Expat Guide Turkey
I will give you my background in case it helps to better answer my questions. I am an American citizen and my fiance is a Chinese citizen. We have been separated almost half a year due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. We believe Turkey is the ideal place for us to go while we wait from the global “new normal”. We are basing this decision on cost of living, current open status for tourism, and especially that there is the possibility of gaining short term residency permits. I am allotted 90 days with my evisa but she would only get 30 days.
1. Is it possible to get short term residency permits for us both within our evisa time frames?
2. We have the money to stay for a year or two but we would not fit the “investor” category and I read as of January 1st, 2020 the short term residency approval process has become more strict. Is it still possible to be granted short term residency for tourist purposes?
3. How much does the entire short term residency application cost?
Timeframe to obtain residence permit varies according to the city and available appointment dates. Procedures take the longest in Istanbul, where currently receiving residence permit lasts up to three months. Foreigners, who sobmit residence permit application within their visa time frames are allowed to stay in Turkey legally until receiving residence permit card even if their visa expires during the process. If you have never obtained touristic residence permit in Turkey before, you can be easily granted this kind of permit for up to one year. American citizens are also allowed to extend their permits, however Chinese nationals can obtain touristic residence permit only once within every two years. Cost of governmental fees is 80 USD + 110 TL card fee per person. Applicants must also purchase a health insurance covering the whole requested period of stay. Cost of health insurance depends on applicant’s age and type of policy. If you would like to benefit from our services oür fee is 1500 TL + VAT per person. This fee already includes the cost of one year health insurance policy.
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We stayed in Turkey more than 90 days(120 days) as we could not find flight to return back to Iran regarding to covid 19. At airport they did not get any fine/penalty from us regarding to covid 19. My question: Can we return back to Turkey after 3 months or we should wait 6 months pass? Also, after each 90 days, how long we should stay outside Turkey for returning back again?
As you overstay your visa you are allowed to reenter Turkey after staying abroad for at least three months. If you enter the country earlier, you can face a problem on the boarder and most probably you would enter Turkey conditionally and will be obliged to submit residence permit application within 10 days upon your arrival. Citizens of Iran are allowed to stay in Turkey for 90 days within each 180 days, which means that after you stay within the country for 90 days in a row, you must spend following 90 days abroad if you do not obtain residence permit.
I’ve read your website and you said foreigners with a residence permit can find a job, then the employer will apply for work permit for them.
My question is, if a foreigner’s RP application is approved but still waiting for the card, can the company start to apply for the work permit for him/her?
Residence permit card must be issued in order to start work permit application process as copy of valid residence permit card must be included into application. After the residence permit application is approved in the system card is sent to the applicant within few days.
I will go to Turkey next week and want to apply for a short-term resident permit.
Do you know how long does it take now (under covid-19 situation) from the day I make the appointment online to the day my application is approved? I want to apply in Istanbul.
Thank you very much!
Currently in Istanbul application procedures take approximately 3 months. Please, be informed that this timeframe differs from application to application and the process can take slightly less or more time as well. Once the application is approved residence permit card is sent to applicant’s address.
i am going to enter Turkey with e-visa, then my employer will help to apply residence permit and work permit after i arrival. Before i get residental permit, Could my family member also use e-visa enter Turkey and apply family member residence permit from me ? (as a sponsor ,at that time i may don’t residence permit yet). or they only could apply for toursic residence permit ?
Before you spend at least one year in Turkey on basis of work permit, you can not be sponsor for family residence permit application. After you work in Turkey for one year, your spouse and children under 18 years old can obtain family residence permit. As a first application your family members will be eligible only for touristic residence permit application.
Hello, I am Alexandra and I am from Romania which is in the European Union. I would like to tell you something regarding my stay and leave in Turkey.
I entered Turkey on 4th of February and, due to the fact that I am coming from an European Union country, my permission to stay here without any residence permit was 3 months (90 days).
However, because of the Coronavirus, I couldn’t leave Turkey and I had to stay here in May and June. The flights started to appear – they actually became active last week, so I can easily go back to my country.
More than this, I would like to ask you a few questions:
How much should I pay per day and on a monthly basis for staying in Turkey?
Should I pay for the period in which I couldn’t go home because of the Coronavirus and because of a lack of flights (04.05.2020 – 15.06.2020)?
How much time am I allowed to stay in Turkey after the flights become active again?
I am currently living in Antalya. If I want to visit another city, am I allowed to do so? Will the police ban me from doing so or will I have to pay any fee/fine?
Thank you for your time! I am looking forward to hearing from you.
According to announcement of Directorate of Migration, foreigners who overstay their visa due to Covid-19 will not pay a fine under condition that they leave Turkey within 30 days after flights to their country are possible. We would not recommend travelling within Turkey if your visa is already expired as you can face a problem in case of police check.
After buying the property in Turkey, I can get the resident permit for wife and children up to 18 years. Would you please guide us how to get the resident permit for children over 18 years?
Appreciate your guidance in this regards.
Thanks and best regards.
Property owner, their spouse and children under 18 years old are eligible for residence permit for property owners. Children over 18 years old can only separately apply for other kind of residence permit, e.g. touristic ot student residence permit, however fact that their parents are property owners in Turkey would be a benefit during evaluation process and they can use the same address to submit the application.
Hello, my work permit will expire in August. At the moment I do not plan to continue living/working in Turkey. How many days after expiration of the work permit do I have to exit Turkey without penalty?
You should leave Turkey within 10 days upon expiration of your work permit.
Hello expatguide i highly hope you see my message . i recently bought a property in Ankara,turkey but i am not a citizen. So does that give me any chance of bringing my family to turkey so they could stay with me.
As a property owner in Turkey you, your spouse and children under 18 years old are eligible for residence permit on this basis. This kind of permit can be extended multiple times for as long as the ownership will be remained.
Hello! I have read your website https://www.expatguideturkey.com/residence-permits/ and I can see some good questions and answers there.
I would like to ask you something that is not addressed there. I plan to purchase a property in Turkey. On this basis, I can apply for the residence permit based on property ownership.
If I obtain this type of residence permit, but I stay in Turkey less than 6 months a year, will I be considered a tax resident in Turkey?
According to this official Turkish government PDF https://www.gib.gov.tr/sites/default/files/fileadmin/taxation_system2016.pdf
According to KPMG https://home.kpmg/xx/en/home/insights/2015/11/turkey-thinking-beyond-borders.html
I would be a tax resident if I am ‘domiciled’ in Turkey. The term domiciled here refers to be registered in Turkish address registration system (for a Turkish citizen) and holding a work & residence permit (for an expatriate).
Does this rule apply to the residence permit based on property ownership?
Thank you kindly.
As a residence permit holder and property owner in Turkey, only property tax and eventual tax on rental income applies to you within Turkey. If you establish a company in Turkey or obtain work permit, you would be also a subject for income tax. Otherwise you do not need to pay taxes in Turkey on your income from abroad.
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