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Residence Permit with hotel address.

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My wife and I have been indecisive about where to live in Turkey so we would like to get residence permits using a hotel address. Is there a possibility that the hotel would refuse to write a letter stating that we live there? Is there a minimum term we have to stay at the hotel? Can we use the hotel address to do other things like opening a bank account or getting a mobile phone contract? Regards.

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Hello Neil,

I do not think it is acceptable that giving hotel address because in online system you are giving address information and system will automatically fill the rest of the form.

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Neil, you can use a hotel as an address when you apply for a residence permit. Greenstein is correct, that is, when you apply using the online residence permit application system (e-Ikamet) and designate your address, you will be selecting the address from a national database of registered addresses. Hotels are also in this database, so when you select your address, you will be selecting the hotel's address.

I just spoke to a DGMM immigration specialist and she told me the following:

You will need to get a letter from the hotel, on hotel letterhead and stamped and signed by an authorized person, which has your name and dates of stay. Both of you can use the same letter. There is no need to pay for the entire stay in advance. If you will be moving from one hotel to others, the rules state that you must provide an itinerary of your travels. However, in the end, it is the immigration specialist who will decide what you need. So if you can explain logically what it is you are trying to do. Then if you need any additional documentation, they will give you time to get it.

There is no minimum time for a residence permit. And you can just choose the length of time you want, for up to two years.

The residence permit, in the case of a tourist simply extending their time in Turkey beyond their visa, can only get a residence permit with a duration up to the checkout day from the hotel. However, if you are looking for a house to buy or an apartment to rent, you can apply for a one or two-year residence permit even though you are using a hotel for an address. When you finally have your rental contract or title deed, you can then go to the DGMM office and change your address. Again, how this goes will depend on how well you explain your situation and the immigration official during your interview.

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Is there a possibility that the hotel would refuse to write a letter stating that we live there?

I've never heard of a hotel refusing to do this. And I don't see how it would be a problem.

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Can we use the hotel address to do other things like opening a bank account or getting a mobile phone contract?

I just called TurkCell. The person I spoke with said that yes, you can get mobile phone services with only a passport. The problem is that 90 days after the date of your entry into Turkey, it will be cut off, unless you get a yabancı kimlik numarası (foreigner identification number, or YKN), which will be issued with your residence permit card, then bring that number to one of their branches and have the YKN added to your account. Once you do that, your mobile phone service will continue without interruption. This rule applies even if you buy a Turkish mobile phone.

Regarding opening a bank account, yes, you can open one with just a passport. You will need to convince the person you speak with at the bank that you are here to stay, and are not just opening the account temporarily for some reason. The problem is that some time ago, foreigners from everywhere would come and open a Turkish bank account, deposit a lot of money into it to convince the DGMM that they had enough money to live on, then they would withdraw it and leave an empty account. That doesn't work any more, but you may find that some banks are reluctant to open an account unless you already have a residence permit.

You have been a member here for some time and I have been following your posts, and from my read of you and your situation, you won't have a problem with this. But you still may have to convince them that you are here for the long term and won't be closing the account anytime soon.

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