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What is Long Term Residence Permit

Foreign nationals who have lived in Turkey continuously for eight years can apply for an indefinite residence permit by going to the Provincial Security Directorate or Immigration Office in their province of residence.

To be eligible for a long-term residence permit in Turkey, there are specific requirements that must be met. These include having lived in Turkey for at least eight consecutive years without interruption, not having received any social welfare for the past three years, having a steady and adequate source of income to support oneself and any dependents, possessing valid health insurance, and not posing a threat to public peace or security. Meeting these conditions is essential to apply for a long-term residence permit in Turkey.

How to calculate the period of eight years?

When calculating the eight consecutive years required to be eligible for a long-term residence permit in Turkey, the duration of a student residence permit is counted as half, while the duration of other types of residence permits is counted in full. This is in accordance with Article 38 of the law, which specifies the criteria for calculating the uninterrupted residence period required for a long-term residence permit in Turkey. It is important to keep this in mind when determining eligibility for a long-term residence permit.

Which rights may the foreign national that have a long term residence permit enjoy?

Did you know that foreign nationals with a long-term residence permit in Turkey can enjoy many of the same rights as Turkish citizens? That’s right! They can benefit from a range of legal, social, and economic rights, such as access to education, healthcare, and employment, just like Turkish citizens.

However, there are some exceptions to these rights. Long-term residents are not obligated to serve in the military, cannot vote or run for public office, and are not allowed to import vehicles. Additionally, some private law arrangements may not be available to them. Nonetheless, this special status is a great opportunity for foreign nationals who have made Turkey their home to enjoy many of the same benefits as Turkish citizens.

When attending an appointment to apply for a residence permit in Turkey, it is important to have all the necessary documents ready:

1. 4 pictures (normal size)

2. Original and photocopy of passport (last entry page, validity period and personal information page)

3. Appointment Form

4. Document shows that eight years of uninterrupted residence in Turkey

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