Commercial Residence Permit In Turkey

According to the bilateral agreements between governments, visa types are related to the purpose of the applicants’ visit to Turkey.

Applicants may come to Turkey in a limited period with a visa/electronic visa or visa exemption

Most Electronic Visas allow foreigners to enter Turkey for business/trade (commercial) purposes directly.

You can see which foreigners can come to Turkey with an Electronic Visa at the link below.

Following countries are eligible for the e-visa provided that they meet required criteria. 


AfghanistanEquatorial GuineaNepal
Antigua and BarbudaEthiopiaNigeria
BangladeshGreek . Southern CyprusPortugal
BelgiumGuineaSaint Lucia
BeninGuinea-BissauSaint Vincent and the Gr.
BermudaHaitiSão Tomé and Príncipe
BhutanHong Kong (BN(O))Saudi Arabia
Burkina FasoIraqSierra Leone
BurundiJamaicaSolomon Islands
CameroonKuwaitSouth Africa
Cape VerdeLesothoSri Lanka
Central African RepublicLiberiaSudan
Congo, Republic of theMalawiTanzania
Congo, the Democratic Repub.MaldivesTogo
Côte d’IvoireMaliU.S.A
DjiboutiMauritaniaUnited Arab Emirates
Dominican RepublicMexicoVietnam
East TimorMozambiqueYemen

Other foreigners coming to Turkey for business or trade must obtain a business or trade visa from the Turkish Consulate in their home country. The validity period of the visa and approval process will be evaluated and finalized by the consulate and the ministry.

If foreigners who come to Turkey with a business /trade visa want to stay longer than their legal staying period in Turkey, they have to get a residence permit in Turkey. (For this transaction a Turkish Company must be a supporter)  

Note: Commerical permit is issued maximum for two years period each time.

According to law, this residence permit does not give the right to work.

General Procedures

Examination of the preliminary documents

Determination of the application eligibility

Preparation of the necessary documents

Making an appointment at the relevant immigration office

Submitting the application file to the immigration office

Applications are evaluated positively or negatively within 90 days after the appointment

Residence permit card is sent to the applicant’s address informed during the application

The official link of the Immigration office:

The conditions ;

  • Having a supporting company ( with official documents)
  • Having a general health insurance
  • To provide supporting documents with the reason for stay in Turkey
  • None-criminal record of the applicant
  • Address information ( with the official document such as rental contract-upon request)
  • Legal entrance to Turkey with the relevant visa or visa exemption

Our Services:

Making a preliminary examination for the residence permit application: If it is possible this process should be done while the applicants are outside of Turkey. 

Note: According to the bilateral agreements between governments, there may be some restrictions on entry procedures into Turkey and some special application documents may be requested from outside Turkey.

RL Turkey Immigration & Relocation office will inform the applicants which visa is accepable/suitable for the residence permit application in Turkey.

Determining the interview date: We compare the immigration office system with the applicant’s schedule to determine the convenient date.

Eligibity checking of the application documents: the required documents list will be shared with the applicants , We will provide support at every step of the process.

Making the application at the immigration office: Our team will meet the applicant at the immigration office. ( If applicants give us POA, our lawyer is going to accompany them.)

Government fees will be paid by us and the application file will be prepared.

Follow-up of the application process: Immigration Officers are going to evaluate and conclude the application file in a certain period. Our team will access the immigration system to check the status of the application.

If needed, our authorized lawyer will submit the additional application documents to the immigration office within determined period.

Obtaining the resinde permit card: The card is sent to the applicant’s registered address, ( As a rule, the applicant or authorized person can get it from the relevant institute.)

RL Turkey Immigration & Relocation office is going to provide up-to-date information on changes in the immigration laws and regulations.

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