An online residence permit application must be submitted before the expiration date of a visa (regular or electronic), passport or other entry document. Each applicant must be aware of the expiration date of their visas or the amount of time allowed in Turkey with other documents.
Applicants’ passports must be valid at least 60 days beyond the requested ending date of residence permit (i.e. if an applicant wants to have a residence permit which expires on June 30th, his/ her passport must be valid until August 29th).
ICO attends to the legal obligations of each international researcher in collaboration with respective program and administrative offices from the moment of acceptance and official enrollment. Our website contains all useful information needed for a proper application process for all applicants. You can also review the official website of the Immigration Authority for further information about residence permit procedures.
You can pay all the fees to either Fatih or Gayrettepe (Mecidiyeköy) Tax Offices. If you do not need to pay the application fee (your department needs to confirm), and if you do not need to pay the visa fee (details below), you do not need to visit Fatih or Gayrettepe Tax Offices. You can pay the card fee to either Ziraat Bank, Halk Bank or Vakıf Bank with your tax ID number. Please make sure you have a stamp on the receipt. If not, please ask for a stamp (in TR.: Makbuza mühür basar mısınız?)
Visa Fee: If you entered Turkey without a visa because of Turkey’s visa regime, you need to pay a visa fee to apply for a residence permit. For instance; German citizens can enter Turkey without a visa. If they want to apply for a residence permit, they have to pay a visa fee. You can pay the visa fee only to Fatih or Gayrettepe (Mecidiyeköy) Tax Offices. Please make sure you have a stamp on the receipt. If not, please ask for a stamp (in TR.: Makbuza mühür basar mısınız?)
Visa fee exceptional countries: The citizens of the following countries do not have to pay visa fees: Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Czechia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Luxemburg, New Zeland, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Russia.
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.