Students with an Expired Residence Permit or Visa
Students with the following conditions can pay a fine (the amount is not disclosed to us and vary by different conditions) and apply for a new residence permit within 90 days from the expiration date of their last residence permit or visa:

  1. Someone who just completed/left a program at another Turkish University and held a “Student Residence Permit”
  2. Students who fail to apply for a residence permit within their visa validity period
Syrian Citizens
  1. Syrian citizens under temporary protection by Turkish Government must appear at their residence permit appointment and submit their application in person.
  2. Syrian citizens who are not under a special refugee protection can submit their documents to the ICO and they do not appear at an interview.
Students Who Just Completed a Program and are Starting a New Program at KU with a Valid Residence Permit Sponsored by KU or Another University within Istanbul:
  1. Students who were studying at another university in Istanbul must provide the following documents to the International Community Office (ICO – Student Center B398) within 20 days from their registration to KU:
    1. A document stating that they left their previous university (either a letter from the Student Records Office of the previous university or Graduation Document),
    2. New student enrollment certificate from KU,
    3. Photocopy of their old residence permit card,
    4. Photocopy of the ID page of the passport.

When all these are submitted to ICO, we will deliver your information to the Immigration Center and you can continue to use your current residence permit until it expires. Renewal must be made as normal.

2. Students who are switching to a new program within KU or going up to an upper level degree program must submit the following documents to the ICO within 15 days:

  1. New student enrollment certificate,
  2. Current residence permit photocopy,
  3. Passport ID page photocopy.

When all these are submitted to ICO, we will deliver your information to the Immigration Center and you can continue to use your current residence permit until it expires. Renewal must be made as normal.

Students with a Valid Short Term Touristic Residence Permit at the time of Enrollment to KU
Short term touristic residence permit holders can continue to use their permit until it expires, however a transfer application to student status must be made before touristic card’s expiration. As long as an appointment is secured before its expiration, the date of the appointment will not matter.