In the last week, YellAli has received many enquires from its members regarding the new Residency rules that are set to change on the 10th of April 2014.
UPDATE - Please see below link;
For all our users, we feel it necessary to highlight the new Residency rules / procedures and explain how this will affect all those concerned and outline what has currently been confirmed.
YellAli has received confirmation from the British Consulate regarding the new rules and procedures highlighted below:-
Applying for a Turkish Residency Permit after the 10th of April 2014
First time applicants: (PLEASE NOTE; First time residency applications are currently being accepted in Turkey)
All first time applicants wishing to apply for a Turkish Residency Permit need to apply to the Turkish Consulate in the UK (or if you are not from the UK you need to apply to the Turkish Consulate in your own country)
Update: Until the full network of GDMM (General Directorate of Migration Management) offices are open later in the year a transition period will apply. During this time all applications will be taken by the local Foreigner’s Departments of the Turkish National Police (as before) and sent to Ankara for processing.
First time applicants for residence permits will be able to submit their applications in Turkey during this period.
[Read full details]
Please note: All UK applicants need to hold a valid UK passport with at least sixty days beyond the duration of the requested residence permit.
For example, when applying for a 12-month Turkish residency permit; your UK passport needs to be valid for at least 14 months.
The Documents you need;For more information please see how do I apply for a Residence permit in Turkey
Compulsory Health Insurance;This is a compulsory requirement for those under the age of 65. You must obtain private health insurance for a one year Turkish Residence permit as this is your first time application. It must be from a Turkish Insurance Company or Insurance provider with a branch office in Turkey and must meet the minimum legal requirements. (You are not yet eligible for the Turkish SGK health insurance)
You can obtain health insurance that meets the legal requirements via Groupama Sigorta FIT (Foreigners in Turkey) Health Insurance :- This policy has been developed specifically for the Turkish Residence Permit. Users can obtain a quote and learn more via the link below :-
(Policy coverage is between 0-60 years old - permanent renewal for those who join at 60 or before)
Get Quote Here --> »www.yellali.com/partners/groupama_quotation_tool
Or you may like to read about the easy online process »here
Required Documentation : For more information please see how do I apply for a Residence permit in Turkey
Renewing your Residency Permit (Renewals can be made in Turkey)
As of the 10th of April 2014, you can no longer apply for a 3 or 5 year residency permit.
Please see; Residency Permit types
Please note: The handling of Residency Permits is changing and will no longer be the responsibility of the Police Foreigners Department. Instead this will pass to the Interior Ministry’s General Directorate of Migration Office.
You can read more about this here
Applicants applying for an 8 year Residency Permit (Application can be made in Turkey)
As of the 10th of April 2014, those who have resided in Turkey with a residence permit uninterruptedly for at least eight years will be granted a permanent residence permit.
Update: Please see; 8 year Long Term Turkish Residence Permit (permanent permit) explained
Interruption to the residency
If you stay outside of Turkey for a period of more than 6 months within 1 year or more within the last 5 years. This will be classed as 'interruptions' and will not be counted towards your 8-year residency permit.
Also any residency previously acquired before the interruptions will not be counted.
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*, (*As of now this act is applicable to all employment - Long term residency does not include working rights)
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.
[If you need assistance in making your application for a Turkish residence permit, please use the online contact form here]
*All of the above information is correct as of date published, however, is subject to change. Any new changes brought to our attention will be published immediately to the YellAli.com website and all members of YellAli we be informed.
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