TURKEY | Stricter Requirements and Long Delays for Residence Permit Renewals

With the July 20 imposition of the State of Emergency Act following the recent failed coup attempt in Turkey, the Turkish Immigration Office (IO) has announced stricter requirements on resident foreign nationals. Most significant among the changes so far is the new requirement that foreign nationals appear at an in-person meeting to finalize their Residence Permit renewal procedures.

Previously, this process was completed entirely online; however, while applicants still file their renewal applications via Turkey’s online application system, they must now schedule an in-person appointment as well. Because of the sudden implementation of this new requirement and its demand on IO resources, foreign nationals currently applying for Residence Permit renewals are already receiving appointment dates into February 2017.