a hotel and looking for a property to buy. You apply for a touristic residence permit while you're at the hotel, using your hotel room as your address. After you find and buy a property, and move from the hotel into your home, you must take your new property title deed, and a regular copy, to the immigration office to report your change of address. You have 20 working days to do this after you move in to your new property. There's no need to re-apply for a new residence permit as a property owner. You can simply wait until it's time to extend your residence permit, then renew it as a property owner residence permit. Required Documents A stamped and signed letter from the hotel management, using the hotel's letterhead, stating your dates of stay, the address of the hotel, and your room number. If You Want to Stay in Turkey to See the Sights and Travel If you just want to stay in Turkey as a tourist, and take time to see the country beyond what your visa allows, you can get a touristic residence permit for however long you need one. You can even visit multiple places in Turkey and stay in different hotels. Required Documents A stamped and signed letter from the hotel management, using the hotel's letterhead, stating your dates of stay, the address of the hotel, and your room number A written itinerary explaining where you will be traveling in Turkey and where you plan to stay during your trip. You don't have to make all of the reservations or pay hotel bills in advance. When you go to your appointment, explain your itinerary to the immigration specialist. If they need more information or documentation, they'll let you know, and give you time to get whatever else you need. Go Back to the Top Using Student Housing in Turkey as Your Address Before you apply for your residence permit, coordinate with your school's student affairs office. They'll help you with your application. If You're Living in Student Housing Your school will give you a document stating what building and room number you'll be living in. Add that document to your residence permit application package. If You're Renting Your Own Apartment You'll need a notarized copy of your rental contract (See Using a Property You're Renting as Your Address). Go Back to the Top Using Utility Bills to Prove Your Address Although utility bills aren't on the official list of documents for residence permit applications, immigration specialists consider them to be some of the best proof of address you can have. So if you have any utility bills in your name, showing your address, bring them to your appointment. Go Back to the Top Change of Address in Turkey If you move, you must report your change of address to the immigration office within 20 business days. If you move to a new province, you must make another "first-time" application for a new residence permit. If you live in Turkey with a residence permit and have a change of address, you must report it to the immigration office within 20 working days. If you move to another address in a different province, you must also apply for a new residence permit. Don't Change Your Address During the Residence Permit Application Process! If you declare your address during the online registration, then change it to another address before you go to your appointment, your application will be canceled. If your current visa or residence permit is expired, you must leave Turkey within ten days, paying a fine at the airport or other exit point for any overstay. If your overstay doesn't result in a reentry ban, you may re-enter with a Conditional Entry Information Form, then reapply for a residence permit. But it's a huge hassle you can avoid by just staying at the same address until you receive your residence permit card. You can change your address after that. Updating Your Address in the Address Registration System You can report your change of address by going to your local immigration office. No appointment is required. An immigration specialist will update your address in the central Address Registration System. If you've moved to another place with a different immigration office, report the change at the immigration office responsible for the place you've moved to. Insider Tip: You may hear that you must also report your new address at the Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs. This is no longer required. The immigration office now updates all changes of address. Change of Address Within the Same Province If you have your residence permit card and move to a new address in the same province, go to the immigration office with your property title deed and a regular copy of it, or your rental contract and a notarized copy of it. It will be the same documents you used to prove your address when you first applied. If you have any utility bills listing you at your new address, take them too. Change of Address to a New Province If you move to a new address in a different province, you must apply for a new residence permit. That means you must register online again and get the same documents you needed when you first applied for your residence permit. You must also pay the fees again. Your new residence permit card will have the name of your new province printed on it instead of the old province. The new application will be a "first time" application, and not an extension. Note: If you later intend to apply for a long-term residence permit after living in Turkey for eight uninterrupted years, the making of another first-time application won't be a disqualifying break in residence. Interruptions in residence only occur when you leave Turkey. And the only type of residence permit that doesn't contribute to the eight-year requirement is the student residence permit. Change of Address if You're Within 60 Days of the Expiration of Your Current Residence Permit In this case, you must extend your residence permit anyway. So as long as you haven't gone past the 20 business days deadline to report your change of address, you can simply enter your new address when you register online to extend your residence permit. If you're going to go beyond the 20 business day limit, then report the change to the immigration office, and then register online for the extension. Go Back to the Top Other Address Documents the Immigration Office Might Ask For After your online application, you may receive an SMS message or e-mail (depending on the communications preference you selected) asking for additional documents. The following are those the immigration office might ask for. You only need to get these documents if you own the property where you live and you are specifically asked for them. The Tapu Kaydı Örneği A Tapu Kaydı Örneği (Property Title Deed Registration Sample) is an official document that contains detailed information about the owner(s) and specifications of real property. It is often used to prove ownership when applying for a loan or residence permit in Turkey. While you may have a title deed for your property, the Tapu Kaydı Örneği is updated whenever ownership of a property is transferred. It's also e-signed or signed and stamped, so it's more reliable than a property title deed when proving ownership. So the immigration office will ask for one in addition to your property title deed if your title deed is more than two years old. You can get the Tapu Kaydı Örneği for your property by downloading it from e-Devlet, at https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/tkgm-tapu-kayit-belgesi. You can also get it from the Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü (Title Deed and Land Registry General Directorate) responsible for the place where your property is. Just show them your current residence permit and property title deed and ask for it. You can find your local title deed office using Google maps. The Numarataj Belgesi A Numarataj Belgesi is a government document which lists your property's official address, location, and function. It's issued by the belediye (municipality) responsible for the district in Turkey where you live. You can get your Numarataj Belgesi (Address Numbering Document) from the belediye (municipality) or the Title Deed Office. At the municipality, find the office called "Bünyesinde İmar ve Şehircilik Müdürlüğü" (Directorate of Reconstruction and Urbanization) or something similar. Or ask for the "Numarataj Ofisi." Go Back to the Top Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  15. 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.
  16. This article is about using Turkey's online residence permit application system. To learn about the entire application process according to the type of residence permit you need, see: Residence Permit Application Guides. All residence permit applications begin at Turkey's online application system, https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. If you have your preliminary documents ready (see below), you can get the application done in 45 minutes or less. If you can't finish in one session, you can log back in and complete it later, using your application number and your passport/current residence permit and your e-mail address or mobile phone number. Residence permits are issued by the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office). Documents and Information You'll Need Before You Apply The system will ask you for certain information from documents you'll need to have before you begin. Tax Number You'll need a tax number to pay the residence permit application fees. You can pay them with a credit card at the end of the online application process, or you can pay them at your local tax office or at a bank. You can also pay during your residence permit application appointment, but only if your appointment location is at a provincial immigration office with a cashier. To learn about the tax number and how to get one, see: Tax Number: What it is, How it Works, and How to Get One. To learn about the residence permit fees and how to pay them, see: Residence Permit Fees. Health Insurance Policy The system will ask you for the insurance company name, the policy number, the policy start and end dates, and the number of times you've renewed the policy (if you're extending your residence permit). To learn about the health insurance policies you can use, see: Types of Policies and How to Buy Them. Four Biometric Photos A biometric photo is a photo of such quality that it can be used to record measurements between facial features. Any photography shop can take a biometric photo. Get four and scan one to upload into the system. The photo you upload must be the same as the ones you submit with your package. Passport and Visa Information The system will require your identity information exactly as it's recorded in your passport, its issue and expiration dates, and the information from your visa about your most recent entry into Turkey. Address Information You'll need the complete address of the place where you're staying, even if it's a hotel. Turkey has a central address registry system where all legal addresses are recorded. The online residence permit application system will access the address system and let you select your address from a series of drop-down "select" options which become more and more specific, even to the level of apartment flat and hotel room numbers. Here are guides to proving your address according to your situation: As a property owner As a renter As a spouse of a property owner or renter Staying in a hotel Staying at a friend's or family member's home As a student Apply as Early as You Can You can apply for a residence permit any time within 60 days before the expiration of your current residence permit or visa. Apply as soon as you can, because if your current visa or residence permit expires, it can be a hassle if you must leave Turkey and return before you receive your new residence permit card. System Errors If you try to use the residence permit application system and see this message: Sistemde teknik bir hata olüştu (there's a technical problem with the system) Wait a few hours, or a day, and try again. A Walk Through the Application Process Communications Preference You'll be able to select e-mail or SMS as your communications method. If you select e-mail, then leave Turkey, you'll still be able to receive messages. If you select SMS, the system will only send to a Turkish mobile phone number, so you won't be able to get the SMS messages. Verification and Application Number Sent by E-mail or SMS After you enter your basic identity information, you'll receive an SMS message which contains your application number. Insider Tip: The SMS message you receive will have a suffix which isn't part of the application number. So if you get a message with a number like "12345 B001," The "B001" after the space is not part of the application number. Save the application number and keep it, because you'll go back into your application using the application number to verify that you own the mobile phone the application number was sent to. You'll also need your application number if you call the immigration office helpline at 157. Entering the Rest of the Information The rest of the information you must enter into the system is self-explanatory, but some of it might be confusing. In the rest of this guide, I'll explain the parts you might find confusing. Getting Your Appointment Date and Time In some provinces, the system will let you choose the date and time of your appointment. In others, the system will give you one fixed appointment date and time that you can't change. In Istanbul, they'll send your appointment date and time later, by e-mail or SMS message. Delayed Appointments in Istanbul If you're applying in Istanbul, you may see this message as you're finalizing your application: Randevu Tarihi GİGM Tarafından Belirlenecektir (the immigration office will determine the appointment date). That means the immigration office will send you an SMS or e-mail containing your appointment information. It might take them anywhere from a few days to a month to send you that message. Don't worry, as long as you have a copy of the first page of your downloaded and printed application document and your passport, you'll be legally in Turkey until your appointment date and time, even if your visa expires or you exceed the number of days in Turkey it allows. Learn more about applying for a residence permit in Istanbul. Tips and Fixes for Various Technical Problems These are techniques you can use to fix problems that might occur. By no means do you need to use all of them, but if you have a problem, try these fixes and see if one or more of them solves it. Use a desktop or laptop computer. Sometimes a tablet or smartphone won't work, sometimes they work even better. Try one of these if your desktop or laptop won't work Apply late at night or early in the morning when less people are using the system. Change the language to Turkish to insert your information, then change it back to English. Don't worry, it won't delete the information you've entered. The language selector is at the top of every page. You can also use the Google Chrome Browser with the Google Translate extension and use the site in Turkish, as your browser translates it into English. If you've completed your application and the system won't accept it, change the language of the system (not the Google Translate option in your browser, but in the application itself) and try submitting it while it's in Turkish mode. Use a different browser or switch your browser to "private" mode. Use a different computer. Reset your router. Click the reset button unplug your router for ten seconds, then plug it in again. Disable ad blockers. Ad blockers may perceive some functions on the immigration office website as advertisements. Learn how to use the Chrome browser with the Google Translate application. Some Things You Might Find Confusing The "Tourism" Residence Permit Type is Also for Renters If you're renting, select "tourism" or "touristic" as the type of residence permit you're applying for. The tourism reason applies both to people who want to stay in Turkey for longer than their visa allows and do more sightseeing, and to people who stay in Turkey for a year or more while renting. Your Health Insurance Coverage In the online system, you can choose what day your residence permit begins. That day must be no later than the day after your current residence permit or visa expires, or you reach the maximum number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey. It's the same with your health insurance policy. Your health insurance coverage must also begin on the day you want your residence permit to begin, or if you're extending your residence permit, the day after your current health insurance coverage ends. You mustn't have any gaps in your health insurance coverage. Entering Your Health Insurance Information In the online system, you'll have the option to choose SGK Genel Sigortası (General Health Insurance), which is Turkey's national health insurance plan. Reciprocal health insurance coverage under a bilateral agreement with your home country (if there is one), and Private health insurance. You can also choose the option saying that you're under 18 or over 65 years of age, which will disable the requirement to enter health insurance information since it won't be required. SGK Insurance You must have lived in Turkey for at least one year to qualify for the SGK plan, unless your country has a bilateral agreement for health care coverage with Turkey. For the SGK plan, the system will ask for a sicil numarası (registration number). If you're applying for the first time, you won't have one, because you have to live in Turkey for a year before you can qualify for it. For extensions, enter your foreigner identity number which is printed on the front of your residence permit card. To learn more about the Turkish government's comprehensive insurance plan, see Health Insurance Coverage Under Turkey's National Health Insurance Plan (SGK). Insurance Coverage Under a Reciprocal Agreement If your country has a bilateral agreement with Turkey for the provision of health care, you'll need to get a letter from the office of your country's health insurance plan, then take that to the SGK office to get your registration number. To learn more about health insurance coverage by reciprocal agreement, see: Health Insurance Coverage Under Bilateral International Agreements in Turkey. Private Health Insurance If you're using private health insurance, you'll need your policy number, insurance company name, start and end dates of the policy, and the Yenile No., which is an abbreviation of yenile numarası (renewal number). This number refers to how many times you've renewed the policy. You should find this number on the first page of the policy. If the number isn't on the first page of your policy, enter the number of times you've renewed the policy. If it's a first-time policy, enter 0 (zero). If it's the second policy you've bought from your insurance company, then you have renewed your policy one time, so enter one (and so on). All companies which are authorized to sell residence permit health insurance will appear in a drop-down menu, so you'll be able to select the name of your insurance company there. If you're applying for a two-year short-term residence permit and have two back-to-back one-year policies, the two policies will have different policy numbers and validity periods. Insert the information from the first policy, then click the option to add the information from the second policy. If you get an error message which says something like "The health insurance information you entered does not match your existing insurance data and you need to contact YIMER." "YIMER" is the Yabancılar İletişim Merkezi, or Foreigner's Communication Center, otherwise known as the immigration office helpline (which you can reach by calling 157). The message is telling you to call the 157 number. Before you do that, check to make sure you entered the information correctly. If there's a mistake, correct it and submit it again. If you just bought the policy on the same day you're applying online, it may be that the insurance company hasn't yet entered the information into the Sigorta Bilgi Gözetim Merkezi (Insurance Information Monitoring Center) that the application system is interacting with. So you can either continue the application the next day or contact your insurance company and ask them to update the system. To learn more about private health insurance coverage, see: Private Health Insurance Policies in Turkey. Financial Information The system will ask you to certify that you have enough savings or income each month to live in Turkey. The income or savings you want to use doesn't have to be in Turkey. It can be from a foreign source or in a foreign bank. At your appointment, the immigration specialist will ask you for documentation, usually bank statements for the last six months, but they may want more. So after you complete the online application, gather whatever financial documents you have to include them in your application package. If you have savings, don't enter zero (0) for monthly income. Instead, divide the amount of savings you have by 12 and use that number for your monthly income. To learn more about proving that you have enough money to live on, see: How to Prove You Have Enough Money to Live On. If You Have a New Passport If you've received a new passport while in Turkey and haven't exited and re-entered the country with it yet, the system won't know that your passport number has changed. Enter the number of your old passport and its issue date. Then enter the expiration date of the new passport. Take both your old and new passports with you to your appointment and show them to the immigration specialist. To learn more about what to do when you get a new passport, see: What to Do if You Get a New Passport or Change Your Name in Turkey. Accessing a Partially Completed Application If you can't complete your application in one session, you can return to it. When you return to the application website, click the button according to whether your application is a first-time application, an extension, or a transfer. On the next page, click the button which says, "I want to continue my application." Enter your application number and your mobile (cell) phone number or your e-mail address. Enter your foreigner ID number (if extending) or your passport number. Then enter the characters in the security function and click "Login." What to Do if You Make a Mistake If, during the process, you realize you've made a mistake and can't go back to correct it, go all the way to the end of the application and, on the last page, click the option to update your information. That will enable you to go back to the page where the mistake is. After you correct it, work your way back to the end to finish and print the application. If you realize you've made a mistake after you've completed the application, you won't be able to go back and fix it. Make a note of the mistake, then when you attend your interview, tell the immigration specialist. They'll correct it for you. How to Be Sure Your Application is Complete Your online application is complete only when you've successfully created an appointment time and date and the system gives you a link to download your application. Staying Legally in Turkey After Your Online Application If you still have a valid residence permit, or a valid or visa and you haven't exceeded the number of days it allows you to be in Turkey, you can use either of them as proof you're legally in Turkey. You can also exit and re-enter Turkey as usual with those documents. Once your residence permit or visa expires, or you exceed the number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey, you can carry a copy of the first page of the İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form) and your passport to prove you're legally in Turkey until your appointment day. Leaving Turkey and Returning It's best not to plan any travel during the residence permit application process. But if you must do so, how you depart and return depends on what stage of the process you're in. Learn about leaving Turkey before your application appointment. How you leave Turkey after your appointment depends on what document they give you at the end of your appointment. In most provinces, you'll get an İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document). This is a temporary residence permit which allows you to leave Turkey for up to 15 days and return without having to re-enter with a visa. In Istanbul and Ankara, you'll get a teblğ tebellüğü belgesi (official communique document) which is simply a letter saying that the immigration office has received your application and will process it. It doesn't provide you with the ability to leave Turkey and return. If you get one of these, see: Leaving Turkey with a Tebliğ Tebellüğü Belgesi (Notification of Receipt Communiqué). How to Check Your Application Results Go to the residence permit application website and click the button according to whether your application is a first-time application, an extension, or a transfer. On the next page, click the button which says, "I would like to see my application result." Enter your application number, your mobile (cell) phone number or your e-mail address, and your foreigner ID number or your passport number. Enter the characters in the security function and click "login." Then you'll be able to see the status of your application. Learn more about checking your application results and receiving your residence permit card. How to Cancel Your Application You can cancel your application any time, whether it's in progress or completed. Just close out the application if it's in progress, then re-enter it by going to the home page. Click on the type of application you were working on (first time, extension, or transfer), then click "I want to continue my application." Fill in the required information to re-access it. Once you're back into your residence permit application, click on the option to cancel it. Learn more about canceling your application. What To Do if You Can't Complete Your Application If you can't complete your application because of technical problems with the system, first call the immigration office's Yabancılar İletişim Merkezi (YIMER), which means "Foreigner's Communication Center." If it's not a problem with the system, they can help you. They'll give you live support with any problem you're having. If you still can't get it done because of a problem with the system, go to the immigration office on the last day of the validity period of your visa or residence permit, or on the last day your visa allows you to be in Turkey. An immigration specialist will assist you with your application or give you a temporary residence permit to keep you legally in Turkey until they fix the technical problem. Then you'll have to keep trying to complete your application until you're successful. Important! You can only use this option if it's the application system that is causing the problem. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  17. 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://www.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 2021, it's ₺125. How and Where to Pay the Fee You can pay online, with a credit card, at the end of your online application. You can also pay at participating banks, including Vakıfbank, ZiraatBank, and Halkbank, or 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. If you pay at a bank, they'll need a payment code for the card printing fee to make sure it goes to the correct account. The payment code is 9207. 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.
  18. Istanbul is the most popular destination for foreigners seeking a new life in Turkey. For that reason, the Directorate General of Migration Management offices there have the highest number of residence permit applications, many of which contain false information or fake documents submitted by foreigners who intend to work illegally. So the Istanbul offices are stricter on issuing residence permits, and will usually ask for documentation in addition to the usual documents required to apply for a residence permit. For first-time applications, if the reason for the stay is "tourism," the Istanbul offices may only give up to five months of residence to citizens of certain countries. That doesn't mean you'll be rejected or given a shorter time of stay since the immigration specialists look at each foreigner as an individual. What they ask for, and whether a residence permit is approved or not, will vary from person to person depending on their circumstances. Apply for Your Residence Permit as Early as You Can You can apply for a residence permit any time within 60 days of the expiration date of your current residence permit or visa, or the last day your visa allows you to be in Turkey. Because of additional documentation that may be required (possibly including documents from your home country), you should apply for your residence permit as early as possible. Residence permit applications are made using an online system at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. Learn about the residence permit application system. Your Appointment Date Near the end of your online application, you may be given a single date and time for your interview, with no other options available. You may not have the option of selecting an appointment date and time at all—instead, the immigration office will send your appointment date and time by e-mail or SMS, depending on the communications preference you chose. It might could take up to three weeks (depending on their workload) for them to send you that message, Keep an eye on your e-mails and your SMS messages until you receive your appointment information. When you've completed your online application, the system will give you a link you can use to download your completed İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). If the system gives you an appointment date and time, you'll see it printed at the bottom of the first page, along with the address of the immigration office where you need to go. Important! Until you go to your appointment, keep a copy of the first page of your printed Residence Permit Registration Form and your passport with you whenever you go out. That first page of the application form will keep you in Turkey legally until your appointment day, even if your current residence permit or visa expires or you exceed the number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey. Additional Documents the Immigration Office May Ask For Depending on the communication preference you selected when you apply for a residence permit, you may receive an e-mail or an SMS message, in Turkish, which will tell you to bring certain additional documents to your interview. Insider Tip: It's highly unlikely that the immigration office is going to ask for all these documents. Typically they only need one to three of them. The following is a list of additional documents they may ask for. A Letter Stating Your Reason for Living in Turkey This letter is your personal explanation about why you want to live here. They usually ask everybody this question during the interview. But in this case, they want you to put it in writing and sign it. Make sure your letter is well-written, and that it clearly explains your reasons for wanting to live in Turkey. Then, have it translated into Turkish by a native-speaking Turk. Your Birth Certificate To learn how to get a copy of your birth certificate from your home country, see How to Get a Copy of a Foreign Birth Certificate from Turkey. Your Criminal Record from Turkey Learn how to Get a Turkish Criminal Record Check in Turkey. Your Criminal Record from Your Home Country Learn how to Get a Foreign Criminal Record from Turkey. Your Fingerprints They usually take fingerprints during the residence permit appointment. Sometimes they do them separately. So you'll have to go to the local immigration office and have this done before your appointment. A Utility Bill with Your Name and Address on it According to some immigration specialists I've spoken to, a utility bill is the best proof of address. So bring whatever utility bills you have to your appointment, even if you don't get a message telling you to do so. A Copy of the Tapu (Property Tile Deed) from Your Landlord The immigration specialist may want this to prove that the person signing your kira sözleşmesi (rental contract) is the true owner of the place where you're staying. If the title deed is more than two years old, it'll also need a Tapu Kayıt Örneği (Title Deed Registration Document) from the Tapu ve Kadastro Müdürlüğü (Title Deed and Land Registry Office) to prove the deed is still valid. A Numarataj Belgesi (Address Numbering Document) The immigration office will only ask for this if you're the owner of your residence. The numerataj belgesi proves the building or apartment you own is legally registered. Learn how to get your numerataj belgesi. A Sağlık Kurlu Raporu or Heyet Raporu (Health Report) This is a health checkup you can get at any state hospital. Learn how to get a health report. Additional Proof You Have Enough Money to Live in Turkey Normally, the immigration specialist wants to see a printout of the last six months of your banking activity. But sometimes they'll want more, such as a stamped and signed letter, with bank letterhead, from the financial institution. Whatever they need, they'll tell you in the message they send. Learn about how to prove you have enough money to live on. Legalizing Foreign Documents for Use in Turkey All documents from foreign countries must be internationally legalized, then translated by a sworn translator before the Turkish government can accept them. Legalization involves a separate document called an apostille, which certifies that the source of the document is genuine. You'll need to send the foreign document to a government office in your home country and have them attach an apostille to it. The legalization requirement only applies to foreign government-issued documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and criminal record checks. It doesn't apply to privately issued documents such as bank account records or educational certificates. While internationally legalizing a document sounds very complex, it's just a short series of simple processes. Once you learn how it works, it won't sound so scary. Learn about the apostille and how to legalize foreign documents for use in Turkey. Notarization of Rental Contracts in Istanbul If you're a renter, you'll need to include a notarized copy of your rental contract with your residence permit application package. That applies to everybody, not just foreigners in Istanbul. Learn how to get a document notarized. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  19. In this article, I'll explain what a residence permit is and what types of residence permits you might be eligible for. I'll briefly explain the residence permit application process, what documents you need, what happens during your residence permit appointment, and what happens after your appointment. What is a Turkey Residence Permit? A Turkey residence permit is an identity card which enables you to stay in Turkey after your visa or visa exemption has expired. There are four main types of residence permits: Short Term Residence Permit: Issued for a variety of reasons, including business, homeownership, and tourism. It has a duration of up to two years. Family Residence Permit: For foreign family members of a Turkish citizen or a foreigner who has lived in Turkey for more than one year. It has a duration of up to three years or until the expiration of the sponsor's residence or work permit, whichever comes first. Long-term Residence Permit: For foreigners who have lived in Turkey for eight years or more with a residence or work permit. It's issued for life. Student Residence Permit: For foreign students studying at an accredited school or university. It has a duration of one year or, in the year of graduation, until the graduation date. You must apply for your residence permit within 60 days before the last day your visa or visa exemption allows you to be in Turkey. There are also residence permits issued for humanitarian reasons and to victims of human trafficking. If you need a residence permit for one of these reasons, call the immigration office's Yabancılar İletişim Merkezi (Foreigner's Communication Center) for free at 157 from any phone in Turkey. The international number is +90 312 157 1122. The application for a residence permit is made online, at www.e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr. They're issued by the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office). You must enter Turkey with a visa before you can apply for a residence permit. Citizens of many countries can buy an e-visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/. Even if you're ineligible for an e-visa, the system will tell you what you need to do to get a regular visa. Learn more about the e-visa and how to get one. There are no visa extensions. If you want to stay longer than your visa allows, you must apply for a residence permit. The Short-term Residence Permit Anyone can apply for a short-term residence permit. Here are the main reasons they're issued: Touristic purposes (includes staying in Turkey for a short time beyond your visa's expiration to living in Turkey for up to two years as a renter) Owning real estate Taking Turkish courses Conducting scientific research Setting up a business or other commercial reasons Attending in-service training programs Receiving training as an intern Undergoing medical treatment Remaining in Turkey after completing higher education Learn more about the short-term residence permit and how to apply for one. The Family Residence Permit Family residence permits are issued to the spouse and children of a Turkish citizen or a foreigner who has lived in Turkey with a residence or work permit for at least one year. So, if your family comes with you to Turkey, for the first year, they'll apply for short-term residence permits. After that, they can apply for family residence permits. Eligibility Spouse: Must prove a marital relationship with a marriage license. Children: Can prove a familial relationship with their passports. Birth certificates are only required if the parents can't be determined with the passports. The sponsor: Must have a Turkish ID card, or a work permit or residence permit for at least one year. They must have health insurance covering the entire family and prove they make at least the Turkish minimum wage plus 1/3rd more of the minimum wage for each family member. They must have proof of an address and have no criminal record of crimes involving domestic violence. Duration of the Family Residence Permit Family residence permits are issued for three years or until the expiration of the foreign sponsor's residence or work permit, whichever happens first. After three years of marriage to a Turkish citizen, the spouse becomes eligible for citizenship, and so do the foreign children, hence the three-year duration. Learn more about the family residence permit and how to apply for one. The Long-term Residence Permit The long-term residence permit allows you to live in Turkey for life and gives you the same rights and privileges of a Turkish citizen except for such things as the right to vote and run for public office or work in certain professions. Eligibility You must live in Turkey for at least eight years with a work or residence permit. The eight years must not have any significant interruptions except for periods of illness, education, or mandatory national service. Learn more about the long-term residence permit and how to apply for one. The Student Residence Permit The student residence permit is for foreigners who attend an accredited school or university in Turkey. You must first receive a letter of acceptance from such a school before you can apply. If you're outside of Turkey, you'll first go to a Turkish embassy or consulate and apply for a student visa. Then you'll travel to Turkey. Then you'll apply for your student residence permit. If you're already in Turkey when you receive your letter of acceptance, you can transfer from whatever type of residence permit you have to a student residence permit. In some cases, universities allow students to attend classes with short-term or other types of residence permits. Check with the university you plan to attend to see if they allow this. Eligibility You must be accepted as a student by an accredited school or university in Turkey. Duration The student residence permit is issued for one year, then extended each year until graduation. In the final year, its expiration date is on your official date of graduation. After your graduation date, you have ten days to leave Turkey or apply for a residence permit. Currently, however, the Turkish government is giving students an additional six months to stay in Turkey. Contact your school's student affairs office for more information. Learn how to apply for a student visa. Learn how to apply for a student residence permit. Applying Online All residence permit applications are made online at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. Before You Apply Online The system will require certain information and the upload of a scan of one of the photos you'll be including with your application. So before you apply online, you must have your Passport Tax number Four biometric photos Health insurance and Your address information. At the end of the online application process, you'll be given a link to download and print your completed İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). On the first page of this form, you'll see the fees you must pay and your appointment date and time. If the system doesn't give you an appointment date and time, the immigration office will send you one by SMS message or e-mail, depending on your communication preferences. This may take a week or more. After you apply online, you can get the other required documents, which include Proof of your address Proof you have enough money to live on Other documents according to the type of residence permit you're applying for. You'll then assemble all of the documents into an application package with your Residence Permit Registration Form on top. Next, you'll go to your appointment. Learn more about the e-ikamet system and how to use it to apply for your residence permit. Applying for a Residence Permit in Istanbul The Istanbul immigration offices are limiting extensions of touristic residence permits for citizens of some countries and asking for documentation beyond the usual requirements. If they need additional documents, they'll send you an e-mail or SMS message asking for them. These additional documents may include A criminal record check (Turkish / Foreign) A health report A numerataj belgesi (for owners of real property, this document proves the existence and location of the property) A copy of the property title deed of the place you're renting A copy of the identity card of your landlord If you're asked for these or any other additional documents, you can learn how and where to get them here: Documents, Forms & Numbers. Learn more about applying for a residence permit in Istanbul. Legalizing Foreign Documents for Use in Turkey If the documents you need include those issued by a foreign government, you must have them legalized for use in Turkey with a separate, attached document or seal called an apostille. You'll get the apostille by sending the document to the department of your government which is authorized to issue them under the International Apostille Convention. They'll attach the apostille and send it back to you. Next, you must have the document and the apostille translated into Turkish by a sworn Turkish translator. Learn how to get an apostille and a sworn translation of a foreign document. Your Residence Permit Appointment and Interview You'll take your printed Residence Permit Registration Form and the rest of your documents to an appointment at your local immigration office branch, where an immigration specialist will interview you. At the end of your appointment, you'll receive one of two documents: An İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document): This is a stamped and signed A4-sized paper containing your photograph and personal information. It serves as a temporary residence permit until your residence permit card is delivered. With it, you can also leave Turkey for up to 15 days and return without buying a visa. A Tebliğ Tebellüğ Belgesi (Official Communiqué): This document is often issued in Istanbul and Ankara. It says your residence permit package has been received and that, if your application is approved or rejected, they'll notify you. It also says that the fees you paid won't be refunded. Learn more about the residence permit appointment and interview. Learn more about the Residence Permit Application Document. Learn more about the Tebliğ Tebellüğü Belgesi. Receiving Your Residence Permit Card If your residence permit is approved, the immigration office will print your card and give it to the PTT (post office) and send you an SMS message or e-mail to notify you of the approval. Next, you'll receive an SMS message from the PTT saying your residence permit card is being delivered by registered mail. Within a few days, a courier will bring it to you at your registered address. Learn more about receiving your residence permit card. Extending Your Residence Permit Extensions are made in the same way as first applications, which includes applying online again, collecting documents into an application package again, and going to an appointment again. You may apply for an extension at any time within 60 days before the expiration date of your current residence permit. Extend as soon as you can, so if you need to leave the country for some reason, you can do so with your current residence permit, and so you won't have to buy a visa to re-enter Turkey. Turkey is limiting short-term residence permit extensions for citizens of some countries. To learn these limitations and the countries affected, see: Short-term Residence Permit Extension Restrictions. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  20. When you apply for a residence permit in Turkey, you'll need to prove you have enough money to support yourself (and your family, if you have one), for the duration of the residence permit you're applying for. The money doesn't have to come from Turkey or be in a Turkish bank. It can be from any source, such as a salary, pension, rental income, investments, or you can use your savings in a bank account. How Much Money Do I Need to Get a Residence Permit? There isn't any set answer to that question, because it depends on your situation. The main reason the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management or the immigration office) requires proof of financial ability is to make sure that you won't be living on the street or that you won't be working illegally. You'll be Evaluated as an Individual According to the immigration office's approach to evaluating foreigners for residence, each foreigner is viewed as an individual in their own situation. So if you don't have much money to live on, it doesn't necessarily mean your residence permit application will be rejected. With even a modest income, such as a monthly payout from your government's social security retirement fund can be enough, if you can also show that your lifestyle allows you to live on that amount of money. The Turkish Minimum Wage If there is any minimum amount of money you'll need to have, it's an amount of money equal to the Turkish minimum wage, plus one-third of that amount for each of your family members. Turkey Monthly Minimum Wage for 2021 Gross Minimum Wage ₺3,557.50 Net Minimum Wage, Single Without Children ₺2,825.90 Net Minimum Wage, with Unemployed Spouse ₺2,879.57 Net Minimum Wage, with Unemployed Spouse and One Child ₺2,919.81 Net Minimum Wage , with Unemployed Spouse and Two Children ₺2,960.06 Net Minimum Wage, with Unemployed Spouse and Three or More Children ₺3,013.72 Long-term Residence Permits If you're applying for a long-term residence permit, you must prove that you have a continuous income, for life, of at least the Turkish minimum wage and again, an additional one-third for each family member. Types of Savings or Income and Documentation Money in the Bank Typically, the immigration specialist will want printouts of your home country bank account, showing all deposits and withdrawals for the last six months. These are regular printouts you can make using a home printer. Have these printouts with you when you go to your appointment. You Don't Need a Turkish Bank Account. A foreign bank account is okay. However, the immigration specialist may ask for additional proof of income, such as a stamped and signed, or e-signed letter from your bank, showing deposits and withdrawals for the last six months. You may also get an SMS message or e-mail asking you to bring this after you complete your online application. A Large Recent Deposit May Not Be Accepted. If the only proof of financial capacity you have is a large sum of money recently deposited into a bank account, be it a Turkish or foreign one, you'll probably be asked for proof of where the money came from. In the past, many foreigners borrowed money, opened a Turkish bank account, and deposited a large amount of money into it. Then after their interview, they withdrew the money and paid back the loan. Then they worked illegally. Because of this, the immigration office usually asks for proof of the last six months of your income. Employment Income To prove employment income, your bank account records showing deposits of your salary should be enough. However, the immigration specialist may also ask for a letter from your employer, on a stamped and signed or digitally signed letter, on company letterhead, which shows how much money you make and that this money will continue during the duration of your stay in Turkey. Pension For retirees, a simple printout of the last six months of your bank account deposits and withdrawals is usually enough. If you're asked for more, they'll probably want a stamped and signed, or e-signed letter from your pension provider using their letterhead. The letter will need to state the amount, frequency, and duration of your pension payments. Rental Income If you have rental income from rental properties you own, a statement of monthly rental income and expenses should suffice. If it doesn't, the immigration specialist may ask for a stamped and signed or digitally signed statement of income and expenses from your property manager. If you're managing the property yourself, you may be asked for the title deed of the rental property and a rental contract between you and the tenant. Investment Income If you have money in a mutual fund or a private retirement plan, you'll need the last six months of the statements of activity. Putting Things into Perspective It's easy to feel a little stressed about this. But think about it this way. Imagine you're having a conversation with a friend talking about your move to Turkey. They ask you if you have enough to support yourself, and you say "yes." Then they ask, "how do you know?" What you'd tell your friend in this imaginary conversation is the same thing you'll be telling the immigration specialist. And if you already have the money or it's guaranteed as income, you'll already have the documentation to prove it. Declaring Your Financial Capacity in the Residence Permit Application System All applications for residence permits are created and submitted using the e-ikamet online residence permit application system. İkamet means "residence." The immigration office manages the system, which you'll find it at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. While going through the online process, you'll be asked to declare you have enough money to live on and how much it is. That's all you'll have to do. Then the end of the process, the system will provide you with an appointment date and time for you to go to the local immigration office and submit documents that prove that you have enough income or savings, among other things such proof of an address and health insurance. So you'll make the declaration during your online application, then prove it with documents at your appointment. Learn more about the online residence permit application system. If You Live Off of Your Savings While completing your online application, if you have an amount of money in your bank account and will be living from that, and have no monthly income, don't put "zero" (0) in the box where it asks for your monthly income. Instead, divide the money you have in the bank by 12, and use that number as your monthly income. Or if you're applying for a two-year residence permit, divide it by 24. SMS or E-mail Messages Asking for Documents After you declare your income or savings in the online application system, complete your application and get your appointment at the local immigration office, you may receive an SMS message or an e-mail (depending on the communications method you chose). The message will tell you specifically what additional proof of income you need to bring to your interview. The Istanbul immigration offices usually send these messages, mostly because they receive a lot of fraudulent applications and fake documentation. If you get one of these messages, it'll probably ask you for a stamped and signed letter from your bank certifying your last six months of banking deposits and withdrawals, or a similar letter from whatever company provides your income or maintains your savings or investments. If your financial documents aren't in the western alphabet, you'll need to have them translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. Learn more about additional requirements in Istanbul. Learn more about getting your documents translated. Learn more about additional documents which may be required. Presenting Documentary Proof of Income or Savings at Your Appointment When you go to your appointment, you'll meet an immigration specialist and present your application package. Your application package will include your downloaded and printed İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form), health insurance, proof of address, and proof you have enough money to live on. If in Doubt, Bring It! If you have any documents related to your income and aren't sure whether you should bring them to your appointment or not, bring them. It's better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them. Insufficient or Missing Documentation of Income If you can't get the requested documentation in time for your interview, or the immigration specialist looks over what you have and says it's insufficient, they'll give you up to 30 days to get the documents you need. When you get them, you can return to the immigration office and give the documents to the immigration specialist handling your case. You won't need an appointment. Important! Make sure you return with the documentation within the deadline they give you. If you don't, your application will be rejected (not just canceled, but rejected) because of insufficient documentation. If your application is rejected, you'll be unable to re-apply for the same type of residence permit for six months. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  21. After you present your residence permit package during your interview, it will be evaluated, then approved, or rejected. Cancellation Versus Rejection Cancellation A cancellation occurs when you terminate your application using the online residence permit application system or call the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or Immigration Office) communications center and cancel. The number for the Foreigner Communications Center is 157. You can call this number, for free, from any phone in Turkey. From outside of Turkey, call the international number at +90 312 157 1122. Long-distance charges will apply. Give them your application number, and they can cancel your application for you. If you don't show up for your appointment, the immigration specialist will cancel your application. Note: Rather than being a no-show, please cancel your appointment so another foreigner can use the time for their interview, and so you don't waste the time of the immigration official. In the case of a cancellation, no application package was submitted, so no application package was rejected. You can reapply for the same type of residence permit again, whenever you want. Rejection A rejection occurs if an immigration specialist reviews your application package with its supporting documents, and says "no." In the case of a rejection, you can't apply for the same type of residence permit for 180 days. But you can apply for another type if you meet the requirements. Missing or Inadequate Documents Can Result in a Rejection If you attend your residence permit interview and the immigration specialist finds one or more of your documents is missing or inadequate, they'll give you up to 30 days to fix the problem. If you get the document(s) within the given time, they'll accept your application and process it for approval (or rejection). If you don't solve the problem time, your application will be rejected for being incomplete. Leaving Turkey If You Have a Residence Permit If you still have a valid residence permit (in the case of extension), you can remain in Turkey until it expires. Then you must leave Turkey within ten days after its expiration. If your residence permit is already expired, you must leave Turkey within ten days after being notified of the rejection. If You Have a Visa If you still have a valid visa and you haven't reached the maximum number of days it allows you to be in Turkey, you can remain in Turkey for as long as your visa allows. If your visa is expired or you've exceeded the maximum number of days it allows you to be in Turkey, you must leave Turkey within ten days after being notified of the rejection. If during the application process, your residence permit or visa expires or you reach the maximum number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey, and you're notified that your application has been rejected, you'll have ten days to leave Turkey. If you have an expired residence or work permit, you can also depart Turkey and return the next day if you want, with an e-visa. Then you can stay in Turkey for as long as your visa allows. But if your residence permit application was rejected, you'll have to wait at least 180 days before you can apply for another residence permit of the same type. Checking Your Status Online If you've attended your appointment and your application package was accepted, you can check your application's status at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. From the main page of the website, go down near the bottom of the page and click one of the buttons according to whether your application was a first-time application, an extension, or a transfer from one type of residence permit to another. Click the button which says, "I would like to see my application result." Enter your application number. Enter your cell (mobile) phone number or e-mail address, and your foreigner ID number or your passport number. Enter the characters from the Captcha (security system) image into the text box. Click "Login." Rejection Message If you see this text: "Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management." This message usually means the application has been rejected, but it may mean there's a problem with the application or something requires clarification. If you get this message, go to the local immigration office as soon as possible to learn what the problem is. Appeals Sometimes there's a mistake in the package which can be easily corrected or clarified. Sometimes the immigration office makes a mistake. If your application is rejected and you want to appeal, you must complete a Komisyon Değerlendirme Formu (Commission Evaluation Form), which an immigration specialist will give you. Go home and write out why your application package should be approved and not rejected. Have a Turkish person translate what you wrote into Turkish for your appeal and take it back to the immigration office. If your application is rejected a second time, the only remaining way to appeal is through the Turkish administrative courts. Re-applying After a Rejection You can re-apply for the same type of residence permit after 180 days. If you qualify for another type of residence permit, you can reapply for the other type within ten days (that's the ten days you're allowed to be in Turkey before you have to leave). For example, if your application for a family residence permit is rejected, you can apply for a short-term residence permit. Residence Permit Fee Refund You may be able to get a refund for the fees you paid for your application. Whether you get can get one or not depends on the type of document you're given at the end of your residence permit interview. If you receive a Residence Permit Application Document, you can get a refund. But if you get a tebliğ tebellüğü belgesi (official communique document, also called a tebligat), it will say on the communique that you aren't entitled to a refund. Learn more about getting a refund. Health Insurance Refund You should be able to get a refund on the unused portion of the health insurance policy you bought. Contact your insurance company for details. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  22. At the end of your residence permit application appointment, you may receive a document called an İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document). What is a Residence Permit Application Document? The Residence Permit Application Document is an A-4 sized paper containing your photo, identification information, residence permit application number, and an issue and expiration date. It's given to you at the end of your residence permit application interview and serves as your temporary residence permit until your residence permit card is delivered. The Residence Permit Application Document also allows you to leave Turkey for up to 15 days and return without buying a visa to re-enter. You must keep this document with you, together with your passport, until you receive your residence permit card. Learn about leaving Turkey after your appointment with a Residence Permit Application Document. If You Receive a Tebligat (Communication Document) The Istanbul offices of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office ) don't issue a Residence Permit Application Document. They issue a document called a tebligat (teh-blee-gaht), or communique document, which says they've received your application, that they'll review it, and that you won't be getting a refund for the fees you paid. Both you and the immigration specialist sign it. Unlike the Residence Permit Application Document, the tebligat doesn't provide any privilege to re-enter Turkey if the foreigner leaves the country. In cases where the foreigner receives a tebligat, but they no longer have a valid visa (or have exceeded the days it allows them to be in Turkey, or if their residence permit is expired, they can contact the immigration office using the help line at 157 and request a Residence Permit Application Document which includes the travel privileges. Insider Tip: You'll hear people say that what needs to be requested is a "travel letter." there is no travel letter. What the immigration office issues to foreigners who must travel is the Residence Permit Application Document. Learn more about the tebligat. Learn about how to leave Turkey and return with the tebligat. 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.
  23. If your residence permit application is rejected, or you get less time than you applied for, you may be able to get a refund of some of the application fees. It depends on what kind of document the immigration specialist gives you at the end of your appointment. If You Received a Tebliğ Tebellüğü Belgesi (Official Communication Document) This document is an A-4 sized paper which simply says the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office) has received your application and that they will process it. It also says your fees won't be refunded. Both you and the immigration specialist sign it. If you get one of these, unfortunately, you can't get a refund of any of the fees you paid. Learn more about the tebliğ tebellüğü. If You Received a Residence Permit Application Document The İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) is also on an A-4 sized paper, but it has your photo on it. At the top it says "Temporary Residence Permit" and that it's valid for 90 days. If you received one of these, your residence is basically approved. But you may, for example, be given one year of residence instead of the two years you applied for. Or you may later receive a message to go to the local immigration office and be given a rejection letter for some reason. If you get the rejection letter, it will include instructions for how to appeal the rejection. Learn more about the Residence Permit Application Document. Learn how to to appeal a rejection. Refunds are Only Sent to Turkish Bank Accounts You'll need a Turkish bank account in your name to receive the refund, no matter how you made the payment. Required Documents for a Refund A document from the immigration office which states you're no longer interested in continuing the residence permit process. To get this you'll need your fee payment receipts. A written request from you containing your identifying information and your bank information including the IBAN number. It should also say that you want a refund, what the refund is for, and how much you want to be refunded. Copies of the fee payment receipts. If You Paid Online Mail the documents to: Veraset Harçları Vergi Dairesi Ziraat Mahallesi, Çankiri Cd. No: 15, 06590 Altındağ / Ankara Telephone: 0312 324 2075, extension 7113 or 7114 If You Paid at a Tax Office You'll need the documents as described above. In your personal request, specify which tax office you paid the fees to. You can mail the documents to the tax office where you paid, or take them personally if it's nearby. If You Paid at a Bank If you paid the fees at a participating bank, you actually paid the tax office using their account at the bank. If it's not written on the fee receipt, you'll need to go to the bank and learn the address of the tax office the fees were sent to, then mail the documents to the tax office. Include the tax office's bank account number that the fees were paid into in your request. Processing Time It usually takes around two or three weeks before the refund is sent to your Turkish bank account. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  24. If you get a new passport while you have a residence permit, you must report it in person to the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management) within 20 business days. You don't need an appointment. Required Documents to Report a New Passport Old passport New passport Color copy of your new passport, including the photo and personal information pages Residence permit Copy of both sides of your residence permit One biometric photo Changing Your Name If you're changing your name for any reason, including marriage, you must change your name on your passport before changing your name on your residence permit card. If You're within 60 Days of the Date You'll Be Extending Your Residence Permit You must apply for an extension of your residence permit within the 60 day period prior to its expiration. If you get a new passport during this time: Report the Change, in Person at the Immigration Office You must still personally report your new passport information to the immigration office within 20 working days. That is, don't wait more than 20 working days to report it since you'll be extending your residence permit anyway. Use Your Old Passport Information When Applying for an Extension When completing your online extension application at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/: Enter your old passport's number and the first day of its validity Enter your new passport's last day of its validity. This will extend your residence permit using the passport information already in the system, but give you the validity period you need to extend. When you go to your extension appointment, the immigration specialist will update the system with your new passport information. When the immigration specialist updates your passport information, it updates it in all government records. So there's no need to report the change anywhere else. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  25. What to do if TRC application Rejected or Cancelled .is there any other option to re-appeal or re Apply.
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