Residence Permit in Turkey

Residence Permit Application Procedure in Turkey

If you are considering buying a house in Turkey and living, you will need a residence permit. Foreign nationals that come to Turkey with a visa or a visa exemption are allowed to stay maximum for 90 days of time in one entrance. Foreign nationals that wish to stay longer than the given time are obliged to get a residence permit in Turkey.

First Time Residence Permit Application

For the first application, foreigners are required to make a residence permit application via the e-Residence system and be present at relevant authority on the appointment date together with the required documents.

Documents required for first-time residence permit application;

- Application form
- The original passport
- 4 biometric photos
- The declaration which states that financial capacity is to be provided sufficiently and regularly throughout the stay
- Marriage certificate or approved photocopy of the document
- A print-out of the online form you filled in.
- Valid health insurance (over 65's and under 18 are exempt)
- A proof of address.

The foreigners need to apply for a residence permit when they buy a property in Turkey. Your first residency permit will be valid for 1 year or 2 years. When renewing, you’ll need to submit your application at least 14 days before your permit expires.

Once your application has been generated on the online system, you can legally remain in Turkey until the appointment date. If your application is accepted you will be given a Proof of Application document. Your residence permit will be sent by the Turkish postal system to your address in Turkey within 90 days. If your application for a residence permit is unsuccessful, the DGMM (Directorate General of Migration Management) will contact you.

Renewals of Residence Permit in Turkey

Renewal process of a residence permit can be done in Turkey. The owner of the residence permit for a period of 1 or 2 years may renew it each year without any limit for as long as he owns the property.

Documents required for renewal of residence permit;

- Residence permit application form
- Notary public approved photocopy of passport or passport substitute document
- 4 biometric photos
- The declaration which states that financial capacity is to be provided sufficiently and regularly throughout the stay
- Marriage certificate or approved photocopy of the document
- Valid health insurance (over 65's and under 18 are exempt)
- Residential address and communication information

You can send your renewal application by post/courier to the Directorate General of Migration Management (Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü) in your city where you live.

Note: Residency may be issued not only to the property owners but also to the members of his/her family - husband/wife and children. The presence of a residence permit does not give foreigners the permission to work in the country