With the introduction of the new “90 within 180 day” visitor visa, the visa run to the Greek Islands has come to an end for many. The newly priced Residents Permit is now the only alternative if you wish to stay in Turkey for longer than 90 days.
The Residents Permit for Turkey, does not allow you to work, if you wish to work in Turkey you must apply for a work permit.
The Residents Permit, is different to a Residents Visa, the Residents Visa is obtained before you come to Turkey via the Turkish Consulate and is normally only valid for 3 months and is only for a single entry into Turkey.
Your Resident’s Permit allows you reside in Turkey for a set period of time. You may leave the country and return using the Resident’s Permit instead of purchasing a Visitor Visa.
You must apply for a 6 month permit on your first application, then after that you may purchase monthly if required. Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay.
It does not affect your UK privileges and should not affect your tax status in the UK .
1 x Residency Statement, Ikamet form (available at the Nüfüs Department)
5 x passport sized photographs
Original passport with visa obtained on entering Turkey
Photocopy of the passport:
Page showing the last entry to Turkey
Page showing passport validity period
Your Turkish Tax Number (obtained from tax office)Copy of your Rental Agreement or Tapu (take original to show at office)
Bank Statement showing sufficient funds to cover period of stay (currently $500 per month)
The correct amount for payment including cost of Residents Book
You will also require if married to a Turkish Citizen and residing with them:
A copy of your partners ID Card (Kimlik)
Copy of your Marriage Book/Certificate (if in English must be translated and notarised)
2 Passport photos of your Partner
note: if you are married to a Turkish Citizen you may not need proof of funds as your partner is assumed to be supporting your stay
To Renew your Residents Permit
You will require the same documents as above and your Blue Permit book (Ikamet).
It takes around two weeks for the Permit to be processed but may take longer.
If you are currently on a Visitors Visa please apply at least 2 to 3 weeks before your Visitors Visa is due to expire, you can not apply for a Residents Permit if your Visa is expired.
Be aware that every district requirements are different and may ask you for additional proof or information.
How to apply
Take all the Documents as above to your local Yabancılar Şubesi or police station depending on district.
You may require a newspaper stating current exchange rate.
Your will be given a docket with amount to pay at the tax office
Once paid you will be given a receipt you then need to return to the Yabancılar Şubesi
Either the officer or you will fill out the Permit application and sign where appropriate.
Once all the documents are checked and forms are completed and checked they will be sent for processing and should be returned within 1 to 2 weeks. (this may be longer due to public holidays)
You will be given a date to return and collect your Residents Permit Book.
Find out your Yabancı Kimlik Numarasi
Once you have your Residents Permit, you will be allocated what is called your Yabancı Kimlik Numarasi or Foreigner Identity Number . To find out what your YKN number is visit www.tckimlik.nvi.gov.tr enter your details and take a note of your personal YKN number.
Please remember every districts department has different requirements and it is hard to cover every eventuality, this is a basic guide on what you need and the processes. Make sure to check with the Yabancılar Şubesi Office in your area to find out what their requirements are.
All the prices and processes are subject to change, I will do my best to update the article when changes are made, but please make sure to check all the details before making your application. (last updated Nov 2013)
Have you applied for your Residency Permit how did you find the process? Do you have a question about your application? Do you have any tips for your area that you would like to share?
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