FAQs

FAQs

Residence Permit in Turkey

Residence Permit

1. Short-Term Residence Permit for Foreigners

For a short-term residence permit, which is issued for a period of one year at most, foreigners who own immovable property in Turkey or will establish a business or commercial connections in Turkey should submit the following documents to the relevant Provincial Directorate of Immigration Administration:

1.1. Initial Application

Residence permit application form
The original and a copy of the passport or travel document
Four passport-size photographs
Declaration regarding sufficient and sustainable financial resources for the duration of the stay (Stated in the application form. The authority may request supporting documents.)
Official document regarding the applicant’s ownership of the residence*
Valid medical insurance (one of the following shall be sufficient):

– Document facilitating health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
– Provision document issued by the Social Security Institution
– Document regarding the application made to the Social Security Institution to be covered by the general health insurance
– Private health insurance

1.2. Application for Extension

Residence permit application form
The original and a copy of the passport or travel document
Two passport-size photographs
Declaration regarding sufficient and sustainable financial resources for the duration of the stay (Stated in the application form. The authority may request supporting documents.)
Official document regarding the applicant’s ownership of the residence*
Submission of the previous residence permit document**
An invitation letter or documents of such written by the person or companies to be contacted upon the authority’s request**
Valid medical insurance (one of the following shall be sufficient):

– Document facilitating health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
– Provision document issued by the Social Security Institution
– Private health insurance including the extension period

*required for foreigners owning immovable property in Turkey
**required for foreigners that will establish a business or commercial connections in Turkey

2. Long-Term Residence Permit for Foreigners

For a long-term residence permit, foreigners that have continuously resided in Turkey for at least eight years should submit the following documents to the relevant Provincial Directorate of Immigration Administration:

2.1. Initial Application

Residence permit application form
The original and a copy of the passport or travel document
Submission of the previous residence permit document
Two passport-size photographs
The document showing that the applicant has not received any social aid from governmental institutions and organizations in the last three years
Declaration regarding sufficient and sustainable financial resources for the duration of the stay
Police record document
Valid medical insurance (one of the following shall be sufficient):

– Document facilitating health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
– Provision document issued by the Social Security Institution
– Document regarding the application made to the Social Security Institution to be covered by the general health insurance
– Private health insurance
– Document showing that the applicant is registered with the Address Registry System

2.2. Application for Extension

It is issued indefinitely and is not extended.

What is TAPU?

Tapu is an official paper that shows the ownership rights on a real estate and it means TRUST in turkish.

TAPU is issued by land registry Office and it is valid timeless.
İt is issued according to the registered informations in the land registry Office.

That means if you want to check the TAPU(is it fake or not), you can go land registry Office and compare the informations on your TAPU and in the Office.

And also if you loose your TAPU, do not worry, you can apply to land registry Office and take e new one.

You can see on the TAPU full name and the photography of the owner,the detailed information of the property, special stamp of the land registry Office, and also the signature of the officer

Inheritance

Turkish inheritance law (Miras) aims to protect the extended family and imposes a reserved portion or statutory share for the benefit of the extended family. It is not possible for the entire property to go to the surviving husband or wife.

Reserved portion law in Turkey
Property and money left by the deceased are divided among close relatives as stated in the Civil Code. Persons with such rights of inheritance are called heirs (mirasçı).

The reserved portion which does not go to the surviving husband or wife is allocated as follows:

The reserved portion and legal inheritance right of children is 75 percent of the legal portion
If the deceased has no children, the reserved portion of the inheritance for the father and mother is 50 percent
If the parents are deceased the reserved portion for siblings is 25 percent
If the deceased leaves some wealth to a charity or to a tax-exempted foundation, the reserved portion is two-thirds of the amounts above.

Legal heirs in Turkey are:

The first heirs of a deceased person: the children and the wife/husband
If the deceased has no children, the deceased`s parents are the heirs
If the deceased`s parents are not alive, the deceased`s siblings
The last of a deceased person`s heirs among his or her close relatives are the grandparents and their children
A testator may ban the legal heirs from acquiring their inheritance in exceptional circumstances, for example if a serious crime was committed. However, the testator must prove the reasons for this ban to the court. The banned heir cannot sue the testator.

Inheritance Tax in Turkey
Anyone inheriting in Turkey must pay inheritance tax (Veraset Vergisi); the inheritance tax limit is updated annually.

Valuables, which are transferred to Turkish citizens as gifts, donations, or inheritance either in Turkey or abroad, are subject to Turkey’s Inheritance and Property Transfer Tax law. A non-resident who acquires property as inheritance or gifts owned abroad by a Turkish citizen is not subject to this law. However, a foreigner who is resident in Turkey is subject to the law if they inherit property within Turkey.

Inheritance tax as it applies to foreigners in Turkey
There are two different situations to consider:

A foreigner married to a Turkish citizen: Foreigners who have Turkish spouses are subject to Turkish law. A foreigner can freely dispose of a limited percentage of assets.
A foreigner not married to a Turkish citizen: Foreigners are not subject to Turkey’s legislation, but to that of their country of origin.

Buying Process

Buying a property in Turkey has been made a lot simpler and Zenith Homes will help you through the whole process. The buyer receives a Tapu ( Land deed ) signed out by the official Tapu-Office, a member of the municipality. The land register is administrated by the Tapu-Office, here the name of the owner will be changed in the register when buying the property. For this you need your ID, 4 Passport-Photographs, and the name of your father and mother (Turkish habit). A certified translator must be present at that time, who will tell you exactly what is going on. In case of inheritance the Turkish authorities accept an official testament made in your home country. Other wise the Turkish Erbfolge will be based. The Tapu is not to be received by “friends”, lawyers or notars. The only way to get it is the Tapu-Office if you haven´t made any power of attorney.

Restrictions

Since July 3rd 2003 foreigners are permitted to buy properties in villages. Outside of touristic areas, special orders of the central administration must be obeyed. Within restricted military areas foreigners are still not able to buy Turkish properties.

Registration into Tapu (Land Register)

The buyer authorises the Sales Agent to organise water connection, electricity and phone line for the property, and to do all necessary authority applications.

Application at the land register for the permit to buy

Herefor you absolutely need:
• 2 Photographs
• 2 Copies of your ID
• Your address in your home country and your Fathers and Mothers name
• Your tax-number (which we will get for you)

The selling person needs
• 1 Photograph
• 2 Copies of his ID
• Address of company or owner
• Tax-Number
The certified translator will then explain to you, where the property is located and about its special characteristics. (Villa, Apt on the 4th floor etc..) Then you will be given the original Tapu in your hands. If you wish, it can be translated in English, we have a translator in the company.
You will find all unıque costs on the list below. Another important point is the protocol of delivery.In there you find all the work that is still to be done by us.
The monthly costs of your property can be paid by us on behalf of you, and if you wish, we can help you to open a bank account.

Expenses

Annual taxes
• Buildings 0.2 per cent of the value in the tapu
• Houses 0.1 per cent of the value in the tapu
• Plots 0.3 per cent of the value in the tapu
• Plots outside of village borders 0.1 per cent of the value in the tapu

Uniquely expenses
• Tax for buying a property 0.3 per cent of the value in the tapu
• 40.- € Municipality expenses
• 15.- € Typing costs for Tapu-Office
• 50.- € Translator in Tapu-Office
• 30.- € Aplication for buying permission
• 15.- € Garbage disposal p.a.

Electricity, water, telephone, service
• Electricity
130 € Application for connecting an Apartment
0.11 – 0.17 € per kw/h up to 150 kw/h – more than 150 kw/h
• Water
190- € Application for connecting an Apartment
0.31/0.47/0.87 per m³ up to 20 m³/21 to0 40 m³/41 m³ up
0.47 each month in general
• Telephone
7.75 € Application for connecting
0.04 € per unit
8.88 € each month in general

Why Turkey?

Turkey giant strides and fast about being modernized. At the same time, it continues to play the role of a bridge between Europe and the Middle East. Turkey just sand, sun and culture together does not offer. At the same time, suitable quality real estate is waiting for customers in the market right now. Advantages of real estate in Turkey Why Turkey? The important point of buying real estate in Turkey are as follows: Very affordable real estate prices. Real estate prices in Spain compared with Turkey in its infancy. In Spain these prices were only available in the 1980s. Appropriate living conditions The warm Mediterranean climate. Hot summers (7-8 months summer season) and mild winters (15 degree averages). The most beautiful seaside and mountain view of the Mediterranean coast. Especially between the Mediterranean and the Aegean region. With the rapid economic development in recent years Turkey has become the 16th largest economic power in the world. European Union membership has been spoken since 2005. Full membership will result in even Turkey will result in routing their investments in Europe. Access to Antalya and Gazipaşa from all major European cities directly or indirectly via air routes Benefits of buying a specific Turkish real estate are: A decision taken in 2008 is a big step in the field of real estate, as well as the opportunity to get home loans to foreign residents. So now you can perform with a home loan from banks to provide your dream home in Turkey. You can even meet a portion of your loan by giving them to the weekly rentals, even if you know someone once in a while and your friends. travel agents even before the crisis they are constantly expanding their capacity to Turkey. This situation will continue to increase after the crisis even if it pauses in the crisis. Turkey’s demand in some regions is much higher than the supply of quality housing. Due to the fact that they are immigration regions, the demand is not the end. This demand keeps the prices at a certain level. It is estimated that about 7 million housing units will be needed in the next 10 years. Turkey in recent years with the growth rate in 2005, the world has reached 17 Big Gross National Product.