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Student Residence Permit - First Application for Degree-Seeking Students

Warning! If you are abroad, you cannot apply for the residence permit! An application can only be made after entering Turkey and registering at the university. It is not possible to make it outside the country.

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

Students enrolled in an academic program in Turkey for 3 months or longer are obliged to acquire a student residence permit as per the Law on Foreigners and International Protection. The Student 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 student 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:

  • An application can only be made after entering Turkey and registering at the university. It is not possible to make it outside the country.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If you already have a short-term residence permit, you can make a “transfer application” for the student residence permit.
  • If you are coming from another university in Turkey to Sabancı University, you have to apply for a residence permit within 10 days after you leave your previous university. In addition, you need to get a document as proof of leaving your university before joining Sabancı University.
  • If you register for a PhD program after graduating from a master degree in Sabancı University, you have to apply for the student residence permit again.
  • The IRO (International Relations Office) submits the applications to the Immigration Directorate once a month. Missing the document submission day of the month will mean that you have to wait until the next submission date (next month). Avoid this especially if you have little time left before your visa expires.
  • The deadlines for submitting your documents to the IRO are given below. Files received after these dates are delivered to the immigration authority the following month.
Deadline

November 15th, 2021

December 15th, 2021
January 15th, 2021

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A STUDENT RESIDENCE PERMIT

1. SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION
2. PAY YOUR CARD FEE
3. SUBMIT YOUR DOCUMENTS TO IRO
4. FOLLOW UP YOUR APPLICATION