15. How do I obtain a residency permit?

15) How do I obtain a residency permit?

Before July 2010, foreigners wishing to reside in Turkey without applying for a residency visa were able to make a short trip out of the country to gain another 90 day tourist visa allowing them to stay in the country legally.

As of July 2010 the rules changed to the tourist visa system allowing only a maximum stay of 90 days out of 180 days so, any visitor without a residency permit cannot gain entry into Turkey after staying 90 days without waiting another 90 days before re-entering. This change in rules is to encourage foreigners, wishing to reside in Turkey, to obtain a residency visa and register with their local authority.

A residency visa is available for a maximum of 5 years but a permit of two years is usually given initially to first time applications. After a residency permit expires it can be renewed up to four times and application for a renewal must be made to the local police headquarters within 15 days of expiry.

You can apply for a residency visa at your local Foreigners Department at the local police station submitting the following documents:

• A valid passport with photocopies of the last entry stamp and details page
• A completed application form
• Five recent passport-sized photos
• A valid Turkish tourist visa (obtained when entering the country)
• The application fee
• Evidence of your marriage if married to a Turkish citizen
• Property title deeds (TAPU) if applicable
• Employment details if employed in Turkey
• Bank statement from a Turkish bank account showing you are financially able to provide an income for your stay (this amount varies but usually an amount of 250 Euro for each month you intend to stay in Turkey is needed)

From April 2011 Residency Permit fees for British Nationals are calculated at 60 Euro per year. The amount to be paid will be converted to Turkish Lira on the day of payment using the official exchange rate.

On first application an additional cost of 172 Turkish Lira will be charged for the residency permit book. This is not required to be paid on renewal.

If at any time a foreigner with a residency permit wishes to move to another region in Turkey, the move must be reported to the local authority within 48 hours. Also if your marital status changes, a signed statement must be submitted to the local authority within 15 days for the details to be updated on your residency permit book.


The statements written in the questions & answers section guide relate to any land or property purchased by a non-Turkish national such as apartments, flats, villas, beach front homes, stone-built village property, holiday complex property, investment rental property with or without swimming pools, gardens or access to beaches.