The Student Residence Permit

Please note: 

  • If you have a Turkish passport or ID card or a Blue Card (Mavi Kart), you do not need to apply for a Residence Permit.

International students

After you have entered the Republic of Turkey on a student visa, tourist visa, or e-visa, if you are planning to stay more than 90 days, you must obtain a Residence Permit from the Republic of Turkey, Ministry of the Interior, Directorate of Migration Management (İçişleri Bakanlığı Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü).  The central office of the Ministry of the Interior, located in Ankara, decides and implements all of the rules and regulations regarding the visas and residence permits and documents required for them. In Istanbul, the main offices of the Ministry of the Interior are located in the district of Fatih.

Please note: The Residence Permit is not issued by Boğaziçi University. The Office of International Relations provides students with the list of documents required for the application and can check your application packet before you submit your documents to Ministry officials when they visit the campus of Boğaziçi University to review and accept the packets on a pre-arranged date, as described below.

  • Students are responsible for their own legal status while they are in Turkey. All visa matters take place between the student and the Ministry of the Interior, Directorate General of Migration Services.
  • The Office of International Relations at Boğaziçi University does not keep records of the visa status of enrolled students.
  • Students are also responsible for learning about and assembling the documents required for the Student Residence Permit, as stipulated by the Ministry. The Office of International Relations provides the required information, helps students assemble the application documents, and arranges the day the Ministry officials come to the University to collect all of the applications from the students.
  • Do not begin any Residence Permit procedures on your own. Students may not begin the application procedures until their official status as students has been verified by the University, after the Add/Drop period.

    When to apply for the Student Residence Permit

    Your status as a student can be legally verified by the University only after the Add/Drop Period has finished. The Add/Drop Period takes place about a month after classes have begun. During this time, you are in the country on your tourist visa. Once you have applied for the Student Residence Permit, your data will be entered into the system of the Ministry of the Interior and your legal status in the country is secure until the end of the semester.

    Residence Permit Application Day

    The Republic of Turkey,  Directorate of Migration Management (Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü), and the Council for Higher Education (YÖK) have signed a protocol authorizing universities to coordinate with the Directorate regarding procedures for the residence permit applications of  students who are applying for the residence permit for first time. The International Relations Office is now authorized to receive the application documents and distribute residence permit cards.

     

     

      Submission Day - October 12, 2017 (10:00 - 16:00), Özger Arnas Salon, South Campus

      Video showing location of Özger Arnas Salon

       Documents can only be submitted on this day.

      You cannot go to the Office of Immigration later and apply for a residence permit on your own.

        Application for the Student Residence Permit

        1. Register online with the Ministry of the Interior, Directorate General of Migration Management to fill out, download, and print out your Application Form.

        Do not do this until after the add/drop period. In addition, you will need a Turkish cell phone number (or that of a roommate or friend) in order to receive the verification code that is issued to that number in order to fill out the application and download it. Later, when the Residence Permits are being distributed, a notification will be sent to this telepone number and the Permit will be delivered to the address you provided on the form.

        2. Assemble the documents required for the Application.

        Be very careful not to miss anything as incomplete document packets are not accepted by the Ministry of the Interior. If you have any questions, please stop by our Office. We can check to make sure you have everything before the submission date.

        Documents Required 

        From you:

        1. Printed and signed Application Form.
        2. Passport and photocopies of the main page that has your photo and name and passport number, and the page that has the stamp that you received from Immigration when you entered the country. Make sure that the date of entry can be read easily. If you entered the country on an  E-visa, you must provide that document.
        3. 4 passport-sized photos. Only biometric photos are accepted. This means a photograph of you looking straight into the camera, against a white or light grey background, with a neutral facial expression. Shops that take this kind of photographs advertise "vesikalık." Closest to the university, there is a shop in Hisar Üstü, one in Bebek, and one in Levent that take photographs to official specifications.
        4. Health Insurance Document. This is an official, one-page letter from your insurance company that states your name, date of birth, duration of your insurance, and the amount of money for which you are covered. It must be in Turkish. For more information about this document, please see the page on Health Insurance for details.

        From the Registrar's Office

        1. Student Certificate. You can get this once your online course schedule has been approved by your advisor. The certificate will be ready 24 hours for you to pick up from the Registrar’s office, located on the South Campus, in Gates Hall, the General Administration Building. To apply, start online at:

        Registrar's Office -> Students -> Student Information -> Login -> Request Documents -> Student document.

        1. Student Confirmation of Study. You must apply in person for this document at the Registrar's Office. A sample of the request form is available at the Office of International Relations.

        From the Office of International Relations

        1. Income Declaration Document (available from the Office of International Relations)
        2. Health Insurance Acceptance Statement (available from the Office of International Relations)

        From the Tax Office in Şişli (Şişli Vergi Dairesi):

        1. Receipt of payment of the 63.00 TL  for the  Residence Permit. In order to pay this fee, you must first obtain a Tax Number, which you can also do at the Şişli Tax Office.  You must have the receipt from the payment in your packet of documents when you submit your Application Packet.

        SUBMISSION DAY-- VERY IMPORTANT!!

        A team of security officers from the Ministry of the Interior, Directorate General of Migration Management, will come to Boğaziçi to collect the Student Residence Applications on a date to be announced.

        • You must personally submit your documents packet for inspection.
        • Document packets that are incomplete will not be accepted. If you are missing something, you will have until 16:00 that day to provide it, only.
        • The Ministry of the Interior will not accept individual applications for the Residence Permit after this date.

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