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Turkey Residence Permits and Visa – Frequently Asked Questions

Turkey Residence Permit and Visa – Get the Answers Here

Getting Turkey residence permits, visas or just want to visit the country for a quick vacation? Whatever your reason, we have the answer to your questions.

Turkey Resident Visa Permit aims to be your one-stop solution for moving to Turkey and settling in this beautiful country. From the time you land in Turkey until you are settled in your new home, we will take care of everything. We offer a complete concierge service for a seamless transition from your old home to your new one.

This page will strive to answer any questions you may have about Turkey Residence Permits and Visa requirements for the country to help you make the right decision for you. If you have any questions that are not answered on this page, please contact Turkey Residence Permit and we will help you as soon as possible.

Family Residence Permit

You can stay in Turkey for 3 years on a family residence permit.

No, they are not. They can apply for a short term residence permit.

Healthcare in Turkey

No.

The health insurance you get while applying for a residency permit is just extremely basic health insurance. It is mandated by law that everyone should have one. It is serviceable only in selected cases and that too only at selected government hospitals. Almost every private hospital or clinic will not honor such health insurance.

The basic health insurance you get for purposes of applying for a residency visa, varies, from 200TL to 600TL per person, per year.

A good (private) health insurance is 20/80 (20% percent of the bill the patient pays and 80% of the bill the insurance company pays). Such insurance costs from anywhere between 4,000TL to 8,000TL per person per year.

There is a stark difference between the two insurance plans and their pricing, and rightly so. The latter will get you admitted even in the best of the best hospitals in Istanbul where the medical treatment is exemplary.

Life in Turkey

Earning in US Dollars is a huge benefit as it is in Turkey. As the Turkish Lira has weakened against the US Dollar, luckily you will not be in that position where your purchasing power is seriously diminished.

The cost of living in Istanbul? Let’s compare it to a few cities in the world:

As you can see, it is quite economical for a city to live in. If you move to a neighborhood slightly outside of Istanbul (or on the outskirts), the cost goes down even further.

Category: Life in Turkey

Long-Term Residence Permit

You can stay in Turkey indefinitely on a long-term residence permit.

No, you cannot. You will have to apply for a work permit to legally work in Turkey.

Our Services

We offer assistance with te following kinds of residence permits:
i) Short-Term Residence Permit,
(ii) Family Residence Permit,
(iii) Student Residence Permit
(iv) Long-Term Residence Permit

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Fill out the form on the “Contact us” page and we will get in tough with you.

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Schooling and Turkish Residency

Schools per se cannot issue you any sort of documentation that would be the basis of your residency. As it has been rightly pointed out, you need to secure your own residency and then your children can be confirmed into the school, i.e. you can apply for residency (including that of your children). For purposes of admission, you can show your filed application and provisional admission would be provided to your child on that basis.

Only bonafide Universities & Colleges can provide relevant documentation so that the student may apply for an education visa from their country of origin, but it in no way extends residency benefits to the parents.

Schools are expensive. If your kids are very young, there is a possibility to have them enrolled in local Turkish schools, but we are not sure you can enroll them in those schools if you are a foreigner (i.e. an expat).

The cheapest school in Istanbul was about 35,000-40,000 TL (about a year back).

Typically expect to pay about 65,000-75,000TL for a decent education in the British standard (or O/L-Levels). per child per year. This is standard. High-end can go as high as 125,000TL/child/year.

Also, do remember if you seek Turkish Citizenship, then your children CANNOT attend the International Schools by law.

For a short-term course, maybe, but generally no.

A business visa, like a tourist visa, has a limited stay option (you can stay up to 90 days in the last 180 days), but it does not provide you with residency options nor is it a student visa.

For a student visa, there is a completely different visa category and you must apply for that category, else you risk misusing your visa.

Short-Term Residence Permit

You will need to get all your pre-requisite documents in original and attested that are required as part and parcel of your short-term visa application to be filed in Turkey.

The list of document varies from case to case, but basics are NADRA family registration certificate, your birth certificate, marriage certificate, police character certificate, etc.

All of these need to be in original and then you need to get copies done, attested by the foreign office (Grade 18 or higher officer) and then have the same attested from the Turkish Consulate or Embassy in your city.

Other documents may require additional verification / vetting, depending on your case and application.

The Turkish immigration system has options for 7 days, 15 days, 30 days, 90 days, 6 months, 1 year and 2 years.

However, policy decisions are always changing in Istanbul/Turkey. As of today, a first-time applicant is easily given a 1-year temporary resident visa. Exceptional applications are given 2-year residency visas.

Student Residence Permit

You can stay in Turkey for the duration of your study or a maximum of one year on a student residence permit.

No, they cannot. They can apply for other types of residence permit, provided they meet the criteria.

Turkish Citizenship

You can get citizenship in Turkey through one of the different ways explained here: How to Obtain Turkish Citizenship

Turkish Residence Permit

Renewal applications should be made within 60 days of the expiration of your residence permit. More info here: Turkey Residence Permit Renewal

You will need to get all your pre-requisite documents in original and attested that are required as part and parcel of your short-term visa application to be filed in Turkey.

The list of document varies from case to case, but basics are NADRA family registration certificate, your birth certificate, marriage certificate, police character certificate, etc.

All of these need to be in original and then you need to get copies done, attested by the foreign office (Grade 18 or higher officer) and then have the same attested from the Turkish Consulate or Embassy in your city.

Other documents may require additional verification / vetting, depending on your case and application.

You must notify and provide the necessary documents to the provincial directorate of migration management and the provincial directorate of civil registry and citizenship affairs within 20 business days.

Turkey has three types of visa programs:

1. Temporary Resident Card (no investment required, valid for 1 year and is renewable each year). A TRC can be thought of as a multi-visa. It allows you to come and go from Turkey without needed any visa from the embassy/consulate and allows you to live here, subscribe to basic utilities, access to banking, etc. The issuance literally varies. Usually, it is for 1 year. During strict times, it was 6-months and during lenient times it can be 2-years also. Rules are always changing in Turkey, so be sure to apply at the earliest when rules are relaxed.

2. Permanent Resident Card (investment required, you simply need to buy ‘some’ property, decently priced and as long as you own that property, you are granted a permanent residency in this country. After 5 years of staying in this country, you are allowed to apply for citizenship and as Turkey and Pakistan do not have a dual-nationality agreement, you will have to give up (surrender) your Pakistani passport). The investment people make is usually anywhere from US$ 75,000 to US$ 150,000

3. Citizenship by Investment, As the name implies, you get the Citizenship of Turkey in one-go on your investment. The investment amount has to be US$ 250,000 or above and you will be given a Turkish passport. Currently, your Pakistan passport is ranked 106th in the world and has visa-free travel to 30 countries. Turkey’s passport is ranked 53rd in the world and has visa-free travel to 110 countries.

Source: https://www.henleypassportindex….

You WILL need a visa to travel to Europe, UK, USA, Canada, etc.

For Option #1 and #2 you are NOT allowed to work.

It takes approximately 90 days to get a Turkish residence permit after you apply.
Get more detailed information here: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Apply for a Turkish Residence Permit

You can stay in Turkey for the duration of your study or a maximum of one year on a student residence permit.

The Turkish immigration system has options for 7 days, 15 days, 30 days, 90 days, 6 months, 1 year and 2 years.

However, policy decisions are always changing in Istanbul/Turkey. As of today, a first-time applicant is easily given a 1-year temporary resident visa. Exceptional applications are given 2-year residency visas.

You can stay in Turkey indefinitely on a long-term residence permit.

You can stay in Turkey for 3 years on a family residence permit.

You can get a residence permit in Turkey by submitting an application with the required documents. Get more detailed information here: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Apply for a Turkish Residence Permit

No, you cannot. You will have to apply for a work permit to legally work in Turkey.

No, you cannot. You need to have a work permit to legally work in Turkey.

Quite difficult.

You might qualify, but you will find it extremely difficult to sustain yourself here. Rs. 0.5 Million is NOT enough to sustain yourself in Turkey for a year. Also remember, you are not allowed to work on your temporary residency permit/visa.

No, they cannot. They can apply for other types of residence permit, provided they meet the criteria.

No, they are not. They can apply for a short term residence permit.

Turkish Visa

Contrary to popular belief in emerging markets that a Turkish passport, Turkish Residency Card or a Turkish Visa would allow you to visit Europe.

Turkish Passport: In Europe, on a Turkish passport, you can visit the following countries without a visa: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Ukraine. You cannot visit the UK or the Schengen states without the UK or a Schengen visa.

Turkish Visa or a Turkish Residence Permit: If you have either a Turkish Visa (issued by a Turkish Consulate or Embassy) or a Turkey Resident Permit, you do not have the privileges that are extended to the Turkish passport. You are limited by the visa-free travel of the country whose passport you hold.

Category: Turkish Visa

You could if you want your record blemished. Some people overstay for a day, some a week and some a few months. In the end, most of these people have to leave Turkey and that is when they are handed over to immigration police at the airport. Most of them get whacked with a fine that they would need to pay, else they cannot leave and once the fine is paid, they can exit the country with the over-stay being recorded on their immigration system.

In some cases, you would be part of the deportation process, in which case, the issue is much more serious. You can most likely never return back to Turkey again, at least not for the next five years.

You can legally overstay on your visa if you came in on a legal tourist visa and then apply for a short-term resident permit or a permanent residence visa permit, provided your application was filed during the period you were physically present in Turkey and that too on a legal valid visa. After the application has been filed in the system and you’ve been given a tracking number if your visa expires and you overstay, that is okay. You are allowed to over-stay until such time your interview happens with the immigration officer at which time you would either be given residency or a limited amount of time to exit the country.

Category: Turkish Visa

Turkish Work Permit

You can find it at the official website for the Turkish Ministry of Labour and Social Security here: http://www.csgb.gov.tr

Yes. A valid work permit is considered as a residence permit. You, as a work permit holder, will be entitled to stay in Turkey without applying for a residence permit.

No. You are NOT allowed to work on a Temporary Resident Permit/Visa. It allows you to live in Turkey, legally, but you are not allowed to work on the same. For people arriving from Pakistan, etc. you must understand the competition here is quite high, language is a barrier and to be able to find a job, the Turkish company must sponsor you.

Once your resident permit card has been granted you are free to live, move about, fly in/out of Turkey as you wish. You CANNOT work on the resident permit, however, it enables you to live in the country and seek employment. Once you find employment, then your employer will issue you the necessary paperwork for you to apply for a work permit visa.

On a residence permit, you can begin your journey here and see if Turkey is the right place for you or not. You can:

  • Research employment opportunities and find a job
  • Discover business opportunities in the country or even start your own business
  • Come and go as you please (no more visas)
  • Discover the many positive elements of living in Turkey
  • Research schools/universities for any children in your family

You will have to submit a work permit application with the required documents to get a work permit in Turkey. Read more here: Turkey Work Permit

No, you cannot. Tourists are not eligible to apply for a Turkish work permit. In order to obtain a work permit while living in Turkey, you should have a residence permit with at least six months as remaining validity.

Yes, you can. If you want to work in Turkey after completing your education, you will have to apply for a work permit within one year of graduating.

Work in Turkey

Yes, they can. If you are enrolled in a formal graduate program like Master’s or Ph.D. programs in a higher education institution in Turkey, you can apply for a work permit and still retain your student residence permit.

Category: Work in Turkey

As a school teacher, if you are proficient in English, there can be a good possibility of you being employed by schools, businesses or hospitality industry that require proper English to be spoken. I would tilt towards chances are slim, but the market is huge. However, do note, Turkey is a very competitive country. There also might be a requirement to become certified as per Turkish labor laws in order to teach in Turkey (i.e. equivalency).

People with excellent English skills come here from all over the world seeking employment and hence the competition is fierce. Not to mention in most jobs, the ability to speak/write Turkish is a must. Remember for every 5 local Turkish citizens hired, the employer gets the ability to hire ONE foreign worker.

Category: Work in Turkey

Yes, there are many jobs for foreigners in Turkey. Please refer to the following pages for details:
Working in Turkey
Turkish work permit

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