A Turkish Residence Permit is an authorization to remain in Turkey for longer than three months in half a year, under purposes as settlement, working or studying.

A residence permit enables you to live in Turkey, study, get married, convert to Turkish drivers’ license, get tax number, open a bank account, purchase property, make investments, and much more.

If your purpose of moving to Turkey is working, you will only need a work permit, which also serves as a residence permit.

Who Needs a Turkey Residence Permit

Every person that moves to Turkey with the intention to remain in the country for more than three months needs to get a Turkey Residence Permit upon arrival. Without a residence permit, your stay in Turkey will be considered illegal.

You will be exempt from this requirement if one of the following applies to you:

  • You have a “registration certificate” for international protection application.
  • You are exempt from a residence permit pursuant to reciprocal or multilateral conventions to which the Republic of Turkey is also a party.
  • You are a diplomacy or consulate officer that holds office in Turkey.
  • You work for representative offices of international establishments in Turkey.
  • Your identity card contains one of the following tags:
    • “international protection applicant”
    • “international protection status”
    • “statelessness”
  • You have a valid work permit.

Turkish Residence Permit Types

Depending on the visa type you hold, the purpose of application and the intended period of residence in Turkey, you can apply for one of the following residence permits:

Short-term residence permit

The Turkish short-term residence permit is the most sought after among all other residence permits. You can get this residence permit for any of the following purposes:

  • for scientific research
  • to establish commercial connections or business
  • to participate in an in-service training program
  • for educational or similar purposes in the framework of student exchange programs;
  • for tourism purposes
  • to receive medical treatment given that you do not carry one of the diseases which are considered as a threat to public health
  • to attend Turkish learning courses
  • You are a citizen of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Family residence permit

A family residence permit can be granted the foreign spouse of a Turkish national, his/her minor children and his/her dependent foreign child. The sponsor must have enough income to support those applying for a residence permit in order for them to get the permit.

Student residence permit

You can get a student residence permit if you are in Turkey under the purpose of enrolling in primary or secondary education. If you already have a family residence permit you will not need this one.

You will be eligible to apply for this residence also if you are planning to study at the levels of associate degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, doctorate, specialty training in medicine (TUS), and specialty training in dentistry (DUS) in a higher education institution in Turkey.

Long-term residence permit

If you have resided in Turkey for at least eight years uninterruptedly, under a residence permit issued by the Turkish authorities, then you can lodge an application for Turkish long-term permit which has an indefinite validity.

Note that if you have resided in Turkey for the specified period as a refugee, conditional refugee and secondary protection status holders, humanitarian residence permit holders and temporary protection you are not eligible to apply.

Humanitarian residence permit

You can apply for this residence permit if you are in Turkey without a valid visa or residence permit, but no deportation decision has been taken against you, you are waiting for your deportation, or you cannot return to your country of residence due to emergency reasons.

Residence Permit Validity

The validity of a Residence Permit in Turkey depends on the type of permit that you hold, as follows:

  • Short-term residence permits can be issued for a maximum of two years at a time.
  • Long-term residence permits are issued with indefinite validity.
  • The validity of a Student Residence Permit depends on the length of studies. If your education period is less than one year, the residence permit period cannot exceed the education period.
  • The family residence permit may be issued for a period not exceeding three years at a time.
  • The permit for humanitarian residence is granted and extended for a maximum period of one year.
  • The residence permit for the victims of human trafficking is issued for a period of thirty days.

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