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Coming to Turkey to Join Your Family

This guide was written by Başak Yıldız Orkun, Managing Partner at Orkun & Orkun (info@orkunorkun.com) in collaboration with Guides.Global (office@guides.global).

It was written on 26 May 2017. The law and practice in Turkey change all the time. Our guides are updated as frequently as possible - typically every three years - but may be out of date.

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The scope of this guide

This guide is about the paperwork needed to join your family member who is resident in Turkey.

You may also want to watch the video version of this guide or download the audio (MP3) guide.

Introduction

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.

Can I get a Family Residence Permit?

Family Residence Permits can be granted to:

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.

Who can be a sponsor for a Turkish Family Residence Permit?

In order to be eligible for a Family Residence Permit the Sponsor must:

Can you claim state healthcare on a Family Residence Permit?

No.

Other guides of interest

 Description Link 
Turkey Country Guide
Essential facts and figures about Turkey
Click to see this guide
The Immigration System in Turkey
An overview
Click to see this guide
Coming to Turkey as a Student
Visa & immigration information for foreign students
Click to see this guide
Coming to Turkey to Retire
Visa & immigration information for foreigners wanting to retire in Turkey
Click to see this guide
Coming to Turkey to Start a Business
Visa & immigration information for foreigners wanting to set up their own business in Turkey
Click to see this guide
Coming to Turkey to Work
Visa & immigration information for foreigners wanting to work in Turkey
Click to see this guide
Residence Permits in Turkey
How to apply for, and renew, short- and long-term residence permits in Turkey
Click to see this guide
Coming to Turkey via Residence for Investment
The "golden visa"
Click to see this guide
Coming to Turkey on a "Turquoise Visa"
The special Turkish visa for people valuable to the country
Click to see this guide
Coming to Turkey as an Asylum Seeker/Refugee
The rules surrounding refugees in Turkey
Click to see this guide

You may also want to read:

 Description Link 
Residence in Turkey
Government information (in English) about the types of residency permit available for Turkey
Residence in Turkey
Application form for Residence Permit in Turkey
Government application form for residence (non-working) permit in Turkey
Application form for Residence Permit in Turkey
How to Get a Work Permit in Turkey
From the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey
How to Get a Work Permit in Turkey
Citizenship Information for Turkey
Click the 'citizenship' tab.
Citizenship Information for Turkey
Information for Refugees in Turkey
From the United Nations.
Information for Refugees in Turkey

Readers' Comments

 

Further information?

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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