A Turkish tourist e-visa allows you to stay for 90 days out of a 180-day period. However, a residence permit in Turkey enables holders to remain in the country until the validity date expires. For people living here part or all the year round, it is an excellent option for ease of mind and also cheap to obtain.
So how do you apply for one?
How to Get a Residency Permit in Turkey
Before you apply, collect all documentation first. You will need..
• A tax number
• Colour photocopies of your health insurance
• Your passport and photocopies of the main page, and the latest entry stamp.
• Four passport photographs
• Proof you can financially support yourself like bank statements
• An Adres Kaydı from the Nüfus Office
• Photocopy of your title deeds or rental contract
Once you’ve done this, complete and print out the application form on the official government website that is https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr.
They will issue you with an appointment. Pay the fees online with a Turkish credit card or take the completed application form, your tax number, and passport to the tax office or Ziraat, Halk or Vakıf Banks. The current fee is 55 TL for the application and 85 USD for the card.
Attend your appointment at the designated Directorate General of Migration Management Office, and hand over all required documentation and proof of payment.
They will issue a confirmation of application and in some cases of first-time applicants; visit your home for checks. When ready, the post office will send a tracking barcode via SMS, and then deliver the permit to your home address with 3 to 5 days.
Important Notes to Remember
• Under 18s and over 65s don’t need health insurance
• Your passport must have at least 60 days validity unless you apply for long-term residency
• Having a residency permit does not entitle you to work
Types of Residency Permits in Turkey
Most foreigners who have property in Turkey apply for a one or two-year permit. Foreigners married to Turkish citizens, ask for a family permit, while students apply for an educational one. Anyone who has stayed in Turkey for 185 days out of the year on a continuous basis of 5 years, can also apply for long-term residency, which means you’ll never have to worry about being a legal resident again. Alternatively, for those that are eligible, Turkish citizenship is another option.