(i.e. if a student wants to have a residence permit that expires on June 30th, their passport must be valid until August 29th)
2. Printout of the online application form – signature field on the first page should be signed
3. Passport photocopies after arriving in Türkiye– ID page, visa (if you have), last entry stamp page for Türkiye (all the copies should be on separate A4- size papers)
4. Photocopy of your previous residence permit card – if applicable (both sides of the residence permit card copy should be on one A4-size paper)
A.When you are making your request on KUSIS, make sure to write “For residence permit application” in the comment section. Upon receiving it from the Registrar’s Office, make sure that the certificate includes your temporary foreign ID number that starts with 98. If you are an exchange student, it should also include the end date of your mobility.
B. If you had a residence permit before as a KU student before, please make sure your foreign ID number that starts with 99 is given on your enrollment certificate.
C. You must collect the original certificate with a hand signature and stamp on it one day after your request from the Registrar’s Office. A copy or printout is not accepted.
D. If the document is missing your ID number, please indicate it immediately to the Registrar’s Office.
6. Address Certificate
A. If it is your first time in Türkiye and you did not have a residence permit card before,you should download, print, fill out and submit the Financial Statement-Address Declaration Document (Can be found here – sample form can be found here.) You must register your address once you receive your residence permit card.
B. If you lived in Türkiye before and you had a residence permit card before, you should submit an address registration certificate.
7. Health Insurance Documents
A. If it is your first time in Türkiye, it has been less than 3 months since your registration to KU and you did not have a residence permit card before, you should download, print, fill and submit the Health Insurance Compliance Document (can be found here – sample form can be found here). You must obtain health insurance within 3 months if you submit this document.
B. If you lived in Türkiye before/it has been more than 3 months since your registration to KU/you had a residence permit card before, you should submit the following documents:
If you are not insured by KU:
Full-time students: Private health insurance policy which covers the period you are requesting for.
Exchange students: Health insurance policy from your home country which covers the period of your mobility. You must email the scan of the policy to the ICO one week before bringing your documents to be checked.
(If you came from a European country that has a Social Security agreement with Türkiye, you may simply provide Home Country Social Security.)
If you are insured by KU:
1. Originally signed health insurance policy to be obtained from the Human Resources Office (HR) – request by emailing (email@example.com)
2. Letter from HR ensuring the extension of the health insurance upon expiration – request by emailing (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you do not know whether you are insured by KU or not, you may check the Acceptance Letter you received upon enrolment and/or consult your program advisor.
8. Receipt of 160₺ Card Fee payment – you have 3 options:
A. To Sarıyer Tax Office:
Obtain your tax ID number, visit Sarıyer Tax Office and make the payment for the 9207 reference code. Please make sure you have a stamp on the receipt. If not, please ask for a stamp (in TR.: Makbuza mühür basar mısınız?)
B. Online – only for full-time students:
You can pay at the Interactive Tax Office website as shown on the Guide for International Degree Students.
* If you are a transfer student (studied at another Turkish university before) you are also required to submit a Graduation or Deregistration Letter.
* If you completed the online application after your residence permit/visa expired, you are required to submit a Letter of Excuse in Turkish with supporting documents. If you do not have any Turkish-speaking friends, we can help you write the petition. You can find an excuse letter sample in Word format to edit it here.
Once you complete your online application and collect required documents, you should pick up a residence permit folder from the ICO before your appointment date.
Upon filing all necessary documents as mentioned under “List of Required Documents”, you can visit ICO from Tuesdays to Thursdays between 2-4 PM to have your folder checked.
According to the new mandate by the Migration Directorate, all students applying for residence permit must be present at their appointment date at the Migration Directorateto submit their application files and provide their fingerprints regardless of their appointment office. Therefore, you are required to submit your application file in-person to the authorities rather than the university.
A few days after you complete your online application, you will receive an email or SMS (depending on your preference) with your appointment date and time. Make sure to keep checking the communication channel you provide in your online application so you do not miss the information sent to you by the Migration Directorate/ İl Göç İdaresi.
Address of the Migration Directorate: İstanbul İl Göç İdaresi Müdürlüğü, Hırka–i Şerif Mahallesi, Vatan Caddesi No: 64/34091, Fatih/İstanbul
Each meeting will be limited to 15 minutes.
If you have a specific topic to consult apart from the residence permit process, you are more than welcome to our office during office hours. Please note that we prefer receiving an email before a visit.
Urgent Travels While Waiting: Please see Traveling While Your SRP Application is in Process webpage.
Tracking Your Application Status: Please see Tracking Your SRP webpage.
Questions About Your Application: If you have an extraordinary situation about your application, if your application is denied, canceled or you are asked to take further action, please email us (email@example.com). If we direct you to contact the Migration Directorate, you can dial the official 157 Foreigners Communication Center.
For a document to be apostilled, the country should be a party to the Apostille Convention. Therefore, please check if your country is a party to the Apostille Convention or not initially. By clicking here, you can see the Apostille Convention Countries (Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents).
The consent letter must mention that both of the parents are aware and have permission that the student will be studying at KU in Türkiye, and they will financially support their children. If the parents are divorced or the student has only one parent, the legal guardian of the child should have a consent letter issued along with the court’s ruling. It is usually the local notary public that issues consent letters.
If you arrive in Türkiye without having them translated, these apostilled documents must be translated and notarized for the residence permit application. We suggest the 23rd Notary Public since its location and the translation service it provides are convenient.
If you arrive in Türkiye without having those documents translated and approved at a Turkish mission in your country, you should visit the consulate of your country in Istanbul and get your documents 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.
NOTE: Students below 18 are not authorized to pay their residence permit card fees for themselves. Therefore, they should ask for a relative or a friend of theirs to pay their card fees under their name with their tax ID number.