Residence Permit in Turkey

Residence Permit in Turkey

Residence Permit in Turkey

Getting a residence permit in Turkey can be quite a time consuming task. If you live in Istanbul, you first have to make an appointment with the “Istanbul Yabancılar Şube Müdürlüğü” which basically is the “foreign department of the Police”. There are many blogs on the internet describing how to get a residence permit in Turkey but believe me 90% of them are incorrect. We did this ourselves and we highly recommend you to apply for a residence permit for Turkey in your own home country. That is probably quicker and less stressful. You can go to the Turkish Embassy and apply for a work permit from your country of residence. Invest in Turkey provides a clear explanation of what you need to do.


However, if you are already in Istanbul first time applicants need to make an appointment with the “Istanbul Yabancılar Şube Müdürlüğü”. The good thing is that you can make the appointment online. In our case we needed to wait for 4  months. This was in the months September/October which can be the reason why it was so busy. Just be prepared to wait a minimum of 2-3 months before you can go to the ”Istanbul Yabancılar Şube Müdürlüğü”. The place is located in Fatih on the Vatan Caddesi also known as Adnan Menderes Boulevard.

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When you make an online appointment, you can clearly see the documents you need. Some of them might need an explanation though:

  • 4 passport-size photos
  • Your passport (original)
  • Photocopies of the following pages of your passport: the page bearing your photo, the page stamped at your last entry, the page where the validity and expiry dates are marked
  • A bank statement or a currency exchange slip testifying to an asset in the amount of $300 for each month

Now the last document, the bank statement, needs a little clarification. When you apply for a residence permit for the first time, the best thing to do is apply for a year. That means that you need to be able to show that you have $300 for every month which means a total of $3,600. This is something you can get by pretty much every single exchange shops called “Döviz”. You pay them a fee around 50 TL and a copy of your passport and they provide you this currency exchange slip. When you hand in all the documents correctly, you will get your residence permit for Turkey within 3-4 weeks.

Official website Police:
Tel of this department: (0) 212 636 18 74 (Turkish only)
Official website online appointment:
Website Invest in Turkey: