Long-Term Residence Permit

The foreigners who are living in Turkey can apply for a long-term residence permit if they meet the following requirements:
  • Living in Turkey for a minimum of eight (8) years consecutively and consistently, except for short-term absences not exceeding six (6) months in a year.
  • Being financially self-sufficient and not receiving any financial assistance from the Turkish government in the last three years (3) years.
  • Being a holder of a valid private health insurance policy.
  • Having no criminal records or events individually and not posing a threat to the public or endangers public safety.

How to Apply for Long Residence Permit?

  • The applicants must go to the immigration office or provincial police headquarters where they live with their current passport and Turkish ID.
  • To be eligible for the Turkish residence permit, the applicant must not live outside of Turkey for more than a year. There are exceptions to this rule such as leaving Turkey more than this time for health, education, or compulsory public service in the applicant’s home state.
  • Long-term residence permit holders also have the same rights as Turkish citizens, except:
    *Right to vote and to be elected
    *To enter public service
    *Exemption from customs duties on vehicle imports
    *Compulsory military service

Requirements and Documents for Long Residence Permit

  • Original and photocopy of the applicant’s passport. Copy of the passport notarized by the Turkish Notary Public
  • 4 biometric passport photos
  • Current residence permit and Turkish ID
  • A document confirming that the applicant has not received financial assistance from the Turkish government or institutions in the last three (3) years
  • Evidence of financial independence
  • Valid health insurance
  • Criminal record certificate