RESIDENCE PERMIT - First Time Application

(FOR RENEWAL APPLICATION OR RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR EXCHANGE STUDENTS - PLEASE SEE BELOW)

Abdullah Gül University, AGU, obtaining residence permit, study in Turkey

All international students need to apply for a residence permit at the Kayseri Provincial Directorate of Migration Management. You have one month after coming to Turkey to apply for a residence permit.

The validity of your residence permit cannot exceed the date of expiry of your passport. Therefore, before coming to Turkey, please check that you have a sufficiently valid passport (or plan to renew your passport in Turkey or, in some cases, back in your home country; after your enrollement at AGU).

The application process is as follows:

  1. Go to the official Residence Permit Application platform and fill the online application form here (link). PLEASE FIND HERE (LINK) AN ONLINE STEP-BY-STEP APPLICATION GUIDE.
  2. Pick a day for your individual appointment (please select the earliest available date, starting from 2 weeks after your arrival in Kayseri) and print your filled application form.
  3. If possible, please make sure to pay the Residence Permit fee (72 TL in January 2018) via the online system. Print your payment receipt*.
  4. Come to the Abdullah Gül University and complete your registration (please read the information about the Diploma Equivalency, required for registration).
  5. Collect all necessary documents:

- Filled online application form,

- Payment receipt,

- 4 ID photos,

- Passport and photocopy of passport ID page, visa page and latest stamp of entry into Turkey,

- Student certificate (to be obtained, signed and stamped, from the Student Affairs office),

- Foreign Student Information Form ("Yabancı Uyruklu Öğrenci Bilgi Formu" download the document here. After filling it, please have it signed & stamped by the Student Affairs office)

- Proof of Accommodation (students living in the AGU dorms can obtain an accommodation letter from the the Health, Culture, Sports Department (SKS))

- Proof of Health Insurance coverage (students planning to subscribe to the Turkish State Health Insurance (SGK) still need to be covered by a private insurance for the first 4 months of their stay)

  1. Go to your individual appointment at the Immigration Office**
  2. Submit your Health Insurance certificate; either from the State Health Insurance, SGK (around 860TL, more info here (link)), or from a private company
  3. Finalize your application at the Immigration Office and wait for your Residence Permit card to arrive via postal service (it will cover 1 to 4 years)

Students whose residence permit has expired must extend it within maximum 15 days or leave Turkey. In case of an address change, the students should inform the police within 48 hours. There should be no erasures or scrapes on the residence permit. In case of loss, the Turkish National Police/ Foreigners Unit should immediately be notified.

*Students who are not able to pay online should pay in cash at the Kaleönü Tax Office in Kayseri before going to their appointment at the Immigration Office. Directions to the Tax Office (behind Adalet Sarayı/adliye): HERE

**Immigration Office Address: The Immigration Office has moved to the former tax office building near Dünyam Hospital and our Vakıfbank branch. Directions HERE

***SGK Main Office Address: Kayseri Sosyal Güvenlik İl Müdürlüğü Fatih Mahallesi İstasyon Caddesi No:44 Kocasinan KAYSERİ


RESIDENCE PERMIT - Renewal Application

All international students need to apply for a residence permit at the Kayseri Provincial Directorate of Migration Management. You can start your online renewal application 60 DAYS prior to your current residence permit's expiry date.

Once your current residence permit card is expired, you have 10 days to apply for renewal (complicated and not recommended! Please apply for renewal PRIOR to expiry of your current card!)

The validity of your residence permit cannot exceed the date of expiry of your passport. Therefore, before renewing your residence permit, please check that you have a sufficiently valid passport (or plan to renew your passport in Turkey or in your home country during semester breaks).

The application process is as follows:

  1. Go to the official Residence Permit Application platform and fill the online application form here (link). PLEASE FIND HERE (LINK) AN ONLINE STEP-BY-STEP APPLICATION GUIDE. For renewal, please click "I am applying for extension"
  2. Pick a day for your individual appointment and print your filled application form.
  3. The Residence Permit fee (72 TL in January 2018) can be paid online or at the Tax Office (behing Adalet Sarayı/Adliye building). Print your payment receipt*.
  4. Collect all necessary documents:

- Filled online application form,

- Payment receipt,

- 4 ID photos,

- Passport and photocopy of passport ID page, visa page and latest stamp of entry into Turkey,

- Student certificate (to be obtained, signed and stamped, from the Student Affairs office),

- Foreign Student Information Form ("Yabancı Uyruklu Öğrenci Bilgi Formu" download the document here. After filling it, please have it signed & stamped by the Student Affairs office)

- Proof of Accommodation (students living in the AGU dorms can obtain an accommodation letter from the the Health, Culture, Sports Department (SKS))

- Proof of Health Insurance coverage (students planning to subscribe to the Turkish State Health Insurance (SGK) still need to be covered by a private insurance for the first 4 months of their stay)

- Photocopy of current Residence Permit card

- Criminal Record document (can be obtained online via E-Devlet online platform. This online service is accessed using your Residcence Permit number (99---) and a "E-Devlet Şifresi" which you can obtain from the post office (PTT) for a few Lira). You can find HERE a STEP-BY-STEP guide on how to obtain you Criminal Record.

  1. Go to your individual appointment at the Immigration Office**
  2. Submit your Health Insurance certificate; either from the State Health Insurance, SGK (around 860TL, more info here (link)), or from a private company
  3. Finalize your application at the Immigration Office and wait for your Residence Permit card to arrive via postal service (it will cover 1 to 4 years)

Students whose residence permit has expired must extend it within maximum 15 days or leave Turkey. In case of an address change, the students should inform the police within 48 hours. There should be no erasures or scrapes on the residence permit. In case of loss, the Turkish National Police/ Foreigners Unit should immediately be notified.

*Students who are not able to pay online should pay in cash at the Kaleönü Tax Office in Kayseri before going to their appointment at the Immigration Office. Directions to the Tax Office (behind Adalet Sarayı/adliye): HERE

**Immigration Office Address: The Immigration Office has moved to the former tax office building near Dünyam Hospital and our Vakıfbank branch. Directions HERE

***SGK Main Office Address: Kayseri Sosyal Güvenlik İl Müdürlüğü Fatih Mahallesi İstasyon Caddesi No:44 Kocasinan KAYSERİ


RESIDENCE PERMIT - Application For AGU Exchange Students (Erasmus or Bilateral Agreement)

All international students need to apply for a residence permit at the Kayseri Provincial Directorate of Migration Management. You must apply for a residence permit before your Study Visa expires.

The validity of your residence permit cannot exceed the end date of your exchange at AGU. Please also check the validity of your passport before coming to Turkey.

The application process is as follows:

  1. Go to the official Residence Permit Application platform and fill the online application form here (link). PLEASE FIND HERE (LINK) AN ONLINE STEP-BY-STEP APPLICATION GUIDE. For Erasmus students, in "Reason for Stay" (page 20 of our step-by-step guide), please select "Erasmus Exchange". For bilateral agreement students (non-Erasmus Exchange), please select "Other Exchange Program".
  2. Pick a day for your individual appointment and print your filled application form.
  3. The Residence Permit fee (72 TL in January 2018) can be paid online or at the Tax Office*. Print your payment receipt.
  4. Collect all necessary documents:

- Filled online application form,

- Payment receipt,

- 4 ID photos,

- Passport and photocopy of passport ID page, visa page and latest stamp of entry into Turkey,

- Student certificate (to be obtained, signed and stamped, from the Student Affairs office),

- Foreign Student Information Form ("Yabancı Uyruklu Öğrenci Bilgi Formu" download the document here. After filling it, please have it signed & stamped by the Student Affairs office)

- Proof of Accommodation (students living in the AGU dorms can obtain an accommodation letter from the the Health, Culture, Sports Department (SKS))

- Proof of Health Insurance coverage (students covered by a foreign health insurance company must provide a certificate from the Turkish branch of the company. Therefore we recommend taking a private health insurance in Turkey. Please note that Travel Insurance is not accepted by the Immigration Office).

- AGU Acceptance Letter for Exchange (in English and Turkish, signed by the AGU Exchange/Erasmus Office)

- Exchange Letter from your home institution

Students whose residence permit has expired must extend it within maximum 15 days or leave Turkey. In case of an address change, the students should inform the police within 48 hours. There should be no erasures or scrapes on the residence permit. In case of loss, the Turkish National Police/ Foreigners Unit should immediately be notified.

*Students who are not able to pay online should pay in cash at the Kaleönü Tax Office in Kayseri before going to their appointment at the Immigration Office. Directions to the Tax Office (behind Adalet Sarayı/adliye): HERE

**Immigration Office Address: The Immigration Office has moved to the former tax office building near Dünyam Hospital and our Vakıfbank branch. Directions HERE

***SGK Main Office Address: Kayseri Sosyal Güvenlik İl Müdürlüğü Fatih Mahallesi İstasyon Caddesi No:44 Kocasinan KAYSERİ


WORK PERMIT

This residence permit is issued for educational purposes. Students who wish to work may do so by obtaining a work permit. However, for undergraduate students, the right to work starts after their first year of education and may not be more than twenty four hours a week. This residence permit does not make the parents and other relatives of the student eligible for a residence permit.

We would like to remind you that it is your responsibility to be aware of and act according to these rules and regulations. Please pay attention to these in order to avoid any serious legal problems and financial penalties in the future.

Legal action is taken against students who do not follow the procedures explained above.