Neighborhoods Closed for Foreigners' Residence Permit Applications

The Presidency of Migration Management made a new statement on 30.06.2022 regarding the residence permit application in Turkey. Foreigners' quota, which was 25% before in Turkey, has been reduced to 20% as of June 1 to prevent foreigners from concentrating in certain regions of our country.

Normally, in Turkey, it is prohibited for any region or territory to have a foreign population that makes up more than 25% of the overall population. However, due to the recent immigrants breaking this legislation, Turkey has reaffirmed in recent months that it will restrict the number of districts or locations those foreign nationals may live in or use as their registered residence. This change was anticipated to take place soon.

In response to this, Turkey's Interior Minister, Süleyman Soylu announced that, as of June 1, neighborhoods were closed to some foreigners in its various states, in order to control their numbers in Turkey's provinces and districts and to prevent their gathering in specific areas. According to the state immigration policy, foreigners cannot exceed 20% of the population in a neighborhood and 10% of the population in a town/district and city.

Neighborhoods Closed for Foreigners' Residence Permit Applications

1169 Neighborhoods in 58 Different Cities Closed for Residence Permits

Now, a total of 1169 neighborhoods in 58 different cities are closed for new residence permit applications. There are 4 neighborhoods in the Alanya district, 2 neighborhoods in the Döşemealtı district, 3 neighborhoods in the Konyaaltı district, and 1 neighborhood in the Muratpaşa district among the closed neighborhoods in Antalya province. Click here for the full and detailed list.

Update on 10.10.22: The Minister of Interior stated that new foreign applications for residence permits will not be accepted in some neighborhoods of Küçükçekmece, Başakşehir, Bağcılar, Avcılar, Bahçelievler, Sultangazi, Esenler, and Zeytinburnu districts in Istanbul.

New foreign national candidates cannot obtain a residence permit even if they buy property in these closed regions.

The current title deed holders are unaffected by the new law. Holders of titles will still be able to reside there. Even if they live in restricted areas, they are allowed to renew their residency permits.

Does the New Law Prohibit Renting or Buying a Property in Turkey?

Of course not. In Turkey, real estate investments are still viable. The property you've bought can be rented out even if you don't have a residence permit. If you need a residency permit, you must pay attention to the forbidden neighborhoods listed in the new law. Terra Real Estate can answer all your questions about buying real estate in Turkey with its licensed sales consultants. You can visit the "Real Estate in Turkey" page to find your dream property in Turkey.

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