Turkey Family Residence Permit for Afghan Citizens
Turkey Family Residence Permit is regulated in Articles 34 and 37 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection, and is a type of short-term residence permit granted to foreign family members in order to protect family unity. It is given to foreign nationals in family status. Permission to foreign nationals is given through the person referred to by the law as “sponsor”.
Who is this permit given to?
This permit is given to Republic of Turkey citizens, those included in the 28th article of the Law No.5901 or foreigners who have one of the legal residence permits in Turkey, refugees and subsidiary protection status holders’;
How to get a Turkey Family Residence Permit?
The legislation for Turkey Family Residence Permit has not limited the sponsor only to Turkish citizens, but has interpreted it broadly. Not only foreigners who are married to a Turkish citizen, but also foreigners who have legal residence permits in Turkey, refugees and foreigners who are married to foreigners with secondary protection can apply. In this case, an Afghan sponsor can obtain a residence permit for his/her spouse, as well as obtain a residence permit in Turkey for his/her own children and children who are dependent on his/her spouse.
If the Afghan sponsor has more than one spouse, only one of the spouses is granted a family residence permit. However, all children of the Afghan sponsor are granted a residence permit within the scope of family residence. If one of the parents with joint custody is abroad in the applications of the children, the consent of the mother or father who is abroad is sought. Children living in Turkey within the scope of family residence can continue their education in educational institutions without taking student residence until they reach the age of maturity.
Children who have resided in Turkey for at least 3 years with a family residence permit and are of age can be converted to a short-term residence permit if they request it. Afghan citizens who have been married to Turkish citizens and have been residing with a family residence permit for at least 3 years can apply for a short-term residence permit in case of divorce. However, in cases where it is determined by the court decision that the foreign spouse has been victimized due to domestic violence, the 3 year requirement is not sought.
In how many days is the Turkey Family Residence Permit issued?
Family Residence Permit is issued for a maximum of 3 years and in any case, if the sponsor is a foreign national, it cannot exceed the duration of the sponsor’s residence permit.
According to the Law on Foreigners, the sponsor must meet the following conditions. If the Afghan sponsor does not fulfill these conditions, his/her’s application within the scope of family residence permit will not be accepted.
Documents Required for Turkey Family Residence Permit
The list of documents requested from the sponsor and the foreigner in the Family Residence Permit application varies according to the status of the sponsor.
Documents Required from Afghan Citizens Married to a Turkish Citizen: