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Two year short term (tourism) residence permit in Turkey basic requirements?

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Hellow friends,

 

My Ikamet renewal is due in a month now. I currently hold a short term tourism residence permit. I got the first one for one year as at that time only 1 year were issued but now a 2 year residence permit is also issued and I am interested to get it this time.

 

I wish to ask what are the basic requirements for getting a 2 year residence permit?

 

1. Health insurance for 2 years (1 + 1 year);

2. Rent contract for 2 year.

3. Bank Statement showing sufficient funds in the account.

 

My landlord is more comfortable making a contract for 1 year and then renew it afterwards. He is a big hesitant doing a 2 year contract and may also require a 4 kira deposit for 2 years contract.

The main question I have here is that is it possible to get a 2 year residence permit with a rent contract of 1 year? I mean Health insurance of 2 years but contract of 1 year? Or I need to get a kira contract of 2 years also?

 

Looking forward.

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A two-year rental contract is not necessary. For years now, people have been getting residence permits with rental contracts which have to be renewed sometime during the duration of the residence permit they are applying for. When you show the immigration specialist that you have enough money to live on, you are showing them that you have enough money to pay for a place to live.

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10 hours ago, Ken Grubb said:

A two-year rental contract is not necessary. For years now, people have been getting residence permits with rental contracts which have to be renewed sometime during the duration of the residence permit they are applying for. When you show the immigration specialist that you have enough money to live on, you are showing them that you have enough money to pay for a place to live.

 

Hey Ken

 

So what you are suggesting is if I have a 1 year contract and a 2 year health insurance and a bank statement of 10 000 usd. I am good to apply for a 2 year short term touristic ???

 

For renewal I need to get a rendevu or I will need to send documents via ptt  ? 

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At my interview at the Fatih Göç İdaresi I was 'offered' (without asking) a 2 year Ikamet at the interview. I would need to pay another $60 and go and get another document from the Üsküdar Nüfus Müdürlüğü. There was no need for a 2nd year of health insurance - I asked about that. And as he hadn't asked about money in the bank for the 1 year Ikamet he wasn't bothered about that either. The guy just said he likes to give 2 year Ikamets where he can. The problem was my wife had just had her interview in the next room and had asked about getting 2 years and her guy said "no" - our applications and circumstances are identical - I think that tell's you a lot about the whole system. We didn't really want to get our Ikamets running on different time periods. Added to that the situation on Sunday at Fatih was so chaotic that I just could not have relied on the same guy being there next week when I brought back the extra document. So I just went with 1 year.

When I arrived for the 8 o'clock appointment - the doors opened at 8.30 (!) I was right at the front of the queue having been waiting outside since 7.20. I got given Desk 31 in Room D so I walk into room D at about 8.45-8.50 and it is in total darkness with 8 empty desks. So I wait about an hour with all the others for Room D and suddenly a guy comes out of nowhere and says he's starting in Room D but only desk 31 people - so that was me and I was first in line. All the others waiting for the other 7 desks are still waiting there I guess, One guy said it was the 3rd Sunday he'd been and each time his appointed official was not there. And you can't change the desk number and if you're a Sunday appointment you can't come back on any other day,

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Hey Graham, this is very sad and unfortunate. So what it means is that its totally matter of luck and the officer dealing us. If he is a good guy we may get two otherwise we have to go with one. I am a bit concerned on which document you needed to pay $60 for and get from Uskudar Nufus Mudurlugu? Is it a mandatory document for all? And would you also like to tell which documents did you present for getting a residence permit?

 

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A lot of it is a matter of luck. I can't remember if when you make the application you can actually ask for 2 years or not. The $60 is for the extra year's ikamet - it's $25 for 1 month and $5 for each extra month. So an extra year is 12 x $5. The document from the Nufus Mudurlugu - I think this is something you can get from your local Mahelli Nufus Mudurlugu not the main one - usually it's in a small building somewhere. If you take the slip you get when you register to this local one they can give you another document saying that you live at your address. 

The documents I presented were a notarised copy of a rent contract, photocopy of passport, 4 photos (my wife's mudur gave her 2 back saying he didn't need them), health insurance document - they want the original not a copy and it must be signed by the insurance company representative, receipts for the Ikamet Card fee (now gone up to 63TL - even if your form says 58.50TL) and a receipt for the main Ikamet fee of $80 which you pay in TL. Ours was 270TL from our December application - so we paid that a week before the interview in Kadikoy and come to the interview and they want 35TL more because the $ has gone up I am assuming. So everyone has to go the cash desk and pay more and the cash desk can often be closed for lunch or maybe at 4pm which means coming back another Sunday. I don't suppose we'd get a refund if the $ vs TL went the other way. I also had a letter from the bank showing more than $6000 in TL but he didn't ask for the that. In fact he didn't much look at anything I gave him.

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7 hours ago, GrahamN said:

A lot of it is a matter of luck. I can't remember if when you make the application you can actually ask for 2 years or not. The $60 is for the extra year's ikamet - it's $25 for 1 month and $5 for each extra month. So an extra year is 12 x $5. The document from the Nufus Mudurlugu - I think this is something you can get from your local Mahelli Nufus Mudurlugu not the main one - usually it's in a small building somewhere. If you take the slip you get when you register to this local one they can give you another document saying that you live at your address. 

The documents I presented were a notarised copy of a rent contract, photocopy of passport, 4 photos (my wife's mudur gave her 2 back saying he didn't need them), health insurance document - they want the original not a copy and it must be signed by the insurance company representative, receipts for the Ikamet Card fee (now gone up to 63TL - even if your form says 58.50TL) and a receipt for the main Ikamet fee of $80 which you pay in TL. Ours was 270TL from our December application - so we paid that a week before the interview in Kadikoy and come to the interview and they want 35TL more because the $ has gone up I am assuming. So everyone has to go the cash desk and pay more and the cash desk can often be closed for lunch or maybe at 4pm which means coming back another Sunday. I don't suppose we'd get a refund if the $ vs TL went the other way. I also had a letter from the bank showing more than $6000 in TL but he didn't ask for the that. In fact he didn't much look at anything I gave him.

 

Hey Graham,


Thanks for for in depth situational awareness. I will definitely keep all this in focus. I will apply next month and I wish to apply for two years I will get or not its a matter of luck. Its not a big deal as 2nd year health insurance will eventually help me later on. I am still a bit confused about the document that we have to take from Nufus Mudurlugu? Should I visit them before my interview or once I am done with interview I have to go there and ask for the paper?

 

What is that paper named? What should I ask them to give me? Is it a mandatory for all who renew? First time when I applied I did not require any such paper only notarized rent contract was enough. Is it a new requirement now? 

 

And I would also like to know; I live on European side near Ataturk Havalimani. Which appointment center should I choose? My first application was in Emniyet Fatih but it might be different now? Any information on this?

 

Looking forward.

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Hi THY

I wouldn't bother getting anything in advance from the Nufus Mudurlugu unless they ask you. They will tell you what to ask for. Whatever it was quite often in the past they would accept it as evidence of your address instead of the notarised contract. Since it was free (I believe) it was a cheaper way of satisfying the residence requirement. 

As is becoming increasingly clear nobody knows what the requirements are in reality until you sit down for your interview. Quite a few people I know have been asked for Turkish Criminal record checks but most haven't, If they want that they will tell you where to go.

I think in Istanbul we are all hoping that we can get back to the system as it was in 2015 where at least for renewals you can send it in by post rather than having to have an interview. The numbers of (seemingly unnecessary) interviews have totally overwhelmed the system. 

I am sure there must be a "bug" in the application process that is sending pretty well everyone for an interview rather than using the post. For instance for my wife - once we started the online application and got past the first couple of pages it kept popping up and saying something like "because your marital status has changed you will be required to have an interview" and of course her marital status has not changed,

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