Residence Permits (ikamet izini) in Turkey or Turkish Residency
How can I get & renew my residency in Turkey? How much does a Turkish residence permit cost?
Foreigners traveling to Turkey and wish to stay more than their visa duration date will need to apply for a Turkish Residence Permit
Renewing a Residency For Tourism Purpose
According to the announcement on 01.01.2020 foreigner whom already granted a one or two years residency for the purpose of tourism if they want to renew their residency for the second time they have to provide a different reason rather then tourism, but in the 14.09.2020 immigration office temporary suspend this law due to COVID 19 pandemic.
A short-term residence permit is a residence permit issued for foreigners who want to stay in Turkey longer than the visa or visa exemption period. All foreigners who want to stay longer than the stipulated period must apply for this residence permit.
Persons who want to stay longer than the visa period or visa exemption period have to express and document the reasons for their stay in Turkey when applying for a short-term residence permit. Persons who cannot benefit from other types of residence (Educational Permit, Family Reunification, Long-Term Residence Permit, Human Trafficking Victims) can apply for a Short-Term Residence Permit if they have one of the reasons given below.
Types of Short-Term Residence Permits
1. Foreigners who need to stay in Turkey for scientific research
Foreigners who want to obtain a visa or short-term residence permit for scientific reasons must first obtain a permit from the relevant institutions if their research is subject to permission, and if the research subject is not subject to permission, they must make a statement with the details of the research. Foreigners who want to obtain a residence permit through scientific research must obtain a visa for Scientific Research from our representatives in their own countries before entering Turkey.
2. Foreigners who will establish, develop or establish commercial relations
Foreigners who want to apply in this category can request an invitation letter or documents related to the job they will establish from the people they are in contact with and with whom they will establish commercial contacts.
3. Foreigners who own real estate in Turkey
In order for foreigners who own immovables to apply for this residence permit, the immovable they own must be a Mesken and be used as a residence. In the event that more than one family member has a right on the relevant real estate, other family members who have rights can also apply for a residence permit. These persons may be the applicant’s spouse, minor child or any of the dependent adult children.
4. Foreigners included in the in-service training program
Foreigners who request a short-term residence permit through training for service must submit documents showing the content of the training, the place and duration of the training, issued by the institution or organization that will provide the relevant training, at the time of application. The residence permit is issued to cover the education period.
5. Foreigners who are included in student exchange programs within the framework of agreements made by Turkey
Foreigners who want to obtain a residence permit from Turkey due to various education programs must submit documents issued by the relevant institution. The residence permit to be issued within this scope cannot exceed the education period and cannot be used for a different purpose. If students who apply for a residence permit within the scope of the student exchange program make a request for general health insurance within the first 3 months, an additional health insurance is not required. Students who do not apply within this period are required to obtain and document foreign health insurance.
6. Foreigners who want to extend their stay for tourism purposes
Foreigners who want to apply for a short-term residence permit for touristic reasons are required to document in which time intervals they will stay, where and for how long. Additional documents related to the travel plan may be requested upon consultation.
7. Patients to be treated
Foreigners who are required to stay in Turkey for a long period of time for treatment purposes should primarily not carry an infectious disease that may put public health and safety at risk. Foreigners who want to apply for these purposes must submit their acceptance documents from public or private hospitals. If it is documented that all costs of treatment have been paid, no additional health insurance is required. Likewise, additional health insurance is not required from foreigners whose accommodation, subsistence and treatment expenses are covered by public institutions and organizations. In applications made under this category, additional documents related to treatment may be requested if deemed necessary. General residence provisions are applied for the companions of foreigners who come for treatment. Additional health insurance is not required for a maximum of two accompanying foreigners.
8. Foreigners who are required to stay in the country by the decision of the judicial and administrative authorities
For applications made in this category, the residence permit is issued by taking into account the period specified in the request.
9. Foreigners who lost their family residence permit because they could no longer meet the conditions of the family residence permit
Those who stay in Turkey with a family residence permit for at least 3 years and have just turned 18, Foreigners who are married to a Turkish citizen and stay in Turkey for at least 3 years with a family residence permit
3-year residency condition is not required in case of the supporter), those who received a family residence permit depending on the supporter after the death of the supporter (the 3-year residence requirement is not required from these foreigners either).
10. Foreigners who will attend a Turkish language learning course
Those who want to apply for a residence permit to learn Turkish can issue a short-term residence permit for a maximum of two times. If the duration of the vomiting is less than 1 year, the residence permit is given considering the course duration. It is necessary to enroll in one of the institutions approved by the Ministry of National Education, and the relevant educational institution is obliged to notify the provincial directorates of the course registration and attendance status of the foreigner.
Those who will participate in courses, internships, research or training in Turkey through public institutions
Residence permits issued for this reason can be issued for a maximum of one year. In case the expenses related to accommodation, subsistence and health are covered by the institutions, the applicant is not required to document financial resources or health insurance. If necessary, documents can be requested from institutions.
11. Foreigners who have completed their higher education in Turkey, who apply within six months as of the date of graduation
New graduates from higher education are granted a residence permit for a maximum of one year, for once, if they apply within the first six months.
12. Foreigners who do not work in Turkey but make an investment in the amount deemed necessary by the Council of Ministers, their spouses and children who are not adults
Within the scope of the practice implemented to encourage foreigners who can contribute economically to the country within the scope of Law No. 6735, 5-year residence permits are issued for applications made in this category.
13. Foreigners who are Turkish Citizens of Northern Cyprus
Citizens of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus who apply are given a 5-year residence permit.
Short Term Residence Permit Periods
Short-term residence permit periods and extension options differ depending on the reason for which the application is made. Short-term residence permit can be issued for a maximum of 2 years each, except for the applications made under Articles 13 and 14.
Short Term Residence Permit Conditions
In order to obtain a short-term residence permit, certain conditions must be met. These conditions are regulated in accordance with Article 32 of the Foreigners Law and are as follows:
To have submitted the documents deemed necessary for the requested residence permit
To have general health and safety requirements and to be able to document them
To be able to submit a criminal record issued by the competent authorities of the country of citizenship or residence, if necessary
Documenting the address to be substituted in Turkey
Not falling within the scope of Article 7 of the Aliens Law
These items are determined within the framework of the law and may change over time. You can request information from our experts to obtain up-to-date information.
Rejection, Cancellation or Non-Extension of a Short-Term Residence Permit
The current short-term residence permit request may be rejected for many reasons, the application may be accepted as cancelled, or the extension request may not be accepted when an extension is requested. The main reasons for these situations are;
Failure to meet the requirements of the short-term residence permit or the conditions have changed
Determining that the residence permit is used for purposes other than the one for which it was issued.
The applicant has a valid deportation order or entry ban.
Exceeding the period of stay abroad
Documents Required for Short Term Residence Permit
Although the documents required for a short-term residence permit differ depending on the reason for application, the list, in general, is as follows:
Short Term Residence Permit Information Form
Passport (valid for at least 1 year)
4 biometric photos (Taken within the last 6 months, current and white background)
Private Health Insurance (to be provided by our Institution)
Appointment and Application form (To be provided by our Institution)
Fee payment receipts (to be provided by our Institution)
Documents That Can Be Used as Address Documents
If you are renting, a notarized copy of your contract,
If you are staying in places such as hotels, motels, hotels, or hostels, a document confirming your stay in these places,
If you are staying in student dormitories/institutional guesthouses, an e-signed/signed and sealed/stamped document proving that you stay in the dormitory/guesthouse,
If you are staying with your acquaintance/relative, the address registration document of the person(s) you are staying with (with a notary public undertaking)