Turkey – Residence Permit Renewal via Appointment

What has changed

Due to the State Of Emergency Act, which was declared on July 20, 2016 after an attempted military coup, all Turkish State/Government Offices, including the Immigration Office, have implemented strict new rules.

Effective immediately, the Immigration Office has stopped renewing Residence Permits (RP) without appointments. The new practice is to renew permits via appointment only. Currently, at the Istanbul Immigration Office, appointments for RP applications are available only in January 2017.

A State Of Emergency gives the Government the power to legislate without having the approval of Parliament. Any Law, Act, or Regulation can be made to preserve National Security. It is declared for ninety (90) days, but will possibly be extended.

Who is affected?

  • Turkish Residence Permit holders

What to expect

If an applicant is unable to obtain a Residence Permit Appointment before their current Residence Permit expires, he or she may remain in Turkey until his or her Residence Permit appointment, provided that he or she retains a copy of the Residence Permit Application Form, which states that the application was completed before the expiration of the residence permit and that the applicant is waiting for the appointment.

If the applicant leaves the country before his or her Residence Permit expires and comes back on a Touristic Visa, she/he is subject to the conditions of the visa. For example, if a US Citizen leaves Turkey before his or her RP Expiry and returns on a Touristic Visa, he or she can travel in and out of Turkey with a duration of ninety (90) days in the country. A Chinese Citizen will have thirty (30) days. The conditions of the visa will change depending on nationality. Citizens of the countries which are exempt from a visa for ninety (90) days (France, Brazil, etc.), may have an extra ninety (90) days of visa duration after their RP Expiry without leaving the country.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Currently, the appointments for RP applications are available only in January 2017. Clients who require their RP to be renewed (especially for dependants) should ensure to keep the travel plans flexible.
  • Please note that this situation is fluid and requirements may change in the future. We are constantly checking the Immigration Office, and will keep you notified of changes as they are made public.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.