ICO attends to the legal obligations of each international researcher/intern 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. 

If you are going to be a researcher or intern at KU, your supervisor should contact the Office of Vice President for Research and Development  (VPRD) (Ms. Elif Tüysüz, etuysuz@ku.edu.tr) and get an approval. After approval of your research status at KU, your supervisor should inform us about the details of your research stay to start your work permit exemption application process. You can then present the required documents below to us, the ICO.

Important Information
  1. An application can only be made within the first month after entering Türkiye. It is not possible to apply outside of the country.
  2. In order to make an application, you need to enter Türkiye with your original passport. No other entry document is acceptable for residence permit applications.
    • Applicants’ passports must be valid at least 60 days beyond the requested ending date of work permit exemption.
  3. The applicants must be present in Türkiye at the time of application and evaluation. Departing from Türkiye before your application is evaluated results in the rejection of your application.
Required Documents
For us to fill out your application, within the month of your arrival and after your VPRD/supervisor approval is sent to us, please contact us through the Dean of Students Trackit/ICO Requests with the following materials and our specialist will start the application process.



  • Mother’s First Name
  • Father’s First Name
  • Spouse’s Full Name and Nationality – if applicable
  • Name of Graduated High School
  • Undergraduate Degree University’s Name, Department, Start Date and Graduated Date (Day/Month/Year)
  • Graduate or Post-Graduate Degree University’s Name, Department, Start Date and Graduated Date (Day/Month/Year) – if applicable



  • Copy of Undergraduate Diploma (PDF)
  • Copy of Graduate or Post-Graduate Diploma (PDF)
  • 1 Biometric Photo with a White Background (JPEG)
  • Scholarship Letter from Home University/Country – if applicable (PDF)
  • Scan of ID Page and Last Entry Page of Passport (1 Page PDF)