Residence Permit for Foreign Nationals Living in Turkey

11th, 2012
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Residence permits

As of July 2010, foreign residents living in Turkey will no longer be able to make short trips out of the country to renew their visa. The authorities are now issuing a 90-day tourist visa that is valid over 180 days, so if you try and return to Turkey after 90 days you will not be allowed and you will have to wait a further 90 days to apply for another tourist visa.

What type of residence permit will I need?

The longest term a resident permit is granted for is five years. However, usually permits of only two years are granted on initial application. After a residence permit expires it can be renewed four times. To renew, you must apply to your local police headquarters within 15 days of expiry.

 How to obtain a permit

You can get an application from your local Foreigners Department, at your local police station. You will need the following documents:

– A valid passport with photocopies of the last entry stamp and details page

– A completed application form

– Five recent passport-sized photographs

– A valid Turkish visa (eg, a holiday visa)

-The application fee

– Bank statement from a Turkish bank proving that you are in good financial standing (this varies from place to place. The general rule is that you must have 250 euros in for each month you intend to register in Turkey. For example, if you want a 12-month permit, you will need 3000 euros).

You may also need, where applicable:

– Evidence of your marriage (if married to a Turkish national)

– Property title deeds

– Employment details (if employed in Turkey)

 Changing your permit details

If you move to another region, you must report your move to the local police station within 48 hours. If your marital status changes you must submit a signed statement to the local authorities within 15 days of the change in order for your details to be changed on your residence permit.

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