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Head to the Foreign Police Bureau in the area where you live. This will normally be found in the capital city of the province where you live, or where you’re hoping to move to.
If you’re still in your home country, head to the nearest Turkish consulate.
What you’ll need:
1. Residency permit request forms. You can pick these up at the bureau or download them here. This is where you put all that important personal information: sources of income, your parents’ names, and why you want to stay in Turkey. The bureau prefers the forms typed, so you may find it easier to print them out beforehand.
2. Six passport-size photos
3. Evidence that you have at least 2000 Euros, or the Turkish Lira equivalent, in a Turkish bank. This can be done by simply presenting your bank deposit book at the bureau. You can deposit the money just before your application and then withdraw it afterwards if necessary. (Note: if you are married to a Turk, you may not need to prove you have money. Call ahead to the bureau to make sure – these kinds of things can vary from place to place).
4. Your property rental contract, or your TAPU (title deed). You’ll need both the original and a copy.
5. Your residence permit (if you hold one already and are after an extension).
6. Your passport, along with a copy of the photo and the visa page.
7. Visa fees: 888TL (for a year’s permit – check prices for different lengths of stay here: , plus 8.90TL for the processing fee. These are the 2010 prices – they tend to change each year.
You’ll be issued with a small receipt. Keep hold of it just in case any powers-that-be ask you about your presence in Turkey over the next few days. Wait seven days and then return to the bureau to pick up your newly minted or renewed permit.
We advise against all but essential travel in the provinces of Hakkari, Sirnak, Siirt and Tunceli and visitors should remain vigilant when travelling in other provinces in south eastern Turkey.