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Foreigners who intend to extend their stay in Türkiye beyond the time limit specified in their visa, those who require a visa exemption or intend to stay for more than ninety days must obtain a residence permit.

1. Short-Term Residence Permit for Foreigners

For short-term residence permits, foreigners who own real estate in Türkiye or intend to establish a business or make business connections in Türkiye must submit the following documents to the relevant Provincial Directorate of Migration Management (İl Göç İdaresi Müdürlüğü) once an application is submitted through the e-residence system. ( Short-term residence permits are issued for a maximum of two years as a principle. However, foreigners who intend to invest in Türkiye in amounts and scopes attested by the Council of Ministers, along with their spouse and children, may be granted a five-year short-term residence permit. Furthermore, these investors may apply for acquisition of Turkish citizenship or a long-term residence permit.

1.1. Initial Application

  • Residence permit application form

  • Copy of passport or equivalent travel document

  • Four biometric photographs

  • Proof of financial sufficiency and regular means of subsistence for the duration of the stay

  • Documents/receipts for the payment of residence permit fee and card fee

  • Title deed proving the applicant's ownership (required for foreigners who own immovable property in Turkey)​

  • Valid health insurance

Foreigners who intend to apply for a short residence permit by establishing a business or making business connections in Turkey must submit the following additional documents:

  • Letter of invitation from the person or company(ies) to be contacted

  • Notarized company activity certificate

  • Notarized tax registration certificate

  • Notarized trade registry gazette

  • Notarized signature circular

Foreigners who intend to apply for a short residence permit by investing in amounts and scopes attested by the Council of Ministers must meet any of the following criteria: