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Residence Permit

Turkey is one of the most beautiful and fascinating country in the world. One day, you will make a decision to spend the most of your time here!
We are faced with a number of questions from our clients, and the main question is: If I have an apartment in Turkey, Will I be able to get a residence permit automatically?
Useful information regarding residence permit in Turkey
Foreigners who wish to stay in Turkey for more than the permitted visa-free regime must necessarily contact the migration service to obtain a residence permit.
The migration service provides a "Residence Permit for Foreigners" in order to legally stay in Turkey.
A residence permit is a document that allows you to legally live in Turkey between 1 and 2 years without leaving the country. Ikamet can be issued for a year or two - it is up to you. Then it can be extended as many times as you like. It is impossible to work on such a residence permit in the country, it is illegal and threatens with deportation (but you can obtain a work permit separately). The document is a card - it is called ikamet.
Foreigners who have a valid residence permit can enter and leave the country with an existing document without any restrictions during the validity period of the permit.
If you have your own property in Turkey, this will make it easier for you to get a residence permit, but doesn’t give you the right to receive it automatically.
In other words, if you have an apartment in Alanya (or another part of Turkey), it will be easier for you to obtain a residence permit than just renting a property. Property owners in Turkey will get a long-term residence permit(at least 1 year).
Types of residence permits in Turkey:

  1. Short-term for 6-12 months (for property owners, tourists, medical treatment, scientists);
  2. Family residence permit (issued for no more than two years);
  3. Student residence permit (for the period of study);
  4. For refugees;
  5. Permanent residence permit (issued on an unlimited basis to those who have lived in Turkey for more than eight years);

The following documents are required to obtain a temporary residence permit:
  1. residence permit Application Form (must be signed by the foreigner and/or his/her legal representative);
  2. Valid health insurance (Insurance period must cover the intended residence permit duration);
  3. 4 photos;
  4. Owners of real estate must provide a certificate of ownership of the property (TAPU);
  5. A Taxpayer identification number and a copy of it;
  6. Passport and a copy of the first page;
  7. Proof of solvency;
  8. If you are staying in a rental house with a rental agreement, attach a notary public approved copy of your rental agreement to the application documents;
  9. A Receipt verifying payment of state duty (original and a copy);
  10. An existing ikamet and its copy (if you are applying for an extension);

* In individual cases, an additional package of documents is required. Important!
  1. If your ikamet has expired, the applicant is entitled to stay in the country until the date of the interview in the Migration Service. But, travel outside Turkey before submitting documents is prohibited.
  2. After submitting documents for ikamet (residence permit) to the Migration Service, the applicant has the right to leave Turkey for a period of up to 15 days, but don't forget to take a special document from the migration officer.

After submission of documents to the Migration Service, your ikamet will be sent to your address. Usually, it takes from 1 to 3 months.
For more information about a residence permit (Ikamet) in Turkey, contact «Zera Homes» company specialists on our website.
We will be happy to help our customers!

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