Assistance in obtaining a residence permit in Turkey

A residence permit in Turkey (ikamet) is a permit for a long-term stay of a foreigner in the country, that is, for a period longer than that provided for by the visa regime.

A residence permit allows you not only to legally reside in the Republic of Turkey, but also to enjoy additional resident privileges in medicine, education, and banking.

We will provide comprehensive assistance in obtaining a turnkey Turkish residence permit to all Altop Real Estate clients.

What does a residence permit in Turkey give?

A residence permit in Turkey guarantees foreign citizens:

  • Entry and exit from the country without any restrictions

  • Ikamet for immediate family members

  • Opening an account in any local bank

  • Registration of mortgage lending

  • Education of children in Turkish schools

  • Purchasing a SIM card from a local telecom operator at a favorable tariff

  • Applying for visas to other countries as a resident of the country

  • Turkish citizenship after 8 years of residence permit renewal

How can I get a residence permit in Turkey?

There are two main types of residence permits in Turkey:

  • Short-term or “Kısa Dönem İkamet İzni” - issued for a period of six months to 2 years.
  • Long-term or “Uzun Dönem İkamet İzni” is an indefinite residence permit available to foreigners who have resided in Turkey for at least 8 years with a short-term residence permit.

Current grounds for obtaining a residence permit in Turkey:

  • tourism
  • business and work
  • studies
  • scientific research language classes
  • treatment in medical clinics
  • humanitarian reasons (for refugees)
  • buying property in Turkey

Buying real estate in Turkey is the most reliable and easiest way to obtain a residence permit. A residence permit based on TAPU is guaranteed for a period of 1–2 years with the right to extension without any restrictions. In addition to the investor, the ikamet card is issued to the spouse and children under 18 years of age.

Registration of a residence permit when purchasing real estate

The procedure for obtaining a residence permit under TAPU is quite simple.

The assistance of the Altop Real Estate agency in obtaining a residence permit in Turkey based on the purchase of real estate consists of selecting a suitable object and support in submitting documents to ikamet.

Scheme of our agency's work:

  • Selecting an object in accordance with the buyer’s goals and concluding a purchase and sale transaction. In 2023, obtaining a primary residence permit under the Residence Permit In Turkey for Real Estate program is possible if the cadastral value of the property is at least 200,000 USD.
  • Preparation of documents. We take into account all current requirements of the Migration Service, including the need for notarized translation and apostille of documents.
  • Filling out an application for ikamet. The application form is registered through the e-İkamet system on the official website of the Migration Service.
  • After successfully filling out the application, you will have the opportunity to choose a convenient rendezvous date.
  • Visit to the Migration Service. On the appointed day, you and an interpreter go to a rendezvous at the service department at the location of your apartment.
  • Receiving an ikamet card. The application is reviewed within 2–3 months. After a positive decision is made, the residence permit card is sent to you to the address specified in the electronic application.

Basic documents for obtaining a residence permit

You will need a minimum package of documents. Altop Real Estate specialists will prepare some of the documents for you themselves.

Standard list:

  • international passport
  • Biometric photos
  • DASK insurance policy
  • TAPU
  • Turkish Taxpayer Identification Number
  • Medical insurance for the entire period of validity of the residence permit
  • Expert assessment of real estate value
  • Printed application
  • Tax payment receipts
  • Confirmation of financial solvency

Altop Real Estate, a real estate agency in Turkey, guarantees its clients assistance at all stages of registration of ikamet based on real estate ownership.

We offer:

A complex approach

Resolving your issues is a priority for us. We take an individual approach to the situation of each buyer purchasing real estate in order to obtain a residence permit.


Altop Real Estate employs only high-class specialists. This means that you do not need to additionally contact travel or immigration agencies to successfully obtain a residence permit.

Support from “A” to “Z”

We will select the best investment option, provide for all financial risks, prepare documents and monitor the progress of the application.