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Everything you need to know about the Long Term Turkish Residence Permit

13th March 2017

The so-called Long Term Residence Permit LTRP (Uzun dönem ikamet izni) is actually a permanent residence permit. It is for life and will not be cancelled unless you leave the country for more than a year for reasons other than health treatment, education or compulsory public service in the country of origin or unless you pose a serious threat to public order.

Who can apply?Foreigners who have officially resided in Turkey for more than 8 years without interruption are entitled to apply for LTRP, provided they have
not spent more than 365 days outside of Turkey within the last 5 years before the date of application
not spent abroad more than 6 months in a year during the 3 years preceding the last 5 years.

How do I apply?An application for LTRP can be filed at any time (no need to wait until 2 months before the current RP expires), provided that you fulfil the conditions. As the procedure can take a few months it is actually advised to start while you still have some months left on your current RP.

The application is made online via

You must take an appointment and present yourself at the Provincial Directorate of the Migration Office (Note: the district migration offices are not entitled to process LTRP applications, they can only control your file and advise whether anything is missing)

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What documents do I have to present?- The online application form printed out and signed by applicant

- Original and coloured photocopy of ID page of current passport (which must be valid at least another 6 months) and copies of all processed pages (entry and exit stamps), if available copy of previous passport with all processed pages (to cover the last 8 years)

- Four biometric (5x6cm) photos not older than 6 months

- Proof of sufficient regular income (at least about 500 USD per month). Note: if the proof of income is from abroad authentication through apostille and a notarized Turkish translation will be required (to find out how you can obtain an apostille stamp click here) If you are depending on your spouse’s income you will have to present your marriage certificate (and its notarized Turkish translation in case the document is in a foreign language)

- Proof of address (Yerleşim belgesi) from the district registry office (Nüfus müdürlüğü) or the muhtar (headman of your neighbourhood). If you have signed up for the e-devlet portal and you have registered your address previously you can get this document online.

- Original and copy of your previous/current residence permit

- Health insurance valid for at least one year (SGK, private Turkish health insurance, cover within the scope of bilateral social security agreements) Note: In general, people over 65 are exempt from the obligation to provide evidence of their health insurance, but you may be required to prove health insurance for the LTRP.

- Criminal record check (Adli Sicil kaydı or Sabıka) from both Turkey and country of origin (provided with apostille stamp and with notarized Turkish translation) Note: since more than a year a criminal record check from the applicant’s country is required, even though the applicant has lived in Turkey for many years. If an official statement can be presented that no criminal record check can be issued due to the applicant’s too long absence from his/her home country the Turkish criminal record check will be accepted. The Turkish document can be obtained from the district court or online via the e-devlet portal.

- Confirmation that applicant has not received any social welfare for the last 3 years. This document is obtained from the Social Assistance and Solidarity Foundation (Sosyal Yardımlaşma ve Dayanışma Vakfı), an institution that usually operates within the framework of the district government (Kaymakamlık).

- Deposit slip confirming payment of 63 TL (2017 fee) for the residency card.

Not mentioned in the official list but often required: Title deed or tenancy agreement for your domicile.

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What happens after the Appointment?You are granted a period of 30 days to obtain any missing documents. Regarding the police record check from abroad applicants are sometimes allowed a term of 6 months.

The migration officer will issue you with a document which confirms that you have filed the application. You can leave and re-enter the country if you present this document at the passport police, provided you do not stay abroad longer than 14 days. 

In Istanbul you have to apply for and then present a breakdown of entries and exits (giriş-çıkış kaydı) issued by the police, other provincial departments do not ask for such a document but control entries and exits themselves through their system. You will be notified by email or letter if the check of entries and exits has revealed any inconsistencies. (Sometimes exits or entries are not properly recorded by the border computer system and you are required to have these rectified by the border police).

The local police/gendarmes may perform inquiries or pay you a visit at home. Once everything is confirmed you will receive the related SMS on your mobile phone from PTT Kargo and the permit will be delivered to your address.

Rights conferred by a Long-Term Residence Permit - The Foreigners’ Law stipulates that holders of a LTRP shall benefit from the same rights and responsibilities as Turkish citizens except for
- Compulsory military service
- The right to vote and to be elected
- Entering public service
- Exemption of customs duties when importing a vehicle
as well as some special provisions in laws regulating specific areas.

However, in practice this is not quite true: even if you hold a LTRP you are not automatically entitled to work. Foreigners who want to work still have to go through the procedure of applying for work permits through the Ministry of Labour.

Written by Annette HANİSCH - YellAli Consultant

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