Immigration Turkey Process

Immigration Turkey process allows foreign nationals to apply for residency permits, work permits and citizenship in Turkey once they fulfil the requirements -for which expert legal support is advised.
Article Published: 18 Nov, 2020, Updated: 08 Oct, 2023 under Visa Renewal & Long-Term Residency

In accordance with the Foreigners and International Protection dated 2013, foreign nationals may apply for residency permits, work permits and citizenship in Turkey once they fulfil the requirements.

1. Residency Permits

If any foreigner wishes to apply for a Turkish residency permit:

  • An online application form should be completed, and an appointment arranged for the physical application.
  • They should serve the deed copy of their houses and prove that they are living here. If they are not an owner, they can still serve a rental contract approved by a notary.
  • Financial documents which can support that you can survive in Turkey, original passport and copy of the passport, 4 photos which are taken within 6 months, a valid health insurance and any other supporting documents should be served at the application.

The residence permit will typically be valid for a period of 6 months to 1 year, and the person may apply for a renewal to get a longer permit in his/her second or third application.

2. Work Permits

  • If any foreigner wish to apply for work permit in Turkey:
  • These permissions are obtained by the employer.
  • The employee should have a residency permit valid at least for a period of 6 months in order to apply for a work permit.
  • The work permit should be applied for online and all required documents should be uploaded to the system.
  • If the person would like to establish his/her own company and apply for the work permit by him or herself, they should at least start to employ 5 people in their company.
  • Work permit applications are not very straightforward, and it is advised to check the ‘work permit evaluation criteria’ to keep up-to-date with the latest changes and rules.

3. Citizenship (Immigration Turkey via investment)

If any foreigner wishes to apply for citizenship in Turkey, they can select one of the options below to apply for a citizenship in Turkey. It is easier and quicker for a foreigner to make a successful application via investment opportunities which allows them to:

  • Purchase a property worth at least 250,000 USD without selling it for a period of at least 3 years
  • Deposit 500,000 USD in a Turkish bank and not to withdraw it for a period of at least 3 years
  • Incorporating a company in Turkey with a capital of at least 500,000 USD payable prior to the incorporation.

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