We compiled the most popular topics for our international community at KU on this page.

Below you can find answers for the frequently asked questions:

Who is eligible to apply for a Student Residence Permit in Turkey?

Any individual registered for an official academic program for at least 1 semester in  Turkey can apply for an SRP.

Why do students have to apply for a residence permit in Turkey?

Turkish SRP allows a student to legally stay and study in Turkey beyond the period granted by a visa or passport.

Have a valid residence permit for a different university in Istanbul?

You do not have to apply for a residence permit again if you provide the following documents within 20 days from registration to our office. In this situation, you won’t have to re-apply for a new residence permit until the current one expires.

  1. Photocopy of residence permit (both sides),
  2. Photocopy of passport (ID and last entry stamp pages),
  3. Graduation or exit document from the previous university,
  4. KU enrollment certificate (Öğrenci Belgesi).

Have a valid residence permit for a non-Istanbul university?

Students who come from a non-Istanbul university with a valid residence permit must still apply for a new residence permit. This application, if possible, must be made within 10 days from exiting the former university to avoid penalties. For up to 3-month time in between the graduation or deregistration, a new application can be made with a certain amount of penalty if the residence permit is valid during this time. After 3 months no application is allowed. The student must leave Turkey and come back.
If the students who come from another university that is not in Istanbul make an entrance and exit with a new visa after their graduation within 10 days, the
application for a residence permit, within their visa duration, will not be penalized.

Have a valid family residence permit?

Students who have a touristic or family purpose residence permit that is valid for a short time can use the remaining time or apply for a Student Residence by using the Transfer Application option.

Additional documents for students below 18

International students below 18 must bring their apostilled birth certificates and apostilled consent letters signed by their parents. The consent letter must mention that the parents are aware and have permission that the student will be studying at KU in Turkey and he/ she will be financially supported by his or her parents.

These apostilled documents must be translated to Turkish and notarized in Turkey for the residence permit application. We suggest the 23rd Notary Public since its location and the translation service it provides are convenient.

If your country is not a party to the apostille convention

You have two options:

  1. Before arriving in Turkey, you can contact a Turkish mission in your country. The Turkish mission can translate and approve your certificates.
  2. After arriving in Turkey, you should visit the consulate of your country and get your certificates stamped. Then you should visit the Sarıyer District Governor (Kaymakamlık- 5th floor) to have your stamped documents approved. Finally, you must get them translated to Turkish and notarized. We suggest the 23rd Notary Public since its location and the translation service it provides are convenient.

List of Parties to the Apostille Convention

Please click here to see the Apostille Convention Countries (Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents).

I am transferring from another university in Turkey.

If you have a valid residence permit for another university in Istanbul

 

You do not have to apply for a residence permit again if you provide the following documents within 20 days from registration to our office. In this situation, you won’t have to re-apply for a new residence permit until the current one expires.

  1. Photocopy of residence permit (both sides),
  2. Photocopy of passport (ID and last entry stamp pages),
  3. Graduation or exit document from the previous university,
  4. KU enrollment certificate (Öğrenci Belgesi).

If you have a valid residence permit for a non-Istanbul university.

 

Students who come from a non-Istanbul university with a valid residence permit must still apply for a new residence permit. This application, if possible, must be made within 10 days from exiting the former university to avoid penalties. For up to 3-month time in between the graduation or deregistration, a new application can be made with a certain amount of penalty if the residence permit is valid during this time. After 3 months no application is allowed. The student must leave Turkey and come back.
If the students who come from another university that is not in Istanbul make an entrance and exit with a new visa after their graduation within 10 days, the
application for a residence permit, within their visa duration, will not be penalized.

Renewal with a new passport.

If you have never traveled with your new passport

 

You should use your old passport number and enter the dates of your new passport (date of issue and date of expiry).

In this case, please attach the photocopies of your old passport ID, last entry stamp, and visa pages into your application file.

If you have used your new passport while entering Turkey

 

You can enter your new passport information.

Health Insurance

First-time residence permit

 

International students are required to have health insurance that is valid in Turkey and covers the complete duration of their specific academic program. Each student must share a copy of the insurance policy in English or Turkish (if obtained in Turkey) with his/her program advisor upon arrival to campus. Students who fail to do so will be de-registered from their program, as health insurance is not only for their own safety, but it is a legal obligation for foreign residents in Turkey.

Accepted Health Insurance Options:

  • International Health Insurance valid in Turkey: Any insurance from anywhere that offers service in Turkey and coverage for you in Turkey.
  • Private Student Health Insurance in Turkey: If you do not arrive in Turkey with an insurance policy, you can use this option and purchase insurance by emailing either Guard Me (salesturkey@guard.me) or Gulf Insurance (travel.tr@gulfsigorta.com.tr). They offer service in English and can arrange your insurance fairly quickly without a Tax ID (most companies need a Tax ID). Please note: We do not provide assistance or assume any responsibility with health insurance. You must contact the agencies, follow through all transactions, and make sure you understand your policy coverage very well.
  • Home Country Social Security (based on eligibility): You can use this option if you are coming from a European country that has a Social Security agreement with Turkey. More information is available here.

Residence permit renewal

 

If you are insured by the university, you should contact the human resources office to collect your originally signed health insurance policy and a letter ensuring the extension of your health insurance upon expiration. You can request these documents by e-mailing (nesigirci@ku.edu.tr).

If you are not insured by the university, you must obtain your private health insurance in Turkey which covers the period you are applying for your residency. Below you can find accepted health insurance options:

  • International Health Insurance valid in Turkey: From any insurance company that has an office in Turkey and offers coverage for you in Turkey.
  • Private Student Health Insurance in Turkey: If you do not arrive in Turkey with an insurance policy, you can use this option and purchase insurance by emailing either Guard Me (salesturkey@guard.me) or Gulf Insurance (travel.tr@gulfsigorta.com.tr). They offer service in English and can arrange your insurance fairly quickly without a Tax ID (most companies need a Tax ID). Please note: We do not provide assistance or assume any responsibility with health insurance. You must contact the agencies, follow through all transactions, and make sure you understand your policy coverage very well.
  • Home Country Social Security (based on eligibility): You can use this option if you are coming from a European country that has a Social Security agreement with Turkey. More information is available here.
Traveling While Waiting for Your Residence Permit

After successfully applying for a residence permit you are entitled to a document called “Ikamet Izni Muracaat Belgesi – Residence Permit Application Form” which can be obtained from Istanbul Immigration Office by going there in person with original passport.

This document allows you to travel and stay outside Turkey for up to 15 days while your application is in process. This document becomes available usually within 10 days after the ICO submission dates. Therefore, if you need this document, please visit the immigration office within 10-15 days from the ICO submission date. If you are traveling with this document you must re-enter Turkey within 15 days. Transit directions and instructions to obtain this document can be found here.