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Residence Permit

According to Turkish Law, foreigners can legally stay in Turkey for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. If they wish to stay longer than this period, they need to obtain a residence permit based on their purpose of stay. Under the Law on Foreigners and International Protection No. 6458, there are six different types of residence permits that foreigners can apply for, which are listed below:

  1. Short-term Residence Permit 

  2. Family Residence Permit

  3. Student Residence Permit

  4. Long-term Residence Permit

  5. Humanitarian Residence Permit

  6. Residence Permit for Victims
    of Human Trafficking


How to Obtain It?

At Legal F, we are here to support you throughout the entire application process with our expert team. We will assist you in determining the most suitable type of residence permit, guide you in obtaining the necessary documents, and handle the procedures on your behalf from the preparation stage to the finalization of the application.

Furthermore, our services extend beyond the application process. After obtaining the residence permit, we continue to provide assistance for renewal, address changes, family reunification, and other related procedures, ensuring a smooth and expedited process.

With our professional services, we aim to accompany you reliably, ensuring your peace of mind during the residence permit application process and achieving the best possible outcome.

 1. Short Term Residence Permit

In practice, the most common applications are made through this type of permit, especially for tourism purposes. According to the Law on Foreigners and International Protection No. 6458, the following individuals are eligible to apply for a short-term residence permit:

  1. Foreigners intending to stay for tourism purposes.

  2. Foreigners coming for scientific research purposes.

  3. Foreigners who own immovable property in Turkey.

  4. Foreigners intending to establish commercial connections or businesses.

  5. Foreigners participating in in-service training programs.

  6. Foreigners coming to Turkey for education or similar purposes within the framework of agreements or student exchange programs that the Republic of Turkey is a party to.

  7. Foreigners who will receive treatment in Turkey, provided they do not carry any diseases considered a threat to public health.

  8. Foreigners who are required to stay in Turkey based on the request or decision of judicial or administrative authorities.

  9. Foreigners who will be transferred to a short-term residence permit if they lose the conditions for a family residence permit.

  10. Foreigners attending Turkish language courses.

  11. Foreigners participating in education, research, internship, and courses in Turkey through public institutions.

  12. Foreigners who have completed higher education in Turkey and apply within six months from the date of graduation.

  13. Foreigners who will make investments in Turkey in the scope and amount determined by the President of the Republic, as well as their foreign spouse and their dependent foreign children who are not of age.

  14. Citizens of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.


If you also plan to stay in Turkey for more than 90 days within a 180-day period, for tourism or any other purpose, it is necessary to apply for a short-term residence permit before exceeding your legal stay period. You can contact us for the necessary applications and professional management of the process. 

 2. Family Residence Permit

According to the Law on Foreigners and International Protection No. 6458, Turkish citizens or foreigners holding any type of residence permit, as well as refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, have the right to obtain a family residence permit for:

  1. Their foreign spouse

  2. Their adult dependent foreign child

  3. Their dependent foreign child or their spouse's dependent foreign child

If the family residence permit is issued for a child, it provides the child with the right to free education in primary and secondary education institutions until the age of 18, without the need for a student residence permit. This means that the child can attend primary and secondary schools in Turkey without requiring a separate student residence permit and without paying tuition fees.

 3. Student Residence Permit

The residence permit type that foreign nationals who wish to pursue undergraduate, associate, graduate, or doctoral studies in Turkey can apply for is the student residence permit. In cases where the duration of the program is less than one year, the residence permit can only be granted until the end of the study period. This permit allows students to legally reside in Turkey during their studies and is typically issued for the duration of their academic program.

 4. Long-Term Residence Permit

This residence permit type, according to Law No. 6458 on Foreigners and International Protection, is only available for:

  1. Foreigners who have resided in Turkey continuously for at least eight years with a residence permit

  2. Foreigners who meet the conditions determined by the Ministry of the Interior

Upon the approval of the Ministry of the Interior, the governorates can issue this residence permit indefinitely.

 5. Humanitarian Residence Permit

This residence permit type is granted by the governorates for a duration of one year only in exceptional circumstances. These exceptional circumstances include:

  1. When it is in the best interest of a child

  2. When foreigners cannot be deported or banned from entering Turkey, or when their departure from Turkey is deemed unreasonable or impossible

  3. When deportation cannot be legally enforced against a foreigner

  4. When an appeal is made to the judiciary against the decision of deportation, the evaluation of the residence permit application as "unacceptable," or the decision to consider the residence permit application as "withdrawn"

  5. During the continuation of procedures for the return of the applicant to their first country of asylum or a safe third country

  6. When there is a need to allow entry and stay in Turkey for urgent reasons, the protection of national interests, public order, and public security, and the applicant is unable to obtain another type of residence permit due to circumstances that prevent it

  7. In extraordinary circumstances

Foreigners who obtain this type of permit are required to register with the address registration system within a maximum of twenty business days from the date of issuance of the permit.


 6. Residence Permit for Victims of Human Trafficking

Foreigners who are suspected or believed to be victims of human trafficking, or have a strong suspicion of being such victims, are granted a residence permit for a period of thirty days by the governorates. The purpose of this permit is to enable them to recover from their experiences, make decisions regarding cooperation with authorities, and seek necessary support.

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