Residence Permit and Procedures

Residence Permit and Procedures

In order to apply for necessary matters (ex. residence permit, bank account), you need to get a tax number first.

All you need is your passport and a photocopy of the passport page with your photograph on it.

Address of Beyoğlu Vergi Dairesi (Tax Office):

Şahkulu Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Cad. No:125, 34421 Beyoğlu

Phone: (0212) 244 03 83

  1. You must make an online application by going to the Migration Office website.
  2. Please follow the guide below to carry out your online residence permit application.
  3. If you are applying for the first time, select “I LODGE AN APPLICATION FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR THE FIRST TIME”.
  4. Online Application must be made, in any case, before the expiration of the visa.
  5. You will submit all of your documents to the International Student Advising Office.
    • NOTE: Students who have Syrian Temporary Protection Card will need to go to the Migration Office at their appointment date and submit their documents there after they complete their online application.

RESIDENCE PERMIT STEP-BY-STEP


The Migration Office may always ask for additional information and documents concerning your residence permit request.

IMPORTANT: If you are facing any technical difficulties on the website regarding your application, we advise you to do your application under the Turkish version of the First Application. To avoid language problems, we have created a presentation with translations, in this link.


DOCUMENTS FOR APPLICATION

  1. Passport

  2. Four Passport size photos (photo must be taken within the last 6-months (frontal, clear face, in a way that the foreigner can be recognized easily) with a white background and as biometric).

  3. Photocopy of passport pages (the page with your photo, the page where validity and expiry dates are written, and the page with the last entry stamp)

  4. 110 Turkish Lira fee receipt (you can pay the card fee at the tax office) Tax Office Address: Hisar Vergi Dairesi –Hobyar Mah. Yalıköşkü Cd. No: 16, Sirkeci-Fatih

  5. Student Certificate (in Turkish) Please get it signed & stamped by Student Affairs Office.

  6. A printout of your online application form (must be colored print)

  7. Health Insurance Policy (Turkish Version)

  8. E-visa printout (for students who have e-visa)

  9. In cases where the person concerned is under the age of 18 and is arriving without a visa:

  • Deed of consent (Muvafakatname) by the student's father/mother/legal guardian is required. The person under the age of 18 should obtain mentioned deed of consent from the legal authorities in their respective country before arriving in Turkey mentioning that the student has permission to live in Turkey and study in Istanbul Bilgi University. 
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: Certain conditions have been set for these two documents: • If students’ respective country is a party to the Apostille Convention, then the documents should have the Apostille approval by the Turkish embassy or consulate in their country. The certified Turkish translation of the documents have to be approved by the notary. • If the students’ documents have been prepared in their respective country without the Apostille approval, then they must firstly get them approved by their embassy or consulate in Turkey. Secondly, they should go to the district governorship, Legal Advisory Department to approve their certified Turkish translated documents.
  • Birth certificate (Turkish translation - notary approved)


Attention: Please do not make your online residence permit application before being physically here in Istanbul! According to the laws, you can only make this application after you cross the Turkish border.

Renewal Presentation

NOTE: Students who have Syrian Temporary Protection Card will need to go to the Migration Office at their appointment date and submit their documents there after they complete their online application.

The administration might ask for additional information and documents regarding your residence permit request.

IMPORTANT: If you are facing any technical difficulties on the website regarding your application, we advise you to do your application under the Turkish version of the First Application. However, if you started your renewal application on the English version, you must first cancel the application. To avoid language problems, we have created a presentation with translations, in this link

DOCUMENTS FOR APPLICATION:

  1. Passport

  2. Four Passport size photos (photo must be taken within the last 6-months (frontal, clear face, in a way that the foreigner can be recognized easily) with a white background and as biometric).

  3. Photocopy of passport pages (the page with your photo, the page where validity and expiry dates are written, and the page with the last entry stamp)

  4. Photocopy of Residence Permit Card

  5. 110 Turkish Lira fee receipt (you can pay the card fee at the tax office) Tax Office Address: Hisar Vergi Dairesi –Hobyar Mah. Yalıköşkü Cd. No: 16, Sirkeci-Fatih

  6. Student Certificate (in Turkish) Please get it signed & stamped by Student Affairs office.

  7. A printout of your online application form (must be colored print)

  8. Health Insurance Policy (Turkish Version)

  9. E-visa printout (for students who have e-visa)

  10. In cases where the person concerned is under the age of 18 and is arriving without a visa:

  • Deed of consent (Muvafakatname) by the student's father/mother/legal guardian is required. The person under the age of 18 should obtain mentioned deed of consent from the legal authorities in their respective country before arriving in Turkey mentioning that the student has permission to live in Turkey and study in Istanbul Bilgi University. 
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: Certain conditions have been set for these two documents: • If students’ respective country is a party to the Apostille Convention, then the documents should have the Apostille approval by the Turkish embassy or consulate in their country. The certified Turkish translation of the documents have to be approved by the notary. • If the students’ documents have been prepared in their respective country without the Apostille approval, then they must firstly get them approved by their embassy or consulate in Turkey. Secondly, they should go to the district governorship, Legal Advisory Department to approve their certified Turkish translated documents.
  • Birth certificate (Turkish translation - notary approved)


IMPORTANT: In case your residence permit expired already and you cannot make the online application (renewal option), you need to apply as a new applicant at the first 10 days after the expiring day of the residence permit that you already have. So keep in mind that you cannot apply for Residence Permit Renewal anymore, but for Residence Permit - First Application at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr

If you need to change your residence permit type from short term to student residence permit, here are the steps to follow:

Transfer Application

NOTE: The administration might ask for additional information and documents regarding your residence permit request.

DOCUMENTS FOR APPLICATION:

  1. Passport

  2. Four Passport size photos (photo must be taken within the last 6-months (frontal, clear face, in a way that the foreigner can be recognized easily) with a white background and as biometric).

  3. Photocopy of passport pages (the page with your photo, the page where validity and expiry dates are written, and the page with the last entry stamp)

  4. Photocopy of Residence Permit Card

  5. 110 Turkish Lira fee receipt (you can pay the card fee at the tax office) Tax Office Address: Hisar Vergi Dairesi –Hobyar Mah. Yalıköşkü Cd. No: 16, Sirkeci-Fatih

  6. Student Certificate (in Turkish) Please get it signed & stamped by Student Affairs office.

  7. A printout of your online application form (must be colored print)

  8. Health Insurance Policy (Turkish Version)

  9. E-visa printout (for students who have e-visa)

  10. In cases where the person concerned is under the age of 18 and is arriving without a visa:

  • Deed of consent (Muvafakatname) by the student's father/mother/legal guardian is required. The person under the age of 18 should obtain mentioned deed of consent from the legal authorities in their respective country before arriving in Turkey mentioning that the student has permission to live in Turkey and study in Istanbul Bilgi University. 
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: Certain conditions have been set for these two documents: • If students’ respective country is a party to the Apostille Convention, then the documents should have the Apostille approval by the Turkish embassy or consulate in their country. The certified Turkish translation of the documents have to be approved by the notary. • If the students’ documents have been prepared in their respective country without the Apostille approval, then they must firstly get them approved by their embassy or consulate in Turkey. Secondly, they should go to the district governorship, Legal Advisory Department to approve their certified Turkish translated documents.
  • Birth certificate (Turkish translation - notary approved)


A student visa only allows you one entry into Turkey, meaning you can't leave Turkey until you receive the residence permit.

In case you decide to leave Turkey and take the risk before you receive your residence permit, please make sure you have your residence permit receipt with you at the airport that shows you applied for your residence permit and are waiting to receive it. The International Student Advising Office suggests you don’t take this risk and you wait until you receive your resident permit before you travel outside of Turkey.

After the submission of your documents to the Migration office, please be sure that you have taken your »Müracaat Belgesi«. The Müracaat Belgesi is the receipt of residence permit application. To take this document, you need to go with your departure ticket to İstanbul İl Goç İdaresi and submit it to the “Tebliğ Odası” on the first floor. Please make sure to get this document 3-5 days prior to leaving the country.

In case you decide to leave Turkey before you receive the residence permit, please make sure you have your Müracaat Belgesi + residence payment receipt with you at the airport that shows you applied for your residence permit.

According to the law, you are NOT allowed to leave the country more than 15 days without the residence permit.

Private Health Insurance

In order to apply for residence permit, you need to have an active health insurance. For this, you can apply to any health insurance company within Turkey. To make this process easier for you, there are a few private health insurance companies that work with our university that have representatives on campus. Make sure to visit the International Student Advising Office for more information.

Required documents to apply for Private Health Insurance:

  • Application form*

  • Passport Number

  • Photocopy of passport

  • Student Certificate (Turkish Version)

  • Payment receipt of the insurance policy**


* Collect your application form from International Student Advising Office at santralistanbul campus.

**While you make your policy payment, you will need to provide your tax number to the bank teller.

SGK Health Insurance

After you received you Residence Permit Card, you may apply to Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (SGK). Once you apply to SGK, you won’t need to apply for a new special Health Insurance during your Residence Permit renewal. For the application you will need your Residence Permit Card and signed and stamped student certificate.

Address: Pürtelaş Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi No: 43 Fındıklı - Beyoğlu / İSTANBUL Phone: (212) 372 10 00 E-mail: bilgi@istanbulsgk.gov.tr


DISCLAIMER: The information below is provided to help you have an idea on what to do in certain situations. Please make sure that you call the Migration Office Hotline - 157 - before you take any action. This is to ensure that you are following the latest procedure.

Important Notes While Applying for Residence Permit

You should make your application between the time period of visa or visa dispensation. During the application appropriateness to the 180/90 rule is checked. According to this, foreigners who enter Turkey under the concept of visa or visa dispensation can only stay in our borders for 90 days without a residence permit. Students who entered the country with a conditional acceptance have to make their application within 10 days of notice; fail to do so, then the office cannot accept the applications in any case. Student Residence Permit Application can be made during the visa time/visa dispensation after the registration to a university is completed. If students who entered the country with a conditional passport fail to make their registration to a university on the day that they entered the country, they cannot receive a student residence permit. Students who applied for the residence permit within 3 months of their registration to the university can proceed their application without an insurance as long as they promise to have an insurance within 3 months time. After the first three months, according to law 6458, students without an insurance must have a private health insurance under the order of the law. If the international student had made an international insurance before arriving the country, then they are required to provide a notarized translation of the policy. Additionally, the student will need the university’s written approval for the order of residence permit application in order to continue their application.

Address and Contact Information of the Migration Office

Ministry of Interior Directorate General of Migration Management Communication Centre for Foreigners

  • For the questions and concerns of foreigners about entry into, stay in, exit from Turkey, residence permit card delivery.

  • To receive information about staying in Turkey with different residence status

  • For emergency requests throughout Turkey you may call 157, from abroad +90 312 157 11 22 Turkish, English, Arabic, Russian, Persian and German. 7 days 24 hours

The Address of İçişleri Bakanlığı Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü / Directorate General of Migration Management (VATAN):

İstanbul İl Goç İdaresi Müdürlüğü, Hirka - İ Şerif Mahallesi, Vatan Caddesi No: 64/34091, Fatih/İstanbul



Expiry

The residence permit applications can occur at the earliest 60 days prior to the expiration date, however students with expired residence permits can apply for a new one in 10 days time with penalty. If the 10 day period is missed, students with an acceptable excuse will apply to the migration office to prove the situation with a written paper. A Migration Office committee will consider the request if the decision is negative then the time spent will be added to the penalty. If you do not have an acceptable excuse then the application will be cancelled and the student will be required to leave the borders and return with a new visa to be applicable for a new residence permit.

IF YOU ARE NO LONGER A STUDENT

If you are out of the rights of being a student the other types of residence permit procedures will apply; in all cases you should apply before the expiration date or within 10 day period for the residence permit that will fit your situation.


Changing Information

If you have changed your address, phone number, marital status, name, birth certificate or have lost your residence card, you have to notify it to the immigration office by: 

  • filling out this form - (English translation)
  • emailing the copy of your passport and residence permit card with the form to the Migration Office (Göç İdaresi) at: istanbul.degerlendirme@goc.gov.tr 


Make sure you do this within 10 days of changing the information.


Changing University/Major/Faculty

If you are a transferred student from another University in Turkey, or changed your faculty or department in İstanbul Bilgi University, you have to inform and register your new contact information to Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü/Migration Office.

If the student is changing his/her school from one city to another then they are responsible to go and inform the Migration Office within 10 days.

If the student is making any changes within the same city then they are responsible to go and inform the Migration Office within 20 days.

Please visit the International Student Advising Office for detailed information.


Lost Residence Permit Card

If you lost your residence permit card or got it stolen, you should first go to the nearest police station and report that it is no longer in your possession. You will receive a report stating that it is lost. You must then go to your district’s muhtar (muhtarlık) and take a residence certificate (ikametgah). With all of these documents, you should go to the Migration Office and submit it to them.

Required Documents:

  • Passport
  • Police Report
  • İkametgah*

* This document can be obtained at the District of Population (Nüfus Müdürlüğü) in the area that you are living in. You need to take your house contract, bills and residence permit card with you to get this document.

Graduation

Students who are about to graduate are responsible to inform the Migration Office within 10 days. If you wish to stay in Turkey after your graduation, you can make a transfer application from Student to Short-Term residence permit.


Tracking Residence Permit Card

You may follow your residence permit progress under PTT Registered Mail tracking.

After the application, residence permit application is evaluated and if found suitable, postal barcode will be sent to you via SMS.

In case your residence permit is issued, they will send it to university. We will email you on your BİLGİ email address once it arrives. However, if you wrote your home address on the application form and if they cannot find you at the address and for this reason your documents cannot be delivered, documents will be held in the related branch of the PTT for 7 days and then returned to the governorate applied. In this case you can receive your residence permit by inquiring where you applied first (VATAN).