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|The 2016 KTLN Guide to Short Term Residence Permits (STRP)|
|Thursday, 19 November 2015|
The Foreigners & International Protection Act - Law No. 6458 came into effect on 10th April 2014. This law governs the way in which foreigners can obtain residence permits. It also covers eVisas for tourists. This link takes you to the English translation of Law No 6458
It's taken a while to develop an understanding of how the new rules work. This KTLN guide was completely re-written (December 2015) and reflects the updated position as at March 2017. It has been drafted with the help of local DGMM officials and also foreigners who have gone through the permit application process.
With help and feedback from KTLN readers we aim to keep it up to date as a valuable resource for people who wish to apply for a residence permit.
Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM)
Their head office is in Ankara but they have provincial and district offices. Our nearest provincial office is in Antalya, and our closest district office is in Kaş. For foreigners in Kaş district (including Kalkan), the office that you should deal with is the local one in Kaş. We provide contact details below.
Do I need an eVisa or residency?
For most tourists the visa will suffice. If that is enough for you, there is no need to look into residency. Otherwise, please read on.
N.B. There are some circumstances where you will need to have a residence permit - for example if you want to own a car, install a phone/internet service in your Turkish property or if you wish to benefit from the state health insurance SGK. (There is more on SGK later in this article). Interestingly you don't need to have a residence permit to own property in Turkey.
According to Article 30 of the new law, the types of residence permit you can apply for are as follows:
In this article, we look at STRPs only, as this is the type that is likely to be of most interest to KTLN readers.
Short Term Residence Permit (STRP) requirements
When applying for a permit you must:
Where do you apply?
Following the opening of the Kaş DGMM office in December 2015 if you went online to book an appointment initially you could only see an option for the provincial office in Antalya but from early 2016 an option to select Kaş has become available.
Renewal STRPs can be done online using the official secure DGMM website. It is not usually necessary to visit the DGMM office. Having said that please note that if you have the old style ikamet (blue book) you have to go through the process as if it was a first time application rather than a renewal.
DGMM Kaş office contact detailsADDRESS: Andiflil Mah. Halk Konutlari Sokak, Yeni Halk Çarşısı 10/3-9, Kaş, Antalya
EMAIL: We are advised that an email address for the Kaş office will be provided in due course.
PHONE: 0242 836 3159
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Friday between 08.00 and 17.00 with one hour for lunch between 12.00 and 13.00.
Currently the office has two members of staff - the manager and one assistant. We have met with them and they are genuinely helpful people.
Below: A map showing where the new office is - round the back of some new office units on Halk Konutları Sokak.
What happens if you have an old style blue book (ikamet) permit?
If you already have an old style ikamet this remains valid, because you have applied for, and paid for residency, and permission has been granted by the Turkish authorities. You have got permission to reside in Turkey until the expiry date shown in your ikamet. Just to repeat what we mention earlier, please note that if you have the old style ikamet (blue book) and you wish to renew your permit you have to go through the process as if it was a first time application rather than a renewal.
How soon before an existing residency expires can you apply?
How many times can I apply for a STRP?
What documents are required?
The DGMM application online portal
Be aware that the system is not perfect. From our own experience and from feedback we have received it is fair to say that sometimes it is not possible to get all the way through the online process. Do as much as you possibly can, and if you encounter problems our advice is to contact the local DGMM office in Kaş and ask for guidance.
N.B. Before you start make sure you have an electronic copy of your biometric photo on your computer as you will need to upload it as part of the online application process. If you don't upload a photo you can not continue with the application.
Also please be aware that when you input your date of birth the format is MM/DD/YYYY - example 27th June 1960 would be entered as 06/27/1960.
Here is the link to the web page where you start the application process: Apply here for STRP
Please note that you can’t log in to do this from outside Turkey.
Choose either First Application or Application for Extension.
Complete the online form. Details in red must be completed. Details in black are optional but it may help to smooth the application process if you answer these questions.
Choose "Antalya/Kaş" then select an appointment date and time. Note that the date you book your appointment must be before your existing residence permit or e-Visa expires, however the actual appointment date may be after your permit/e-Visa expires. Once your application is in the system you have a right to stay in Turkey pending the completion of the application process.You should be provided with a list of Documents Required for Residence Permit Applications. Make sure you take them to your appointment. Note that you need to print off your completed application form that you have filled in online. This may be downloaded as a PDF document. (We will go into the documents in more detail later in this article).
Once your online application details are completed you will be allocated a unique application reference number which you should make a note of. You will need it when dealing with your local DGMM office.
N.B. We are aware of problems with making appointments via the DGMM web site. Sometimes it is not possible to make an appointment, in which case we suggest you telephone the DGMM office in Kaş for assistance. Also, we are aware that it is sometimes difficult to obtain an appointment in the near future. The local DGMM office in Kaş suggests taking the first available date but you can in fact go to their office earlier than the appointment date and providing they have time they will see you.
Paying the fees
The permit application fee (İkamet izin harcı müracaat bedeli) is charged at the equivalent of $25 for one month and $5 per month for each subsequent month. The approximate cost in Turkish lira, for 1 year's residency, using a US$/TL exchange rate of 3.1 (as at November 2016) is 250TL. For 2 years the cost is about 435TL.
The second fee (İkamet tezkere harcı izin belgesi) is for your plastic residency card, and costs a further 63TL (as at January 2017) .
So the total cost for 12 months residency will be around 310TL, and for 24 months 500TL.
You can pay both these fees in Turkish lira at the tax office (Maliye) in Kaş. The tax office is in the same building as the Police station and is adjacent to the district Governor's (Kaymakam) office. See map below.
Walk through the doors into the Maliye main office and pay at the "Vezne" window on the right hand side. You will be given receipts for these fees which you should keep and take with you to your appointment as proof of payment.
N.B. You will need your tax number with you when making these payments. Also, you may need to quote tax reference number "9069".
If you prefer you can also pay these fees at Ziraat Bank, Vakıf Bank or Halk Bank in Kaş.
Your appointment in Kaş
If your application is in order you will be provided with an official document (see example below) which is your proof of application. This must be signed and stamped by the DGMM manager in Kaş.
It bears your photo and can be considered to be a kind of temporary residence permit document. It allows you to stay in the country for up to 90 days, until you receive your official permit card.If you need to travel abroad whilst your application is being processed, this document enables you to leave Turkey for up to a maximum of 15 days only. If this number of days is exceeded a fine may be levied, and the application process will have to begin again.
One important point to note here is that you must keep with the above document your receipts which prove that you have paid the necessary residence permit fees.
Permits are posted to you
You will receive an SMS text message on your Turkish mobile phone containing a bar code number so you can track where your permit card is. Please click here for more information on how your permit will be delivered and how you can keep track of where it is.Feedback suggests it is taking less than 4 weeks to process applications, but this may vary depending on how many applications are in the system at any given time.
Your residency should be dated from the date you hand in your application, or if a renewal, it will follow on from the date your previous permission expired.
APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION/RENEWAL
The process for renewals is similar to first time applications except you do not need to make an appointment to go to the local DGMM office in person.
If you have the old style ikamet (blue book) you have to go through the process as if it was a first time application rather than a renewal.
Once your online application details are completed you will be allocated a unique application reference number which you should make a note of. You will need it when dealing with the DGMM. After completing all the details online and paying your fees, you simply post all the documents (or hand them in) to the DGMM office in Kaş.
Your proof of application document (shown above) will be posted to you. In due course your permit will be posted to you - see section above.
KTLN advice on documentation - it's as simple as A B C...
A. Residence Permit Application Form
B. Passports, existing permits and visas
If you have residency already you will need your plastic card or your blue book to hand for the relevant details. If you don't already have residency you will need your eVisa document. You should have this from when you arrived in Turkey.
Do not post your original passport or existing ikamet. For first time applications you must take the originals with you to your appointment.
C. Biometric passport photograph
Essentially the term "biometric" in this situation means the type of photo required for a passport. It can't be any old photo. The photo must be less than 6 months old, at the time of your application. Feedback we have received suggests the background colour must be white. (Biometric photos with a cream background that were accepted for a UK passport application were rejected due to the background colour not being white).
As mentioned above you must also have an electronic copy of your biometric photo on your computer when you do your online application process. If you don't have this file available to upload you can not continue with the application.
D. Supporting yourself financially
This is currently the equivalent of US$500 per calendar month.Typically, you will demonstrate you can support yourself in one of two ways:
E. Demonstrating you have somewhere to live
The DGMM aslo want to see an official document that confirms you are living at your stated address. This can be one of the following:
Also, if you are living together as a couple, any one of the above will probably be in the name of just one of you. This is not a problem. The original can go in one application folder, and a copy in the other folder.
If you are renewing your residence permit, there is an official Turkish form that you can get from the Nüfus office in Kaş on the second floor of the government building. It is called a "Yerlesim yeri ve diğer adres belgesi". (Place of residence and address document). It's issued free of charge. Once the DGMM see this form, it is definitive proof of your address.
The reason you can only use the above document for renewals, rather than first applications, is that to get one, you need to have a kimlik number, (also called a "TC number"), and normally you only get one of these once you have got your residency.
You may be asked to show that you have Dask (earthquake) insurance. This is mandatory in Turkey.Living in rented property
If you are renting, you need to provide a copy of your rental agreement, as evidence that you have a place to live. This must be a formal rental agreement, in Turkish, and according to feedback we have received, the term of your lease must be at least as long as the period of residency you are applying for.
The DGMM office wants to see the rental agreement confirmed as authentic by a notary. Alternatively if the rental agreement is not notarised, the property owner will have to provide proof of identification plus proof of ownership of the property (see section above on tapus).
Moving - change of address
F. Valid health insurance
You can have either Private Health Insurance or Public Health Insurance/SGK. You need to show your private health insurance policy, or if you are on SGK, proof of current SGK cover. You should obtain a letter from the local SGK office, confirming this.
You can't join the Turkish government's SGK health insurance scheme until you have been officially resident in Turkey for at least 12 months, so SGK is not an option for first time applicants.
With Private Health Insurance, the policy must have the following clause in Turkish:
Here is a translation: “This policy covers the minimum indemnification that is required by the 6/6/2014 dated and 9 numbered memorandum for those applying for residency that need to be covered by a private health insurance”. If it does not have this clause it will not be accepted.
A two year permit needs a two year health insurance policy
If you have a policy issued by a non-Turkish company - for example PPP in the UK, then this may be acceptable providing that the insurer has a recognised representative based in Turkey. This representative will be asked to confirm that the policy complies with the above special wording.
Many companies offer private health insurance - you can ask banks or insurance brokers to get you a quote. Some private health insurance providers operate age limits beyond which they will not take on new customers. And if they do take on new customers of any age, premiums for older people may be quite expensive, and normally any pre-existing medical conditions will not be covered.
If you are married to a Turkish person, you may be covered under your spouse's SGK/Bağkur policy.
N.B. Please note that a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in Turkey, and will not be accepted as proof of health insurance.
If you have existing SGK health insurance and you are renewing a STRP make sure you notify the local SGK office of the renewal otherwise your cover will expire. This should be done as soon as possible after renewal.
Finally a reminder that if your circumstances change in a significant way you should contact the DGMM as soon as you can. For example, if you marry or divorce or a partner dies. And as we mentioned above, if you change address you need to notify the authorities (including DGMM) within 48 hours.
If you are applying for a Long Term Residence Permit (LTRP) click on the following link: The 2016 KTLN Guide to Long Term Residence Permits (LTRP)
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