Residency in Turkey

The Turkish residence permit is an authorization that allows its holders a right to stay in Turkey for more than 90 days in half a year for settling or studying purposes.

The residence permit must be renewed before every last date of the permit if the holder keeps the ownership. The renewal process must be started 60 days before the expiry date of the residence permit. The maximum renewal periods vary according to the permit types.

A residence permit is a must to stay in Turkey for more than 90 days in 6 months except for extraordinary conditions or agreements.

Key Benefits of Turkish Residency

The Turkish residence permit presents many benefits to its holders. Different types of residence permits provide different benefits and rights. Here are some of them;


Chance to Apply for Long Term Residence Permit or Citizenship

Turkish residence permit holders can apply for a long-term residence permit (permanent residence permit) and Turkish citizenship after living in Turkey for some time with a valid residence permit. Turkish citizens can travel to 105 countries (including countries like Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Qatar, and Singapore) visa-free or on visa-on-arrival conditions.

Long-term residence permit holders can benefit from every right Turkish citizens benefit from except for the right to vote, participate in the elections, and enter public service and military service.

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How to Get a Residency in Turkey?

It’s possible to apply for a residence permit in Turkey from Turkish consulates. Applying directly within the country after arriving in Turkey with a tourist visa is also possible. The application conditions and the required documents vary depending on the type of residence permit.

The Most Popular Types of Residency in Turkey

Frequently Asked Questions on Turkish Resident Permit

1What is the Turkish residence permit?
The Turkish residence permit is an authorization that provides the right to stay in Turkey for more than 90 days in 6 months.
2What are the required documents for getting a residence permit?
The required documents may vary depending on the residence permit type. But the generally required documents are: • Residence permit application form • Evidence of health insurance • Biometric photographs • Original passport • Notarized copy of the passport or travel document • A sufficient and sustainable financial resource declaration
3Can I obtain a residence permit by buying a property in Turkey?
Yes. Foreign property buyers can obtain a residence permit that can be renewed every 2 years as the property ownership continues.
4How can I get a permanent residence permit?
After 8 years of residence in Turkey, foreigners can apply for a long-term residence permit.
5Can I work with a residence permit?
No. To work in Turkey as a foreigner, a work permit is required.

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