How we got our Ikamet Tezkaresi in Izmir

These  residence permits are issued by each Province and there appear to be to be differences in the precise requirements(and system) from province to province.  If  you don’t live in Izmir province your mileage may vary.  Also, this describes where things were when we went – they could move the desks around!

We live in Izmir province so we went to Izmir to get our permits.  We were told to go to ‘the big building’ in Konak.  There are a number of big government buildings in Konak and the biggest challenge of the day was working out which one we needed.  The office is Yabancılar Şube Müdürlüğü which is on the second floor of the government complex off the main square in Konak – across the square from the main Belediye building.  You go in, past security, to an open courtyard.  The building you need is in front of you and slightly to your right.  It is all very busy and can be confusing.  Go up to the second floor.  Enter the Yabancilar Şube (to your right if you go up in the lift, to your left if you go up the stairs). Turn right as you go through the door and get issued with a queue number.  Go and sit outside the office and wait for your number to come up.  We waited less than 15 minutes.

We needed the following documents:

    • Passport
    • Photocopy of passport including visa page (showing when and where we entered Turkey)
    • 5 photographs (passport type)
    • Letters from the NHS Pensions office translated into Turkish and notarised.  Photocopy of these letters.  Original letters.
    • The two forms below (two copies of each) filled in (you can fill them in whilst you’re in the office but having them pre-filled saves time) – we couldn’t print them from the web but someone gave a copy which we had photocopied:

İkamet Tezkeresi İşlemleri İçin Gerekli Bilgiler
İkamet Tezkeresi Formu
(Tek sayfaya arkalı önlü olarak çıkartılacaktır ! )
The two forms can be found here Though one of these is a .rar file which I can’t open.

We also had statements from bank accounts in Turkey but these were not asked for after we offered the NHS pension documents.

At this point we paid for our books (149 lira each) and got invoices to take to the payment office.  We were sent away to photocopy our translated and notarised pension letters so they wouldn’t have to keep the originals (which were expensive due to having been translated and notarised).  This was about half an hour after having entered the building for the first time.  We found a photocopy shop but then the building closed for security to have lunch (we think) so we went for some çay whilst waiting to be let back in.

We went to a window at the back where someone stamped our forms.  I’m not sure that we needed to do that but it didn’t seem to do any harm. He told us where to go and pay – we got in the queue behind someone who was arguing with the people in the office but it still didn’t take very long to have our charges converted into lira, pay and get a stamped receipt.  The entire cost was just over 1000 lira – that’s for two people for three years (first time permit – ilk ikamet – so that includes the books).  They convert from dollars at the daily rate so your mileage might vary!

Then back up to the office on the 2nd floor where we joined a bit of a crush to see the policeman who had been dealing with us previously.  This man was seriously multitasking.  He took our papers and applied more stamps.  He gave us small slips of paper, kept our passports and told us to come back in about 20 days to collect our passports and permits.  It’s normally two weeks but he added on some days to allow for Bayram.

We went back on the designated day, picked up a number, waited about five minutes, signed a slip of paper and got our passports back, complete with residence permits.

I just looked online for our yabanci kimlik numbers and they are not there yet but I understand it can take a while for them to appear.


6 responses to “How we got our Ikamet Tezkaresi in Izmir

  1. Our first Ikamet experience was a salutary lesson in Turkish Byzantine bureaucracy. Now we’ve got it sewn up. Well, until the system is changed for umpteen time, that is.

  2. I think this is one of the advantages of getting processed in Izmir. They have ‘a system’ and it seems to work. Mind you, in my last job, I was gatekeeper for processes that were described by Consultant Physicians (quite accurately and in email copied to all and sundry) as Kafkaesque. So I might not even notice the merely Byzantine.

  3. It only took you two weeks?
    I am leaving to Izmir in february and when I asked about the residence permit, the man from the consulate told me that it would take between 2-3 months and that we would not be able to leave Turkey during that period. But this sounds like good news to me!

    • Things here change quite quickly and we got our Ikamet more than two years ago. We understand the system is changing completely in April and no one seems to be sure how that will work out.

      However, I think it would be worth checking with the Polis when you arrive. Everyone’s situation is different. The Izmir office is very efficient but it’s worth being aware that there is often no one there who speaks English.

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