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Old 10th February 2014, 19:31   #1 (permalink)
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Ikamet and tourist visa

I'm a US citizen planning to live (but not work) in Istanbul for one year. I'm a graduate student. I just got a serious scare...

I arrived in Turkey in December on a 90/180 tourist visa. I've been here for almost two months now and only now decided to apply for my extended stay (uzun sure) ikamet at the Emniyet Mudurlugu, thinking that as long as my tourist visa was valid I could make my appointment whenever I want. So I made this appointment -- it's in May.

However, I have been hearing from certain sources that I needed to have made this appointment within the first month of my time in Turkey.

Am I screwed? Will I never get my ikamet? Would leaving to, say, Bulgaria for a day and re-entering fix this problem?

This is a matter of huge importance to me, because if I cannot re-enter Turkey I will lose a very large scholarship and be in serious financial straits.
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Re: Ikamet and tourist visa

Have you spoken to your Consulate as most knowledge on here is based on UK/Irish citizenship. There has been opinion in the past that extended visas have never actually been given out . Why not apply for a Residency Permit. Leaving for day will not work as you can only spend 90 days in 180 days on your current visa so would have to leave for 91 days
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Re: Ikamet and tourist visa

When I say ikamet, I mean residency permit -- I am just wondering if not applying for the residency permit within the first 30 days of my stay here (but within the first 90 days) is ok. The reason I mention leaving and re-entering is not to extend my tourist visa, but to create a new date of entry so that I can create my appointment for my residency permit "within 30 days of my arrival."

I'll contact my consulate immediately.
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When I say ikamet, I mean residency permit -- I am just wondering if not applying for the residency permit within the first 30 days of my stay here (but within the first 90 days) is ok. The reason I mention leaving and re-entering is not to extend my tourist visa, but to create a new date of entry so that I can create my appointment for my residency permit "within 30 days of my arrival."

I'll contact my consulate immediately.
I think you will find that the 30 days is from your first day of entry on the visa.

To which office have you made application? there will probably be people on this forum who live in your area and advise you about what appears to be a long delay.

Are you aware that there are new Residency Permit regulations coming in on the 1 April which necessitates first time applications being made to the Turkish consulate in your primary country of residence?
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Re: Ikamet and tourist visa

Would it be any help to speak to your work sponsors and ask them to vouch for you? It's quite normal for an employer to help or apply on behalf of an employee in any foreign country, could you get some help that way?
Good luck and hope it turns out well for you.
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Would it be any help to speak to your work sponsors and ask them to vouch for you? It's quite normal for an employer to help or apply on behalf of an employee in any foreign country, could you get some help that way?
Good luck and hope it turns out well for you.
He does suggest he is in Turkey on a scholarship, presumably if employed he would need a work permit
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Re: Ikamet and tourist visa

I applied to the Kadikoy office which is across the street from where I live. It does seem to be an extra long delay -- perhaps I should have tried another office. But I don't want to risk the hassle of cancellation and making a new appointment.

I understand that as long as I have some kind of documentation that I have made an appointment with the EM, I can stay in the country without a problem and the ikamet, when I get it, is back-dated to begin the date my tourist visa runs out. I am also no longer worried about the 30 day issue, as I have now heard from other people that setting up an appointment more than 30 days after arrival is fine, as long as you still have time in your tourist visa, as I do.

As for the April changeover, I have no idea what will happen. But there's not much I can do now. I presume that the rollout of the new system will take some time. Since the EM let me make an ikamet appointment with them, I'm sure they will give one to me.
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As for the April changeover, I have no idea what will happen. But there's not much I can do now. I presume that the rollout of the new system will take some time. Since the EM let me make an ikamet appointment with them, I'm sure they will give one to me.
In most parts of the country from the 1 April the governors office of each province is reported to be taking over processing of renewals from the police but first time applicants will have to apply in their country of residence. Hopefully where you are is not changing but may be worth checking. Good luck.
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