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Residence Permit - First Application for Exchange Students

Be aware that this information is the summary of previously gained experience. Every student has to read the Immigration Office official web page and follow the updates about Law on Foreigners and International Protection, as regulations might change frequently: http://en.goc.gov.tr

Exchange Students enrolled in an academic program in Turkey for 3 months or longer are obliged to acquire a short-term residence permit as per the Law on Foreigners and International Protection. The Short-term Residence Permit gives you the right to stay in Turkey during your study period. All international students, regardless of their status, are required to apply for the Short-term Residence permit within a month upon their arrival in Turkey. To do this, you need to make an online residence permit application and submit your files. However, do not worry; we will guide you through the process and submit your hard copy application file on your behalf to Immigration Office Istanbul. However, it is your responsibility to prepare all the documents listed below and submit them to us on time!

You most complete the following documents right after the registration so that we can submit your hard copy application file to the Immigration Office immediately. If you do not provide all the documents on time, then you will have to submit them to the Immigration Office yourself, and your card will arrive late.

Important Notes:

  • Turkish citizens / blue cardholders do not need to get a residence permit.
  • Students who will be abroad during their education period are not required to apply for a residence permit.
  • Students cannot leave Turkey before obtaining the residence permit document.
  • Students are responsible for prolonging their residence permit according their study period, if needed.
  • Residence applications made from abroad are invalid. Students wishing to apply for the residence permit or to extend the duration of the residence permit must be in Turkey.
  • Students’ passports must be valid at least 60 days beyond the requested ending date of residence permit (i.e. if a student wants to have a residence permit which expires on June 30th, his/ her passport must be valid until August 29th). Make sure your passport is valid for 6 months minimum.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A SHORT-TERM RESIDENCE PERMIT?

1. MAKE YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION

2. PAY YOUR RESIDENCE CARD FEE

3. GET YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE

4. SUBMIT US YOUR DOCUMENTS
5. FOLLOW UP YOUR APPLICATION