Residence Permit

Especially in the recent period, with Turkey becoming one of the countries that are more and more preferred for foreigners, a significant increase is observed in residence permit applications. Residence permits are given under six different headings as short-term, long-term, family, student, humanitarian and human trafficking residence permits. The number of citizens holding a residence permit, which was 460 thousand as of 2016, has approached 600 thousand as of the end of 2019 and maintains its increasing trend from year to year. Although there has been a decrease in the number of foreigners who obtained a residence permit in the last 1.5 years due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, today millions of foreigners can live in Turkey with an official residence permit and participate in business life in different sectors. Residence permit cards are also sent to the addresses declared by foreigners whose residence permit applications are accepted. In the past, residence permit cards were only delivered to the card holder, and no one else could get this card. However, with the new application, it is now possible to obtain residence permit cards by someone else.

Who can receive the Residence Permit Card in Your Name?

As of 2021, with the new update made pursuant to the new decision taken by the Immigration Administration, it has become possible to identify the people who can receive your residence permit card in the e-residence section of the website, in your postal address section. According to the new application, the legal representatives (for example, lawyers), guardian or guardian of the foreigner in terms of the degree of closeness with the foreigner’s mother, father, spouse, son or daughter can legally receive this card on behalf of the residence permit holder. However, it should not be forgotten that the person who will receive the card must be added to the “Alternative Card Delivery Alternative Recipient” section, while posting information is provided on the Immigration Administration website at the application stage.

What Should You Do If Your Card Is Not Received?

First of all, let us remind you that the finalization of the residence permits takes a maximum of 90 days. If you have not received a response within 90 days, you should definitely call 157 and get information from YIMER. In addition, after your residence permit is approved, your residence permit card will be shipped to the residence address you have given. We can summarize the possible possibilities and what needs to be done as follows;

  • While entering your residence permit registration into the system, incorrect information may have been recorded or the approval process may not have been completed. In this case, you should apply to the Directorate of Migration Management in your province of residence. In general, public holidays, holidays, etc. It is worth remembering that there may be short delays in official affairs during such periods.
  • If your residence permit registration has been approved and your address has been sent via PTT, but if you have not received the card, your cargo is delivered to the PTT branch and then to the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management to be sent back. In such a case, you should immediately apply to the Directorate of Migration Management in your province of residence.
  • Since your foreigner’s identity number has not been created yet, the printing of your permit card may be delayed. In such a case, you can call 157 or apply to the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management.

If you have questions about receiving your residence permit card in Turkey, you can send them to us in the comments section.

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