The online system for booking appointments for first-time residence permit applications in Turkey is currently issuing appointments up to 90 days after the booking date, putting applicants’ legal immigration status in Turkey at risk.

In addition, a law which entered into force in May 2014, regulating the length of stays abroad for foreign national residence permit holders, has recently begun to be enforced.

Delays

Appointments for initial residence permit applications can be booked online before the applicant’s arrival in Turkey, but as the applicant must attend the appointment in person, the appointment date must be set for after the applicant’s arrival in Turkey.

Applications for residence permit renewals do not require the applicant to attend in person, and therefore an appointment is not required.

Stays Abroad

Law no. 6458 (On Foreigners and International Protection), which entered into force on May 1, 2014, regulates the amount of time a foreign national residence permit holder may stay outside Turkey without their resident permit being cancelled.

A short-term residence permit may be cancelled or not renewed if the holder stays more than 120 days outside Turkey during the permit’s validity period.

A family residence permit may be cancelled or not renewed if the holder stays more than 180 days outside Turkey during the permit’s validity period.

These rules have not been enforced until now. However, in early November 2015, at least one case for renewal of a short-term residence permit was rejected for infringing these rules.


Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.