Türkiye’s Immigration Evolution: Introducing the Digital Nomad Visa 

Published: 8 May 2024

In a landmark move, Türkiye has opened its doors wider to the global community with the introduction of the Digital Nomad Visa (DNV), signaling a strategic shift in its immigration policies. This announcement, made on April 23rd, 2024, marks a significant milestone in Türkiye’s efforts to attract a diverse range of talent and investment into its growing tech and innovation ecosystem. 

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Unveiling The Digital Nomad Visa 

For years, the concept of a dedicated visa catering specifically to digital nomads has been a topic of discussion among individuals, both domestically within Türkiye and internationally. While Türkiye’s existing tourist residence permit provided a temporary solution for some, it became evident that a more tailored approach was needed to accommodate the unique needs and lifestyles of digital nomads. The evolution of Türkiye’s immigration policies has been closely observed by immigration experts, who have shed light on the shifting landscape. They highlight that while Türkiye’s tourist residency permits were once relatively easy to obtain, recent reforms have highlighted the inadequacies of this approach. As Türkiye strives to adapt to changing global dynamics and position itself as an attractive destination for remote workers, the introduction of a specialized visa category for digital nomads has become a pressing necessity. 

This recognition of the need for a dedicated Digital Nomad Visa emphasizes Türkiye’s proactive approach to immigration policy, signaling its readiness to embrace the growing trend of remote work and entrepreneurship. By offering an efficient visa process tailored to the needs of digital nomads, Türkiye aims to attract a diverse variety of talent and position itself as a leading destination for remote work and innovation. 

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Eligibility for the Digital Nomad Visa 

The Digital Nomad Visa represents Türkiye’s commitment to embracing remote work and attracting global talent. However, eligibility for the DNV is limited to citizens of specific countries. Only individuals aged 21 to 55 from 32 designated nations are eligible to apply. These countries include the United States, Canada, various European Union member states such as Germany, France, and Italy, as well as countries like Russia and Ukraine. Specialists note that Türkiye has implemented nationality-based restrictions in recent years, particularly amid significant immigration reforms. This strategic approach aims to manage the influx of migrants and ensure that the DNV is accessible to genuine digital nomads while minimizing the risk of misuse or controversy. 

In addition to nationality requirements, applicants must meet a minimum income threshold of USD 3,000 per month (USD 36,000 annually) to qualify for the DNV. This financial criterion ensures that applicants possess the means to support themselves while residing in Türkiye and contributes to the sustainability of the visa program. 

Application Process 

Initiating the application process for the Turkish Digital Nomad Visa (DNV) begins on the government’s Pre-Application platform, Digital Nomad GoTurkey. Prospective applicants are required to upload a set of essential documents, including: 

  • A valid travel document/passport, with at least six months of validity from the intended date of arrival in Türkiye. 
  • Higher Education diploma or its equivalent. 
  • Documentation demonstrating employment as a Digital Nomad: 
  • Contract (if employed by a non-Turkish company). 
  • Employment contract (if self-employed, excluding Turkish companies). 
  • Biometric photo. 
  • Proof of a monthly income of USD 3,000 or an annual income of USD 36,000. 

Upon completion of the application process on this platform, successful applicants receive a “Digital Nomad Identification Certificate”. Subsequently, they must progress with further steps of their application at Turkish consulates or visa centers to finalize the process. 


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Anticipating Türkiye’s Tech Visa 

In alignment with the Digital Nomad Visa, Türkiye is assured to launch a groundbreaking initiative aimed at attracting tech talent and promoting innovation within its borders: the Tech Visa. While the specifics of this visa category are still being finalized, early indications suggest a robust framework designed to support both startups and seasoned tech professionals. 

Many experts highlighted the potential of the Tech Visa to strengthen Türkiye’s tech ecosystem. With provisions such as income tax exemptions and social security coverage, the Tech Visa promises to incentivize tech entrepreneurship, research and development activities within Türkiye. 


In conclusion, Türkiye’s venture into the realm of digital nomadism and tech immigration represents a pivotal moment in its journey toward economic growth and technological advancement. By embracing diversity and fostering an environment conducive to innovation, Türkiye is guaranteed to unlock new opportunities on the global stage. As the world watches Türkiye’s transformation unfold, one thing is certain: the future looks bright for Türkiye and its dynamic immigrant community. 

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