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This guide is about the paperwork needed to join your family member who is resident in Turkey.
Foreigners wishing to join their family in Turkey will need to obtain a Family Residence Permit. See our Guide to Residence Permits in Turkey for information about residence permits.
Family Residence Permits can be granted to:
The foreign spouse (but not unmarried partner)
Foreign children (under 18)
Dependent foreign children (typically, disabled)
A spouse’s dependent foreign children
of foreigners who have valid residence permits, and refugees (‘Sponsors’).
Family residence permits will be issued for a maximum term of two years (renewable) but for no longer than the remaining duration of the Sponsor’s visa.
In the case of Sponsors who have polygamous marriages valid in their own country, only one wife may be granted a Family Residence Permit but all of the Sponsor’s children can be entitled.
If the husband and wife later divorce, the spouse who has the Family Residence Permit will have to apply for a residence permit in their own right, unless their spouse is a Turkish citizen – in which case they shall be entitled to a Short-Term Residence Permit if they had possessed the Family Residence Permit for at least three years.
When granting Family Residence Permits to children, if dual guardianship arrangements exists the consent of the other parent is needed.
Family Residence Permits held by children entitle the holder to the right of education in primary and secondary educational institutions until the age of 18 without obtaining a student residence permit.
Children who resided in Turkey at least three years before reaching the age of 18 can apply for a transition from a Family Residence Permit to their own Short-term Residence Permit.
In order to be eligible for a Family Residence Permit the Sponsor must:
Have resided in Turkey for at least one year with a valid residence permit
Have monthly income not less than the Turkish minimum wage plus no less than one third of the minimum wage per household members
Have suitable accommodation
Have medical insurance covering all household members
Not have been convicted of any domestic violence or similar crimes within five years prior to the application
Be registered with Turkish Address Registration System
|Turkey Country Guide
Essential facts and figures about Turkey
|The Immigration System in Turkey
|Coming to Turkey as a Student
Visa & immigration information for foreign students
|Coming to Turkey to Retire
Visa & immigration information for foreigners wanting to retire in Turkey
|Coming to Turkey to Start a Business
Visa & immigration information for foreigners wanting to set up their own business in Turkey
|Coming to Turkey to Work
Visa & immigration information for foreigners wanting to work in Turkey
|Residence Permits in Turkey
How to apply for, and renew, short- and long-term residence permits in Turkey
|Coming to Turkey via Residence for Investment
The "golden visa"
|Coming to Turkey on a "Turquoise Visa"
The special Turkish visa for people valuable to the country
|Coming to Turkey as an Asylum Seeker/Refugee
The rules surrounding refugees in Turkey
|Residence in Turkey
Government information (in English) about the types of residency permit available for Turkey
|Application form for Residence Permit in Turkey
Government application form for residence (non-working) permit in Turkey
|How to Get a Work Permit in Turkey
From the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey
|Citizenship Information for Turkey
Click the 'citizenship' tab.
|Information for Refugees in Turkey
From the United Nations.
I hope you have found this guide useful. If you need any further help, please contact me.Başak Yıldız Orkun 26 May 2017
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