Residence Permit

All international students in Turkey, regardless of status, must register with, and obtain, a Residence Permit (ikamet tezkeresi) from the Bureau of Foreign Residence Registration (Yabancılar Burosu) within one month of entering Turkey. You can be required at any time to show your Residence Permit.

To apply for Ikamet (Residence Permit) you will need:
– “Petition”, “Certicate of education” and “Scholarship document” provided by your University
– Application form – will be filled at the Directorate
– Passports photocopy of the page with photo
– Passport photocopy of the page that has last entry stamp on
– 5 passport size photos
– 135 YTL fee

Then you will be given a receipt indicating the date you can pick up your passport and residence permit booklet. It usually takes 2-3 days. You are the only one who can pick up the documents. Usually exchange students are assisted by the Office Coordinator when applying for Ikamet.

Bureau of Foreign Residence Registration is on Mevlana Blv, next to PTT:


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