Important Information
  1. An application can only be made after entering Turkey. It is not possible to make it outside the country.
  2. To be able to apply, dependents need to enter Turkey with their original passports. No other entry document is acceptable for residence permit applications.
  3. Dependent Residence Permits are issued for a maximum length of 2 years each time; however, this length is the first contingent upon the residence permit of the primary resident (benefactor).
  4. All applications must be made before the expiry date of the visa or permission to stay without a visa.  Dependents’ passports must be valid 60 days further than the applied end date of the residency (i.e. if the benefactor has a work permit until  March 1st, a dependent can only apply for a residence permit which ends at this date. Therefore, his/ her passport must be valid until April 30th).
  5. If you attempt to apply after the visa expiration date, this will not be possible and you will be asked to leave Turkey and re-enter with a new visa or passport entry stamp.
  6. We advise you to contact us first and send us your apostilled marriage certificate for your spouse and apostilled birth certificate of your child to get them translated and notarized faster since we have an agreed notary public with a translation service.
  7. It is necessary to upload the applicant’s (dependent) head-shot photograph to the online application form. Please e-mail your dependents’ head-shot photographs in the JPEG version to the ICO.
  8. It is necessary to add your spouse’s mother’s and father’s names to the online application form. Please e-mail their names to the ICO.
  9. The ICO handles the family residence permit application process on behalf of dependents. Therefore, all required documents must be submitted to the ICO before the visa expiration date.
  10. You can pay the card fee via either Ziraat Bank, Halk Bank, or Vakıf Bank with the 9267-reference code. However, since the dependents do not have their foreign ID numbers yet, they must obtain tax ID numbers to be able to pay the card fee. To purchase a tax ID number, a photocopy of the passport ID page and a filled tax ID application form are required. You can find the sample form here.
  11. Applicants can not depart from Turkey until their applications are evaluated. Otherwise, their applications will be automatically canceled.
  12. Each dependent must collect the documents listed below and submit them to the ICO. The benefactor should collect his or her documents as much as the number of his or her dependents. (i.e. if you have a spouse and a child, you should collect two salary letters).
Required Documents for Each Person In Family
Important: The primary resident (KU employee) must provide his/ her required documents as much as the number of his or her dependents (i.e. if the KU employee has a spouse and a child, s/he must provide two Salary Letters).

  • Please make sure that all the photocopies are separately taken to separate A4- size papers.
  • You can photocopy both sides of your residence permit card on one side of an A4-size page.
Please note:

  1. If the primary resident’s (benefactor’s) spouse is abroad, an apostilled consent letter is required (from a Turkish Consulate in their home country or a notary public) for the chid’s application.
  2. If the benefactor is divorced and is the legal guardian of the child, a notarized Turkish translation of the court’s ruling is required.

Primary Resident (KU Employee)

  1. Photocopy of the passport ID page
  2. Photocopy of Work Permit Card (Both sides)
  3. Salary Letter from HR I
  4. Address Registration Certificate II
  5. Social Security Activation Document III

Spouse

  1. Apostilled Marriage Certificate IV
  2. Document showing that you are able to activate your Social Security V
  3. Photocopies of passport ID, last entry stamp to Turkey, and visa pages
  4. 4 biometric head-shots in ICAO standards taken within the last six months
  5. Receipts of fee payments VI

Each Child

  1. Apostilled Birth Certificate IV
  2. Document showing that you are able to activate your Social Security V
  3. Photocopies of passport ID, last entry stamp to Turkey, and visa pages
  4. 4 biometric head-shots in ICAO standards taken within the last six months
  5. Photocopies of parents’ passport ID pages and work/residence permits
  6. Receipts of fee payments VI
I- You can request your Salary Letter via HR- Track- it. One letter for each dependent.


II-Please click HERE to learn how to obtain an address registration certificate or to learn how to register your and your dependents’ address.


III- Social Security Activation Document can be obtained from the e-Devlet platform if you are already registered to Social Security. If not, you need to visit the Sarıyer SGK (Social Security Office) and register yourself with your work permit card and passport. After registering you, the personnel will print out your activation document and hand it to you.

*You may read out or hand in the following text (that reads “Hello! I came to collect my social security activation document.“) to an officer at the Social Security Office:

“Merhaba! Sağlık provizyon belgesi almaya geldim.”


IV- These apostilled certificates must be translated to Turkish and notarized.

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 can contact the ICO to get them translated and notarized.

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).


V- The document showing that you are able to activate your Social Security (Provizyon alabilir belgesi) can be collected from the Sarıyer SGK (Social Security Office). The benefactor can collect it on behalf of his/ her dependents by presenting the following documents:

  1. Passports of both benefactor and the dependents
  2. Benefactor’s work permit card
  3. Translated and notarized versions of apostilled marriage and birth certificates.

*You may read out or hand in the following text to an officer at the Social Security Office:

“Merhaba! Sağlık provizyon alabilir belgesi almaya geldim.”

(“Hello! I came to collect a document stating that I am able to activate my social security.“)


VI- There are 2 types of fee that a dependent must pay: Card Fee and Visa Fee (if applicable)

You can pay the card fee via either Ziraat Bank, Halk Bank, or Vakıf Bank with the 9267-reference code. However, since the dependents do not have their foreign ID numbers yet, they must obtain tax ID numbers to be able to pay the card fee on their names. To learn how to purchase a tax ID number, please click herePlease 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. However, if you cannot visit those offices, please let us know and pay the visa fee amount to us. Our office can make the payment on your behalf 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 exempt countries: The citizens of the following countries do not have to pay visa fees: Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Czechia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Luxemburg, New Zealand, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Russia.

Traveling While Your Family Residence Permit Application is in Process
After successfully applying for a residence permit and your application is evaluated positively, you are entitled to a document called “Ikamet Izni Müracaat Belgesi – Residence Permit Application Form” which can be obtained from Beşiktaş Immigration Office by going there in person with your original passport.

This document allows you to travel and stay outside Turkey for up to 15 days after your application is evaluated and before you receive your new permit card. 

Departing from Turkey before your residence permit application is evaluated results in rejection. Your application automatically gets canceled. 

This document becomes available after you receive a notification saying that your application has been evaluated positively. The evaluation of a residence permit application may take approximately 15 days after ICO submits them to the authorities. The system automatically sends SMS messages to the applicants’ Turkish mobile phone numbers. If you did not provide your Turkish mobile phone number in the application form, you may send an email to istanbul.duzenli@goc.gov.tr and inquire about the status of your application. It is very important to add your online application form (in PDF) and a copy of your passport ID page (in PDF or JPEG format) to your email.

If you have a valid multi-entry visa, you do not need this document. You can travel abroad after your application is evaluated.

If you do not have a valid multi-entry visa period, you need to obtain this document showing that you applied for a residence permit. With this document, you can depart from Turkey without any issue for 15 days. If you want to stay abroad for more than 15 days without your permit card, you should obtain a new visa to enter Turkey.

Please click here for the Turkish visa regulations.

Transit directions to Beşiktaş Immigration Office and instructions to obtain this document can be found here.