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INFORMATION ON OBTAINING A STUDENT RESIDENCE PERMIT

Upon your arrival you need to apply for a residence permit and get an appointment within 30 days. This will allow you to travel in and out of Turkey without re-applying for a visa. Students who fail to get a residence permit appointment within 30 days will be required to exit the country and re-enter again. In this situation, the student is required to obtain the residence permit appointment within 10 days.

Students cannot stay in Turkey without having a residence permit. If they leave the country before they receive their residency permit, their visas will be invalidated. The event that they stay past their visa duration of 30 days without receiving their residency permit and then leave Turkey then they can be banned from entering Turkey for three months and/or receive a monetary fine. 

NOTE: You are required to provide prove of health insurance in your residence permit application. Please view the “Health Insurance for International Students” section of this guide for more information.

First time applications are submitted to the FSMVU International Student Office but students must still register for an online appointment in the weblink below to receive an application. Students with missing documents or with exceptions must submit their documents to the Directorate General of Immigration Management Istanbul Branch directly on the date of the appointment.

Residence Permit Online Application Page

The following documents are needed in order to apply for a Residence Permit:

  • Online application form received from the E-Ikamet website.
  • Photocopy of Passport (all stamped pages)
  • 4 biometric photographs with white background.
  • Proof of health insurance.
  • Student Certificate (Öğrenci Belgesi)
  • Declaration of residence (copy of rent contract or any other document showing where you will be residing)
  • Receipt of residence permit card fee.

The Innternational Student Office will accept Student Residence Permit Applications on Thursday, 28.09.2017.

Upon the application, the residence permit is processed within several days and it will then be sent to the Student Affairs Office where you can pick up your residence permit. Take the permit with you if you leave the country; you will need it to re-enter.

The address of the International Student Office:
FSMVU Halic Campus, A-Block, 2nd Floor, Room 208A, 
Sütlüce Mah. Karaağaç Cad. No: 12 Beyoğlu/ISTANBUL

In order to renew or extend your Residence Permit, you should apply to the Directorate General of Migration Management Istanbul Branch as well. You should make your renewal or extension application at least one (1) month before the expiry date of your current Residence Permit. The residence permits that are worn out or erased should be renewed. If you lost your residence permit, consult Directorate General of Migration Management immediately. 

We would like to remind you that it is your responsibility to be aware of these rules and regulations. Please pay attention to these rules in order to avoid any serious legal and financial problems ahead.

THE DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF MIGRATION MANAGEMENT WILL MOST LIKELY GIVE ONLY A 1 YEAR PERMIT FOR LANGUAGE PREPATORY STUDENTS, THIS IS A NORMAL PROCEDURE. ONCE YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR LANGUAGE PREPARATORY CLASS, YOU WILL NEED TO APPLY FOR AN EXTENSION OF YOUR RESIDENCE PERMIT AT THE GENERAL DIRECTORATE OF MIGRATION MANAGEMENT ISTANBUL BRANCH.


IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • RESIDENCE PERMIT EXTENSIONS AND RENEWALS ARE MADE IN PERSON BY THE STUDENT TO THE DIRECTORATE OF IMMIGRATION MANAGEMENT.
  • PLEASE DO NOT SCHEDULE A TRIP OUTSIDE OF TURKEY UNTIL YOU RECEIVE YOUR RESIDENCE PERMIT AS ONCE YOU LEAVE YOUR VISA WILL BE VOID AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COME BACK FOR 3 MONTHS AND YOU MUST OBTAIN A NEW STUDENT VISA.
  • FREEZING YOUR REGISTRATION, CANCELING YOUR REGISTRATION, GETTING MARRIED, GETTING A TURKISH CITIZENSHIP, GRADUATING OR OTHER EVENTS THAT CHANGE YOUR STATUS WILL CANCEL AND VOID YOUR RESIDENCE PERMIT STARTING FROM THE DATE OF THE EVENT. PLEASE PLAN AHEAD OF TIME AND GET AN APPOINTMENT FOR A NEW RESIDENCY PERMIT BEFORE HAND.
  • IF THE DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF MIGRATION MANAGEMENT AND/OR THE UNIVERSITY CANNOT CONTACT YOU FOR 3 MONTHS, YOUR RESIDENCE PERMIT WILL BE CANCELLED. 
  • TO AVOID SUCH SITUATIONS PLEASE INFORM BOTH THE DIRECTORATE AND THE UNIVERSITY WITHIN 10 DAYS IF YOU CHANGE YOUR RESIDENCE ADDRESS.



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