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I'm a Turkish citizen and will get UK residence permit (Tier 2 visa) soon.

Turkish citizens living abroad are eligible for tax refund in Turkey according to this official website. It says that the departure should be within 3 months after the invoice date. I have no problem with that, but there is no specification regarding the residence permit start date.

May I get tax refund if I do shopping before my residence permit starts?

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I visited a Global Blue office in Istanbul and the answer I got was NO. They said that I have to reside abroad at least 6 months to be eligible for tax refund in Turkey.

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