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Where to Get Your Residence Permit in Fethiye

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If you want to live in Fethiye, you will need a residence permit. To get one, you need to apply at the Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM) in downtown Fethiye. The Turkish name for this directorate is the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü.

You can find out where the Fethiye DGMM's office is by clicking here:

Fethiye Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM)

On that page is the directorate's contact information, address, and a map showing where it is.

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To learn more about how to get your residence permit in Turkey, see our Residence Permits forum for information about the system, and personal testimonies from people who have already gone through the process. If after reading the topics you still have a question, you can open a new topic and we'll try to help.

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Hello,

I am planning to request a short term residence at the DGMM Fethiye in August and I would like to know whether they speak English at the DGMM. Because I only have a basic level of Turkish.

Any information would be really appreciated.

Could you please help me out to confirm whether the steps below are in the correct order?

- Request a tax number in order to open a Turkish bank account.

- Have a notarised rental contract and prepare the remaining documentation

- Go to the DGMM appointment to request the short term residency

Thank you!

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Hi Diana, welcome to Turkey Central. Yes the steps you have mentioned are in the correct order, there are a couple of other things though.

1. You will need to get private health insurance if you are under 65

2. You will need passport style photographs and it's best to ask at the photographer to have them put onto a CD or USB stick because you upload them while you are filling in the application form online. Of course if you have a scanner you can upload them to your computer yourself.

More information can be found in our Residence Permit forum here

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Thank you so much for your reply!

I am already in touch with Groupama to get a health insurance for 1 year.

The only problem now is finding a place to rent in Oludeniz or nearest areas. It is a bit difficult as most of the apartments have high prices. 

Another point that I would like to know, if I request the short term residence by mid August when will I get the reply? 

Can I present bank statement from my usual bank in Spain? I am a freelancer, so I don't have a contract. But I do have steady monthly income.

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Oludeniz prices will be high because it is a sought after holiday area, central Fethiye will be a lot more affordable but it depends where you think you need to be. 

I'm not sure what you mean by " I request the short term residence by mid August when will I get the reply?". Perhaps this explanation of events will provide the answer:

When you have amassed the documentation and filled in your application online you then make an appointment to visit the DGMM office before you log out of the DGMM website. Assuming everything is correct and they accept your application at that appointment you will be told the likely waiting time before the Residence Permit (RP) itself is delivered to your address. The RP will be dated from that appointment date and you will be given a temporary RP to cover the waiting period.

Does that cover your question?

To save yourself more work do not plan to leave Turkey until after the real RP has been delivered.

The bank statement presented must be from a bank here in Turkey, a bank in a foreign country will not do I'm afraid. They are asking you to prove that you have the means at hand here in Turkey to support yourself.

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Yes, that's the answer I was looking for. Thanks again! 

The first thing I will do once I am in Turkey is to request a tax number and open a bank account.

I am actually looking for apartment in Fethiye as I will stay in Oludeniz 2 weeks for vacation but for the rest of my stay, I prefer Fethiye.

I actually have another doubt about the bank statement, is it true that I need to deposit $500 for each month I will be staying? Or if I deposit let's say $2000 and invoices of my steady income will be sufficient? 

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The $500 USD per month rule is no longer enforced. The immigration specialist will interview you about your income and make a determination about whether or not you can live on it. This applies not just to your income, but your lifestyle. The only thing they asked of me was a printout, from the last three months, of my credit union statements. They didn't require any official stamp or apostille. That's the Antalya office, but the immigration specialists seem to have complete discretion in their decision about whether or not you can support yourself. In your case, you should have no problems at all.

They never asked me about having a Turkish bank account. I told them that I took from the bank machine whatever money I needed. The main thing you'll need a tax number for is to pay the residence permit fees.

Here's a collection of guides about getting a residence permit, see the "Introduction" one, and the one about short-term residence permits:

https://www.turkeycentral.com/turkey/residence-permits/

Also here are some guides about getting health insurance for a residence permit:

https://www.turkeycentral.com/turkey/residence-permits/health-insurance-residence-permit/

And good luck! Let us know if you have any problems. :)

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Good to know : )

I hope they approve my residency as I would really like to spend some time in Turkey and my e-Visa only allows me to spend 30 days. 

Thank you for all your help. I will probably be bak again to ask a few more questions once I start to prepare my documentation. 

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I haven't heard of anybody being rejected, in fact I think they appreciate people getting residence permits instead of overstaying their visas! :) Good luck anyway, let us know how things turn out...

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Good to know!

I have a question. Do any of you have experience with consulting agencies that assist you to request a residency permit? Such as Yellali?

Is it worth it? Or can I do all by myself taking into account that I've just started to learn Turkish?

I might have find an apartment in Fethiye, is it normal that owners or agencies request an upfront payment for the whole period?  Also I have been informed that in order to request a residency permit I need to have a payed reservation at a hotel for the whole period or a notarised rental contract. This is why I thought that it is wise to request a 4 months residency for now and let's see how it goes and find an apartment because hotels for long term rental are really far above my budget. 

This is actually my first time to Turkey, so I still have a lot to learn about the country. 

Thank you!

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The DGMM were very upset when they found out that agencies were taking money to apply for residence permits on behalf of people, they have specifically banned it and it is not now permitted. They say they will take action against anyone they find offering services like this.

There is really no problem doing it yourself, there is plenty of help online, we here and Doc Martins pages on Facebook are two places where you can ask specific questions if you can't find an answer in the information already provided.

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In some areas landlords require payment for the full rental period (holiday areas mainly). This is because short term lets are much more expensive per week, some people took out a year contract and paid the lower rent but then broke the contract at the end of summer leaving the flat empty all winter and the landlord out of pocket.

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Hello again,

I have a few more doubts:

- Do you know any notary in Fethiye area who speaks English? I'll need one to notarise my rental contract

- Any suggestions about banks in Turkey? I'll need one with low commission % for international transfers and that has an online banking in English. Thank you!!

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All noters will have an authorised translator that they can call on when a foreigner is getting something notarised. You need to pay the translation fee alongside the noter's fees. We have used Garanti bank without any issues, their internet banking is reliable and can be accessed in English. good luck

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Blank rental contract forms can be obtained from most stationers.

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Hello!

I am trying to choose an appointment at the DGMM Fethiye, but the last date on the calendar is July 17th and no other dates are shown after that. However, I've had a look at the DGMM Mugla and Bodrum and the calendar works fine.

Any idea about I cannot see the rest of July or the next months to make an appointment at DGMM Fethiye? 

Thank you! 

 

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You have to go to the DGMM office where you live.

I don't know for sure if they have an English immigration specialist, however these office do have people around to do translations. My bet would be, though, that your immigration specialist would speak enough English to get you through it, because Fethiye has a high concentration of English-speaking expats.

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