From 2016, the duration of a permit for the residency of Turkey was increased from a mere three months to a year. This means that if you are looking to settle down in Turkey, then you have the option of staying in the country for a year to sort out your affairs. Moreover, the government of turkey now realises that more and more foreign nationals are looking to buy a home in Turkey, either for retirement purposes, for a vacation home, or to move in to the country permanently. Moreover, the government has also applied a number of new rules and regulations in order to ensure your convenience when applying for a residency permit in the country. These include;
Since the entire process is now online, it is much easier to apply for a residency permit in turkey than it had ever been before. If you are planning to stay in the country for a longer period of time, it makes much more sense to apply for a residency permit which has a span of 5 years, as compared to a shorter duration of time. However, if you are a first time home buyer in the country, then you shall be provided with an automatic residency permit of a year, which you will then be renewing at a later date.
The entire process of residency is listed on the official website of the government of Turkey, but written below are the few major things that you will have to remember when applying for or renewing an existing Residency Permit for Turkey.
Disclaimer: If you are a foreign national, you are not permitted to travel out of the country at all for the entire duration of the process. However, once you have applied for your residency, you have the option of travelling out of the country if you so desire. However, you have to return to Turkey within 15 days, otherwise you application becomes null and void, and you will have to restart the process of applying for a Turkish residency all over again.
The TAPU is single handedly the most important document in the entire process of applying for a residency permit in Turkey, especially if you have bought your own house. If you do not have the TAPU, you have no other means of proving that you have actually bought the house you are planning to live in. The TAPU is a title deed- nothing other than that. However, its importance in Turkey is so much that without it, you are as good as having not bought anything at all. There is only one place in Turkey where you can legitimately acquire the TAPU- the Office of TAPU and Cadastre. Hence, this is where the importance of the TAPU comes in. The acquiring of the TAPU means that the state of Turkey itself is recognising your right to become the owner of property in the country. Which is why, without this document, your purchase of your property has no actual credence.
Another equally important, but not as urgent, document pertaining to your property in Turkey is the ISKAN, or an official authorisation for you to live in the property that you have bought. For foreign nationals, this concept seems undoubtedly alien. However, the ISKAN merely states that the holder of the document is now authorised to use the building, as there are no damages within or outside the property. In Turkey, the construction of every house is succeeded by an official coming to check the entire premises, including facets like the plumbing system, electricity, the wiring in your house, and any damages such as mould and fungi are looked into as well. Furthermore, you will also not receive your ISKAN if your house is still under construction.
The main difference between the TAPU and ISKAN lie in the fact that the TAPU is primarily a guarantee that you provide to the state that your house is legally yours to inhabit and do with it is you please, which includes using it for rent or reselling purposes. On the other hand, an ISKAN is a document that the state provides to you, ensuring that the house that you have bought is completely fit to inhabit, and that there are no problems with it with regards to t=its structure and integrity. Till the date you do not receive your ISKAN, it would mean that your house is undergoing some sort of renovation or the other. The ISKAN is primarily a facet which makes Turkish homes so easy to live in and keeps them high in demand. No one wants to move into a home where they would have to renovate everything again. Thus, the ISKAN becomes a necessary document for every home owner in the state of Turkey.
If you have bought a house in Turkey with a property value of more than $250,000, you automatically become applicable for a residency permit in the country. Moreover, the number of properties that you buy does not matter. When you are applying for a residency permit, the overall value of your purchases are seen and calculated. Once you have applied for a residency permit, a resident permit (no: 6458/ 31- J) is applied to you and your family. The entire process of granting you a residency permit takes about six months. During this time, you are not permitted to leave the country for more than 15 days. This is a strict rule that is enforced by the Directorate General of Migration Management. If you are to breach this rule for any reason, then your residency rights are automatically revoked, and you are to go through the same process of reapplying for residency and waiting six months all over again.
Rules for residency have becomes extremely relaxed in Turkey. The government now realises that there are a number of foreign nationals who are interested in properties in the country. To know more about this and have your questions resolved, be sure to contact us at Bodrum Prospects today!