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Residence Permit 

Foreigners who intend to extend their stay in Turkey beyond the time limit prescribed in their visa, those who need a visa exemption or intend to stay for more than ninety days must obtain a residence permit.

 

1. Short-Term Residence Permit for Foreigners

 

To apply for a short-term residence permit, foreigners who own real estate in Turkey or intend to establish a business or business connections in Turkey must submit the following documents to the relevant Provincial Directorate of Immigration Administration (Göç İdaresi) once an application is submitted through the e-residence system. Short-term residence permits are issued for a maximum of two years as a principle. A residence permit is invalidated if it is not used within six months.

 

1.1.  Initial Application

 

  • Residence permit application form
  • The original and a copy of the passport or travel document
  • Four biometric photographs
  • Proof of sufficient and sustainable financial resources for the duration of the stay
  • Applicant’s residence ownership deed*
  • An invitation letter or documents issued by the person/business to be contacted**
  • Valid medical insurance (one of the following shall be sufficient):

 

o   Proof of access to health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements

o   Provision document issued by the Social Security Institution

o   Document regarding the application made to the Social Security Institution to be covered by the general health insurance

o   Private health insurance

 

1.2. Application for Extension

 

Applications for an extension of the residence permit may be made to Governors’ Offices within sixty days prior to its expiration, but under no circumstances should this be done after the expiry date.

 

To obtain extension, foreigners are required to apply for a residence permit through the e-residence system. The completed application and required documents should be sent to the related Provincial Immigration Administration Office (Göç İdaresi) in Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Aydın, Bursa, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Mersin, Muğla, Samsun, Şanlıurfa or Tekirdağ by mail within five business days.

 

  • Residence permit application form
  • Notarized copy of the passport or travel document
  • Four biometric photographs
  • Submission of the previous residence permit document
  • Proof of sufficient and sustainable financial resources for the duration of the stay
  • Applicant’s residence ownership deed*
  • An invitation letter or documents issued by the person/business to be contacted**
  • Valid medical insurance (one of the following shall be sufficient):

 

o   Proof of access to health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements

o   Provision document issued by the Social Security Institution

o   Private health insurance including the extension period

 

*Required for foreigners owning immovable property in Turkey

**Required for foreigners who intend to establish business or commercial connections in Turkey

 

2. Long-Term Residence Permit for Foreigners

 

For a long-term residence permit, foreigners who have continuously resided in Turkey for at least eight years should submit the following documents to the relevant Provincial Directorate of Immigration Administration (Göç İdaresi):

 

2.1. Application*

 

  • Residence permit application form
  • The original and a copy of the passport or travel document
  • Copy of the previous residence permit document
  • Four biometric photographs
  • Proof that the applicant has not received any social aid from governmental institutions and organizations in the last three years
  • Proof of sufficient and sustainable financial resources for the duration of the stay
  • Police record document
  • Valid medical insurance (one of the following shall be sufficient):

 

o   Proof of access to health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements

o   Provision document issued by the Social Security Institution

o   Document regarding the application made to the Social Security Institution to be covered by the general health insurance

o   Private health insurance valid for a minimum of one year

 

*Long-term residence permits are issued indefinitely. Therefore, no extension application is required.

 

Exceptional Acquisition of Citizenship

 

With (b) prepended to the first paragraph of Article 12 of the Law No. 5901 promulgated on July 28, 2016;

 

  • Those who obtain a residence permit further to (j) of the first paragraph of Article 31 of the Law No. 6458, by investing within the scope and amount determined by the President
  • Foreigners holding the Turquoise Card

 

may acquire Turkish citizenship based on the resolution of the President of the Republic of Turkey.

 

Scope and amounts determined as per the new regulations published in the Official Gazette on September 18, 2018 are defined below. Foreigners who meet any of the following criteria may be eligible for Turkish citizenship, subject to the decision of the President of the Republic of Turkey:

 

  • Made a minimum fixed capital investment of USD 500,000 or equivalent foreign currency or Turkish lira, as attested by the Ministry of Industry and Technology
  • Acquired a property worth a minimum of USD 250,000 or equivalent foreign currency or Turkish lira with a title deed restriction on its resale for at least three years, as attested by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization
  • Created jobs for at least 50 people, as attested by the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services
  • Deposited at least USD 500,000 or equivalent foreign currency or Turkish lira in banks operating in Turkey with the condition not to withdraw the same for at least three years, as attested by the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency
  • Bought at least USD 500,000 or equivalent foreign currency or Turkish lira worth of government bonds with the condition that they cannot be sold for at least three years, as attested by the Ministry of Treasury and Finance
  • Bought at least USD 500,000 or equivalent foreign currency or Turkish lira worth of real estate investment fund share or venture capital investment fund share with the condition that they cannot be sold for at least three years, as attested by the Capital Markets Board of Turkey