Residence Permit is an official document stating registration with the Provincial Migration Administration Management (İl Göç İdaresi). All international students, regardless of status, are required to apply for a residence permit as soon as they arrive in Turkey. Please check your visa requirements and duration of stay allowance in Turkey in the link.
Please note that you cannot leave Turkey without obtaining your residence permit card. If you do so, you will receive a penalty depending on your case. Turkish citizens/blue card holders do not need to get a residence permit.
Provincial Migration Administration Management is the authorized unit for the residence permit process and you can apply online for an appointment via https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr
A- Steps you should follow up for residence permit first application
a-) You should make your online residence permit application in this link: https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr
b-) You should select "first application" button and fill in the form.
c-) After you complete the form, you will select a new appointment date for your residence permit application.
d-) After filling the form and selecting the appointment date, you need to get a print of your application form and prepare necessary documents listed as below. Then you should go to Provincial Migration Administration* and submit your all documents there.
*The address of Provincial Migration Administration Management is HIRKA-İ ŞERİF MAHALLESİ VATAN CADDESİ NO:64/ 34091 FATİH / İSTANBUL (It is next to Vatan Police Station)
B- Necessary documents for residence permit first application
1-) Residence Permit Application Form (Signed)
2-) Copy of passport (identity information and photo page, stamp page and visa page) If you have entered Turkey with e-visa, you have to submit copy of your e-visa.
3-) Old residence permit copy (if you have an old residence permit)
4-) Four (4) photos
5-) Proof of financial status document for those who have entry/exit penalty previously. (This is not required for students who do not have any penalty while entering and exiting Turkey)
6-) If there is not a distinction between your name and surname, your name and surname will be written adjacent on your residence permit card. If you want your name and surname to be written separately, then you should submit name equivalency certificate which should be taken from your Consulate in Turkey.
7-) If you are under 18 years old, you should submit a document (letter of parental consent) written by your parents allowing you to study and live in Turkey. It should have an Apostille and must be officially translated into Turkish. You should get a true copy of it by notary. If you come from a country that does not have an Apostille agreement, then you should also get the approval from the district governorship in Turkey after getting it translated and approved by notary.
8-) If you are under 18 years old, you should submit your birth certificate. It should have an Apostille and must be officially translated into Turkish. You should get a true copy of it by notary. If you come from a country that does not have an Apostille agreement, then you should also get the approval from the district governorship in Turkey after getting it translated and approved by notary.
9-) If you are under 18 years old, you should submit the proof of stay in Turkey (dorm document, rental agreement, etc.)
10-) Student Certificate (to be obtained from the Student Resources)
11-) Criminal report "sabıka kaydı" (if required)
You can get the criminal record from Anadolu Adalet Sarayı in Kartal. You should go to the office of criminal record with your passport. It is in C Block, -2nd floor. You can see the address below;
Esentepe Mah. E-5 Yan yol Cad. No:39 Kartal / İstanbul
You can also get the criminal record from İstanbul Adalet Sarayı, you can see address below;
Çağlayan Meydanı Şişli Merkez Mah. Abide-i Hürriyet Cad. No: 223 Şişli / İstanbul
12-) You should pay 63 TL which is the residence permit card fee and submit the payment receipt and keep the receipt copy for yourself. You can pay it on online during your application (if you have any bank account in Turkey), at the tax office in Bostancı and Kartal, or at the Immigration Office when you go in your appointment date.
Kartal tax office; Hürriyet Mahallesi Yakacık D-100 Kuzey Yanyol Caddesi No:47/A-B Kartal/İSTANBUL
Bostancı tax office address: Oto Sanayi Sitesi E-5 Karayolu Değirmen Yolu Sok. Maliye Kompleksi D:18, Bostancı, Kadıköy, İstanbul
13-) Residence Permit Declaration Forms (there are two documents which you have to fill in and submit during your application to the Immigration Office Staff) You can request these documents from the International Relations Office.
- All international students, regardless of status, have to apply for a residence permit as soon as they arrive in Turkey. Please check your visa requirements and duration of stay allowance in Turkey here in the link. If not, you have to make a new entry to Turkey and then apply again for the residence permit.
- You should enter a valid phone number on your application form otherwise the immigration officers can not inform you for a missing document and cancel your first application.
- While filling the residence permit online application form, you can request the residence permit period up to maximum 2 months before your passport expiry date.
- You don't have to submit your health insurance certificate on your first residence permit application. You should just select "SSI General Health Insurance" in the online application form.
For any questions please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org