Long term British expats in Turkey to get free permanent residency

Published:  12 Jul at 6 PM
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A proposed new law due to be set by the Turkish government will reward British nationals who have lived in the country for more tham eight years by granting them free permanent residency.

According to the British Consulate in Turkey, officials from the British Embassy have been in discussion with the Turkish government on the development of the new law. It’s due to be implemented in April next year, and is innovative as very few expats have ever been granted permanent residency in the country.

According to a spokesman for the British Embassy, the Consul has met with new General Director of Migration Management Atilla Toros and has discussed the best way to cooperate in informing British communities about the changes. According to Mr Toros, the government wishes to ensure the provisions are fully understood by the time they come into force.

At the present time, he added, there will be no immediate changes, and British expats are requested to follow the usual procedures until further notice. The major change is that, within 12 months or so, the Turkish police will no longer be responsible for issuing and approving expat resident permits.

A new civilian general directorate with offices in 81 provinces will be tasked with managing new permit applications and issuing permanent residence documents to those who qualify. The new law is expected to be welcomed by the thousands of British expats who have made their homes in the country, and should benefit the already positive relationship between the UK and Turkey.
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