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Insurance and Residence Permit

General Health Insurance for International Students

Following the legislative changes concerning granting Social Security Insurance to our international students, the power to carry out insurance procedures relating to these students was conferred to Provincial Directorates and Social Security Centres of the Social Security Institution (SSI). Therefore, students (freshmen enrolling after 21.05.2013) who wish to be entitled to the SSI services should, as can be understood from the legal provisions below, apply within three months of their enrolment. Those who fail to apply within the specified period will not be covered by the general health insurance during their studies.

Active international students, who enrolled as freshmen (for the first time) before the enforcement of this provision and apply within six months of enforcement of the same, will be covered by the general health insurance.

In order to prevent any possible problems since there is a time limitation, international students who are entitled are recommended to swiftly apply to the relevant Social Security Centres. Click here for the contact information of the Social Security Centres in İstanbul.

Please follow the link to read the letter by the CoHE (Council of Higher Education) concerning the matter. 

  • General Health Insurance Prerequisites:
    1. Learn your Foreigner ID No. once you have received your Residence Permit.
    2. If you do not know your Foreigner ID No., visit https://tckimlik.nvi.gov.tr/ to learn it. If your search on the website does not give any results, go to Foreigners Branch of the Police Department with your Residence Permit and request a Foreigner ID No.
    3. Print out several copies of the document showing your Foreigner ID No. you get on the website above, and your full name.
    4. Submit one of these documents to our International Office (You can skip this step if you have done it before).
    5. You can pay your premiums in any Ziraat Bank branch with your Foreigner ID No.

Student Visa and Residence Permit for International Students

Student visa is not required for enrolment.

In accordance with the Ministry of Interior regulation coming into effect on 17.06.2014, students from visa-exempt countries are now not obliged to get a student visa for university enrolment. Visit www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners-en.mfa for detailed information.

All students must apply for a residence permit within a maximum of 1 month of their entry into Turkey.

As per Ministry of Interior’s decision, all procedures concerning foreigners are now carried out by the Provincial Directorates of Migration Management. Therefore, all procedures concerning foreigners (including those carried out by Foreigners Divisions of the County Police Departments) are carried out in the Service Building of the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management (the former Provincial Local Government Building) at Vatan Caddesi No.: 64.

In order to apply for the residence permit procedures carried out by the Directorate General for Migration Management, you need to submit the documents below. You can make your residence permit appointment on https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/.

1.1. First Application

  • Residence Permit Application Form
  • Original and photocopy of passport or passport substitute
  • Four (4) photographs
  • A statement that the relevant person has regular income sufficient for their stay (This statement is given in the Application Form. The Directorate may request supporting documents. If the foreign national’s expenses are to be covered by a public agency during the programme, this should be communicated to the Directorate in the application process.)
  • Statement of Student Status
  • If the foreign national is below 18 years of age, a consent letter signed by their parent(s) or legal guardian abroad, along with a letter of undertaking signed by a natural person or issued by a legal entity in Turkey, which is to be stated in the consent letter.
  • Valid health insurance. Since students are covered by the general health insurance within 3 months of university enrolment if they place a request to be insured, no valid health insurance is requested from them. However, they must inform the Directorate of Migration Management after they are insured within 3 months of university enrolment. One of the documents below is enough for the application:
  • A document stating that the relevant person is entitled to health services in Turkey as per bilateral social security agreements
  • Health provision letter issued by the Social Security Institution
  • Application document submitted to the SSI to be covered by general health insurance
  • Private health insurance
  • Criminal record (to be issued by the courthouse)
  • Income statement
  • In case of a previous student residence permit or any other residence permit, photocopy of the previous residence permit (if the relevant previous residence permit is absent, they must inform the authorities during the procedures that they had been granted a residence permit)
  • If the passport of an international student does not distinguish between name and surname, i.e. if it only bears the expression “full name”, they must get a name equivalence letter from their respective consulates.
  • Each international student must pay 55 TL to any Tax Services Office and submit the original and copy of the receipt to the Directorate of Migration Management (55 TL is the residence card fee).
  • Students entering Turkey with a visa (student visa, e-visa, etc.) are not charged any visa application fees. However, in order to be granted a residence permit, students eligible for visa-free entry must pay the visa application fee to any Tax Services Office and submit the original and copy of the receipt to the Directorate of Migration Management. Visa application fee is the same for all students, which is 353.10 TL.

International students (both active and newly enrolled students) who need to go to the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management for residence permit application must attach the two documents below to the body of required documents.

You can access detailed information concerning residence permit application on https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/.

For Document 1: Petition

For Document 2: Certificate of Service

 

1.2. Extension Application

  • Residence Permit Application Form
  • Original and copy of passport or passport substitute
  • Previous residence permit
  • Two (2) photographs
  • A statement that the relevant person has regular income sufficient for their stay (This statement is given in the Application Form. The Directorate may request supporting documents. If the foreign national’s expenses are to be covered by a public agency during the programme, this should be communicated to the Directorate in the application process.)
  • Statement of Student Status
  • For applicants below the age of 18, new consent letter and letter of undertaking unless the existing ones cover the extension period.
  • A valid health insurance (one of the following is enough)
  • A document stating that the relevant person is entitled to health services in Turkey as per bilateral social security agreements
  • Health provision letter issued by the Social Security Institution
  • Private health insurance covering the extension period

Note: Residence permit can be valid not later than 2 months before the passport validity date. If a student’s passport is to expire in 3 months, they can be granted a 1-month residence permit maximum. Therefore, you should extend the validity of your passport before going to the Directorate of Migration Services.

Students who wish to extend their residence permits should make an appointment 2 months before their permits expire. In case of an expired residence permit, their appointment is processed (with a fine imposed) if made within a maximum of 10 days. The appointment made on the 11th day is invalid and the relevant persons should leave and re-enter the country for a new residence permit. The same applies to our alumni.

Note: Please do not leave the country without getting your residence permit.

** A copy of the residence permit must be submitted to the International Office for the necessary updates.