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A residence permit is a permit that is issued to foreigners who want to stay in Turkey. If you plan to stay in Turkey longer than 90-180 days, the maximum days allowed on a Turkish visa, you will have to get a residence permit. A valid work permit, within the framework of the law, is considered as a residence permit, which means that the work permit holder is entitled to stay in Turkey without a residence permit within the period of the work permit. You can apply for both permits at the nearest consulate in your country or the Turkish embassy.

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People who live in Turkey permanently or more than 6 months per year are considered residents. Being a Resident Permit holder is also a great first step to apply for Permanent Residency in Turkey. After having a residence permit, the person must stay in Turkey for eight years regularly to be able to apply for a permanent residence permit. Some conditions must be followed during this period.

A Permanent Citizen can have the benefits of most of a Turkish citizen, while they must keep a clean record during their stay for a chance at Turkish citizenship. A Permanent Residence Permit holder can not vote in elections until they become a Turkish Citizen.

Resident permit holders are still citizens of another country. So every time they travel to or out of Turkey, they must carry their national passport with them, as well as their Turkish permit. There are different types of residence permits in Turkey and the law can change in small details. However, there are common things you need to do and if you follow the conditions well it is easy to have a residence permit in Turkey.

  

Residence permit in Turkey

Residence permit applications are done only directly through the Directorate General of Migration Management's local offices or their online system. For the first applications and applications for transfer, candidates need to fill the online form and get an appointment from the nearest office through the “Central Appointment System”. After filling the online form, the system automatically displays the address of the nearest DGMM office and the list of the required documents, it calculates the application plus the card fee. Through this step, you will choose from dates and times for the appointment. Applicants can legally reside in Turkey with the application form until the interview time.

You must also note that having an appointment does not grant any right to enter or exit Turkey. Once the application is submitted on the interview date and after having signed and stamped the Residence Permit Application Document, foreigners may exit and re-enter Turkey within 15 days.

Required Documents for Residence Permit Applications

Residence Permit Application Form (must be signed by the foreigner and/or his/her legal representative) 

Passport or original and photocopy of passport substitute document valid at least for 6 months 

Four (4) pcs photos (must have been taken within the last 6 months, against a white background and biometric)

Photocopies of previous residence permit documents (Submission of originals, if any) 

Original of e-signed/signed and stamped/sealed document which shows that no social support is received during the last three years

Approved and e-signed/signed document which states that financial capacity is to be provided sufficiently and regularly throughout the stay

Criminal records can be obtained from foreigner's country authorities and/or Turkish judicial authorities. 

Document which shows that the foreigner is registered in the Address Registration System (document to be obtained from provincial/district registry offices)

Valid health insurance  (Insurance period must cover the intended residence permit duration)

 

Residence Permit Renewal in Turkey

Before the residency expires, you must apply for the residency renewal in Turkey within the last 60 days of the residence permit, if the residence permit is extended, there is no need to review the Directorate of Immigration Management, but you must send the required documents from you by mail to the Directorate of Immigration Management in the city in which you reside, but in necessary cases may invite you to the abandonment management of the Directorate of and with you the documents that will be requested for each review it is mentioned later residence electronic system by type of residence, and you can also get information on the required documents by dialing 157 from inside Turkey.

 

Work permit in Turkey

Whoever wants to obtain a work permit must apply to the Ministry of Labor and transfer the type of residence to work residence. The application must go through your commercial company or the company you work for. You can inquire about the work permit in Turkey by calling 170 from inside Turkey.

Permanent Residence in Turkey

The first thing you should know that the resident should stay in Turkey for eight years regularly to be able to apply for a permanent residence permit. Yet some conditions have to be followed during this period. A Permanent Citizen can have the benefits of most of a Turkish citizen, while they must keep a clean record during their stay for a chance at Turkish citizenship. A Permanent Residence Permit holder can not vote in elections until they become a Turkish Citizen.

People who live in Turkey permanently or more than 6 months per year are considered residents. They are subject to tax on their worldwide income, while non-residents (less than 6 months stay per year) pay taxes on their income earned in Turkey.

Permanent residents are still the citizen of another country. So every time they travel outside of Turkey, they must carry the passport of that country with them, as well as their Turkish permit. There are different types of residence permits in Turkey and the law can change in small details. However, there are common things you need to do and if you follow the conditions well it is easy to have a residence permit in this country. 

Eight years of stay is counted without the times you leave the country. If you have a study permit, half of the duration is counted and for the other residence permits, all the durations are counted. The resident has to not have social assistance for the last three years of the eight years of period. They must have a good income, and health insurance. The resident should obtain life in Turkey as a citizen first. One of the easiest ways is to become a student and find a job in Turkey. During this period, the resident must not have any criminal record. If the resident obeys the conditions and rules they can apply for the permanent residence permit.