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Short Term Residence Permit

Foreign nationals who come to Turkey on a visa or under visa exemption may be eligible for a residence permit that can last up to one year, provided they meet the necessary criteria and apply for it. To do so, they must submit an application to the Immigration and Refugee Offices before their visa or visa exemption expires, and have all the required documents ready for their appointment.

To learn more about the requirements and procedures for obtaining a residence permit in Turkey, it is important to select the appropriate option based on the intended purpose of the stay. This will ensure that you have the most accurate and up-to-date information specific to your situation.

Foreign nationals coming for touristic purposes

If you come to Turkey on a visa or under visa exemption for touristic purposes, you may be eligible for a residence permit that can last up to one year, provided you meet the necessary criteria and apply for it. To apply, you must submit an application to the Immigration and Refugee Offices before your visa or visa exemption expires and have all the required documents ready for your appointment.

It is important to note that this option is only available for those whose purpose of stay in Turkey is for tourism and is not valid for other types of stays. By following the correct procedures and meeting the requirements, you can extend your stay in Turkey and continue enjoying all the amazing experiences this beautiful country has to offer.

Foreign nationals coming for business interviews or trading activities

Foreign nationals who come to Turkey for a business interview or to establish their own business may be eligible for a residence permit that can last up to one year, provided they meet the necessary criteria and apply for it. To do so, they must submit an application to the Immigration and Refugee Offices before their visa or visa exemption expires, and have all the required documents ready for their appointment.

This option is particularly relevant to those who plan to conduct business activities in Turkey, such as attending meetings or establishing a company. By obtaining a residence permit, they can extend their stay in the country and continue their business activities without interruption. It is important to follow the correct procedures and meet the requirements to ensure a smooth and successful application process.

 

Foreign nationals that wish to reside by buying a dwelling

Foreign nationals who wish to reside in a property they have bought in Turkey may be eligible for a residence permit that can last up to one year. To apply, they must first purchase a property and then submit an application to the Turkish representation office, along with the original title deed from their country of citizenship or permanent residence.

If the representation office deems it appropriate, the foreign national may be issued a visa for Title Deed purposes or a Short Term Visa, which will allow them to apply for a residence permit. This option is particularly relevant to those who have purchased a property in Turkey and intend to live in it for an extended period, such as retirees or those seeking a second home. It is important to follow the correct procedures and provide all the necessary documents to ensure a smooth and successful application process.

 

Foreign nationals coming for treatment purposes

Foreign nationals who require medical treatment in Turkey may be eligible for a residence permit for the duration of their treatment, provided they can provide documentation of their medical condition, such as a letter or report from a private or public health institution. To apply for this residence permit, they must submit an application to the Immigration and Refugee Offices before their visa or visa exemption expires, and have all the necessary documents ready for their appointment.

This option is particularly relevant to those who need medical attention in Turkey and are seeking to stay for an extended period for treatment purposes. By obtaining a residence permit, they can continue their treatment without worrying about their legal status in the country. It is important to follow the correct procedures and provide all the necessary documents to ensure a smooth and successful application process.

 

Foreign nationals that complete their higher education in Turkey

Foreign nationals who are pursuing an associate, bachelor’s, or doctor’s degree programme at a higher education institution in Turkey may be eligible for a residence permit that can last up to one year, provided they apply for it within six months of completing their studies (following the date of graduation).

This option is particularly relevant to those who have completed their studies in Turkey and wish to stay in the country for a period of time after graduation. By obtaining a residence permit, they can continue their stay in Turkey and pursue further opportunities, such as employment or further education. It is important to apply within the designated time frame to ensure eligibility for this option.

 

Foreign nationals coming for humanitarian purposes

Foreign nationals who enter Turkey through legal means, such as those fleeing civil wars or those who have mandatory reasons to stay in the country, may be eligible for a residence permit (a short term visa) that can last up to one year. This type of permit, known as a humanitarian residence permit, is granted for several reasons.

One of the reasons for granting a humanitarian residence permit is when there is a high benefit for a child. Additionally, a permit may be issued when a foreign national is subject to a deportation or exclusion order but cannot be returned to their home country or a safe third country, or when it is not reasonable or possible for them to leave Turkey. Another reason for granting a permit is during the time procedures for returning the applicant to their country of asylum or a third safe country are still underway.

In cases of emergency or to protect national benefits and interests, as well as to maintain public peace and order, foreign nationals may also be granted a humanitarian residence permit. In extraordinary cases, additional options may be available to ensure the safety and well-being of those seeking refuge in Turkey.

 

Foreign nationals coming for conducting scientific researches

Foreign nationals who come to Turkey to conduct scientific research may be eligible for a ‘Short Term Residence Permit’ that can last up to one year, provided they apply for the permit and meet the necessary criteria. To apply for the permit, they must submit an application to the relevant government agencies before their visa or visa exemption expires, and have all the required documents ready for their appointment.

This option is particularly relevant to those who are conducting scientific research in Turkey, such as visiting scholars or research fellows. By obtaining a residence permit, they can extend their stay in the country and continue their research activities without interruption. It is important to follow the correct procedures and meet the requirements to ensure a smooth and successful application process.

 

Foreign nationals that are deemed fit for staying by a court decision

Foreign nationals who have been granted a residence permit in advance and are required to stay in Turkey due to a court decision by the courts in the Republic of Turkey may be eligible for a ‘Short Term Residence Permit’ that can last up to one year. This option is particularly relevant to those who are in a difficult situation due to legal proceedings, such as a divorce case, and need to remain in Turkey to resolve the issue.

For example, a foreign national who is married to a Turkish citizen and is residing in Turkey may be granted a residence permit to ensure they are not in a difficult position during a divorce case. By obtaining a residence permit, they can continue their stay in Turkey and address legal matters without worrying about their legal status in the country. It is important to follow the correct procedures and provide all the necessary documents to ensure a smooth and successful application process.

 

Documents need to be ready during appointment

  • 4 pictures (normal size)
  • Original and photocopy of passport (last entry page, validity period and personal information page)
  • Appointment Form
  • Health insurance for foreigners
  • If staying in a hotel, reservation documents
  • If you rented a place to stay Yabancı uyruklu şahıs kirada kalıyorsa notarized lease agreement
  • 500$ bank account or currency exchange certificate per each month (USD 6,000 per year)

 

 

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