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​​​​​​​Do I need a residence permit?

In general, all students from countries outside of TURKEY need to have a residence permit to study in Turkey if they are planning on staying for more than three months. 

International students will need to check carefully whether they need a visa to enter Turkey. A Visa is a document necessary for entering the country and must be applied for prior to departure. It is a sticker in your passport issued by a Turkish Embassy or Consulate. 

Check here for more information - Visa Information For Foreigners

A visa is not the same as a residence permit. A residence permit is a document necessary for staying in the country and should be applied for after arrival.

Applying for a visa in your country

When you are accepted to IAU you will receive an acceptance letter with which you can apply for a Visa in your Country. Please keep in mind that visa application procedures take a long time and plan your application accordingly. After you receive your visa in your country plan your travel accordingly for your enrollment to IAU. 

Applying for a residence permit in Turkey

All international students, regardless of their status, must register and obtain a Residence Permit (Ikamet Tezkeresi) from the Istanbul Provincial Immigration Administration Office within 10 days of entering Turkey. 
You can be required at any time to show your Residence Permit.

Enrolled students apply online at the Ministry Of Interior Directorate General Of Migration Management website. After you have applied, you will also need to collect required documents and make a tax payment. 

Applications for residence permits are processed by the Ministry Of Interior Directorate General Of Migration Management, NOT the University. The residence permit application is your responsibility.

First Time Application for Student Residence Permit

All International Students who completed their registration process at Istanbul Aydin University must apply for student's residence permit from www.goc.gov.tr within 10 days.

From the date of application within 30 days, documents must be completed and submitted to the International Students and Staff Affairs (ISSA-OFFICE). Those who have missing documents will be given 7 days to complete them. Those who do not complete the documents within the time period must submit their documents to the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management in Istanbul.


Required Documents for the First Time Student Residence Permit Application;

1. Online Residence Permit Application Form (Form needs to printed out and signed on the 4th page)

2. Passport and photocopy of passport (Pages containing identity information, photo and bearing stamps)

3. Four (4) biometric photos (must be taken within the last 6 months; the picture needs to have a white background)

4. Declaration which states that financial capacity is to be provided sufficiently and regularly throughout your stay in Turkey (as declared in the application form. Please note that the Directorate General of Migration Office in Istanbul may request supporting documents.) 

(From ISSA Office – J Block Ground Floor)

5. Valid Health Insurance (Insurance period must cover the intended residence permit duration.) (Click here for further information)

6. Student Letter (This document is valid 15 days after issuing) (From F Block – 1)

7. Tax Payment Receipt (covering the fees related to the Residence Permit)

The nearest Tax Office to University is in Avcılar (Adres: Cihangir, Ormanlı Cd. Avcılar Hükümet Konağı No:55, 34310 Avcılar/İstanbul/ Metrobus : Avcılar Merkez Station)

8. Name Declaration (It is necessary, If your name and surname is written together and not clear in your passport)

9. If you are under 18 years old:

      -Permission letter from your parents

      -Birth certificate

(These two documents must be stamped by your Consulate.)

Don't Forget!

Step 1 – Make an Online Student Residence Permit Application from www.goc.gov.tr.

Step 2 - Once you completed the online application process, if you see a specific appointment date in your application form, you must go to Immigration Office with your required documents (As you can see above) and submit them. If there isn't an appointment date in your application form, please be aware that you must submit your documents to International Student & Staff Affairs (ISSA Office) within 30 days.

How to submit my required documents to ISSA Office?

Take an appointment from your UBIS account for submitting your documents to ISSA Office. (Click to Appointment for RP Document Submission)


INFOGRAPHIC FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT APPLICATION

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P.S.: You can't submit your documents to university without an appointment.


Student Residence Permit Extension Application

Students who are still continuing their education and also have a valid residence permit should do an extension application from www.goc.gov.tr. Extension Residence Permit applications can be made only 60 days before the valid residence permit expired. When the application has been completed and if there is a certain date written in your application form, you must go to Immigration Office with your required documents (as you can see below) and submit them. If there isn't appointment date in your application form, please be aware that you must submit your documents to the International Student & Staff Affairs (ISSA Office) within 15 days. Those who have missing documents will be given 7 days to complete their documents and those who do not complete their documents within this period of time must submit their documents to the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management in Istanbul by themselves.

Note-1: University is not responsible after the 7 days alert, if students did not submit their missing documents on time.

Note-2: When you comlpeted your residence permit application, you are able to see your appointment place. If your appointment place is BAKIRKÖY İLÇE GÖÇ İDARESİ MÜDÜRLÜĞÜ, you must send your documents to BAKIRKÖY İLÇE GÖÇ İDARESİ MÜDÜRLÜĞÜ via PTT within 5 days.

Required Documents for the Extension Student Residence Permit;

1. Online Residence Permit Application Form (Form needs to printed out and signed on the 4th page)

2. Passport and photocopy of passport (Pages containing identity information, photo and bearing stamps)

3. Four (4) biometric photos (must be taken within the last 6 months; the picture needs to have a white background)

4. Photocopy of the residence permit (Back and Forth)

5. Declaration which states that financial capacity is to be provided sufficiently and regularly throughout your stay in Turkey (as declared in the application form. Please note that the Directorate General of Migration Office in Istanbul may request supporting documents.) (From ISSA Office – J Block Ground Floor)

6. Valid Health Insurance (Insurance period must cover the intended residence permit duration.) (Click here for further information)  

7. Student Letter (This document is valid 15 days after issuing) (from F Block – 1)

8. Tax Payment Receipt (covering the fees related to the Residence Permit)

The nearest Tax Office to University is in Avcılar ( Adres: Cihangir, Ormanlı Cd. Avcılar Hükümet Konağı No:55, 34310 Avcılar/İstanbul/ Metrobus : Avcılar Merkez Station)

9. Proof of Residency Letter (In Turkish: İkametgah Belgesi, Name of the place in Turkish: İlçe Nüfus Müdürlüğü)

10. Name Declaration (clearly stating your name and surname if they are written together in your passport)

11. If you are under 18 years old:

      -Permission letter from your parents

      -Birth certificate

(These two documents must be stamped by your Consulate.)

 

Don't Forget!

Step 1 – Make an Online Student Residence Permit Application from www.goc.gov.tr.

Step 2 - Once you completed the online application process, if you see a specific appointment date in your application form, you must go to Immigration Office with your required documents (As you can see above) and submit it. If there isn't an appointment date in your application form, please be aware that you must submit your documents to International Student & Staff Affairs (ISSA Office) within 15 days.

How to submit my required documents to ISSA Office?

Take an appointment from your UBIS account for submitting your documents to ISSA Office. (Click to Appointment for RP Document Submission)

P.S.: You can't submit your documents to university without an appointment.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

•  Students are responsible to follow up their application for the residence permit on time. Please obey and follow the rules and regulations in order to avoid any kind of problems and punishments, such as paying penalty or getting deported.

  • Istanbul Migration Office considers the online appointment date of your application form, thus, application process for staying legally in Turkey must be done before the validation of your visa or the residence permit expiration date.

• In case of any changes in Name/Surname, marital status, address, passport, department/program at your university, university etc. the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management should be informed within 10 days.

  • For those who graduated and planning to stay in Turkey, they must transfer their residency to short-term residence permit within 10 days.

• Student residence permit is an individual. It doesn't cover your family.

• The process of the residence permit carries out by The Migration Office, therefore, in case of any rule and regulation change/update, please keep in touch with the below-mentioned address and follow their website www.goc.gov.tr

• If the Cellphone number and E-mail address which you declare on your residence permit application changes, please inform the Immigration Office on time, otherwise, you will not receive any SMS or an E-mail notification according to your application. The University and the Immigration Office is not responsible for the undelivered SMS or E-mails.

PS:  You can check the Residence Permit Manual book for your online application which was made by IAU's International Students and Staff Affairs.

Click here for RP Manuel Book


ATTENTION PLEASE

I submitted my application and documents to International Student and Staff Affairs. Then, what will I do?

• When your documents were submitted to Immigration Office by ISSA Office staff, you will receive an SMS or E-mail notification from Immigration Office about your residence permit application has been accepted or not accepted.

• After a while, you will receive an SMS or an E-mail to get your Residence Permit Application Document from Immigration Office.  

 If the university receives your residence permit card, IAU-International Student & Staff Office will inform you via UBIS notification.

Note: All you need is to wait for an SMS or an E-mail from the Migration Office when you have submitted your documents to university.

Contact Information:

Immigration office Communication Number: 157

Click here to access Migration Office YouTube Channel  

Please don't forget to download Migration Office Mobile Application!

Ankara İl Göç İdaresi Müdürlüğü : ankara@goc.gov.tr

Tel: 0312 439 40 40 / 0312 440 33 48

İstanbul İl Göç İdaresi Müdürlüğü : istanbul@goc.gov.tr

Tel: 0212 499 40 00

Adress of İstanbul İl Göç İdaresi Müdürlüğü : Hırka-I Şerif Mahallesi, Vatan Caddesi, No:64 Fatih/İstanbul


How can I go to İstanbul Migration Office?

Transportation from University;

1st Step: Take a Metrobus from Beşyol Station to Şirinevler

2nd Step: From Şirinler take Tramway (M1) till Fatih Station

3rd Step: Just exit from the Emniyet Direction, walk straightly till you see Immigration Office.

Residence permits - please note
  • ** If you are accepted to studies in IAU lasting more than three months, you should apply for a residence permit for studies - not a visa!
  • ** You must have your residence permit after you complete your enrollment to IAU.
  • ** You will need a passport to obtain a residence permit. Check that y our passport does not expire during the duration of your studies.
  • ** Ministry Of Interior Directorate General Of Migration Management requires that you show that you have health insurance when applying for the residence permit.
  • ** The ONLY way to make an application is ONLINE at the Ministry Of Interior Directorate General Of Migration Management website, but please ensure you have all documents ready so you can make a complete and full application.
  • ** With a residence permit for studies you are NOT allowed to work!. You can only work with a WORK PERMIT.
  • ** Don't leave it to the last minute! Make your residence permit application online as soon as you have completed your enrollment. 
Residence Permit Manual for International Students
ikamet.Kitapcik.JPGDear Students, If you are planning to apply for the residence permit and need assistance, you can check our manual. We have explained step by step application process.  It's easy you just need to follow step as it is explained in the manual.   


güncelleme: 23.7.2018 16:39