Yesterday evening (Tues Aug 16) social media was buzzing as news emerged of major changes being applied to residence permits in Turkey.

HM Consul Turkey tweeted; ‘changes to residence permits. Short term permits valid up to 2 yrs. 120 day limit for absence removed’ and The Ministry of Interior’s  Twitter account posted several tweets announcing changes.

These changes included the 120 day rule on absence from Turkey being scrapped for short term residence permits (STRP) along the 180 day rule for family residence permits (FRP).  They also stated that there is the possibility of increasing STRP from one year to two and FRP from two years to three.

This morning (Wed Aug 17) we spoke with a representative from our local General Directorate of Migration Management (GDMM) who confirmed that they are aware of these changes, but have not yet received official confirmation in order to apply them.  I am sure that as the day goes on we will receive more information and we will update as soon as we can get verification of any changes.

If you have any questions regarding the above changes you can contact our office on (009) 0256 612 3207 or call in and speak to one of our volunteers for free advice and support.

Source:  Ege Eye

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