Foreigners coming to Turkey in order to work and obtained work visa abroad, should be issued residence permit following their arrival and before working. Here is how to get residence permit in Turkey, posted by IES, Istanbul Expatriate Services:
Turkish Regulations state that a residence permit application should be made personally by the foreigner to the Police Department Aliens Bureau.
The expatriates family is allowed to obtain a residence permit for the period that the expat will be employeed for their current work with Turkey.
If there is any delay with the work visa procedure, the expatriate can be granted a temporary residence permit for up to three months allowing the expat to continue with job responsibilities as required, this can only happen in special circumstances at the discretion of the authorities.
The residence permit is issued within 90 days of the application date.
Once a expatriates residency permit expires they should apply to the authorities within 15 days after the expiry date in order to extend it. Extensions can also be granted before the expiry date.
If an expatriate employee resigns from their workplace in Turkey they may continue to remain in Turkey only if the residency permit has not expired. When the visa expires the expatriate must leave the country.
For those expatriates who get married during their stay in Turkey, they must change their marital status through a written declaration within 15 days to have the details changed on their residence permits at the Police Department Aliens Bureau.
When applying for a residence permit the documents required for the permit to be issued can differ from Police Department to Police Department, the most common requirements are as follows:
- Original and copy of passport
- Original copy of work permit
- Residence Form, available from the Police Department website
- 4 Passport photos
- Health Insurance Policy
- Notorized Rental Contract
- Birth certificate for Children
- Marriage Certificate for Spouses
- Criminal Background Report
- Adress Registration Form