TURKISH RESIDENCE PERMIT NEW RULES AND BENEFITS, 2019 – 2020

Revised January, 2020 – Resource, Directorate General of Migration Management Turkey
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FOREIGNERS TO ENTER TURKEY BY VISA AND EXTEND TO E-IKAMET RESIDENCE PERMIT
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Turkish Citizenship Law 5901 defines any person not in bond of Citizenship, is deemed as foreigner.

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Foreigner to enter Turkey on Tourist visa for the Touristic purpose to live and not work, or live and search for work, should first apply for electronic online e-Visa available to over 100 countries and if you have valid Schengen Visa or EU residence permit to show at entry, or may option for the sticker Visa application system to enter Turkey. Foreigners with 1-90 Visa or e-Visa are allowed to stay in Turkey 90 days / every 180 day period.
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  • foreigner to stay over 90 days must lodge application in Turkey for Touristic e-ikamet to stay
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  • on the average daily 16.000 e-ikamet residence permit online applications are lodged in Turkey
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  • the Visa type entered with will help determine the e-ikamet type residence ID card you may obtain
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  • Touristic e-ikamet residence ID card has no time limit to stay inside or outside Turkey
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  • Touristic e-ikamet residence ID is only to live in Turkey and pass free Turkish airport and border
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  • to check an active or cancel Touristic e-ikamet ID card enter Foreigner 99 ID number to query
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  • foreigners entered Turkey has 2 permissions to obtain, permission to live and permission to work

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(Red) Touristic Residence Permit ID Card first time e-ikamet is permission to live in Turkey, and issued by the Ministry of Interior and Migration Management with 250 office locations by appointment, at 81 provinces in Turkey.
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(Blue) Foreigner Work Permit ID Card is optional next, Çalişma Izni is permission to work in Turkey, and applied for in Turkey or abroad, and issued by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security with 850 office locations online, at 81 provinces in Turkey.

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TOURISTIC RESIDENCE PERMIT, FIRST TIME APPLICATION IN TURKEY

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Update Dec 2019,
First Time Application in Turkey to Directorate General of Migration Management (Göç İdaresi) online website must be done online before your Visa or e-Visa stay period 1 – 90 days will expire. Next the signed application and supporting documents proof of residence within Turkey, are given in person to Göç İdaresi government authority at the appointment date and time to complete Residence Permit process the same day in Turkey.

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FOREIGNERS TO LODGE RESIDENCE APPLICATION IN GOVERNMENT MIGRATION ONLINE SYSTEM AND WHO DOES NOT ATTEND APPOINTMENT OR CANCEL ACTIVE APPLICATION IN PROGRESS BEFORE THE APPOINTMENT, WILL NOT BE PROCESSED AND IS ENTITLED TO INFRINGEMENT OF VISA VIOLATION AND MAY BE FINED AT EXIT.
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TOURISTIC RESIDENCE PERMIT, EXTENSION APPLICATION IN TURKEY
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Update May 2019,
For Touristic Residence Permit Renewal at 81 provinces in Turkey has been regulated with the 8 month announcement period to end 31 Dec 2019.
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About short term Touristic residence permit extension for foreigners who have been granted 1 year or 2 year short-term Touristic residence permit within the framework of Subparagraph 31-1 (e) of Law 6458 (Foreigners who will stay for Touristic purposes in Turkey), in case foreigner requesting for Touristic residence permit for Tourism purpose stay the second time consecutive by apartment / home rental contract, extension applications after 01 Jan 2020
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To renew Touristic Residence Permit 1 term more before the new regulation is in effect, your Touristic Residence Permit application must be made in the online system before 31 Dec 2019, and appointment date booked after 01 Jan 2020 will be acceptable.
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FIRST TIME TOURISTIC RESIDENCE PERMIT ID CARD BY AN APARTMENT / HOUSE RENTAL CONTRACT WILL BE ISSUED SINGLE PERIOD ONLY + FOR TOURISTIC RESIDENCE PERMIT EXTENSION BY RENTAL CONTRACT AGAIN REQUIRES ACTIVE FOREIGNER WORK PERMIT ID CARD FOR MORE REASON TO STAY IN TURKEY.
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(It is estimated 1 million foreigner in Istanbul from previous years continue stay with expired Passport, expired Visa and expired Touristic residence permit, and 300 thousand to work illegal with 100.000 only to land and sea border cross to EU non stop).
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However after 01 Jan 2020 starting 60 days from Touristic Residence Permit expire date if you do not have an active Foreigner Work Permit ID Card you must lodge online Residence permit ID Card extension application to continue stay in Turkey, consecutive period with OTHER PURPOSE short term Residence permit ID Card TYPES below.
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  1. Real Estate Residence Permit ID Card is purpose of owned real estate in Turkey any value. Can continue from 1 term Touristic to 2nd term Real Estate Residence permit (with Turkish citizenship option after 5 years) and reason for additional Touristic stay.
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  2. Real Estate Residence Permit ID Card is purpose of owned real estate in Turkey 250.000 USD value reduced amount from 1 million USD. Can continue from 1 term Touristic to 2nd term instant Turkish Citizenship program.
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  3. Student residence permit ID Card if you are enrolled in Turkish University, will allow extra stay in Turkey. Can continue from 1 term Touristic to 2nd term Student Residence permit by rental contract.
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  4. Family Residence Permit ID Card will allow by Turkish spouse marriage and Turkish citizenship after 3 year stay. Can be apartment / home renal contract for residency or Turkish Tapu own property in Turkey.
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ON OPTIONAL PRACTICE FOR TOURISM RESIDENCE PERMIT RENEWAL, FOREIGNERS MAY ENTER TURKEY BY TOURISM E-VISA, STICKER VISA, OR VISA-EXEMPT AND MAY RE-APPLY FOR THE SAME TYPE TOURISM RESIDENCE PERMIT ID CARD BY RENTAL CONTRACT AGAIN AFTER 1 YEAR BREAK PERIOD.
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Learn more about Turkish visa and residence permit overstay, other fines for foreigners.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT MIGRATION TO TURKEY

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You may explore below links for instant advice on;
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Law on Foreigners and International Protection No.6458 (149 pages) highly protects the foreigners in our country as long as criterias and allowed time-frames are obeyed to avoid unnecessary overstay, ban on entry and monetary penalty.

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NEED MORE HELP YIMER 157
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For information about e-ikamet Residence permit application in progress or lost ID card, you may call YIMER 157 govt migration hotline.
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Foreigners can find answers to all questions they ask about issues, on Visa and entered Turkey, Residence permit, International protection and Temporary protection, provides life-saving service for the foreigners who are Victims of migrant smuggling at sea, uninterrupted service for the identification of Victims of human trafficking and rescue operations in Turkey.
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Over 1 million questions asked-and-answered YIMER 157 serves all foreigners living in Turkey for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and available in 6 languages.
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Call direct 157 from inside Turkey or dial the operators +90 (312) 157-1122

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ANNOUNCEMENT APRIL 2019
: THE TURKISH POLICE STATIONS HAVE ENDED SERVICES TO FOREIGNER IN TURKEY. IN NEW PERIOD TURKEY CITIZENSHIP AND PASSPORT APPLICATION WILL BE LODGED TO THE MIGRATION GÖÇ İDARESI IN TURKEY. FOREIGNER TURKISH DRIVER LICENSE, TURKISH KIMLIK APPLICATION WILL BE BY ONLINE APPOINTMENT ONLY AT CLOSEST MINISTRY OF INTERIOR GENERAL DIRECTORATE OF POPULATION & CITIZENSHIP AT 850 OFFICE LOCATIONS IN TURKEY.
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NEED MORE HELP ALO 199
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For information about Turkish driver’s license, Turkish National ID, e-Passport application in progress or lost ID card, you may call ALO 199 population hotline.
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To report an incident visit ALO 199 live chat official website, or Tweet here https://twitter.com/TCNufus
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Foreigners can find answers to all questions they ask about issues on, Turkish Identity Card, Turkish Driver License, and Biometric Passport transactions in Turkey.

ALO 199 serves all foreigners living in Turkey for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and available in 6 languages.
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Call direct 199 from inside Turkey or dial the operators +90 312 591 2100
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2019 UPDATE OF TURKISH RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGNER
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From 2018 to 2019 total +1 million permits have been issued to foreigners in 81 provinces nationwide at govt Directorate General of Migration Management offices in Turkey.
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During the same period +5 million applications in Turkey has been rejected or canceled, missed appointment or abandoned application, or attended but did not return ‘within the 30 days rule’ with missing documents to conclude the active Migration application in progress.
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With increase to 450,000 residence permits issued in Istanbul and + up 40% more from last year, the new migration crises in Istanbul suggests that 50% of residence permits issued in Turkey are based only from Istanbul alone (1 province) and 50% totals all other locations in Turkey (80 provinces).
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Announcement Sep 2019: It has been the case over recent that Göç İdaresi officials are insisting on Turkish bank account with deposit as proof of funds available to live in Turkey, during document assessment at appointment (and not work illegal as income source). Affected area: applications from 81 provinces all over Turkey.
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Göç İdaresi may grant addition time upto 30 days for completion of missing documents. The application will be canceled if you fail to complete missing documents within specified time.
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In case of missing documents in extension applications, provincial directorates of Migration will access to you using your declared address and contact information in Turkey. The applicant is responsible for not being available at the address and wrong contact information.

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Announcement May 2019: The foreigner to renew residence permit in 81 provinces in Turkey, the procedure for submitting the e-ikamet documents in 5 days by mail has been ended and extension applications are no longer done by mail or PTT cargo, courier service.
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In the new procedure the foreigner shall submit online for extension application and (be present at the determined appointment date and hour) at the provincial / district Directorates of Migration Management they have applied to in their city of house address, to include; Affected area: applications from 81 provinces all over Turkey.
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ADANA, ANKARA, ANTALYA, AYDIN, BURSA, GAZIANTEP, ISTANBUL, IZMIR, KAYSERI, KOCAELI, MERSIN, MUĞLA, SAMSUN, ŞANLIURFA, TEKIRDAĞ, AFYONKARAHISAR, AKSARAY, AMASYA, ARDAHAN, ARTVIN, AĞRI, BALIKESIR, BARTIN, BATMAN, BAYBURT, BILECIK, BINGÖL, BITLIS, BOLU, BURDUR, DENIZLI, DIYARBAKIR, DÜZCE, EDIRNE, ELAZIĞ, ERZINCAN, ERZURUM, ESKIŞEHIR, GIRESUN, GÜMÜŞHANE, HAKKARI, HATAY, ISPARTA, IĞDIR, KAHRAMANMARAŞ, KARABÜK, KARAMAN, KARS, KASTAMONU, KILIS, KONYA, KÜTAHYA, KIRKLARELI, KIRIKKALE, KIRŞEHIR, MALATYA, MANISA, MARDIN, MUŞ, NEVŞEHIR, NIĞDE, ORDU, OSMANIYE, RIZE, SAKARYA, SIIRT, SINOP, SIVAS, TOKAT, TRABZON, TUNCELI, UŞAK, VAN, YALOVA, YOZGAT, ZONGULDAK, ÇANAKKALE, ÇANKIRI, ÇORUM, ŞIRNAK.
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Announcement Apr 2019: Foreigners applying for residence permit extension and who require the Address registration printout done by Population office has ended. In the new period Address registration printout service will continue at Göç İdaresi offices. Affected area: applications from 81 provinces all over Turkey.

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Announcement Apr 2019: Foreigners who have obtained a SIM card in Turkey for mobile phone number or Internet for home (by passport document only) recently has started to receive SMS messages sent by Turkish GSM operators to stop by the shop to update account with their foreigner ID number (starts with 99) after obtained Residence permit ID card. Foreigners who do not update latest till 02.05.2019 will be restricted on calls, SMS and internet and will be able to use their SIM card for emergency calls only. Affected area: applications from 81 provinces all over Turkey.

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Foreigners who stay with Residence permit in Turkey, must either continue extension application before the ID card expire date, or exit in 10 days to avoid overstay fine and entry ban during exit.
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First-time online residence permit ID Card application lodged in Turkey to Göç İdaresi online website and those who do not attend booked e-randevu appointment date (and not cancel active application before appointment) will not be processed and are entitled to infringement of Visa violation during exit.


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Renew online residence permit ID Card application lodged to Göç İdaresi online website and those who incomplete or abandon active e-ikamet application, is entitled to infringement of Residence permit violation during exit.
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Reject residence permit ID Card application at appointment of foreigner shall be issued a Leave summons as formal request to leave Turkey in 10 days, and may enter again with eligible Visa to apply for the same type residence permit after 6 months, or may apply for a different type Residence permit in 10 days pending you meet the conditions.
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NOTICE FOR VISA OVERSTAY AND FOREIGNERS WHO DO NOT PAY THE VIOLATION FINE AT EXIT, SHALL BE ISSUED A 5-YEAR BAN TO ENTER TURKEY. HOWEVER THE DEPARTED FOREIGNER AFTER ENTERING IN THE FOREIGNER’S COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIP OR LEGAL STAY, AS OPTION MAY PAY THE FINE IN 10 DAYS TO TURKISH EMBASSIES ABROAD AND LIFT THEIR 5-YEAR BAN ON ENTRY.
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2018 UPDATES OF TURKISH RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGNER
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From 2017 to 2018, total +600 thousand permits have been issued to foreigners in 81 provinces nationwide govt Migration offices in Turkey and 500.000 foreigner applications have been rejected, canceled, missed appointment or attended appointment however did not return back with their missing documents in 30 days to conclude application.
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With 250 thousand residence permits issued in Istanbul (40% of whole Turkey) the Migration plans to issue quota to balance the number of (short-term) Touristic residence permits that will be issued or extended from Istanbul yearly.

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For 80 other province Migration offices in Turkey, applications are being processed at regular pace.

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Update Istanbul May 2018: For locations in Istanbul when completed e-ikamet application however the e-randevu online appointment system does not give automatic appointment date, the applicant (or representative) shall be notified within 1 month by Turkish mobile SMS of the assigned appointment date.

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Update Istanbul Apr 2018: A user procedure change has been made for online e-randevu residence appointment system in Istanbul from May 2017 the appointment date and time will be given automatic by the e-randevu system to those who make residence permit applications from Istanbul due to high volume of foreigner applications receive.
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Mandatory Turkish health insurance notice: You should not random select this option, as no input of valid Turkish health insurance certificate is reason for direct application cancellation according to the Law on Foreigners and International protection No: 6458 article 15 (1) shall be refused for those foreigners whose/who: (e) passport are not covered with a valid medical insurance for the duration of their stay. Affected area: applications from 81 provinces all over Turkey.

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Income declaration notice: Declarations as not working and no income or savings account is reason for application rejection. In the circumstance where you are unemployed, you should demonstrate by document on how you plan to survive in Turkey by sufficient bank account deposit or other income source. Affected area: applications from 81 provinces all over Turkey.
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