The documents required to apply for a residence permit in Turkey often change according to the latest regulations. Government officials may also ask for additional documents or papers according to an applicant’s individual circumstances. These documents will be needed as proof that you fulfill all the conditions set out by the Turkish migration policies and are not a threat to the country or its people.
For example, to show the migration officials that you have sufficient financial resources to support your family, you might be asked to present a bank statement detailing your financial background. If you are applying for Turkish citizenship for your spouse, you may be asked to present a criminal background check from your home country proving that you have never been guilty of domestic abuse.
To make things easier for you and to provide a reference point for you to use, we list some of the most commonly requested documents below. This will serve as a glossary of documents required when applying for a residence permit in Turkey.
Signed Residence Permit Application Form
This will be an application form that you will fill out and use to detail basic information about the person applying for the residence permit.
The travel document can be a passport or any other passport substitute identity document that you are using to travel to and from the country. If this document is in your local language, you will have to get it translated and notarized by an official.
You must attach your biometric photos with your application forms. The photo must be taken against a white background and be recent within 6 months of the date of application.
Proof of Financial Resources of Applicant
You will have to provide proof that you will be able to financially support yourself and your family during your stay in Turkey. These could be bank statements, bank account details, income from properties, etc. The authorities may ask for additional documents depending on your individual situation.
Proof of Financial Resources of Applicant’s Sponsor
If you are sponsoring a family member for a Turkish residence permit, you will have to provide proof that the sponsor is able to support these applicants during their stay in the country.
Valid Health Insurance
If you or any members of your family are between the ages of 65 and 18, you will have to provide valid health insurance.
Anyone over 65 and under 18 is exempt.
Residence Ownership Deed
If you own any immovable property in Turkey, you will have to provide its deed with your application.
Depending on the residence permit you apply for, you may be asked to provide a police certificate from both your country of origin and Turkey. This must prove that you have no criminal record and will not be a threat to the country or the people around you.
Invitation Document from Business Contact
For people who want to establish a business in Turkey, it is a requirement to provide a letter of invitation from a person or business who can be contacted.
Proof of Receiving No Social Aid
When applying for a long term residence permit, it is necessary that you must not have received any social aid from the government for 3 years prior to your application. To prove this you will need to provide documents to authenticate your claim.
When applying for a student residence permit, all your educational certificates will have to be translated and notarized before they are attached to the application.
Proof of Accommodation and Address
You will have to provide a valid documented proof of your accommodation and contact address in Turkey. This can be a rental agreement between you and the property you have rented or proof of your stay at a hotel. You must make sure that the information you provide is accurate since it will also be used to communicate with you. Therefore, make sure your email address, phone number and contact address are correct and updated.
A birth certificate may be requested if a child’s parent’s cannot be identified from the travel document, passport or other identifying documents provided. The birth certificate will have to be properly notarized by a Turkish notary before being accepted.
A notarized or Apostilled marriage certificate will be required when applying for a family residence permit for a spouse.
A death certificate may be required if one parent of a child requesting the residence permit has died. The notarized certificate must be presented by the surviving parent. It might also be needed in case the surviving spouse wishes to move from a family residence permit to an individual residence permit after the death of a spouse.
In the event of the parents being divorced, the applicant is required to submit a notarized divorce certificate when applying for the permit of a child.
A divorce certificate is also needed when a person wants to change their residence permit from family to an individual residence permit.
Documents Regarding Treatment of Patients
For people who are applying to be treated in Turkey, it is essential to provide the necessary documents that show the duration of the treatment required.
Please note that all documents must be notarized or Apostilled. They will not be accepted without these requirements.