Turkish Citizenship Through Residence Permit

Turkish Citizenship through residence permit method is for foreigners who live in Turkey for at least 5 years. In this period, the foreigner who wants to make an application for Turkish Citizenship must not leave Turkey for longer than 6 months. Also, residence permit type considered on application. Student permits are not excepted for citizenship application.

The foreigner who want to acquire Turkish citizenship, must not be a threat to public health, order, security. Also, the foreigner must have a sufficient level of knowledge in the Turkish language.

Necessary Documents*

  • Passport or similar identical document
  • Birth certificate or similar document
  • Residence permit valid for minimum 6 months at the time of application
  • Criminal Records (if you have ever been convicted)
  • General health report
  • Proof of sufficient regular income
  • Marital status (if you are married)

*These documents may change or different documents may be needed also. Please contact us for information.

Types Of Residence Permit

Short-Term Residence Permit

Short-term Residence Permit is regulated by section 31-33 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection. All foreigners who want to stay in Turkey for more than 90 days (Longer than the tourist visa) can make an application for the short-term residence permit and easily obtain. Short-term residence permits valid up to 1-year to 2-year. Residence permit owner must renew the permit 60 days before the expiration date. Permit owner will be qualified for Turkish Citizenship after 60 months of living in Turkey with the short-term permit.

Who can obtain Short-term Residence Permit ?

  • Scientific researcher who work in Turkey
  • Owners of property In Turkey
  • Investors
  • Tourists
  • Student Exchance Program members
  • Patient to be treated In Turkey
  • Lost their family residence permit
  • Turkish Language course students
  • Participate in on-the-job training programs.
  • KKTC citizens

Long-Term Residence Permit

According to section 42-45, Long-Term residence permits like Short-term Residence permit but it’s indefinitely, not need to be renewing. Foreigners who have been live in Turkey for 8 years can get a Long-Term Residence Permit. Also, Long-term residence permit owners have rights such as voting and to be electing, entering public services, exemption from customs duties when importing vehicles. If foreigner becomes a treat to public security or stays out of Turkey for more than 1 year other than the compulsory situation, foreigner’s long-term permit may be canceled.

Who can obtain Long-Term Residence Permit ?

  • Persons who have been lived in Turkey for at least 8 years.
  • Foreigners who covered with valid Medical insurance
  • Persons who are not to be a treat to public security.
  • Persons who have a sufficent wealth
  • Persons who have received social assistance for the last 3 years.

Family Residence Permit

According to section 34-37, the Family Residence permit can be granted to close relatives of foreigners who have a residence permit. These close relatives are spouse, children under 18  and dependent children of the foreigner who have a residence permit. If the residence permit owner has more than one spouse, only one spouse get Family Residence Permit. However, spouses children can obtain Family Residence Permit.

Student Residence Permit

According to section 38-41, foreigners who shall receive primary or secondary education or attend a higher education program issued a Student residence permit. Student permit does not provide any permits to the other relatives, only one student can use the right of residence. Student Residence permit duration can’t be longer than the duration of the study. Also, if the student requests the general health insurance within three months from the date of admission, there is no need for private health insurance. If the student does not request in 3 months, can’t obtain general health insurance.

Humanitarian Residence Permit

Humanitarian residence permit on section 46-47 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection. Foreigners who entered Turkey legally or illegally are must apply to PDMM(Gocmen Burosu Il Mudurlugu). If an application made at the border gates or to police force, these units immediately inform the provincial directorate. International protection applications cannot be made through an attorney. However, if the applicant’s family member also in the same situation, the applicant can make an application for them.

Turkey hosts more than 4 million refugees. With all regulations, these refugees live in peace in Turkey with protection. Turkey government has been the side of the innocent people and will continue that.

Persons who have international protection must stay on the province stated to them. However, these persons can make an application to Provincial Directorate of Migration Administration for change province. Besides that, if persons think about resettling to a third country, they can make an application to UNCHR. Resettlement to a third country should carry out in cooperation with Directorate General of Migration Management and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Who Can Get Humanitarian Residence Permit ?

  • The child who needs the best interest
  • Person who has not a removal decision.
  • Persons who departure from Turkey is possible or reasonable.
  • Persons who will return the first country of asylum or a third country.
  • Persons who don't have removal decision to Turkey about them.
  • Persons who benefit the country or public order and security.
  • Persons who are in extraordinary circumstances.

Victims Of Human Trafficking Residence Permit

According to section 48-49, foreigners who victims of human trafficking or if there is strong evidence for that foreigners are a victim of human trafficking, shall be acquired Victim of Human Trafficking Residence Permit. In first apply, governorates issue the permit for thirty days. After the first application, the residence permit may be renewed for six months period. But, permit duration can’t be more than 3 years in total.

Who Can Get Humanitarian Residence Permit ?

  • Foreigners who are victims of Human Trafficking

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