Marriage Between Turkish and Foreign Nationals in the UK

Procedure and documents for registration of a marriage between a Turkish and foreign national in the UK are as follows:

First, you need to get in touch with the local registration office in the UK.

Turkish citizen needs to obtain a certificate of no impediment from his/her local registration office in Turkey through this Consulate General. To this end, s/he needs to apply to this Consulate General with his/her ID card (nüfus cüzdanı).

Following the marriage ceremony and having the marriage registered at the local registration office in the UK, Turkish national has to inform this Consulate General of his/her marriage within one month just after the marriage.

For the registration of marriage at this Consulate General, following documents have to be produced:

  • Marriage certificate and a photocopy
  • Full birth certificate of the foreign national and a photocopy
  • ID card of Turkish spouse (nüfus cüzdanı) and a photocopy
  • Postal fee (£6)
  • Please note that in the event that you fail to register your marriage with Turkish Consulate within a month following the ceremony before the British authorities, you will be liable to pay for a fine of £ 8.
  • A copy of foreign national’s passport, his/her father’s and mother’s name and his/her religion must also be communicated to the Consulate in writing.

Please note that foreign women marrying Turkish men in the UK may apply for Turkish citizenship after 3 years of marriage, if she intends to live in Turkey. The Republic of Turkey accepts dual nationality as long as bride’s country does not object it.

The Acquisition of Legacy in Turkey

The acquisition of any legacy in Turkey after the death of its owner, could be made through the courts by probate action upon the application of his relatives /heirs.

The heritage /estate/ property could only be passed to the heirs after a probate issued by the court of the province where the property is located.

Any legal action taken at the Courts of the UK (or any other country), could be applicable in Turkey only after the decision of a Turkish Court which recognizes and enforces the decision of the UK courts. Hence, a will could gain validity in Turkey after a decision issued by a court in Turkey.

A will is going to be valid in Turkey after some legal steps.

If one notifies his legal heirs (according to the will) about the existence of such a will, then they could follow up the matter after the death.
The probate letter /decision required to enforce a will in the UK, should be certified by the Legalization Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (apostille) and then in the Turkish Consulate before being presented to the relevant authorities in Turkey.
After its certification process, the probate should be presented to the Court in Turkey in order to enforce it. Once the decision from the Turkish Court is taken, the will also be valid in Turkey and could become applicable.

Turkish Law Faculties

The number of law faculties in Turkey has increased in recent years. This increase is naturally increased the number of lawyers. The Istanbul Bar Association Bar Association, the world’s largest number of members is around 30,000. Faculties of Law as a lawyer increased the number of natural increase. Graduates of the Faculty of Law in Turkey, lawyers, judges and prosecutors olmaktadırlar. These professions, except for top managers may have the right to access to the testing.
Turkey to become a lawyer;
1 -) Must have graduated from the Faculty of Law.
2 -) 1 year and successfully complete her internship.
Lawyers’ offices alone their being reported. Apart from this, there are opportunities to operate in the form of Law Firm.

Applying for Turkish Nationality

According to Turkish Nationality Act (numbered 403), a foreigner should meet the following requirements in order to apply for Turkish nationality.

He/She should be at the age of consent according to his/her national law (if he/she is not a citizen of any country, Turkish law is taken into consideration which requires 18 years old as the age of consent).
He/She should reside in Turkey for the last five years and should have the intention of settling in Turkey (This condition may not be applicable to those who are married to a Turkish national or those who are with Turkish origin).
He/She should be in good health.
He/She should speak Turkish.
He/She should have enough financial resources to support himself/herself and his/her family in Turkey.

If you meet the conditions above, you can apply to obtain Turkish nationality. Application can be made through this Consulate General or the local Governor’s office in Turkey with the following documents.

A document revealing the present nationality of the applicant, i.e. passport or birth certificate.
If married to a Turkish national, the official documents confirming the identities and family ties of the spouse and the under aged children.
Certification of applicant’s ability to speak Turkish (a certificate will be issued by this Consulate General upon a successful interview of the applicant).
A medical certificate confirming the applicant’s good health and being free from any infectious diseases that may endanger the public health (this certificate can be obtained from the local GP or family doctor).
4 photographs
Completed application forms which can be obtained from this Consulate General.
Certification and translation fees.
Administration fee.

Completed dossiers are transferred to the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Turkey, which in turn will consider and process the applications on their merits. The applicants will be informed of the outcome by this Consulate General in due course.

Transfer of a Deceased Turkish National to Turkey

If you like to transfer a deceased Turkish national to Turkey, please contact immediately with a company providing funeral services and then contact this Consulate General with the following documents;

ID Card (nufus cuzdani) and passport of the Turkish national.
Coroner Report
Death certificate to be obtained from local registration office.
Embalming certificate.
Non-Infection Certificate

Police Clearance Report

Foreign nationals who worked/lived for certain period of time in Turkey can obtain police clearance report from the relevant authority in Turkey through this Consulate General by sending the following documents & information by post to this Consulate General:

A copy of your passport
Application form filled in full
A self-addressed envelope
A brief letter specifying the reasons as to why do you need this report.
6 GBP Postal Fee (as a Postal Order made payable to the Turkish Consulate General)

British employers who intend to employ Turkish nationals in the UK can also apply to this Consulate General to obtain police clearance report for their prospective employees. They need to provide Turkish ID card, instead of passport, in addition to the preceeding ones.

Divorce Procedure for a Marriage Registered in Turkey

If a marriage between a Turkish and a British national was solemnized in the UK and then registered in Turkey or if a marriage between a Turkish and a British national was solemnized and registered in Turkey, regardless of divorce degree that may be a obtained in the UK, a suit of divorce should be filed in Turkey as well. To this end the following steps should be taken by the foreign national:

A solicitor in the UK will give Power of Attorney to an appointed solicitor in Turkey. The Power of Attorney should be apostilled by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Upon receipt of this Power of Attorney the appointed solicitor in Turkey will commence with divorce proceedings.

Turkey Visa Application Formalities

INFORMATION ABOUT TURKISH VISAS AND WORK/RESIDENCE PERMITS

Visa is a form affixed into the passports to prove that the holder of the passport meets the requirements for admission into the issuing country.

There are two types of visas in the Turkish practice:

1) Entry visa (single entry, multiple entry and entry with special annotations)

2) Transit visa (single and double transit)

Single entry visa is valid for one year and allows its holder, depending on the nationality and passport type, to stay in Turkey up to three months and to visit the country only one time.

Multiple entry visa is valid for up to five years and allows its holder to make multiple visits and, depending on the nationality and passport type he/she can stay one to three months each time he/she enters into Turkey.

Transit visa is valid for up to three months and allows the person to travel to another country through transiting the Turkish territory.

If the connecting flight to the third country does not require an overnight stay in Turkey, then no visa is necessary. In other words, Turkey does not issue Airport Transit Visa (ATV).

The passengers of cruise ships are allowed to enter and stay overnight in the port cities of Turkey upon the permission given by local border police authorities. These passengers are not required to obtain an entry visa to Turkey.

A- Foreigners desiring to travel to Turkey for tourism purpose (Tourist Visas)

Where and When do I apply for a Tourist Visa?

Step 1. Please click here to see whether you need to have a visa to enter into Turkey or not.

Step 2. Please click here to see the contact information of the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate General.

Step 3. Citizens of some countries have the possibility to obtain their visas at the Turkish border gates (sticker visa). Please click on here to see the list of countries whose nationals are allowed to obtain their visas at the border gates.

For cruise passengers: Those cruise passengers coming to a Turkish port of call by a cruise ship and thereafter leave Turkey by the same cruise ship for another country, are exempt from visa for a maximum period of 72 hours (with the permission given by the local security authorities).

What are the requirements for entry visa applications?

As a general rule, the applicant must apply in person particularly when the visa application is lodged for the first time. Visa applications may also be received by mail in exceptional cases, especially in geographically large countries and when the applicant is well known by the Turkish Embassy/Consulate where the application is lodged.

The applicant is required to submit the following documents while applying in person:

Valid travel document (passport) (It should be valid at least three months longer than the expiry date of the requested visa),
Completed visa application form,

One passport size photograph of the applicant (It should be affixed on the top left side of the visa application form),

Documents supporting the purpose and the conditions of the planned visit (e.g. letter of invitation, travel itinerary, round trip ticket, hotel reservation with payment guarantee etc.),

Guarantees regarding means of subsistence,

Non-refundable visa processing fee (the amount differs depending on the nationality and visa type),

If the person applies from a country other than his/her homeland, then he/she should also submit his/her valid residence permit or any document that proves he/she legally stays in that country.

If the person applies for a business visa, an invitation letter from the counterpart company is also required in addition to the above mentioned documents.

Note: Please be informed that the requested documents may vary according to the local conditions where the Turkish Embassy/Consulate is based.

Note: If the relevant Turkish Embassy/Consulate exceptionally receives the visa applications by mail or by courier service, the applicant must send the above mentioned documents and also a pre-paid or self-stamped return envelope. For visa applications at the Turkish Embassy in Ottava: Documents should be sent via Canada Post Corporation only. Please contact with the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate to learn whether they receive the applications by mail or not.

If the person prefers to obtain the entry visa at a Turkish border gate (please first go to Step 3 above and check of which countries nationals may obtain their visas at the Turkish border gates), then he/she will be required to have the following documents:

Valid travel document (passport) (It should be valid at least three months longer than the expiry date of the visa requested.)

Non-refundable visa processing fee (the amount differs depending on the nationality and visa type)

Note: Please be informed that any other documents which are relevant to the applicant’s visit/stay in Turkey can be requested by the Turkish border officials and also note that only tourist visas may be issued at the Turkish border gates.

What are the requirements for holders of travel documents?

Holders of travel documents, such as alien’s passport and refugee travel document, are required to have a consular visa to enter into Turkey. They are strongly recommended to apply to the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate for the visa at least 6 weeks in advance, since their application is subject to the approval of the Ministry of Interior of Turkey.

It is also recommended that applicants with travel documents should not finalize their travel plans and arrangements until they are notified about the result of their visa applications.

The applicant is required to submit the following documents while applying in person:

Valid travel document (such as alien’s passport or refugee travel document) (It should be valid at least three months longer than the expiry date of the requested visa),
Completed visa application form,

One passport size photograph of the applicant (It should be affixed on the top left side of the visa application form),

Documents supporting the purpose and the conditions of the planned visit (e.g. letter of invitation, travel itinerary, round trip ticket, hotel reservation with payment guarantee etc.),

Guarantees regarding means of subsistence,

Non-refundable visa processing fee (the amount differs depending on the nationality and visa type),

Valid residence permit or any document that proves the applicant legally stays in that country where the Turkish mission is based.

If the person applies for a business visa, an invitation letter from the counterpart company is also required in addition to the above mentioned documents.

Note: Please be informed that the requested documents may vary according to the local conditions where the Turkish Embassy/Consulate is based.

Note: If the relevant Turkish Embassy/Consulate exceptionally receives the visa applications by mail or by courier service, the applicant must send the above mentioned documents and also a pre-paid or self-stamped return envelope (DHL, Fed Ex, Express, UPS, or some sort of insured/certified mail is highly recommended, since the original passport will be returned inside that envelope). Please contact with the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate to learn whether they receive the applications by mail or not.

Note: Please be informed that the holders of travel documents cannot obtain their visas at the Turkish border gates. They should have a consular visa.

B- Transit Visas

1. Single transit visa; entitles one entry, within three months at most. Duration of stay cannot exceed thirty days.

2. Double transit visa; entitles two entries within three months. Duration of stay for each entry cannot exceed thirty days.

What are the requirements for transit visa applications?

The same documents, stated as for the tourist visa applications, are required for the transit visa applications. Please contact with the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate for more information.

Note: If the relevant Turkish Embassy/Consulate exceptionally receives the visa applications by mail or by courier service, the applicant must send the above mentioned documents and also a pre-paid or self-stamped return envelope (DHL, Fed Ex, Express, UPS, or some sort of insured/certified mail is highly recommended, since the original passport will be returned inside that envelope). Please contact with the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate to learn whether they receive the applications by mail or not.

Note: Passengers who will have to wait at the Turkish International Airports for their next connecting flights are not required to have an “Airport Transit Visa (ATV)”. However, should those passengers wish to take a tour at the city or stay over, they have to either obtain their transit visas at the Turkish Embassies/Consulates in advance or they should ask for a “permission document” from the Turkish border security officials upon their arrival. Please be informed that the Turkish border security officials have the authority to grant or deny permission.

C- Entry visas with special annotations (Work, Education and Research Visas)

Foreigners who intend to work, study or conduct an academic or a scientific research in Turkey are obliged to obtain their visas at the Turkish Embassies/Consulates prior to their arrival.

1. Work Visa

Work visa is given to the work permit holders and is issued for single entry.

The person can only apply for a work visa after he/she has signed a work contract with a Turkish employer and has applied for a work permit to the Ministy of Labor and Social Security (MLSS) of the Republic of Turkey.

– Application for Work Permit inside Turkey

Foreigners who have already been granted residence permits in Turkey which is valid for at least six months (for any reason, except education and training) may apply for work permits to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

– Application for Work Permit from Abroad

Foreigners may submit their application forms for work permits through Turkish Embassies/Consulates. Work permits are generally valid for one year.

Please click here to visit the homepage of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security for detailed information concerning the work permits for foreigners.

What are the requirements for work visa applications?

First Step:

In the first step, the applicant should submit the following documents to the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate in person to apply for a work permit and work visa.

Valid travel document (passport) (It should be valid at least three months longer than the expiry date of the requested work visa),
Completed work visa application form,

One passport size photograph of the applicant (It should be affixed on the top left side of the visa application form),

One copy of the work contract,

If the person applies from a country other than his/her homeland, then he/she should also submit his/her valid residence permit or any document that proves he/she legally stays in that country.

The issue of work permit by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security may take 6-8 weeks after the application has been lodged. Once the application is approved, the applicant will be informed about the outcome through e-mail or phone. When the work permit is issued and work visa application is approved by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, the applicant must submit the following documents in person to the Turkish Embassy/Consulate where he/she has lodged the work permit application.

Second Step:

Valid travel document (passport) (It should be valid at least three months longer than the expiry date of the requested work visa),

Non-refundable work visa processing fee (the amount may differ depending on the nationality),

Non-refundable work permit processing fee

Note: If the relevant Turkish Embassy/Consulate receives the visa applications by mail or by courier service in exceptional cases, the applicant must send the above mentioned documents and also a pre-paid or self-stamped return envelope (DHL, Fed Ex, Express, UPS, or some sort of insured/certified mail is highly recommended, as the original travel document will be sent inside the return envelope). Please contact with the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate to learn whether they receive the applications by mail or not.

Work visa and work permit holders must apply to the Alien’s Branch of Local Police Department (Emniyet Mudurlugu Yabancilar Subesi) within 30 days upon their arrival at Turkey to obtain a residence permit. Once the person is granted with the residence permit, he/she can enter into Turkey multiple times as long as his/her residence permit is valid and thus he/she does not need a visa for entry into Turkey. If the extension of the residence permit is required, the extension or renewal should be made timely before the expiry date. The person is recommended to have the validity of the residence permit extended before leaving Turkey, if the validity of residence permit is to expire or has already expired.

2. Academics desiring to work at a university in Turkey

University instructors are exempt from work permit. Thus, they can set aside the first step described above and directly apply for a work visa to the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate. However, a letter of permission from Turkish Higher Education Board (YÖK) is necessary. In addition to this letter, they are requested to submit the following documents for work visa application.

Valid travel document (passport) (It should be valid at least three months longer than the expiry date of the requested work visa),
Completed work visa application form,

One passport size photograph of the applicant (It should be affixed on the top left side of the visa application form),

Letter of permission from Turkish Higher Education Board,

Non-refundable work visa processing fee (the amount may differ depending on the nationality),

If the person applies from a country other than his/her homeland, then he/she should also submit his/her valid residence permit or any document that proves he/she legally stays in that country.

Note: If the relevant Turkish Embassy/Consulate receives the visa applications by mail or by courier service in exceptional cases, the applicant must send the above mentioned documents and also a pre-paid or self-stamped return envelope (DHL, Fed Ex, Express, UPS, or some sort of insured/certified mail is highly recommended, as the original travel document will be sent inside the return envelope). Please contact with the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate to learn whether they receive the applications by mail or not.

Academics must also apply to the Alien’s Branch of Local Police Department (Emniyet Mudurlugu Yabancilar Subesi) within 30 days upon their arrival at Turkey to obtain a residence permit. Once the person is granted with the residence permit, he/she can enter into Turkey multiple times as long as his/her residence permit is valid and thus he/she does not need a visa for entry into Turkey. If the extension of the residence permit is required, the extension or renewal should be made timely before the expiry date. The person is recommended to have the validity of the residence permit extended before leaving Turkey, if the validity of residence permit is to expire or has already expired.

3. Education Visas

Foreigners may apply for education visa only after they have enrolled in a Turkish university, school or a language course certified by the Ministry of Education. Education visa is generally valid for one year for single entry. The person concerned should apply to the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate in person with the following documents.

Valid travel document (passport) (It should be valid at least three months longer than the expiry date of the requested education visa),
Completed education visa application form,

One passport size photograph of the applicant (It should be affixed on the top left side of the visa application form),

An official acceptance letter from the Turkish university, school or a language course certified by the Ministry of Education,

Non-refundable education visa processing fee (the amount may differ depending on the nationality),

If the person applies from a country other than his/her homeland, then he/she should also submit his/her valid residence permit or any document that proves he/she legally stays in that country.

Note: If the relevant Turkish Embassy/Consulate receives the visa applications by mail or by courier service in exceptional cases, the applicant must send the above mentioned documents and also a pre-paid or self-stamped return envelope (DHL, Fed Ex, Express, UPS, or some sort of insured/certified mail is highly recommended, as the original travel document will be sent inside the return envelope). Please contact with the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate to learn whether they receive the applications by mail or not.

This visa will allow the bearer to enter into Turkey and apply for a residence permit. Education visa holders must apply to the Alien’s Branch of Local Police Department (Emniyet Mudurlugu Yabancilar Subesi) within 30 days upon their arrival at Turkey to obtain a residence permit. Once the person is granted with the residence permit, he/she can enter into Turkey multiple times as long as his/her residence permit is valid and thus he/she does not need a visa for entry into Turkey. If the extension of the residence permit is required, the extension or renewal should be made timely before the expiry date. The person is recommended to have the validity of the residence permit extended before leaving Turkey, if the validity of residence permit is to expire or has already expired.

4. Research Visas

Researchers who plan to carry out archeological excavation and/or survey in Turkey

Researchers who plan to carry out archeological excavation and/or survey and underwater archeology research are requested to send their application forms (please be informed that hand written application forms are not preferred) to the Turkish Embassies/Consulates before December 1 of each year. There is no such deadline for cadastral registers research/survey applicants.

If research requires teamwork, the team leader should fill out the Research Application Form entirely. Each member of the team should also read and answer the all questions in the application form. The passport size pictures of the team members should be affixed at the top right corner of the application form. The team leader is responsible for collecting each team member’s application (please click here for application) and submitting the seven (7) copies with seven (7) passport size photos for each member (Please glue the pictures on the upper right corner of the first page, do not staple). The applicants are responsible for the mailing cost of their applications to Turkey. Therefore, they are kindly requested to attach the prepaid express mail envelope to mail the seven (7) copies of the application to Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Turkey.

All properly completed applications are processed as soon as possible and forwarded to Turkey to be reviewed. The Turkish Embassy/Consulate will inform the applicant/team leader about the result of the application via mail or e-mail.

When the research visa is approved, the person will need to visit the Turkish Embassy/Consulate in person with the following documents to obtain the research visa before travelling to Turkey.

Valid travel document (passport) (It should be valid at least three months longer than the expiry date of the requested education visa),

A letter mentioning the name of the team leader, travel date, research date and the name of the excavation.

Non-refundable visa processing fee (the amount may differ depending on the nationality),

If the person applies from a country other than his/her homeland, then he/she should also submit his/her valid residence permit or any document that proves he/she legally stays in that country.

Note: If the relevant Turkish Embassy/Consulate receives the visa applications by mail or by courier service in exceptional cases, the applicant must send the above mentioned documents and also a pre-paid or self-stamped return envelope (DHL, Fed Ex, Express, UPS, or some sort of insured/certified mail is highly recommended, as the original travel document will be sent inside the return envelope). Please contact with the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate to learn whether they receive the applications by mail or not.

All researchers must apply to the Alien’s Branch of Local Police Department (Emniyet Mudurlugu Yabancilar Subesi) in the city, where they will be conducting the research, within 30 days upon their arrival at Turkey to obtain a residence permit.

For further information, please click here to visit the homepage of American Research Institute in Turkey and read the information under the title of “Turkish Research Permit Procedures”.

Library and Museum Researchers

Nationals of countries who are exempt from visa requirement, are also exempt from this type of research visa as well. Otherwise, as a general rule, library and museum researchers should obtain research visa from the Turkish Embassies/Consulates in advance before their arrival at Turkey. In this case, they are required to submit the letter of consent written by the Turkish institution that allows the applicant’s research in Turkey. This letter of consent will be provided to the applicant by the Turkish Institution after he/she submits the research application to that office.

For obtaining a letter of consent; please send a letter explaining your project details and accompanying documents to the below address (The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism) by mail (preferred) or fax. (A letter written in Turkish will expedite the process.)

T.C. Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı

Kültür Varlıkları ve Müzeler Genel Müdürlüğü

2. Meclis Binası Yanı

Ulus, 06543, Ankara, TURKEY

Phone:(+90 312) 310 49 60

Fax:(+90 312) 311 66 03

e-mail: kulturvarlikmuze@kulturturizm.gov.tr

Applications through e-mail are not acceptable.

The applicant may apply from abroad or in Turkey. Please be advised that processing the application may take some time and it may be worth allowing several weeks to obtain the permit. If the applicant plans to utilize from a library in a museum, he/she may apply directly to the museum director.

For further information, please click here to visit the homepage of American Research Institute in Turkey.

Visa Application Process for Filming and Photographing

The Turkish Embassies/Consulates do not accept any filming and photographing permission applications. All completed pemission application forms should be mailed directly to the below address by the applicants.

T.C. Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı

Telif Hakları ve Sinema Genel Müdürlüğü

Eski Adliye Binası Kat:3

Ulus, 06330, Ankara, TURKEY

Tel: (+90 312) 310 08 11 – 310 00 26 – 310 01 42

Fax: (+90 312) 310 00 63

e-Mail:telifhaklari_sinema@kulturturizm.gov.tr

Please click here to reach the homepage of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in order to download the application form for filming and photographing.

When the applicant receives filming and photographing permission from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism he/she can apply to the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate to receive the filming and photographing visa with the following documents.

Valid travel document (passport) (It should be valid at least three months longer than the expiry date of the requested education visa),
Completed visa application form,

One passport size photograph of the applicant (It should be affixed on the top left side of the visa application form),

The copy of the filming permission letter,

Non-refundable education visa processing fee (the amount may differ depending on the nationality),

If the person applies from a country other than his/her homeland, then he/she should also submit his/her valid residence permit or any document that proves he/she legally stays in that country.

Note: If the relevant Turkish Embassy/Consulate receives the visa applications by mail or by courier service in exceptional cases, the applicant must send the above mentioned documents and also a pre-paid or self-stamped return envelope (DHL, Fed Ex, Express, UPS, or some sort of insured/certified mail is highly recommended, as the original travel document will be sent inside the return envelope). Please contact with the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate to learn whether they receive the applications by mail or not.

D- Residence Permits

An entry visa enables the bearer to stay in Turkey for the duration stated on the visa sticker. However, if the person intends or is obliged to stay in Turkey longer than the permitted duration, this extension is subject to the approval of the Ministry of Interior. In this case, the person has to obtain a residence permit.

Applications for residence permits should be made to the Alien’s Branch of Local Police Departments (Emniyet Mudurlugu Yabancilar Subesi) within 30 days upon arrival at Turkey. Applicants are generally required to submit work permit, work visa, education visa or research visa and a letter describing his/her circumstances (i.e. employment, education, marriage to a Turkish citizen).

Once the person is granted with the residence permit, he/she can enter into Turkey multiple times as long as his/her residence permit is valid and thus he/she does not need a visa for entry into Turkey. If the extension of the residence permit is required, the extension or renewal should be made timely before the expiry date. The person is recommended to have the validity of the residence permit extended before leaving Turkey, if the validity of residence permit is to expire or has already expired.

Purchasing Real Estate for Private Use in Turkey

Rules: Citizens and commercial corporate entities of the countries with which reciprocity agreements have been signed and companies established in line with Foreign Direct Investment Law No. 4875 in Turkey may purchase a real estate in Turkey on their own names provided that the property is not located in military and security zones.

The acquired property may be resold or rented out and the proceeds of the sale or the rental income may be transferred out of Turkey freely.

Procedure: The sale procedure for foreigners is the same as Turkish citizens except a search for the abovementioned military and security zones restriction. Once a sale agreed with the owner, an application has to be made to the local Land Registry Office. The Land Registry Office then carries out a search for the abovementioned restriction through correspondence with the military authorities in the area. As soon as the search is completed, the Land Registry Office then transfers the title and issues the new deed.

Taxes: Both purchaser and seller are liable for a 1.5 per cent property transfer tax, based on the declared price of the property. There is also a municipal property tax, again, based on the declared value of the property, at the rate of 0.1 per cent for residential properties and 0.3 per cent for land annually. One fourth of the tax value (minimum YTL 2,500) of newly built residential properties is exempt from the municipal real estate tax for the first five years.

Marriage Between Two Foreign Nationals in Turkey

Required Documents:

  • Certificate of no impediment from the local registrar of marriages in the UK
    (certificate of no-impediment is valid for 6 months)
  • Birth certificate and passport
  • A divorce or death certificate of previous spouse if married before

Procedure:

  • Application to the relevant consulate in Turkey to initiate the formalities.
  • The certificate of no impediment and certificate of identity and nationality obtained from the relevant consulate to be authenticated by the local Governor office in Turkey
  • Application in person to the local marriage office to give notice of marriage, submit the certificates, complete necessary forms and fix a date for the marriage ceremony
  • Solemnization of marriage (if the marrying parties do not speak Turkish, they are advised to arrange for an interpreter to be present during the ceremony)
  • Notice to the relevant consulate to have the marriage registered in their country.

Notes: Foreign nationals in Turkey can also get married in their respective consulates if it is possible under their national law. However, if one of the parties is a Turkish citizen, marriage can only be solemnized by the Turkish authorities.