Obtaining a residence permit for children under the age of 18 in Turkey is one of the most common questions asked by foreign families who intend to emigrate and live in this country.

Under Turkish government law, foreigners under the age of 18 who want to live in Turkey are required to obtain an official residence permit in Turkey.

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There are several ways to obtain Turkish residence or citizenship, residence permits are usually issued to foreigners under the age of 18 by obtaining a family residence permit or a student residence permit.

Here are some of the most important ways you need to know about obtaining a residence permit for children under the age of 18 in Turkey, so stay with us.

Obtaining residence in Turkey for children under the age of 18 through family residence

Family residence permits are issued to foreign families under certain conditions.

By obtaining a family residence in Turkey, it is possible to obtain residence for foreign children under the age of 18.

Children of foreigners with family residence permits are also entitled to study in Turkish primary, middle and secondary education institutions and schools until the age of 18, after which they must apply for a student residence permit in Turkish universities.

In addition, foreigners under the age of 18 whose mother or father or both reside in Turkey are allowed to obtain residency.

If both parents apply for Turkish residency, only the birth certificate ( translation of the child’s ID card) is sufficient to issue the Turkish residency for the child.

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However, if one of the parents wants to obtain residency for their child in Turkey, in this case the consent of the other party is necessary, and the consent of the person who intends to obtain residency in Turkey must be officially translated and stamped by the embassy.

If the parents are separated and custody of the child has been granted to the person intending to obtain residence in Turkey, the party intending to obtain residence in Turkey must provide an official translation notarized by the court with the seal of the Consulate General.

In the event of the death of one of the parents of a minor child, the person who wants to obtain Turkish residency for himself for the child under the age of 18 must provide an official and translated proof of death of the other party.

Obtaining residence in Turkey for children under the age of 18 through student residence

If a child under the age of 18 wants to live in Turkey on his own, he must provide a translated consent from his parents, and in some cases, based on an individual immigration application, the child will be supported in Turkey.

Foreigners under the age of 18 who do not have a valid family residence permit, and who wish to obtain primary, middle and secondary education in Turkish schools, will be allowed to remain in Turkey as students.

Where foreigners who want to study in primary, middle and secondary education and have a family residence permit, can continue their education until the age of 18 without the need for independent residence.

However, student residence permits are available for foreigners who want to study in Turkey before entering university.

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But if a foreigner applies for a student residence permit in Turkey, he/she must obtain parental consent when applying for a residence permit.

With the consent of a parent or legal guardian, foreign nationals under the age of 18 wishing to complete their primary, middle and secondary education in Turkey are allowed to stay as students for one year, which can be extended.

Note that sending a student to Turkey or studying at the pre-university level in this country requires up-to-date information and careful follow-up of the required documents and conditions of schools in this country.

Obtaining residence in Turkey for children under the age of 18 through investment

Foreigners wishing to invest in Turkey can apply for Turkish citizenship under certain conditions for themselves and their families.

For example, by investing in Turkish real estate or buying a house or apartment worth 250 thousand dollars, you can obtain Turkish citizenship for yourself, your wife and children under the age of 18.

In this case, the investor’s family members do not need to apply separately for a short-term residence permit, as all family members will get Turkish citizenship if they submit some translated documents such as identity card, passport and status document.

But note that children over the age of 18 cannot obtain Turkish citizenship, but rather obtain a permanent residence permit as they are not considered Turkish citizens.

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Important points

  • In general, the most important thing for obtaining residence in Turkey for children under the age of 18 is to prove the identity of the child’s parents and whether the parties agree or disagree on this issue.
  • The next point to note is that children under the age of 18 do not need to obtain Turkish health insurance to obtain a residence permit in Turkey.

However, due to the high cost of medicines and hospitals in Turkey, it is recommended to get insurance for your children under the age of 18 as well.

  • In Turkey there is no full priority for the father, and he cannot decide on obtaining residency for his children under the age of 18 in Turkey on his own, even if the father settled in Turkey with his child and the mother remains in her home country, the consent of the mother is 100% necessary.
  • People under the age of 18 can continue their education in public and private schools or international schools in Turkey after obtaining a family residence permit, investing under certain conditions, or obtaining student residence.