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|Obtaining Residency (Kemer)|
|Tuesday, 24 February 2009|
Please note that in June 2013, this article was replaced by a new article called Obtaining residency in Kaş, following the opening of the new foreigners department in Kaş.
This original article, (below), tells you about the old process in Kemer, and will no longer be kept up to date. It remains in our Knowledge Bank as an archive item for information purposes only. We recommend using the Obtaining residency in Kaş article, if you are thinking of applying.
ORIGINAL 'OBTAINING RESIDENCY' ARTICLE FOLLOWS (NO LONGER UPDATED)
Applying for Turkish Residency when living in Kalkan
Procedures may (and probably do) vary from area to area, so please note what follows is specifically what you will find if you reside in Kalkan, in the Antalya region.
Our article refers to applications made at the Kemer Police station, (just this side of Antalya). If you wish to check on the process before you go, their phone number is 0242 814 1546.
The move from Kemer to Kaş
Why go for Turkish residency?
Fees are charged in Turkish lira, at the equivalent of $30 for one month and $5 per month for each subsequent month. You can apply for a maximum of 5 years at a time.
Here are the sterling equivalent costs, for 1 to 5 years residency, using a US$/GBP exchange rate of 1.53, as at April 2013.
Normally, residency fees are revised on 1st January. The ikamet book now costs 198TL.
How many times can I apply for residency?
We have often heard it said that you can only apply for residency a maximum of 4 times. So that would mean a maximum of 20 years (4 x 5 years). This is not true.
Currently, according to article 9 of Turkish Law 5683, there is no limit to the number of times you can apply for residency, however your residency book (ikamet) may only be used for 4 applications - on the fifth application, you have to buy a new book.
N.B. We should mention that we have received feedback (in early 2013), saying that the Police are insisting on applicants buying a new ikamet book, where an existing book is at least 5 years old, even though there are free pages, which could accommodate more applications.
What if I had residency, let it lapse, then I wish to re-apply
All we can tell you is what we have heard from residents who have recently reapplied, after a gap. Their feedback is that there is no problem. In fact, you can still use your old ikamet book.
Firstly, if you want to get off on the right note, we suggest that you place all your documentation, neatly in a manilla folder, which you can obtain from a local stationers. (Tell them what you want it for).
The police in Kemer call this folder a "dosya", and for reasons we don't understand, pink seems to be the preferred colour!
Please note that for couples applying, each of you has to produce the relevant documentation, mentioned below, for each application, collated in separate folders.
If you are renewing your residency, there is no need to provide a new folder, as you already have one.
Filling in your Declaration for Residence Permit form (DRP)
This document is a spreadsheet (MS Excel), so you can complete details on your computer.
They may accept forms neatly completed by hand, however it is probably best not to do that. When printing you must ensure that it is in colour and printed on both sides of the paper otherwise it will not be accepted.
(Please note that the official government website says you need 2 copies of the DRP, however, at Kemer Police station, they only ask you to complete one form).
You will see that the Excel spreadsheet has 2 worksheets, (see the tabs at the bottom of the document). One worksheet is called Ön Yüz (front), and the other is called Arka Yüz (back). The front page is the one you complete. The back page is for office use only, but you still need to have this on your double sided form.
Below, we show an example of a completed form, split into three parts.
Top section of the application form
For 'Marital status', where it says "Married to a foreigner", this means married to someone who is not Turkish.
Middle section of the application form
The middle section of the form (above), can be interpreted in two ways.
Where it says "Have you ever been in Turkey before?", it could be implied from the wording of this section, that this is referring to whether you have had formal residency before. So if this is your first application, you could simply answer "No", and ignore the subsequent 5 questions about "When", "Where" etc.
We know some people who have answered the question literally, by making reference to tourist visits on a visa, and then putting "Not applicable" for the questions about the previous residency permit.
Choose whichever you feel more comfortable with. We know people who have had successful applications, with both approaches.
Bottom section of the application form
Unless you have a child or other dependent, you don't need to complete the bottom part of the form, except to write the date and your signature.
Note that adults normally need to complete their own, separate application form, so for example, a married person would not add details of their spouse, in this section.
Other stuff to prepare
Make a note of your Turkish tax number. You will have one of these if you have a Turkish bank account.
Living in your own property
Quite apart from your tapu, the authorities want to see an official document that confirms you are living at your stated address. This can be one of the following:
However, please note that if you use an electric or water bill, it must clearly show both your name and your full address. From experience, some bills do not have this, so you may need to get your details in order, down at the Tedaş (electricity) office, and/or the Belediye (water), before you go to Kemer.
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 Nufus 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 Police see this form, they don't need to see electric bills, letters from the Belediye etc. as 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 you only get one of these once you have got your residency.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.
We have received feedback, saying that the rental agreement has to be confirmed by a notary. Others have not had to do this. We do not understand why some applicants would need to have this done, whilst others do not.
Moving - change of address
Typically, this will be in one of two ways:
Paying for your residency
Draw out sufficient cash to pay your residency fees. Don’t forget the cost of the book.
The journey to Kemer
We strongly recommend getting to Kemer early in the morning, so you are first in the queue.
Things to do on the day
Checklist of things to take with you to Kemer
The trip to Kemer
Below: The view ahead after you turn left at the traffic light junction.
A few hundred metres down this road you will see a large white building on your left - the bus station (Kemer otogar). The police station is next to this.
Go down the dual carriageway and find a gap in the central reservation to double back on yourself to reach the police station. There are parking spots nearby. Go through the main entrance of the police station at the front of the building and go up to the first floor.
At the top of the steps, go ahead to the left, and round the corner you will find the foreigner's reception counter ahead of you. This is where your application will be dealt with.
You will be given a piece of paper which you must take to the local Finance Department (the Maliye) in Kemer and hand over, together with your fee, (in Turkish lira).
Making your way to the Maliye office
Below: The Mailye roadside entrance.
KTLN tip! -The journey from Kalkan to Kemer and back, is a 5 hour round trip. If you explain this to the Police, and tell them that you would rather wait until the end of the afternoon, to collect your ikamet the very same day, rather than having to make a return journey, you may find that they can accommodate your request, providing they are not too busy. It may mean waiting in Kemer all day, but you can make a day of it, and explore the town, and at least you won't have to do that 5 hour round trip again.
Your residency is dated from the date you hand in your application.
And finally, remember, if your experience differs from what is outlined above, and you feel we should update our article, please get in touch. We will be happy to hear from you.
If you are looking for the official advice on what you require to apply for residency, this is what you will find online. A partial extract is shown below. The guidelines shown above are based on what happens in practice at Kemer.
Foreigners who request residency permits after the end of their visa validity period, after they have arrived in Turkey, or those foreigners whose residency permit validity period is about to expire, are required to apply to the Foreigners Branch Directorates before their visa / residency permit expires.
|Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013|