Effective immediately, any foreign national residence permit holder in Turkey intending to renew their residence permit must submit their renewal application in person at the immigration office.
Previously, only applicants whose passport had been renewed since their current residence permit was issued had to submit their renewal application in person.
For applicants whose passports had not been renewed, a postal “file dispatch” system could be used to submit residence permit renewal applications. This system has now been abolished and all renewal applications require an appointment to be booked for the applicant to submit the application in person.
Given that scheduling of the appointment is dependent on the authorities, the renewal application process may take more time than previously.
Employers who may be affected are advised to plan carefully the residence permit renewal applications of their foreign national employees in Turkey, to ensure renewals are approved before current permits expire.
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