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Residence permit is required by foreigners wishing to remain more than one month in Turkey. The application must be made to the Turkish Embassies or Consulates and foreigners must obtain the duration of their residence in their visas before coming to Turkey. However, foreigners who are exempt from visa, are also exempt from residence permit limited with their visa exemption period.

The maximum duration of residence permit is for one year. It could be prolonged by local security authorities upon valid reasons. Any change in residence or marital status must be reported immediatly. Foreigners with residence permit should apply to the security authorities in case they leave Turkey for a temporary period.

Foreigners who intend to work in Turkey must first apply to Turkish Embassies or Consulates before coming to Turkey. Work permits are authorized by the Ministry of Interior to be issued by Turkish Embassies or Consulates. After arriving to Turkey, foreigners must apply to the local security authorities within one month together with their work permit visa issued in their passports.

It is not possible to obtain residence or work permits in Turkey, without prior application to Turkish Embassies or Consulates.


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