In Turkey, every foreign person has a series of rights. These rights are in line with international law and in parallel with the domestic laws of Turkey. without a doubt, one of the most important rights that a foreigner should enjoy in Turkey is the residence permit. Legally, a person who decides to reside should be allowed to stay by the local government. The residence permit for foreigners in Turkey is not only a law but also a social order. The Turkish government decides to allow a foreigner to stay for a specified period and for a specified reason.
- Short-term residence permit
A short-term residence permit is a license that foreigners can apply for a business relationship in Turkey, education, doing business or having immovable property in Turkey. Short-term licenses are for a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 2 years and can be renewed if the conditions are applicable. In fact, for legal residence in Turkey, the right to stay shortly must be renewed legitimacy before the expiration date of the license. The responsible institution for issuing a short-term residence permit is «the Immigration Office of the province».
- Long-term residence permit
foreigners who have renewed their long-term residence permit annually can apply for getting a long-term or permanent residence permit in Turkey if they have renewed this license for 8 consecutive years. They can apply for a residence permit by referring to the Immigration Office of the province and registering the application through the e-ikamet section of the Immigration Office website and getting the necessary documents. After getting such a permit to stay in Turkey, you will no longer need to renew your annual license. Foreign nationals who have long-term residence permits can enjoy the citizenship rights of Turkey except for such matters as military service, right to vote, participation in polling, employment as a government official, car imports (exempted), and inserted regulations in a special law.
- getting citizenship or nationality
Foreigners who have extended their short-term residence for 5 years by purchasing property and investments in Turkey, can apply for citizenship of Turkey, of course in the condition that they have spent 4 years and 6 months in Turkey over five years. It is natural that citizenship is obtained through the residence, but only whether permanent or temporary residence does not mean citizenship, and getting citizenship has many advantages that are included in the article “Requirements of getting Turkish citizenship and the related legal acts”. We have prepared “Benefits of investment for foreigners in Turkey” article for you.