1. Resident Permit Types and Criteria in Turkey
Six types of residence permit shall be regulated by Article 30 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection No. 6458.
1.1. Short Term Residence Permit.
Short term residence permit shall be regulated by Articles 31-33 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection No. 6458.
Additionally, short term residence permit shall be regulated by Articles 28 and 29 of the Regulation for Implementation of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection.
Who May Apply To Short-Term Residence Permit?
1-Foreigners who will arrive to conduct scientific research;
2-Foreigners who will own immovable property in Turkey;
3-Foreigners who will establish business or commercial connections;
4-Foreigners who will participate in on-the-job training programmes;
5-Foreigners who will arrive to attend educational or similar programmes as part of student exchange programmes or agreements to which the Republic of Turkey is a party;
6-Foreigners who wish to stay for tourism purposes;
7-Foreigners who intend to receive medical treatment, provided that they do not have a disease posing a public health threat;
8-Foreigners who are required to stay in Turkey pursuant to a request or a decision of judicial or administrative authorities;
9-Foreigners who transfer from a family residence permit;
10-Foreigners who will attend a Turkish language course;
11-Foreigners who will attend an education programme, research, internship or, a course by way of a public agency;
12-Foreigners who will apply within six months upon graduation from a higher education programme in Turkey;
13-Foreigners who do not work in Turkey but will make an investment within the scope and amount that shall be determined by the Council of Ministers, and their foreign spouses, his and her foreign minor children or foreign dependent children;
14-Citizens of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus;
1.2. Family Residence Permit.
Family residence permit is regulated in Articles 34-37 of Foreigners and International Protection Law No. 6458
Additionally, family residence permit is regulated in Articles 30-34 of Regulation for Implementation of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection.
Who May Apply To Family Residence Permit?
Family residence permit maybe granted to the:
a) foreign spouse,
b) foreign children or foreign minor children of their spouse,
c) dependent foreign children or dependent foreign children of their spouse,
of Turkish citizens, persons within the scope of Article 28 of Law No 5901 or, foreigners holding one of the residence permits as well as refugees and subsidiary protection beneficiaries.
In cases of a polygamous marriage pursuant to the regulation in the country of citizenship, only one of the spouses shall be issued a family residence permit. However, a family residence permit may be granted to the foreigner’s children from other spouses.
For family residence permits issued to children, if any, the consent of the mother or the father who lives abroad and who shares custody shall be sought.
Family residence permits shall entitle the holder right of education in primary and secondary educational institutions until the age of 18 without obtaining a student residence permit.
|In the cases of following statements family residence permit holders may apply to short-term residence permit:|
– In the event of divorce, if the foreign spouse of a Turkish citizen resided on a family residence permit for at least three years (if it is established by the relevant court that the foreign spouse has been a victim for reasons of domestic violence, the condition for three years residence shall not be sought)
– In the case of death of the sponsor if the spouse resides on a family residence permit depending on the sponsor,
– If the foreigner reaching the age of 18 has resided on a family residence permit for at least three years
1.3. Student Residence Permit.
Student residence permit is regulated in Articles 38-41 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection No. 6458. Additionally, student residence permit is issued in Articles 35-39 of Regulation for Implementation of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection.
Who May Apply To Student Residence Permit?
– Foreigners who shall receive primary or secondary education and who do not hold a family residence permit (Without taking residence permit, foreigners can continue studying until they are 18 (for primary and secondary education). However, when they are over 18 and still go on taking secondary education, those students are required to take residence permit.),
– Foreigners who shall attend an associate, undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate programme or receive education for speciality in medicine (TUS) or in dentistry (DUS)
are issued residence permits.
Student residence permit ensures the student to be only the supporter of spouse and children in family residence permit applications. It does not provide any right to the other relatives about residence permit.
1.4. Long Term Residence Permit.
Long term residence permit shall be regulated by Articles 42-45 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection. Besides, long term residence permit shall be regulated by Articles 40-43 of the Regulation for Implementation of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection.
Who May Apply To Long Term Residence Permit?
– A long term residence permit shall be issued by the governorates, upon approval of the Ministry, to the foreigners that have continuously resided in Turkey for at least eight years on a permit or to foreigners that meet the conditions set out by the Migration Policies Board.
– Refugees, conditional refugees and subsidiary protection beneficiaries as well as persons under temporary protection or humanitarian residence permit holders are not entitled to the right of transfer to a long-term residence permit.
1.5. Humanitarian Residence Permit.
Humanitarian residence permit shall be regulated by Articles 46 and 47 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection No. 6458.
Besides, humanitarian residence permit shall be regulated by Article 44 of the Regulation for Implementation of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection.
Who May Apply To Humanitarian Residence Permit?
– Where the best interest of the child is of concern;
– Where, notwithstanding a removal decision or ban on entering Turkey, foreigners cannot be removed from Turkey or their departure from Turkey is not reasonable or possible,
– In the absence of a removal decision in respect of the foreigner pursuant to Article 55,
– Where there is a judicial appeal against the actions carried out pursuant to Articles 53,72 and 77;
– Throughout the removal actions of the applicant to the first country of asylum or a safe third country;
– In cases when foreigners should be allowed to enter into and stay in Turkey, due to an emergency or in view of the protection of the national interests as well as reasons of public order and security, in the absence of the possibility to obtain one of the other types of residence permits due to their situation that precludes granting a residence permit;
– In extraordinary circumstances
humanitarian residence permit may be issued.
1.6. Residence Permit for the Victims of Human Trafficking
Residence permit for victims of human trafficking shall be regulated by Articles 48 to 49 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection Law No. 6458.
Besides, residence permit for victims of human trafficking shall be regulated by Articles 45 and 46 of the Regulation for Implementation of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection.
Who May Apply To Permit For Victims Of Human Trafficking?
A residence permit for victims of human trafficking shall be granted to foreigners who are victims of human trafficking or where there is strong circumstantial evidence that they might be victims.
Please note that different types of residence permits in different categories are subject to different terms and conditions and different requirements. The residence permit application might be rejected in the light of incomplete documents and statements, and in order to be able to apply to some types of residence permits, the applicant is required to have entered the country with the appropriate visa. All information on this page is for informational purposes only. Even though maximum care has been taken in terms of actuality and correctness, no guarantee has been given in this respect. The most up-to-date information on the subject can be obtained from the closest Provincial Directorate of Immigration or goc.gov.tr website.
2. Documents Required for Foreign Residence Permit
For all residence permit applications, following documents should be provided :
Photo; taken in last 6 months (frontal, barefaced, so that foreigners can easily identify) the font should be white and biometric.
In case the passport is not written in Latin letters, an approved translation by a sworn translator or official authority is also added to the application.
If there is no first and surname distinction on passport, you will be required to submit a document showing your clear identity information from your own country representatives
Birth certificate may be requested for foreign child
If you are covered by government agencies during your residence permit, you will be required to provide documentation showing the costs of your pension, residence and health.
If the person is under 18 years of age; the mother or father of the applicant or his / her legal representative in the country shall be required to submit the recognisance and recognisance to be given by real or legal entity in Turkey to the administrative authority.
Documents required for residence permit applications can be found on the link:
3. Need to Know About Residence Permit Extension in Turkey
Updated 06/04/2018 IMMIGRATION authorities are increasingly giving approval to restrict the extension of the application of the new decision by the tourist residence permits only house those in Turkey who are married to Turkish citizens, work permit with the families of foreigners in Turkey, which may prove the last six months of income and residence residence permits of foreigners who can submit appropriate documents will be extended.
3.1. APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT EXTENSION
You can apply for an extension, based on the type of your residence permit.
The end date of your residence permit can be selected as the start date of the extension period.
Extension process can change by passport and type of the selected residence permit.
Photos must have been taken within the last 6 months, against a white background and biometric. Also photo must be installed in the system during the application process.
Residence permit extension applications must be made within the last 60 days of the residence permit end date and in any case it must be made before the end date.
To make an extension application, please make sure that the contents of the documents related to your situation are complete.
Once the application is made, the residence permit application form will be generated by the system with the required documentation. The foreigner is legally entitled to reside in Turkey until the date of appointment with this form but it doesn’t guarantee the foreigner’s right to enter and leave the country.
(!) If the foreigner wishes to enter the country or to leave the country, he / she must personally apply to the Provincial Immigration Authority.
3.2. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT EXTENSION
The required documents may vary depending on the type of residence permit or the reason you want to stay. The administration may request additional information or documents relevant to your request for residence at any time. You are required to have a passport or passport substitute document for 60 days longer than the period of residence you requested.
Photos must have been taken within the last 6 months, against a white background and biometric.
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If there are no Latin letters on passport, translation in Turkish and notarial approval are required
If the name and surname are not written separately on the passport, a document that shows the foreigners identity clearly will be requested from the foreign representatives.
If there is a change in name or family name, the information needs to be updated by contacting the local staff personally. Also, birth certificates can be requested from foreigners.
During the requested residence permit period, if your food, accommodation or medical expenses are covered by public authorities, you need to notify the authority concerned.