a VirtualTourist member asked on Aug 11, 2016
Hi, I am relocating from the UK to Turkey next month with my husband and 3 children. Will we be able to apply for a resident visa to stay long term? Should we do it before we leave for Turkey? what are the requirements?
Can we do day trips to Rhodes to renew our 90 day visa?
This is not the place to be asking such important questions, and it may be too late for you to get what you need before your move next month. This is a travel-related forum, not an immigration forum. You really need to contact the nearest Turkish Consulate in the UK to get current and accurate information. Well-meaning contributors here might not have the expertise to help and might be offering advice that isn't correct.
The rules have now all changed and you need to check the immigration website and the consulate but no - you cannot do a visa run any longer - the 90 days in 90 days out applies without a residents permit. No you can't get your residents permit before you leave, has to be done in Turkey (and can take forever sometimes). Check the website to see what is necessary and that used to (but may no longer) include a copy of a house rental agreement or your house title, proof of funds, and another thing to remember - a residents permit is NOT a permit to work - working if still illegal unless you get a work permit and meet that criteria. The costs have changed since I last needed a permit but they did come in various lengths of time with renewals available. The first time you usually need to go one of the big centres but after that they can often be renewed at specific police stations.
The Turkish UK Consulate used to be a very good website to check this on.
Both good replies. Yes, one should contact the authorities for up to date and accurate information. I can understand an initial "checking things out" kind of question, but planning to move is much more serious! Yes, Turkey has adopted - it has been a while now - the 90 in, 90 out policy.
I think that you cannot get a Residency Permit unless you either, buy property in Turkey, or commit to a long-term lease of property.
But buying property does not guarantee residency. Not so easy these days!
"I think" is not "I know". Respectfully, those last two responses are exactly what I had in mind when I said well-meaning contributors here might not have the expertise to help and might be offering advice that isn't correct. Already there is a difference of opinion. CALL THE CONSULATE IN THE UK!
None of us here, or on any internet forum, are border officers or visa experts.
The only place to get up-to-date and accurate information is from the Turkish Consulate in the UK.
Here's the website:
Contact them asap and find out exactly what you need to do.
Here' some breaking news that is quite significant, including the removal of the ban on holding a permit if you are outside Turkey for 120 days - makes it so much easier for those who work outside, yet live inside.
Interesting - they seem to be relaxing a bit. But if one spends months and months outside of the country, why bother with a residence permit?
Jean - many people (and I was one of them) own property there and spend time a lot of time between two countries and the change to the old visa run system made it difficult - so difficult that for me I sold my place and moved back to my original homeland. Where I was many of us worked in the oil industry on a rota system and I often spent 4 months away, 3 in my Turkish home and few back in NZ - these changes will help.
Other expats had issues with family who needed help for long periods and that includes a close friend who went home to look after her daughter for a fortnight, finished up in hospital and was away more than 120 days. It created major issues with immigration when she went back and unfortunately the rules were the rules and the particular official was basically a rubber stamper and no excuses.
Many of the ones who own properties are also retired with good passive income and they disappear to warmer climates in the Turkish winter or cruise for months - just as the those from the States and Canada snow bird in the winter.
Sure, it is helps people. Rigid rules can cause suffering. I just wondered....I would have dreamed of Turkey under the old system, going out for 24 hours or whatever - but now it is impossible. Well, there are a lot of problems and changes now anyway....
Yes there are a lot of changes and the rules in many countries are constantly being tweaked.
I meant in Turkey but one must always double check before making plans, that is for sure!