Do you want to make Turkey your permanent residence? If that’s the case, you’ll need to apply for a Resident Permit. Our top tips and guide to applying for a residence permit can be found below, and local offices across Turkey can assist you with the application process.
Long Term Residence Permit
This is appropriate for someone who has held a Turkish residence permit for eight years and spent no more than 120 days outside the country in any 12-month span. If you invest in Turkish real estate it can lead to a residency permit application.
Short Term Permits
Passports must be valid for the term of the permit applied for plus 60 days, and they can last up to two years. (The rule prohibiting foreigners from spending more than 120 days in Turkey in any 12-month period has been repealed.)
Family Resident Permit
Is valid for a maximum of three years, and there is no restriction on the number of children (under the age of 18) that may be included in a family residence permit. All passports must be valid for the term of the permit applied for plus 60 days. (The rule prohibiting foreigners from spending more than 180 days in Turkey in a 12-month period has been repealed.)
A Student Resident Permit
Is valid for up to 12 months and can only be obtained with a parent or legal guardian’s letter of consent.
Can I extend the residency permit?
To begin, go to https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr to determine which type of extension is appropriate for you. You can either use the Application for Extension option or simply mail in the appropriate application forms, or you can go to the local Ikamet Office if one is available in your area.
What documents do I need?
A valid tourist or residence visa/permit is required.
Your passport must be valid for the period of the permit applied for plus an additional 60 days, and it must include colour photocopies of the most recent entry visa page and the main passport information page.
At least six colour passport-size images that adhere to Biometric sizing (it’s best to get more).
Health insurance is required for all applicants under the age of 65.
Proof of residence in Turkey, obtained from the Nufus Office of your local government.
A marriage license or document, anything to prove appropriate and sustainable resources for the period of the permit applied for, and valid health insurance for all family members under 65 years of age are all required when applying for a Family Permit.
How does the process work?
Fill out the online application form on the E-Ikamet website, https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/
If you’re renewing an existing permit, select the ‘Application for Extension’ tab; otherwise, select the ‘First Application’ tab.
Make an appointment with the DGMM office nearest you and choose the type of permit you need.
The red highlighted fields must be completed, but the black fields will speed up the application process.
Following the completion of the procedure, you will be directed to a screen that confirms your application and provides you with an application reference number that you must keep safe.
Click on the “Residence Permit Application Document” link and print it to bring with you to your DGMM appointment.
Application fees may be charged at GOC/DGMM offices, HALKBANK branches, or the local Tax Office (Vergi Dairesi). To ensure that your payment is accepted and registered to an “Ikamet Card” (or Ikamet Tax) payment, you will need your tax number and the tax reference number: 9069 when paying.
Top tips to help you
The United Kingdom is where British nationality is classified.
Your home nation is Granting Country.
The department of your government that issues passports is known as the Granting Authority. For example, the HM Passport Office in the United Kingdom.
The photo you upload must be a normal passport photo and meet the Biometric profile requirements.
Take a printout of the page that confirms your submission.
Please notice that this is just a guide; for the most up-to-date information on the application process, and latest fees, go to https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/