STUDENT RESIDENCE PERMIT

Be aware that this information is the summary of previously gained experience. Every student has to read the Immigration Office official web page and follow the updates about Law on Foreigners and International Protection, as regulations might change frequently: https://en.goc.gov.tr Students enrolled in an academic program in Turkey for 3 months or longer are obliged to acquire a student residence permit as per the Law on Foreigners and International Protection. The Student Residence Permit gives you the right to stay in Turkey during your study period. All international students, regardless of their status, are required to apply for the student residence permit within a month upon their arrival in Turkey. To do this, you need to make an online residence permit application and submit your files. With S’aide Student Services, we make your process easier and assist you through each step.

DOCUMENTS YOU NEED FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT APPLICATION

  • Application form: This form is created by e-Residence system when residence permit application is completed. The application form is printed out and signed by foreigner and/or legal representative. S’aide will handle that for you through our Student Services.

  • Original copy and photocopy of the passport or travel document: You are required to hold a passport or a travel document valid at least 60 (sixty) days beyond the duration of the requested residence permit. Please note that you are also required to provide the photocopy of your passport and the stamped passport page of your last entry into Turkey.

  • Four photos: Photo must have been taken within the last six months with a white background and as biometric.

  • Valid health insurance (You are required to provide only one document appropriate for you out of the ones listed below regarding health insurance.) With S’aide Health Insurance, you will be covered for the required “general health insurance” to Social Security Institution within 3 months as of the first enrolment date of university.

  • Student certificate: The certificate received from the university which you are enrolled at must be e-signed/signed and sealed/stamped.

  • Document showing your address information: It is very important that we communicate with you. Because by this means you can have access to the rights and services in Turkey. So, the address and contact information that you state must be valid and correct. For your address information, you are required to provide a document showing your address (Rent, dormitory, pension, etc.) in Turkey clearly and correctly. (For example, a signed/stamped document received from dormitory management if you are staying in a dormitory or a notarized rental contract if you are staying as a tenant, etc.)

  • Document showing your address information: It is very important that we communicate with you. Because by this means you can have access to the rights and services in Turkey. So, the address and contact information that you state must be valid and correct. For your address information, you are required to provide a document showing your address (Rent, dormitory, pension, etc.) in Turkey clearly and correctly. (For example, a signed/stamped document received from dormitory management if you are staying in a dormitory or a notarized rental contract if you are staying as a tenant, etc.)

  • If you are under 18 and you request a residence permit in order to have a higher education in Turkey, you are required to present the documents below:
    8.1. Letter of consent:
    You are required to have the permission of your parents to study and reside in Turkey and therefore it is required to hold a letter of consent issued by competent authorities in your country.
    8.2. Birth certificate

    If you are under 18 years old and did not enter the country with a student visa, you have to follow this step:
    You have to submit a letter of parental consent written by your parents allowing you to study at Istanbul Commerce University and live in Turkey. It should have an Apostille and must be officially translated into Turkish. You should get a certified copy of it from a notary. If you come from a country that does not have an Apostille agreement, then you should also get approval from your consulate in Istanbul and the district governorship in Turkey after getting it translated and approved by a notary.

STUDENT RESIDENCE PERMIT

The tax number is necessary for important payments and processes, such as the residence permit fee, opening a bank account, or registering your mobile phones. Once you receive your residence permit card, you will have your foreign ID number on it. You can use your foreign ID number for all legal issues; however, until you receive it, the tax number is the ID number you will be using. Thus, you have to start with obtaining a tax number upon your arrival.

There are two ways to acquire a tax number

Online Application: Visit the official web page of Tax Office at https://ivd.gib.gov.tr Click on the Application for Non-Citizen’s Potential Tax Number button on the bottom of the page. The application form has English explanations, and it requires you to upload your passport ID scan. The system will give you a Tax ID number once you submit the form. Please enable cookies and pop-ups on your browser since your Tax ID number will be given to you as an official letter in a PDF format. If you cannot obtain an online tax number, you must visit the nearest tax office in person.

In-person application:  You need to visit a Tax office with your original passport and its copy.

See below the addresses of the Tax offices:
  • Akşemsettin, Adnan Menderes Blv. No:56, 34080 Fatih/İstanbul

  • Tahtakale, Uzun Çarşı Cd., 34116 Fatih/İstanbul

RESIDENCE CARD FEE PAYMENT (Mandatory Tax)

Once you finish doing your online application, please pay your residence permit card fee online (Click here to pay). If you face any trouble making the payment, please send an email to support@s-aide.com

SUBMIT YOUR DOCUMENTS

    1. The Receipt of Residence Permit Card Payment (Mandatory Tax)
      IMPORTANT REMINDER:Payment must be done online to complete your online application.
    2. Residence Permit Application Form(PDF)
    3. Passport ID page (PDF or JPEG)
    4. Passport Last Entry Stamp Page of Turkey (PDF or JPEG)
    5. If exists, Visa Page or e-Visa copy
    6. High-Resolution Biometric Photo (JPEG): Full face, front view with a plain white background, taken within 6 months.
    7. Student Certificate. (You can obtain this form from the Student Affairs Department or e-Devlet)