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Hi all,

I would like to move to Turkey and my online freelancing income is enough to support myself in a cheap part of Turkey, but I don’t have a year of income saved up. The official requirements for self-employed people look complicated and seem to want me to have a registered company. My income is about $500 per month on average. Also, I have some wealthier relatives who could write statements of financial support and share bank statements if needed. Would that be accepted?

I think I would apply for the 1-year tourism RP and live somewhere in the east.

Thanks for any info you can provide!

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You don't necessarily need a year of income saved up, you just need to be able to demonstrate that you can live for a year, which considers how much you're paying for rent, lifestyle, etc...

As far as working as a freelancer, if you used proof of income from that I don't know what they would say--they might tell you that you have to get a work permit, which as you already know can be a real pain in the neck. The main reason they ask for proof of financial support is to make sure you won't work illegally in Turkey.

Regarding what they would accept, there is no hard and fast rule. It actually depends on the immigration specialist who is interviewing you. If they are convinced that you can support yourself for a year without working, they'll be satisfied with that. But if they think you can't, they won't give you a residence permit.

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Ok, thanks for the input!

It looks like my best bet would be to save up $6000 before going there. But I am impatient so I may try giving them a letter of sponsorship and bank statements from a relative. I think they accept those from students but I don’t know about tourists. Will let the forum know how it goes insha’allah.

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