If you are looking for a residence permit for touristic purpose please click on the link below:

Residence Permit for Exchange/Erasmus/Mevlana Students (2019 Update)

P.S. We are updating our page according to changes, news and your question daily. Please keep following us and check our page at least 3 days before your appointment day again.

Are you afraid of Turkish Bureocratic System for residence permit? Keep calm and ask Istanbul Foreigners Office.


Getting a residence permit looks a bit difficult at the beginning. This page will help you how to do it step by step. There are two different residence permit for Erasmus students. Erasmus Learning Residence Permit and Erasmus Internship Residence Permit. We are going to explain you the learning one how to do it step by step.

IMPORTANT: If you are an Erasmus+ Internship Student and not related to a Turkish University, you have to apply SHORT TERM residence permit, not student. Otherwise your documents will not be accepted by authorities. (Example: You are doing internship in a private company so you should apply SHORT TERM)

Our visiting hours for STUDENTS in the weekdays between 16:30-17:30. If you are going to get a health insurance from our office please email to

Erasmus Learning Residence Permit: (Updated: Feb 2019, 7th)

If your stay in Turkey is less than 90 days and your visa allows you to stay here 90 days, you do not need to apply for residence permit.

If you have visa on your passport more than 90 days you still need to apply for residence permit.

Turkish People who live in Europe if they have Turkish ID or Blue Card (Mavi Kart) they do not need to apply for residence permit. 

EU citizens have 90 days stay in 180 days. So if you are staying more than 90 days you have to apply for residence permit. It doesn`t matter you leave Turkey and come back. Your visa doesn`t start again. You can go out of Turkey and come back in your first 90 days. After you spent your 90 days you will be overstayed in the country that`s why you need residence permit.

You are ready to go to Istanbul but you have doubts about residence permit. If your hosting university in Istanbul confirmed your application you should not be nervous. You can fix all your paper issues in Istanbul from now on.

STEP 1: The arrival day to Turkey land

You took your flight, jet, bus, ship, bicycle etc. and you arrived to Turkey. Depending on countries you might need e-visa or consulate visa. Some countries can even get in without visa.

After you passed the customs the police will stamp your passport. After you get the stamp on your passport, your adventure starts!

If you stil reading this article, most probably you need residence permit. Before doing application just prepare these documents with you in order to have a succesful application:

-Your original passport
-Active Turkish Mobile Number (Better to use your one)
-Valid Health Insurance  
-Detailed Residence Address in Istanbul

IMPORTANT: Please ask to your International Office if your university has a common appointment for all Erasmus/Exchange/Mevlana Students day for Residence Permit.  It means residence permit officers will come to your university. Please note the official appointment date of your university. You should show up at your university with a completed application and required documents. So, if you do not do an online application in advance, you will have troubles on the common appointment day. If you do not have a common appointment date with your university, you should follow your appointment date on your application (registration) form. It will be stated on the top right corner of the first page of your registration form as "date of appointment"

You can start your application process for residence permit via  Directorate General of Migration Management (Göç Genel Müdürlüğü) web site. Click on the link below and choose English in order to make it easier for you. But if you are getting techinal failure errors please continue with Turkish Menu. That`s why it is better to make a Turkish friend who will help you.


STEP 2: Applying for residence permit online

We recommend you to do your application with a computer connected to a printer but you can also save it to your computer as PDF file. Also you should already have to know your detailed home address in Istanbul. When you are filling the application form, it is going to ask you your Turkish Mobile number. It is going to ask your university faculty and student number.  It is also very important to have a valid health insurance when you are doing your application, because you have to know the validity date of your insurance. You can visit our office between 16:30-17:30 in the weekdays if your insurance will be acceptable by officers or not. .

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Let`s start to do it!

First we are clicking on a new application as you see below:


Then the pre-registration screen will show up to get our verification code and application number:

You can fill your personal information here. We recommend you to put email as Communication Preference. Mobile SMS system works but maybe you will lose it. Emailing system is safe to save it, click email and type your email address correctly then click NEXT.

TIP: Please use a computer when you are verifying your application in case of any mistake with mobile phones.

Then you will face with the "Activation Page" if you put your mobile number and email correct:

You put the code received and continue the application.


 If you are an Exchange/Erasmus Learning Student, you have to choose "STUDENT". If you are an Erasmus Internship Student, you should choose "SHORT TERM" but if you have a student number by your hosting university, student residence permit shall be your choice.

After you choose STUDENT you face with the application form. Please fill the details carefully in order to not have problem later:

You should fill your details the same with your passport. Jesse Pinkman can be your name but if you have “Bruce” name on your passport as your second name, you should put it as well. Please fill all the blank boxes with red mark.

If you have some special letters at your name like "é" , ß, ã, Ä, do not write them down on your application.  Use your name without special characters. If your name is ZDENĚK just put it ZDENEK.   If it is LÁURA just put it LAURA

Then click "Next"

It is enough to fill the red  fields. Then click "Next" again.

When you are filling your birth date, please mind that is American way (mm/dd/yyyy) if you use the English Language application. If you are filling with the Turkish Language application, you should fill as European way (dd/mm/yyyy)

If you have two nationalities, we recommend you to fill it as well.



Here, you are going to fill your passport details. 

When you are filling your Date of Issue and Validity date of your passport; please mind that is American way (mm/dd/yyyy) if you use the English Language application. If you are filling with the Turkish Language application, you should fill as dd/mm/yyyy

If you are older than 18 years old and you are going to show up at your appointment, you should select "I lodge the application on my behalf"


"Abroad Contact Information" page is obligated as well. You can not continue to next step without filling the red fields. So you can put your home country address and contact details.


Here, you should pay attention when filling your address information. You can see a succesful address declaration below. This module is being feeded from "Turkish National Address Database". So, you should put first Istanbul as Province, then your District(İlçe), then "Mahalle" then "Cadde/Sokak/Bulvar" and finally your Building Number and Apartment Number. You can ask to your Turkish flatmate/landlord for the detailed address.

This address is your postal/home address and your residence permit card will come to this address. You should be very careful when you are filling this part, otherwise you might lose your residence permit on the mailing process and if you write a wrong address on this part, you might have some difficulties to receive your residence permit card. If you choose all the steps on the address, your address will became a white box with your address details as you see below.

For Phone contact you should have a Turkish Mobile number, after you deliver all your documents and payments are done, your documents will go to Ankara. When your residence permit card is ready, your tracking number will come to this Turkish Mobile number by PTT (Turkish National Post Service). Please do not delete the SMS from your mobile which is coming from PTT. You can track your Residence Permit Card after you received SMS from PTT:

Do not forget to fill your email address correctly, you might receive an email from Immigration Office if needed.

If you still looking for a flat please visit our accommodation page to check the tips. Generally Erasmus students prefer to live in Beyoğlu, Şişli, Beşiktaş, Kadıköy and Fatih district.

After completing this page we click NEXT for the WORK INFORMATION page:

You are here for studying not for working so you should click on "Çalışmıyor" and click NEXT again.

STUDENT INFORMATION (for students with attendance)
Here is for your current study information, you are studying in Turkey so you should put the information of your hosting university. In order to fill all red fields, you need your student certificate which can be requested from your faculty or International Office. Your student certificate has all the information needed here. You can ask to your international cars if your university is STATE or FOUNDATION.

Satirical Tip: You can check also CARPARK of your campus if there are expensive cars parked by students, then it is a FOUNDATION University. (But it is better to ask your international office)


You can put Income information according to the money you receive from your family and scholarship. You won`t need to prove this part but it is better to put average amounts.

Current Occupation: Student or Unemployed


Please read carefully in the required documents part at the bottom of this article "Health Insurance" topic. If you do not put your correct insurance information it is not possible to skip next page without a wrong type of insurance.


Please read this part carefully when you are putting tick next to a paragraph. You have to tick all of the red ones but you should know all this information also by clicking on it.
In brief, you are declaring that you are aware about the law and student residence permit and you will not misuse it. That`s why, you are here for studying not for working. We recommend you to read carefully in order to understand what the government is expecting from you. 

On the general health insurance part (the fifth box) you have two options: "I have health insurance covering my period of stay" and "I declare that I will take that I will take out a health insurance within three months as of my application data" In the former system you were signing this paper on your appointment day, now you are declaring that you will provide a valid health insurance within 3 months. If you do not provide any valid health insurance it might create cancellation of your residence permit.


You shall not tick the boxes below if you are not related with the topic. 

We will mention about the required documents below one by one so you can click NEXT on this page in order to complete your process.


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We are on the last page in order to complete your application.  You can fill the information according to your needs. 

As you are Exchange/Erasmus/Mevlana Student, you should choose "The Ones Receiving Education within the scope of Exchange Programmes"
You can start to count from your arrival day to end of your study how many months you will stay here then you can set the "Requested Duration as 5-6 months if you are one semester student.

Your arrival date is your "Starting date that has been requested" and you can set the "Expiry date has been requested" according to your end of education date on your student certificate. Your health insurance expire day shall be longer than the expiry date that has been requested.

After you fix this part, please click complete to finalise your application.

You will face the Application Procedures in Progress page. Now you can update your information if there are some changes on your application information. If you are completed all the information correct you click on the "Make/Change the Appointment Part". 

For Erasmus/Exchange/Mevlana Students; there are common appointment dates for Universities as we mentioned before. So please contact your International Office to learn this appointment date. On the other hand, you have to make an application in order to print your application form. So you can select "I would like to Make an Appointment only for myself and then click "Resume"

You will choose now "Istanbul İl Göç İdaresi Müdürlüğü". You should do it as a procedure because your appointment will take place in your University most probably. The new module system is giving and automated appointment date to students who are residing in Istanbul. Do not forget to contact your International Office to learn your Common Appointment day of the university. The officers will visit your university. If your university does not have any common appointment day, you should complete your documents and show up at appointment date.

So after choosing Istanbul İl Göç İdaresi Müdürlüğü we click on "Make an appointment" tab and continue.

So the system gave us the upcoming working day as appointment. But STUDENTS who have common appointment day at their university do not have to show up according to this appointment day. You do not have to go to Istanbul İl Göç İdaresi. For instance; if you are Istanbul University Exchange/Erasmus/Mevlana student, you will make appointment and complete your documents and payments then you will show up at Faculty of Theology on 16th of March 2016 between 10:00-16:00. It does not matter your appointment is earlier or later than this date. You should only make an appointment for the sake of procedure.


Congratulations! You have an appointment day now. You can wait for the appointment day. When you click back and reopen the main menu, you will see the "Print the Application Form" tab.  We do not recommend you to print your form before filling all your information correct. Especially Student Informations and Health Insurance part. So we recommend you to fix the problems about Health Insurance and Students Certificate Information. You can read the Health Insurance Info from the required documents topic below. Our visiting hours for students are between 16:30-17:30 in the weekdays. We have almost all the information here, if you are visiting our office we will not answer the questions which are already answered here.

If you are sure that all your information is correct declared. Then you can click the Print the application form and your browser will open a new window with the pdf file of your application.  Firstly it is bettter to save it to your computer and then sending it your e-mail address in order to reach it later easily. If you have a printer, you can print your application form as well. All the required documents are being mentioned in the bottom of your application. But we will also mention it below.



As you see on the necessary documents list first three documents are easy to prepare. 


- Print the "Residence Permit Application Form" (the one you downloaded to your computer as PDF file on the last page of application, must be signed by the foreigner and/or his/her legal representative)

- Four (4) pcs photos (must have been taken within the last 6 months, against a white background and biometric. Do not upload family, selfie, unrecognizable, non up-to-date or black and white photos into the system, otherwise residence permit document shall not be issued!)

- Passport or original and photocopy of passport substitute document (pages containing identity information and the page containing photo and processed pages)

- Print out of your e-Visa (if it is required for your country) or copy of your student visa page on your passport

- Declaration which states that financial capacity is to be provided sufficiently and regularly throughout the stay (Is declared in the Application Form. Directorate may request supporting documents. So, you do not have to show any documents as Erasmus/Exchange/Mevlana student.


The documents you see below are important when you are collecting please read carefully.

- Student Certificate:  For your student proof paper (Öğrenci Belgesi); you should mind that your paper is not 15 days older than your appointment day. So, take your student paper (öğrenci belgesi) from your faculty or international office some days before your appointment day in case. It shall mention your study term, name and it shall have the logo of your university on the paper (antetli kağıt), original one signed and stamped.


Additional Document (not necessary if you have Name and Surname part on your passport):

-If your full name on the passport is not seperated by the name and surname lines, you have to get a certificate of equivelance from your consulate in Istanbul or Ankara.


Finally, it is time to explain most complicated one:

Genel Sağlık Sigortası (Health Insurance) 

This is the most important one generally students do mistakes about it. On the 10th of May 2016 a new circular is published by Immigration Office and there are some changes about Health Insurance.

What happens if you do not provide health insurance?

If government determines that you do not have health insurance they will cancel your residence permit. In this case you will be overstayed in the country after your allowed visa days passed . And overstaying without reason might cost you around 500-700 TL plus administrative fines plus overstay daily fines as the law says. That`s why we recommend you to work with us in order to follow your process without mistake. As we heard, some students received an email from immigration department that they should bring their health insurances. Let`s read how many options we have then you can ask your questions by emailing us.

Important Notice: If you go to your appointment without insurance, Immigration Officers will give you a paper to sign, This is a paper that you will bring a health insurance to department in 30 days. So please do not think that you do not need health insurance if your appointmet is completed without health insurance. Health Insurance Network and Immigration Office has a common database where they can check if any insurances is made for your name or not. Even you made an insurance and you do not deliver it to Immigration Office they will cancel your residence permit and it causes fines and probable bans from Turkey when you are leaving Turkey end of your study period.


You have three options for the insurance:


a)    Having a public insurance from your country (only countries listed below)

If you have a public health insurance in your country and your country is mentioned below you will be exempted from Health Insurance if you do these steps. In order to reach these documents you should contact with your public insurance office and you should receive the forms arranged for your name and details.

Requirements to be fulfilled to be exempt from the General Health Insurance: 

If you have a formulary "Medical Assistance Entitlement Certificate" indicated below, please give one copy to the Istanbul Social Security Directorate in Unkapanı. The Social Security Directorate/Center will give a paper in return. Give the copy of your formulary and the Turkish letter given by the Social Security Directorate Center to your Immigration Officer at your appointment as your Health Insurance.

  • Germany T/A 11, T/A 9, T/A 20 ,

  • The Netherlands N/TUR 106, N/TUR 111, N/TUR 121

  • Belgium BT.8, BT 16

  • Austria A/TR 3, A/TR 4

  • France  SE 208-01 FT, SE 208-02 FT SE 208-30 FT, SE 208-06 A FT, SE 208-28 FT,SE 208-09 FT

  • Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus K.K.T.C/T.C. 3, K.K.T.C/T.C. 6

  • Romania R/TR 3, R/TR5, R/TR 6

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina BH/TR 4, BH/TR 6, BH/TR 7

  • The Czech Republic CZ/TR 111

  • Macedonia MC/TR 4, TR/MC 6

  • Luxembourg TR/L 3, TR/L 5

  • Albania AL/TR 4, TR/AL 5


The contact information of the Istanbul Social Security Directorate and Social Security Center in Fındıklı (Fındıklı Tram Sation on the way to Kabataş), Istanbul is given below. You should find the office "Yurtdışı İşlemleri Servisi" (Service of Foreign Operations)


You can go to Fınddıklı by tram from Kabataş or You can walk from Taksim Square , you will see SGK Building like in the picture on the left below. We know, it says Beşiktaş but you should not go to Beşiktaş. It is in Beyoğlu. You get in the building and go to YURTDIŞI İŞLEMLER SERVİSİ. The guy will help you for your papers and he is asking also your father name and birth place (on your passport if you have please note it down as same). And you should be careful that your expire date of your insurnce shall be longer than your acceptance letter`s last date. After you have a paper from the application room, you are going to a bigger office room to get paper for "İkamet Tezkere Yazısı". You get into that room and ask to officer which officer you should go according to your surname. The officer prepare you a Turkish Paper and you will take it to the chief officer get his sign and turn it back to the officer you get that paper. S/he will give your "İkamet Tezkere Yazısı" and Congratulations you have insured by SGK!!! Save this paper and add to your documents.


b) Getting private insurance from your country (Please read this part carefully if you are planning to get a private insurance from your country)

If your private insurance fees are cheaper than Turkey, it is a good way to prepare this type of health insurance. It might be risky if your private health insurance does not have enough details and the coverages.

"Those applying for a residence permit shall be required to arrange an insurance in Turkey and at an insurance company operating in Turkey in compliance with Article 15 entitled Insurances which could be Arranged Abroad” of the Law on Insurance numbered 5684."  Some insurances organized abroad haven`t been accepted by Immigration Officers, so you should mind that you insurance covers these requriements below.

·         It shall mention the coverage as worldwide or at least the name “Turkey” as a country.

·         It shall cover the dates that you are planning to stay in Turkey as Erasmus student. We recommend you to do your insurance at least one more month later than your last month in Turkey in case. Because your requested date for visa can not exceed your healt insurance expiration. Your health insurance validation shall not be earlier than your last date of your study on your student certificate.

- Your private insurance from your country shall have one of the paragraph below:

Turkish One: "İşbu Poliçe 10/05/2016 Tarih ve 16 Sayılı İkamet İzni Taleplerinde Yaptırılacak Özel Sağlık Sigortalarına İlişkin Genelge'de Belirlenen Asgarî Teminat Yapısını Kapsamaktadır"

English One:  "This policy covers the minimum coverage stipulated in the circular no 16, dated 10/05/2016, on private health insurance required to be taken out for residence permit applications"

When you arrive to Turkey, you should go to your international office in your hosting university in Istanbul. They should stamp and sign your insurance if they see the red marked note above or if your insurance has enough coverages they should put this note to your insurance letter. That`s why it is better to have an English copy of your insurance, with stamped and signed by your Private Insurance Company. Otherwise your International Office might not confirm your insurance and it will cause extra fees for you like getting a Turkish Private Health Insurance. Also, translation and notarization (in Turkish notary) of your private health insurance works if your insurance has the enough coverages as stated above on the chart, if it includes also this Turkish paragraph: ("İşbu Poliçe 10/05/2016 Tarih ve 16 Sayılı İkamet İzni Taleplerinde Yaptırılacak Özel Sağlık Sigortalarına İlişkin Genelge'de Belirlenen Asgarî Teminat Yapısını Kapsamaktadır") in the English Letter of your insurance. But if Turkish Health Insurance is cheaper than your country, it is easy and faster way to get a Turkish Private Health Insurance and you do not need to get a stamp from your International Office or translation and notarization costs. If you think that you won`t take the risk, it is better to get Turkish Health Insurance.



-       you can get insurance it from your country it might be cheaper than Turkey depends on country,

-       you can prepare your insurance the dates you need


-       It depends by International Offices how tough they are about confirming your insurance as the info you provided them on your insurance

-       Some countries have high premiums for insurance, Turkey might be cheaper.

-       in case of medication or treatment you pay 100% of cost then you can get your money back from your country 80% or more (depends on your insurance).

-       if you can not get English insurance copy, you international office might have difficulties to confirm your insurance.

-       Translation and notarization will cost you around 100-150 TL for English letters, if it is an another language it will cost much more.


Ask your insurance company how many hospitals they have contract in Istanbul, if they have a partnership, It will help you before your visit.


c) Getting insurance from Turkey

You have two options for Turkish insurance, one is public one is private insurance. 

If you take your student student proof paper from your university , you can go to SGK office in your district in order to get registered for public health insurance (SGK). But in this case you won`t be registered to private hospitals in case of accident or treatment. It will only cover the public ones and it will make a bit bureoucracy in case of illness or accident. So it is totally your decision to make a public or private health insurance. If you believe that you are tough enough that you won`t get sick or have an accident feel free to do a public health insurance. 


If you are planning to do a private health insurance in order to be insured well, we are working with Groupama Turkey. We are preparing Turkish Insurances for 188 TL (original passport needed) for Erasmus students who are 18-25 years old. Erasmus Students who are between 26-30 years old will pay only 235 TL (original passport needed). It includes the last papercheck before your residence permit appointment as well. Our insurance covers the limits of the government. And you can visit our office for your insurance needs. You can email to

Groupama Insurance Fees for Foreigners (Updated 15.05.2017)



Ankara Sigorta

Groupama Sigorta


325 TL

243 TL


325 TL

199 TL


200 TL

188 TL


250 TL

235 TL


270 TL

235 TL


300 TL

268 TL


400 TL

349 TL


400 TL

358 TL


525 TL

485 TL


600 TL

570 TL


950 TL

1.305 TL

*This fees might be surcharged according to your height and weight balance in the case of obesity level.


First of all, any insurance you get from Turkey (even the public insurance) must be 1 year health insurance. We are going to explain you advantages and disadvantages. If you have already a private insurance from your country please check "b" annex above. 

Your Turkish insurance shall cover these limits:


-        Easy to get it no bureocracy

-       You have chance to use your insurance in contracted health providers in case

-       100% will be recognised by the Immigration Office.

-       You only will pay 40% of the costs in contracted hospitals

-       Turkey is more cheaper than many European countries as premium costs.

-       It covers more services

-      If you go to public hospital your insurance company will pay 60% of your costs.


-       1 year obligation


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STEP 3: Appointment Day

If you prepared all your documents as mentioned above now you are ready to go to appointment. You can pay your residence permit fee from the online system. It is optional. But there are still some problems with the new module so we recommend you to wait till one week before your appointment day in the university.

Actually there is not so much to explain because if you go your appointment on time you will go to one student residence permit officer.  After collecting and checking papers if there is something missing they will let you know.

If your appointment is in your university, you have to make your payments in advance. You should go to Hisar Tax Office in Eminönü (map link). You can pay your residence permit card fee there.

Erasmus Learning students don`t pay 568,70 TL single entry visa fee. You will only pay 89,00 TL. But if you are an Erasmus+ internship student or you came to Turkey only for Turkish Course you will pay this 568,70 TL. 

If you completed all these bureocratic steps and you delivered your documents, wait for your Residence ID, as immigration officer told us, it will arrive in 15-45 days (depends by the rush). If your home address and Turkish Mobile number details on your application form are correct you will receive an SMS first and you can get the yellow post by National Post Service (PTT) to your faculty or International Office. You can even track your residecne permit process from the new module.

If you are planning to travel out of Turkey after you complete all your documents and payments, do not forget to ask İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi on your appointment day. This paper allows you to travel abroad maximum 15 days till you get your residence permit ID card. You can travel freely within the allowed days of your regular visa. After you get your residence permit ID you are free to travel by showing your residence permit in the borders. If your regular visa is expired and you still haven`t got your reisdence permit. You will need İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi to leave the country without paying penalty.

Important: If you didn`t receive any post or SMS within 40 days, please visit your Istanbul Migration Directorate Office in Fatih near Emniyet M1 Metro Station with the paper they gave you end of your appointment day.

Please send us your feedbacks or visit our office in the weekdays 16:30-17:30. We do not charge students for answers and questions.

Please also read FAQ part in order to get your answers.


FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: What if I don`t apply for residence permit?

A: You will pay a fine (depending on your nationality, age and overstay period) and it will be much more than residence permit fee.  Because you now pay only 89,00 TL. These fines are depending on your country and age. You can pay this fine at the customs during your arrival or departure. If you do not pay this fine you will be also banned to get in Turkey from 1 year up to 5 years. 

Q: What happens if I do not provide health insurance?

A: If government determines that you do not have health insurance or you didn`t provide it after signing "Tebliğ ve Tebellüğ Belgesi" they will cancel your residence permit. In this case you will be overstayyed in the country after your 90 days stay. And overstaying without reason might cost you 500-700 TL plus administrative fines plus overstay daily fines as the law says.  As we heard, some students received an email from immigration department that they should bring their health insurances. You can ask your questions by emailing us.

Q: I spent my 90 days already and waiting for my residence permit. I want to go to visit my family for Christmas/Easter. What shall I do?

A: If you still do not have your residence permit ID you can visit the Immigration Office where you did your appointment and ask them for "İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi" they will prepare you a paper with your details and you can stay in your country maximum 15 days. When you are back you can show this paper at the customs. If you have already a plan you can ask also for "İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi" on your appointment day. Müracaat Belgesi can be taken only after you delivered your papers and all the payments made to desk. You can not get it before your appointment. 

Important: If you are staying in your country more than 15 days after delivering your papers and still couldn`t recieve your ID please before your flight date visit your residence permit officer and ask for your Residence Permit Id number. It will help you on the borders.


Q: I am European Union citizen and I want to stay more in Turkey as tourist after my Erasmus period, But my visa expires end of my study. What shall I do?

A: You have two options:

If you are not extending your Erasmus period, in this case you will be tourist, so you should apply for residence permit again as touristic purpose (first application not extending) before your visa expires. You can make  a transfer application as a touristic stay, Turkish Course or Internship. For Erasmus Internship you can check our "Erasmus Work Placement" Page.

Or you can leave Turkey on the last days of your residence permit expires and then you should get into country after your exprie day of your residence permit visa.  So you will have a new touristic visa for 90 days. But this case works only if you have had a residence permit before.


Q: Shall I prepare my rental contract and notarize it for residence permit?

A: If you are an exchange student and you are staying here less that 1 year you do not need to prepare your rental contract. It is for long term students. But we do not know yet what the new module sytem will bring.

Q:Why Turkish Mobile number is so important?

A: ​You will receive an SMS to your Turkish Mobile number from PTT, so check your phone and track your residence permit status after completing your application. After it is delivered to PTT office and if you do not pick it up in two months, your residence permit might be cancelled in 30 days after non-pick ups and you might have to pay between 500-1000 TL for penalties on your departure day at the airport. If you do not pay this, you might be banned up to 5 years from Turkey.

Q: I still haven`t received my residence permit and I want to go abroad and come back. What shall I do? 

A: First it is better visit Istanbul Migration Directorate Office and ask there your ID or Id number. If it is ready you won`t have any problem about travelling. If it is not ready ask them for İkamet İzni Müraacat Belgesi.

Q: I applied for residence permit but I missed my appointment and I do not what to do?

A: If you are still in your 90 days you can apply for a new one. So please show up at your appointment!

Q: I didn`t apply for residence permit and my 90 days passed but my university is still going on what I have to do?

A: Please do not get angry but you are lazy boy or girl. If your 90 days passed in this case you have to leave country as soon as possible in order to pay less fine and come back to Turkey. You can go to Bulgaria (cheapest from Istanbul by bus) , Georgia, Greece. And you will pay fine at the airport because of overstaying. You pay your fines and then come back to Turkey you should apply for residence permit online within 10 days and show up at Istanbul Immigration Directorate Office in person.

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