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Positive changes to Turkey’s residency permit rules

Posted on 19 August 2016

Turkey’s Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) this month has introduced changes to rules governing residency rights and permits for foreigners, addressing concerns previously raised by British and other non-Turkish residents and making it easier for foreigners to live there.

The first significant change is that foreign residents can now apply for residence permits via a DGMM appointed private company as well as direct through the DGMM.

Other changes mean that:
– Short term residence permits will be granted for up to two years instead of just one year;
– Family permits will be granted for up to three years instead of two;
– Foreign investors and their dependants will be granted residence permits for up to five years, depending on the nature and value of the investment they make in Turkey;
– The 120-day rule governing how long you stay out of Turkey to avoid cancellation of a short-term permit has been removed. There is now no limitation on how you can stay abroad;
– The 180-day rule governing how long you stay out of Turkey to avoid cancellation of a family permit has been removed. There is now no limitation on how you can stay abroad.

These changes into force on 13th August and have been well received by British people living in Turkey. They will also help to attract more foreigner to purchase property in Turkey and become residents there.

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