Residence Permit


The possession of a Student Residence Permit is mandatory in order to study in Turkey. With respect to the law, all international students are recommended and obliged to apply within 10 days after their arrival. The resident permit is an official document representing a registration by the Provincial Migration Administration Management and allowing a foreign nationality to legally reside in Turkey.

Every student must read the Immigration Office official web page and follow the updates about Law on Foreigners and International Protection, as regulations can change requently:
International Students Office is only responsible for sending your resdience permit files to immigration office.

You are responsible for making application of student residence permits and submit all requested documents to international students office on time.

1) You need to get your tax number
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. When 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 start with obtaining a tax number upon your arrival.

You can obtain tax number in two ways

Online Application: Please visit the official web page of Tax Office at Click on the Application for Non-Citizen’s Potential Tax Number button on the bottom of the page. You will see explanations in English on application form, and you need to upload your passport ID. When you submit the form, system will give you a Tax ID number. Please arrange 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 get an online tax number, you need to visit the nearest tax office personally.

Personal application: You need to visit a Tax office with your original passport and its copy.
See below the addresses of the Tax offices:
Yakacık Tax Office: Hürriyet Mahallesi Yakacık D-100 Kuzey Yanyol Caddesi No: 47/A-B Kartal ISTANBUL
Kadıköy Tax Office: Osmanağa, Halitağa Caddesi No:19, Kadıköy ISTANBUL

Note: If you already have a tax number or Foreign ID Number you do not have to get a Tax Number again.
2)You need to make your online student residence permit application
3)You need to pay your residence permit card fee
4)You need to submit all requested documents to international Students Office
5)You need to follow up your application process


  • All International Students who completed their registration process at Istanbul Okan University must apply for student residence permit within 10 days and submit all requested residence permit documents within 30 days after registering university.
  • You need to submit all requested documents to the International Student Office regardless of your appointment date. Your documents are being sent to immigration Office by international Students Office. So you do not go to your appointment places for Students residence permit . You should submit all requested documents to intenational Students Office so that we can send your documents to immigration Office.
  • Do not wait for collecting documents to apply residence permit . You have to make application first and on time and after you make your application , you can collect your documentsand submit them to international Students Office within 30 days. Application date is so important
  • Residence permit application must be submitted before the expiration date of a visa (regular or electronic), passport or other entry document. Each student must be aware of the expiration date of their visas or the amount of time allowed in Turkey with other documents.
  • Students’ passports must be valid at least 60 days beyond the requested ending date of residence permit (i.e. if a student wants to have a residence permit which expires on June 30th, his/ her passport must be valid until August 29th).
  • While filling the residence permit online application form, you can request a maximum validity period of up to 2 months before your passport expiry date. Therefore, Make sure you have passport that is valid for 6 months minimum.
  • If you already have residence permit card and if it’s expiry date finish when you are abroad , you need to come top Turkey with visa and you have to apply for residence permit ( in this case first application ) within 10 days after your arrival to Turkey
  • Please check immigration offie website to learn all necessary details for residence permit
  • Residence Permit applications with missing documents are not accepted. Please make sure that you double-check your documents with the list of required documents.
    Having a missing document will cause you to wait until next month’s document submission day. If your visa or permission to stay without a visa period expires, this delay may result in a fine that you will need to pay. So, this is very important to make sure your documents are complete. So you have to give all requested documents to international students office . If your documents are missing or not appropriate according to requirements , your files can not be sent to immigration office.
    You need submit all of the requested documents to the International Student Office regardless of your appointment date.
  • Please note that in rejection and vioalation of residence permit situations ( late application , missing expiry date of your residience permit for extension) you may pay fine and also immigration office may ask you to leave Turkey . It depends on immigration office evaluation
  • It is mandatory to use biometric (in ICAO standards) photographs in residence permit documents, and in order to avoid any problems both in the application process on E-residence system and in transactions in our Provincial Directorates of Migration Management, it is important to pay attention to the conformity of the photograph in the said standard and submit the digital version of the photographs to the relevant persons during the application process if necessary.

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  • Students who have Syrian Temporary Protection Card will need to go to the Migration Office at their appointment date and submit their documents there after they complete their online application.
  • If you have a Turkish nationality (TC Kimlik) or Mavi Kart, you do not need a residence permit.
  • If you are coming from another university in Turkey to ISTANBUL OKAN UNIVERSITY , you have to apply for a residence permit within 10 days after you leave your previous university. In addition, you need to get a document as proof of leaving your university before joining ISTANBUL OKAN UNIVERSITY.
  • If you register for a PhD program after graduating from a master degree in İstanbul Okan University, you have to apply for the student residence permit again.
  • If you already have a short-term residence permit after you register university, you need to make a “transfer application” for the student residence permit.
  • In pandemic situation;
    Within the scope of preventive measures taken in combating the COVID-19 Pandemic, HES Code Obligation has been imposed for entering the service buildings of Provincial Directorate of Migration Management, and you are kindly requested to obtain the HES Code before you go to the Provincial Directorates of Migration Management on your appointment date. (Click For detailed information.)

Health insurance company can help you for your residence permit applications( both for first application and renewal ) in case you request your health insurance from that insurance copmany .

If you want health insurance company to proceed your health insurance and residence permit application, you have to contact them and to send below required doucments to them by email;

If you freeze the semester or yearor if you cancel your registration or if you graduate your residence permits are canceled . You can stay in Turkey 10 days after you graduate/leave/freeze. You should leave Turkey after your official graduation/leaving/freezing date. You can learn your official graduation date from only international Students Office . As you leave/graduate/freeze the İnternational Students Office informs the immigration office to cancel your residence permit card.

Your residence permit card will be canceled regardless of the validity period on the card. If you will stay more than 10 days, you will face with penalty in airport when you leave Turkey and also passport police may put a block on your passport. If you are planning to stay in Turkey after graduating/leaving/freezing you should apply for a short term residence permit within 10 days after your official graduation/leaving/freezing date. In this case, application process is totally your responsibility. You can take advice from international student office before taking any action.

After your freezing period finish and after you make course registration and becomes active student you can apply for student residence permit again .

In case you leave Turkey because of freezing or because your residence permit application is not approved , you have to come back to Turkey by getting visa. International Students Office can send you visa support letter when you apply for visa.

If you apply residence permit and then leave Turkey your application is not approved . You should get your residence permit card to leave Turkey otherwise your application is rejected and you may pay some fine while leaving Turkey at airport

Residence applications made from abroad are not valid and approved. Students who wants to apply for the residence permit or to extend the duration of the residence permit must be in Turkey.

You can follow your application results through:

Your approval or rejection of your application is decided by immigration Office and you get this information by email . After approval of your applicatioon it may take 30-45 days to receive residence permit cards .

After completing the residence permit application, the immigration office will send you an appointment SMS or email. You need to ignore the SMS / Email, as international Students Office send your documents to immigration Office

Once the Immigration Office evaluates files and approves your application file, the confirmation SMS / email for your application approval will be sent to you. After receiving the message, your card will be printed and posted by the Immigration Office.

It is important for you to write University address in address field while fillng application form so that immigration Office send your cards to international Students Office and we can deliver your cards to you . It is more safe for you otherwise in case you write your home address in addres field your card is being sent to your home address and it may be lost.The postman will not hand over the residence card to anyone other than you. If the postman cannot find you at your address, the PTT will return your card to the Immigration Directorate. So it is better for you to write university address in order for us to deliver your cards to you more safely

If you receive your cards not from our office but from ptt or from your home by yourself, please send a double-sided copy to So that we can add your card ID numbers into your system

Important note: You cannot leave Turkey without obtaining your residence permit card. If you do so, you will receive a penalty depending on your case and your application will be cancelled by the Immigration Office.

You need to go to the nearest police center as soon as possible and get a report about losing your card. Then you have to go to the Immigration Office with the report togerher with your passport to apply to get a new residence permit card (no need for an appointment date before going there). Immigration Office officials will accept your application and will send your new card to the address that you mention

Istanbul Immigration Office (İstanbul Göç İdaresi) Address: Hırka-i Şerif Mahallesi Vatan Caddesi No: 64 Fatih/ISTANBUL

In case of urgent need, you can visit the “Öğrenci Odası” (Student room) located on the second floor of the building. ROOM 204
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In pandemic situation you need to have HES code in order to enter building

If your address or passport information is changed, after you received your card you have to inform the immigration office within 20 days. You must fill out the information change form by going to “Bilgi Güncelleme” (Information Update ) Room in the Immigration Office.