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Student residence permit in Turkey

Posted by njoud on August 8, 2020
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Student residence permit in Turkey

If you are one of the people considering studying in Turkey, we recommend that you read this article.

Student residence is an identification card that gives its holder the right to residence and study in Turkey legally, and contains personal information such as the student’s name and date of birth in addition to gender (male / female) and nationality (country of residence), along with the personal photo of the card holder.

A foreigner residing in Turkey is entitled to a short-term residence (tourist residence) or family and who has not exceeded eighteen years of age, to study in Turkish and international schools in Turkey without a student residence, when the student reaches the age of 18, the student’s residence becomes legally compulsory.

It is also compulsory for foreigners wishing to study in Turkish institutes and universities (postgraduate studies: bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate).


Student residence in Turkey gives you many advantages, such as:

1-Legal residence in Turkey for the duration of the study.

2-Freedom of movement within Turkey.

3-The ability to exit and return to Turkey without the need for a new entry visa.

4-The student is entitled to obtain a reduced transportation card that is suitable for all public transportation (except for taxi, mini bus, and dolmus) within the state in which he resides.

5-The holder of an educational residence card is also entitled to work in Turkey, but a work permit must be issued by the Ministry of Labor. If the student is in the bachelor’s stage, he can work after completing the first academic year.


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Details of student residence in Turkey (first time)

-The papers required for the student to reside in Turkey

1-Student data document (Öğrenci Belgesi), which is a letter issued by the educational institution in which the applicant will join, stating that the relevant educational institution has granted him the right to study there.

2-Residence application form (signed by the applicant or his legal representative).

3-The original copy of the passport (or travel document).

4-A copy of the passport (or travel document): the pages that contain the applicant’s data + the passport or document number + the date of issuance and expiration of the passport or document + entry and visa stamp (visa).

5-A tax number, which you can obtain for free from any tax department.

6- 4 colored personal photos on a white background, no more than 6 months old.

7-Valid health insurance covering the entire length of stay.

8-Address verification:

a-Lease Resident: A copy of the lease contract signed by the applicant, certified by the notary.

b-In the event that the applicant is not the tenant, the residence document issued by the Population Department of the place of residence must be estimated.

9-A copy of the application fee payment receipt.


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-Steps to apply for student residency in Turkey

1-Extract all the required documents and prepare them before proceeding to the next step (except for the application form and the fee payment receipt).

2-Fill out the application form via the Immigration Department’s website, in the “first time” section, make sure that you state the reason for the residency request is the study.

3-The site will book an interview appointment at the earliest date, and the place of the interview, date and time will appear on the page (keep this information, it is very important).

4-Print the application (the site will save the application as an electronic file in PDF format) You can print this file.

5-Take all the required documents together, including the “Student Document”.

6-Ensure that the documents are complete and that the form is signed by the applicant.

7-Take all documents into one workbook to present them together in the interview.

8-At the interview, you can request an interpreter for free.

9-After accepting the documents from the responsible employee, you will be required to pay the fees at the treasury office (within the same building). When you pay the amount, you will get a receipt from the treasury employee. Return this receipt to the first employee and he will give you a document that proves the application’s submission and makes your status legal until the residence card is issued.


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1-Make sure to submit the application before your visa expires.

2-The passport (or travel document) must be valid for more than 6 months.

3-The interview date issued by the Immigration Department is the applicant’s personal appointment and the date of the interview is very important.

4-The applicant, the minor, is accompanied by the parents or the legal guardian.

5-Payment of fees is only in cash and in local currency (bank transfers and credit cards are not accepted), so make sure to bring enough cash to pay the application fee.

6-Ensure that the proof of application document is stamped by the Immigration Department before you leave.

7-The residence card is issued within 30 to 60 days from the date of submitting the application and it is valid according to the type of study and as indicated in (the duration of the study stay).

8-In the event that the passport (or travel document) is valid for less than the period of study, the validity of the residency is the validity of the passport minus 60 days.

9-In the event that the documents are not complete, the employee will immediately inform you of that, or in the event that the Immigration Department requests additional documents after receiving the application, the applicant will be notified via an SMS text message, and in both cases the applicant will be given a 30-day period to submit the additional documents.

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