How to get a residence permit in Turkey: grounds, documents? 

Recently, Turkey has been viewed by many as not only a popular tourist destination, but also a country for permanent residence. Turkey is not a member of the European Union, so when it comes to obtaining a residence permit, there are its own rules and procedures.

Short - term residence permit

Short - term residence permit in Turkey is regulated by Articles 31-33 of the Aliens and International Protection Law No. 6458 and Articles 28 and 29 of the Regulation on the Application of the Aliens and International Protection Law.

It can be obtained by foreigners who:

  • Who came to Turkey to engage in scientific research;
  • Who has own real estate in Turkey or are engaged in investments;
  • Who are engaged in business and received an invitation from business partners;
  • The one who came to study on an exchange program or Turkish language courses;
  • Who arrived for tourism purposes and are going to stay in the country for more than 90 days, and at the same time they are ready to inform the authorities about their future plans (that is, a tourist residence permit in Turkey is a short-term residence permit); 
  • came to the country for treatment;
  • Who were married to a Turkish citizen for more than 3 years and had a family residence permit, and are currently divorced;
  • Who graduates of Turkish universities (in this case, you can apply for a residence permit within 6 months after graduation).
  • A short-term residence permit is issued for a maximum of two years. This option is suitable for those who have a permanent place of residence in Turkey (for example, you rent an apartment), as well as a stable income (not in Turkey).

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