How to Get Permanent Residency in Turkey

This article focuses on how to get permanent residency in Turkey, also called a long-term residence permit. Permanent residency is one of six different types of residency in Turkey. If you also wish to learn about other types of residencies and how to apply for those, please read our article on Turkey’s Short-Term Residency Requirements.

Please note that this article discusses getting permanent residency by fulfilling the requirement to live in Turkey for 8 years which is a standard route. Please contact us if you wish to find out about other ways to get permanent residency.

How do I get permanent residency in Turkey?

The primary way to get permanent residency is to live in Turkey for 8 consecutive years (Art. 43(1)(a) of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection). For an 8-year period to be considered consecutive for purposes of permanent residence, the applicant should not have stayed outside of Turkey for more than 180 days in any given year. Secondly, the applicant should not have remained out of Turkey for more than 365 days within the 5 years ending on the day of the application.

The applicant should not have received social support from the state within 3 years before applying for permanent residency. The applicant’s passport must be valid for at least 6 more months. Furthermore, the applicant must have sufficient regular income to cover personal and family expenses.

What documents are required for permanent residency in Turkey?

These are the essential documents for permanent residency in Turkey:

– Criminal record document

– Social support document

– A copy of your previous residence permit

– Original and copy of passport or equivalent travel document

– Address documents

– Proof of health insurance

– Documents showing you have sufficient income

While the above documents show the general framework of required documents, this is not a complete list. There are additional and specific documents based on the conditions of each particular application.


How much does it cost to get permanent residence in Turkey?

The different fees are applicable for different types of residence permits in Turkey. However, for permanent residency, the only fee that the applicant has to pay is the 356 TL residency card fee.


How long is the application process for permanent residency in Turkey?

A decision will be made about your permanent residence application within 180 days if the application is made in Istanbul.


Can I leave Turkey while waiting for my residence permit application?

The Directorate General of Migration does not recommend applicants to leave Turkey during the application period. This might pose a risk to your application.


What do you do when your residence permit application is rejected in Turkey?

Rejection of residence permit application can be appealed at the administrative court since this is an administrative act performed by an administrative body, the Directorate General of Migration Management. There are strict periods within which the applicant is allowed to appeal the administrative decision, and the beginning of these timeframes is when the applicant finds out about the rejection.


What are some potential reasons for rejecting a permanent residence application in Turkey?

The applicant must not pose a threat to public order or public security. This is preliminary for granting permanent residency to a foreigner.


How long can I stay in Turkey with long-term residency?

Long-term residency in Turkey is another name for permanent residency. Under this type of residency, the person who holds it can stay in Turkey for as long as they wish without making another residential application. There is no expiration date for long-term residency.

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