A report in the Hurriyet Daily News highlights important changes in work permit/residence permit laws.
These changes would mean a significant improvement in the fairly heavy and confusing bureaucratic processes involved in getting both of the documents in place.
From now on, whoever obtains a work permit in Turkey automatically will have a residence permit too.
“That foreigner will not have to wait for a residence permit,” said the Interior Minister, Muammer Güler, last week.
The news gets better still for anyone who has already spent a few years in Turkey; foreigners who have stayed in Turkey with a valid residence permit for eight years uninterruptedly can be given an unlimited residence permit.
LOCAL – Turkey adopts law to protect foreigners’ rights.
Straight forward information about how to get a residence permit in Turkey is hard to find. Most of the people I’ve spoken to rely on word of mouth advice and possibly trawling through the forums trying to decipher the various conflicting accounts.
Provided you make an appointment beforehand and take all the correct documents with you on the day, there is no reason for this process to be too stressful.
It really helps if you can speak Turkish so consider taking a Turkish friend with you if possible.
**There are new rules regarding tourist visas which mean you will only be able to stay for a maximum if 90 days within any 180 day period (you cannot leave and come back again immediately anymore) so please check the updates at the bottom of this post.
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