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Are applications for the 8 year (long term residence permit) being accepted?

8 year Long Term Turkish Residence Permit (permanent permit) explained

Applications for the 8 year Long term Residence Permit (permanent residence permit) are being accepted by foreign police departments. 

Those who have resided in Turkey with a residence permit uninterruptedly for at least eight years will be granted a permanent residence permit.

Details about the Permanent Residence Permit can be found below;

The main criteria for the long term permit are;

To have a consistent income
This can be proven by various ways depending on where the income is coming from.
For example; Retirement pension from another country or
Having a business in Turkey - it is possible to present your income with previous years tax records etc.

If the foreigner is on the dependent status of a residence permit holder in Turkey who has a consistent income, it is also possible to process it. For example: The husband has an income and the wife applies for the long term permit.

[If you need assistance in making your application for an 8 year residence permit, please use the online contact form here]

Minimum Income Amount
The income shall be a minimum of 500 USD per month.

Full Health Insurance
Full health insurance is a requirement. (Same requirements as the short term (1 year) residence permit)

To not commit a crime within the last three years
This should be proven by obtaining documentation from the Turkish Court.
(a record of previous convictions)

To have stayed in Turkey for 8 years
The main part of the application process is to make sure the applicant proves the consistent income and consistent 8 years of stay.
(please see below conditions)

How long does the application take?
Up to 90 Days. Once all documents are ready and given to the local police, the 90 days period starts.

Does this give the foreigner working rights in Turkey?
No (please see below conditions)

How much is the 8 year permit?
The price for the card is 55 TL (No tax is payable for this permit type )

What is the general procedure?
Documents are submitted to the local police station or Göç idaresi in the applicants district. The Officer will then review it to see if it fulfils the law (this is a basic investigation to review the documents and determine if they are complete). Then all documents are sent to the Göç İdaresi Müdürlüğü for actual review. 

Interruption to the 8 year residence permit
If you stay outside of Turkey exceeding a total of six months within one year or a total of one year within the last five years for reasons other than compulsory public service, education or health shall be considered interruption of residence. In cases where there is an interruption of residence, the previous residence durations shall not count towards a residence permit application or changing to another residence permit.

Conditions for an 8 year residence permit

• You must have resided in Turkey (with a residence permit) uninterruptedly for at least eight years.
• You must not have benefited from any kind of social assistance from the State for the past three years.
• You must possess sufficient and regular resources to maintain himself/herself.
• You must have valid medical insurance.
• You must not constitute a threat to public order or security.

Successful applicants who are granted a long term residence permit shall benefit from the same rights as a Turkish citizen with the exception of provisions in special legislation as well as the rights regarding:

You will be Exempt from:-
a) Compulsory military service

b) The right to elect and be elected,
c) Employment in public institutions
d) Exemption from taxes in importing vehicles

Please note: Your long term residency permit may be cancelled if you stay outside of Turkey uninterruptedly for more than 12 months with the exception of 1) health 2) study.


Other Frequently Asked Questions

What documentation is required for living in Turkey ?

It is important to have the following in place, if you are planning on living in Turkey.

» Turkish Tax number or Yabanci Kimlik number (Foreigners Identity Number) - You will need to have this in order to do such things as; open a Turkish bank account, register utility bills in your own name, paying Turkish land/council taxes and applying for a Turkish driving license. A Turkish tax number can be obtained from your local Tax office (Vergi Dairesi)

Yabanci Kimlik number (Foreigners Identity Number) - Foreigners staying in Turkey on an e-Visa can be issued with a Foreigners identity Number on request without having to obtain a residence permit. This can be obtained from the foreigners police department in the nearest city (not local town)

» Turkish Residence permit - This is a permit granted to all foreign nationals, allowing them permission to reside in Turkey. This can be issued for 1, 2 years or *permanent.



Do I need a permit to reside in Turkey ?

Yes, if you are planning on living in Turkey permanently then you are required to
purchase a residency permit.

A residency permit is a permit granted to foreign nationals, allowing them to
live in Turkey for a period of one year, which can be renewed yearly.
(2 years can be granted for a family residence permit and a permanent permit can
be granted for those who stay in Turkey 8 years or more)


I have a Turkish Residency Permit - Can I leave Turkey for any length of time?

As a resident of Turkey you should reside here for the majority of your residency. If you spend more than 120 days a year outside of Turkey, your residency can become invalid.

Under the new law on foreigners, a permit can be cancelled if you spend more than 120 days outside of Turkey.
(For long term residency permits, this is 1 year)

Spending large amounts of time abroad and having breaks in your residency will also effect you later if you wanted to apply for 'Permanent Residency.'
After 8 consecutive years of residency you can apply for Permanent Residency. This allows you to stay indefinitely in Turkey and have the same rights as a Turk. ( short breaks abroad, holiday etc won't affect your application)


Can a UK passport holder apply for a short term residency permit for less than 1 year ?

Yes, they can. The medical insurance requirement for these ‘shorter’ permits has been defined by GDMM (General Directorate of Migration Management) as follows:

Applications for less than one year:

A travel health insurance will be asked from those who will stay in Turkey less than one year. If the “travel health insurance” does not cover the full period of their stay in Turkey, the residence permit will be issued, but they will be given a notification to extend their insurance, otherwise permit will be cancelled.


Do I need Health Insurance for the Long Term Residence Permit? - Turkey

Full Health Insurance for the Long Term Residence Permit. (Permanent Residence Permit)

Full valid health insurance is a requirement for those wanting to apply for the Long Term Residence Permit.

Your Insurer must operate in Turkey and the health insurance policy must include inpatient and outpatient treatments.
SGK Health Insurance or Private Health Insurance is acceptable.


Directorate General of Migration Management District Offices - Turkey

Provincial Directorate Addresses

1 ADANA - Atakent Mahallesi Selahattin Çolak Bulvarı No:88 Yüreğir

2 ADIYAMAN Turgut Reis Mahallesi Atatürk Bulvarı Hükümet Konağı Yanı Eski Adliye Binası Merkez

3 AFYONKARAHİSAR Ali Çetinkaya Mahallesi Atatürk Bulvarı 3214 Merkez / Afyon

4 AĞRI Fırat Mahallesi Erzurum Caddesi No:1 Hükümet Konağı Ağrı/Merkez

5 AKSARAY Zincirli Mahallesi Vehbibey Caddesi No:46 (Eski Karakol Binası)

6 AMASYA Gümüşlü Mahallesi Atatürk Caddesi No: 9/B Kat:3 Seven İş Merkezi Merkez

7 ANKARA Hoşdere Caddesi No:144 Çankaya/Ankara

8 ANTALYA Bayındır Mahallesi Gazi Bulvarı 07030 (Mülga İl Özel İdaresi) Muratpaşa

9 ARDAHAN Ardahan Valilik hizmet binası Karagöl Mahallesi Kongre Caddesi No:11

10 ARTVİN Cumhuriyet Sokak Türkocağı Sokak No:12 Kat 2

11 AYDIN Efeler Mahallesi Hürriyet Bulvarı 2275

Who and when can open a lawsuit to establish paternity?

The process of establishing paternity in Turkey (Babalık davası) can be opened by the mother of a child born out of wedlock. The mother has the right to file a lawsuit against the baby's father (the citizen of Turkey) before the birth of the child or within one year from the date of birth.

The child born out of wedlock from the citizen of Turkey also has the right to establish filiation in the court within one year from the date of maturity (18 years).


Are there exceptional cases?

Yes, if the father of a child born out of wedlock has made dishonest actions and resorted to deception in order to prevent the child's mother from applying to the court during one year since the child's date of birth.

For example, if the mother of the child is able to prove that during pregnancy and the first year after the child's birth, the father was giving false promises (to marry, to help the child financially and so on) in order to prevent a woman from starting a law case, she can file to the court after one year after the date of child's birth.


Is it possible to open the case on establishing paternity if the child's father died?

The court case must be opened against the father of the child, but if the father is dead, it is possible to start a lawsuit against the existing inheritance.


Does a child born out of wedlock have a right to become a heir of his father's assets?

Yes, he has, however, the presence of consanguinity is not sufficient to ensure that the child has the rights of inheritance in Turkey. To do this, it is imperative to obtain a court decision on establishing paternity.

In case the results of DNA testing conducted in the course of judicial proceedings turn out to be negative, the child has no rights of a heir


Who owns the custody of a child born out of wedlock?

Custody of the child in Turkey in this situation belongs to the mother. During the trial on establishing paternity, it is also possible claim child support from the father. To obtain the alimony, there is no need to start another lawsuit. Paternity and filiation issues are governed by the Family Court of Turkish Republic (Aile Mahkemesi).

The cost of the DNA expertise and other necessary expenses can be paid by one of the parents or both of them according to the court's decision. If the amount of money required to continue the trial was not paid in the period of time determined by the judge, the costs can be paid from the public purse. Afterwards all the expenses will be recovered from the guilty side.


Whose surname should a child born out of wedlock take?

According to article 321 of the Civil Code Act №4721 of Turkey, if the father and mother of a child are married, the child bears the name of the family.

If the parents of the child are not officially married in Turkey, the child takes mother's surname.


How do I apply for a residency permit in Turkey ?

Update: From 18 May 2015 Turkish Residence Permit applications will be made online and direct to the Directorate General of Migration Management.

Applying for a Turkish residence permit - Short Term Residence Permit.

FIRST Please visit » e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr to begin your application

(!) IMPORTANT (!) For first time applications you must visit the Migration Office in person on the date and time of your appointment with your relevant documents. (Full list of provinical offices can be found » here)

Required Documents

First time Documents

• Residence Permit Application Form (Signed)
• Original copy and photocopy of passport or passport substitute (the pages which are processed with the pages over which there are identity information and photo)
• four (4) photos
• Notification regarding sufficient and sustainable resources for the duration of their stay (Notified in the application form. Manage read more...

How do I renew my Turkish residency permit?

Update: From 18 May 2015 Turkish Residence Permit applications will be made online and direct to the Directorate General of Migration Management.

Renewing for a Turkish residence permit - Short Term Residence Permit.

FIRST Please visit » e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr to begin your application

(!) IMPORTANT (!) Renewal applications you DO NOT NEED to visit the Migration Office in person. Send your application by post / courier to your provincial migration office.


How much is a residency permit in Turkey?


UK - USA & Most Other Countries
- 194,17 TL ($85) per year
Norway - Serbia - Fiji - Chile 1,050.17 TL ($449.70) per year
Belgium - Belarus - Algeria - Spain - Kuwait - Jordan -
Luxembourg - Malta - Singapore - Taiwan 89,09 TL ($39) per year
Albania - Philippines - Israel - Japan - Cambodia -
Macedonia - Mali - Oman - Tajikistan 127,93 TL ($56) per year
Morocco - Ivory Coast - Iraq - Montenegro - Egypt - Tunisia 25,13 TL ($11) per year
Ethiopia - South Korea - Hong Kong - Micronesia - Russia 57,11 TL ($25) per year

You must pay an administration fee for your residency card.
This is 55TL - as of 2015


How long does it take to receive a Turkish residence permit?

After you submit your application, your residence permit is issued within 90 days via the Turkish postal system to your address in Turkey. 


Where and how is the DNA expertise carried out?

Nowadays, DNA analysis performed in the laboratory reveals the probability of paternity of 99.99%. In order to obtain reliable results, taking only the blood samples is not enough, it is necessary to collect such materials as hair, saliva, tissue samples (ex. nails).

If during the trial on establishing paternity, the judge requires the results of DNA expertise, the analysis must be performed only in official institutions, laboratories and forensic institutions, the Department of Medical Biochemistry. The results obtained from the common laboratory is not considered by the court.

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