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Residence Permit changes

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:10 am

Important new info. for you and anyone you know
who should also be informed -

Permits issues raised at public meet
Posted on Friday, February 28 @ 18:49:42 CST by editor

UP to 30 expats turned out for a meeting updating them of planned changes for staying in Turkey last week.

The meeting was hosted by the British Embassy for Didim and Akbuk expats on Wednesday February 19 at the Chamber of Commerce Hall.

Representatives from the Ministry of Migration (discussing evisas, residency permits and other immigration issues); a representative from the Aydin Directorate of Land Registry (property etc) and a representative of the Bar Association (legal issues) attended.

The main thrust of the meeting was to inform people that after April 11, this year, the present residence permit system, in which you can get between one and five years, will end.

Instead, Turkey intends to adopt a new system where you will only be able to renew your residence permit one year at a time.

For first time residence permits, you will have to obtain one from the Turkish embassy in your own country.
If you are living in Turkey and your residence permit expires, you should be able to get a renewal from the new foreigners’ unit being formed at the Governors’ Office – instead of under the present system which is from the police station.

For those who have lived here for eight years, you will be able to apply for a long-term residence. Naturally, certain criteria applies, but if you do apply and get one you will be able to work without a work permit, but won’t be able to vote or stand in an election.

Voices will bring more details next week of the criteria. However, the costs of the new long-term residence and the one-year permits have yet to be announced.


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