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Visa Process

Obtaining a student visa before departing your home country is a requirement for formal registration as a student at a Turkish university. Therefore, students who come to Turkey without a student visa will neither be allowed to register as a student at the university nor receive a residency permit once in the country.

Student visas must be obtained from a Turkish consulate, generally the one nearest your place of residence in the country of your nationality. Student visas CANNOT be issued from within Turkey. You must take or mail a copy of your "Letter of Acceptance" from a Turkish university and a completed visa application form to the appropiate Turkish Consulate. Consulate staff can provide you with an application form upon request. Please note that it generally takes around eight weeks from the time you submit your application until you receive your visa. The student visa will be stamped in your passport.

Although a time limit will be indicated on your visa, your student visa remains valid as long as you are enrolled at school.

Registering after Arrival

Within a month of arriving in Turkey, all international students must have registered and obtained a residency permit (Ikametgah Belgesi). This permit is required by the Directorate of Security in each province.

After collecting all the required documents, you must submit them and your passport to the Bureau of Foreign Residence Registration. You will be given a receipt indicating the date you can pick up your passport and residency permit. The process usually takes no longer than two to three days. It is necessary to return to the bureau to pick up your documents and passport.

Students enrolled in a degree program at any university are usually given residency permits valid for one year at a time.

Special students and exchange students are given residency permits for the period of time they will be studying in Turkey, as indicated on the student visa. Such students can extend their residency permit if they extend their enrollment. Residency permits can be easily extended. Please note that you must submit a student’s certificate to renew your residency permit. This student’s certificate can only be issued after your formal registration at a university.

 
Region Western Asia/ Southern Europe
Currency Turkish Lira
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CPI: Consumer Price Index 461
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