Student Visa & Residence Permit

Student Visa

Being an International student comes with some challenges, one specifically being leaving your home country, family and friends behind. As part of your new family, you can be assured that we will be with you in every aspect of your university life, from this moment forward.

Please note that if you are planning to stay in Turkey for more than 90 days within a 180-day period, for any reason, including tourism, you must get a Turkish Residence Permit.

In order to obtain your Student Residence Permit, it is strongly advised to follow this guide to schedule an online appointment and submit all the required documents, ensuring this process runs as smoothly as possible.

International students who have overstayed their visas, residence permits, or visa exempt periods (for some countries), will be subjected to a fine or a travel ban preventing you from re-entering Turkey for a period between 3 months to 5 years.


Before departure to Turkey:

Check if you’re required a visa to enter turkey through the VISA REQUIREMENT BUTTON.

If you need to get a visa to enter Turkey, you may apply for it at the closest Turkish Embassy/Consulate with your Official Acceptance Letter which states that you will be our student here in Turkey. You may check the information for each embassy/consulate using the following EMBASSIES/CONSULATES BUTTON.


Residence Permit

After arriving in Turkey:

Applications for the Student Residence Permit should be made within the first month of your arrival in Turkey.

You can make your online appointment application using through the following steps.

Below you may find all the requirements to obtain a Student Residence Permit:

  • Current valid Residence Permit (only for renewal/transfer applications)

  • Passport photocopies (main pages + last entrance stamp)

  • Student Certificate in Turkish (can be obtained from the Yeditepe Student System / e-devlet)

  • Valid Health Insurance

  • (4) passport-size photographs

  • Receipt of the Application Form (instructions are stated in the guide below)

  • Consent Letter + Birth Certificate (Only for the applicants under 18 – Translated & Notarized)*

*Consent Letter & Birth Certificate are not mandatory if you have a student visa or your parents are living here in Turkey, with a valid residence permit.

After submitting the application:

Upon completing these steps and handing in your complete documents, the Residence Permit Specialist will deliver your documents to the Immigration Office on your behalf.

The process takes between 2-3 months, so kindly remain calm and be patient for an update from the Immigration Office. During the waiting time, you must not travel outside Turkey, until you receive your Residence Permit Card. In case of an emergency, to enter Turkey again, you must re-apply for a visa to enter. Moreover, your application will be cancelled.

At the time when your Residence Permit Card is ready, it will be delivered via PTT (the governmental Turkish Postal Carrier). You will receive a text message as well as a tracking number to track the whereabouts of your card from the PTT Website.

Your card will be delivered to the International Office. You will be notified via a text message from the Postal Office when you are able to collect it.