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The main criteria for the long term permit are;

To have a consistent income
This can be proven by various ways depending on where the income is coming from.
For example; Retirement pension from another country or
Having a business in Turkey - it is possible to present your income with previous years tax records etc.

If the foreigner is on the dependent status of a residence permit holder in Turkey who has a consistent income, it is also possible to process it. For example: The husband has an income and the wife applies for the long term permit.

[If you need assistance in making your application for an 8 year residence permit, please contact]

Minimum Income Amount
The income shall be a minimum of 500 USD per month.

Full Health Insurance
Full health insurance is a requirement. (Same requirements as the short term (1 year) residence permit)

To not commit a crime within the last three years
This should be proven by obtaining documentation from the Turkish Court.
(a record of previous convictions)

To have stayed in Turkey for 8 years
The main part of the application process is to make sure the applicant proves the consistent income and consistent 8 years of stay. (please see below conditions)

How long does the application take?
Up to 90 Days. Once all documents are ready and given to the local police, the 90 days period starts.

Does this give the foreigner working rights in Turkey?
No (please see below conditions)

What is the general procedure?
Applications are made online and direct to the Directorate General of Migration Management -

Interruption to the 8 year residence permit
If you stay outside of Turkey exceeding a total of six months within one year or a total of one year within the last five years for reasons other than compulsory public service, education or health shall be considered interruption of residence. In cases where there is an interruption of residence, the previous residence durations shall not count towards a residence permit application or changing to another residence permit.

Conditions for an 8 year residence permit

• You must have resided in Turkey (with a residence permit) uninterruptedly for at least eight years.
• You must not have benefited from any kind of social assistance from the State for the past three years.
• You must possess sufficient and regular resources to maintain himself/herself.
• You must have valid medical insurance.
• You must not constitute a threat to public order or security.

Successful applicants who are granted a long term residence permit shall benefit from the same rights as a Turkish citizen with the exception of provisions in special legislation as well as the rights regarding:

You will be Exempt from:-
a) Compulsory military service

b) The right to elect and be elected,
c) Employment in public institutions
d) Exemption from taxes in importing vehicles

Please note: Your long term residency permit may be cancelled if you stay outside  of Turkey uninterruptedly for more than 12 months with the exception of  1) health 2) study.

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