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Short-term Residence Permit: Touristic purpose

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I came to Turkey on a Tourist visa and would like to get a residence permit for 2 year period for 'touristic purpose'. I'm currently 'unemployed' but I have more than sufficient funds for the 2 years period in my savings from my past work. On the ikamet website, in the "Information on Income" step of the application process,  I have declared the 'income status' and 'source of funds' based on my savings. However, I'm confused about the "Current occupation" part. Should I put it as my 'past profession/field' or as 'unemployed'? (would that affect my chances of getting ikamet) Can anyone please suggest what needs to be done here? I'll be applying from Izmir.

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Firstly, if you have, as you say, abundant funds to take care of yourself while you are a resident of Turkey, you will exceed the requirements. The main reason they ask about your income is to make sure you won't need to work while in Turkey.  This is why they ask immigrants to prove their ability to take care of themselves financially. They are quite flexible on this. For example, if you were a person of modest means and explained to them that you could live on a small budget, they would accept it. But it sounds to me that you have more than enough to prove your ability to support  yourself. So you should have no problems.

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However, I'm confused about the "Current occupation" part. Should I put it as my 'past profession/field' or as 'unemployed'?

Report  your situation now, truthfully. If you are unemployed, say you are unemployed. When you go to your appointment you can explain your situation and your financial means.

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(would that affect my chances of getting ikamet)

No. Just report everything truthfully on the online application system. Then you will get an appointment date. When you go to your appointment, don't worry. The immigration specialists are very friendly and helpful. They will ask you about anything which needs to be clarified.  Even if they ask for more information or proof than you have at the time, they will allow you time to get the info.

After your appointment, after dealing with one for the first time, you will be impressed with how friendly and helpful they are. But if  you have any problems in the process, please post them here. We will try to help.

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Thank you for explaining the details and procedure Ken. I have done as suggested and completed my appointment process. The Immigration official didn't ask for any financial document or proof. :) He just went through the list of documents I submitted and gave an application document with my ikamet details and signature & stamp. And informed that I would get the Ikamet card to my address. 

So, does this mean that my ikamet is approved? And I just need to wait a couple of weeks in order to receive it?

Many Thanks. 

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Basically, yes, it is approved. It will be sent to Ankara to be printed, then the card will be sent to you by registered mail to the address you put on your application. I don't know if their office in Ankara does any further investigation. I doubt it, because you were just sitting in front of an immigration specialist and he or she asked all of the questions which needed to be asked, and already reviewed your package. I have never heard of a case where a residence permit was approved locally then rejected after it went to Ankara.

The time it takes for you to get it can vary according to how busy they are. The last time I got one, it took a month for them to send it to me. When it arrives the postman will come to your door, ask for identification, have you sign for it, then give it to you.

 

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