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Is a Translated and Notarized Copy of a Passport Required for First-time Residence Permit Applications?

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Hi, 

22 hours ago, Goreme1990 said:

I have read on Doc Martin's site that you do not need a translated and noterised copy of your passport when you are making a first application for and RP. Is this still correct?

That is correct. 

As of now; 

At the first RP application, you are asked to bring your passport booklet as well as copies of the all pages of the booklet (except empty pages) . For this reason, you can skip translation + notary procedures. 

For the extention of the RP application, you are asked to bring (sworn) translated and notarized copy of the passport booklet (Only ID page). For extention, passport booklet is not essential. 

Fyi..

Regards, 

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Thanks for all the answer so far!

Another question though. My wife has a different last name than mine, would obtaining a RP still be a problem? and once we both are able to obtain citizenship, will she be able to change her last name to my last name or even can she do it with applying for the RP?

Thanks again everyone!

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The two different names are no problem as long as you have a marriage certificate in those same names. We have different names and have had RPs for 16 years. I really would not go to the trouble of changing names afterwards. too many certificates, licences and things in your old names

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I have read on Doc Martin's site that you do not need a translated and noterised copy of your passport when you are making a first application for and RP. Is this still correct?

According to the guidance on the e-ikamet website, this is correct. The problem is that the guidance is obsolete.

On Thursday, I went to the Göç İdaresi (DGMM) in Antalya. I talked with the manager of the immigration specialists about this and a few other matters. I  gave him a copy of the list of required documents for residence permit applications and extensions, pointing out where the first-time application requires a regular copy, and extensions require a notarized copy.

He said this:

The documentation on the e-ikamet website was written when the extensions could be mailed in. It is out of date. The only thing required is the passport and a normal copy, and not a notarized copy. This is for both first-time applications and renewals.

The following  is based on what else was said during the interview, and my personal take on the situation:

When you read the "required documents" pages, you can see references to mailing in residence permit  extensions, which is no longer done.

It would make sense that, (according to the outdated documentation) during the first-time application appointment, an immigration specialist would do a hands-on check of our passports. Therefore, no notarized copy would be required. But for mailed-in extensions, it would be a notary (a government appointed lawyer) who does the hands-on check of our passport and testifies to its genuineness with a notarized copy. That enabled us to mail in a notarized copy of the passport rather than the actual passport.

So that's why the rule said (and for lack of an update still says) that a normal copy is required for first time applications, and a notarized copy is required for extensions.

As it is now, mail-in extensions are no longer done. All residence permit applications, both first-time and extensions, involve a an appointment and a hands-on check of the passport by an immigration specialist. So for both first-time and extension applications, they just need to see the actual passport, and a regular copy of it for the application package.

A notarized translation is only required if the passport is in a language which doesn't use the Latin alphabet.

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I did not need a translated and notarised copy of my passport for my residence permit. However I did need that for Turkish customs to clear my goods being shipped from England.

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