10 Most Frequently Asked Questions on Turkish Residence Permit
1) Who Can Apply for Turkish Residence Permit?
All foreign nationals who travel to Turkey on a tourist visa and wish to reside in Turkey for touristic purpose may apply for residence permit. However, it is in the discretion of the local immigration office whether to grant residence permit.
2) How Long Does It Take to Obtain Turkey Residence Permit?
Immigration office has 3 months period to evaluate an application. However, depending on the season and the workload, the whole process usually takes between 1-2 months.
3) Which Documents Should I Bring to Turkey for Residence Permit Application?
If you wish to apply by yourself, you only need to bring your passport to Turkey. However, if you wish to apply together with your family members, additional documents required. If you wish to apply for Turkish residence permit as a family, it is important that you consult a Turkish immigration lawyer and duly procure the required documents which your attorney asks from you.
4) What are the Costs of Turkey Residence Permit?
The costs of the residence permit are application taxes, mandatory health insurance premiums and notary fees. The amount of these costs depend on the nationality, age and the length of the residence period.
5) When Can I Apply for Turkish Red Card?
You can apply for residence permit only after you fly to Turkey on a touristic visa. You may not apply for Turkish residence permit while you are outside of Turkey.
6) How Can I Apply for Turkish Residence Permit?
The Turkish immigration office does not allow “consulting firms” or “residence permit agencies” to represent foreign nationals during residence permit applications. Turkish law only allows Turkish lawyers to legally represent foreigners before Turkish immigration offices. Before you apply for residence permit, it is highly recommended that you consult a Turkish immigration lawyer. An immigration attorney may advise you on how to apply, which documents are required and may also represent you before the Turkish immigration office.
7) Do I Need to Buy an Apartment for Turkish Residence Permit?
In order to apply for residence permit you may either buy a residential property or rent an apartment.
8) As a Refugee Can I Apply for Turkish Red Card?
You may not apply for residence permit if you enter into Turkey illegally or if you are in violation of your visa. If you are a refugee or in an international protection program, you may not apply for residence permit either.
9) How Long Does Turkish Red Card Last?
For the first-time applications, residence permit is usually granted for 1 or 2 years, subject to the discretion of the immigration office and the validity of your passport.
10) Can I Freely Extend My Turkey Residence Permit?
If you have the financial means to continue to stay in Turkey, do not break the Turkish law and satisfy the conditions of your first application, at the end of your residence period you may extend your residence permit for 1 or 2 years, subject to the discretion of the immigration office.