Visas and Residency

Important Notification! 

Student visa* is no longer obligatory

It ıs recommended to have a student visa for foreigners who generally need a visa to enter Turkey. All other types of visas or legal entrance procedures will be accepted by BAU for registration. trans

* According to the resolution No. 978811785-102-02-4771 by Immigration department of MIA of Turkey issued on 17.06.2014, a student visa is no longer required for foreign students who want to study in Turkey. It‘s required neither for university registration nor for Residency application

BAU requires all international students at the Istanbul campuses to obtain residence permits from the Turkish government.  Under Turkish law students must apply for permits within 30 days of entering the country.  Applications for permits can take up to 90 days to be processed, or occasionally longer.  Applicants may not leave Turkey until their application is processed and they have received their residency permit.

BAU International Office will be assisting you to complete your registration process as well as health insurance and residence permit application process.

The Residency application process is as follows:

1) Make an appointment to visit the Foreign Affairs Police Department:

Fill out online application here

The earliest available appointment date will be offered by the system.  The system will ask for personal information and for information about plans for staying in Turkey.  This may include the address that a student will live at, classes in their program of study, expected date of departure, or other information.  Before leaving the website, make a copy of the confirmation page on colored paper.  If this is not possible, write down and keep the reference number for the appointment.

Turkey considers students to have “applied” for their residency after they have signed up for their appointment.  Students with appointments pending will be able to live and travel in the country until their appointment regardless of other deadlines, unless told otherwise.

2) Go to the Foreign Affairs Police Department** for the Application Appointment

Students must go to the Foreign Affairs Police Department in person for their application appointment.  Do not fail to appear for this appointment.  The Police will not reschedule missed appointments.  Plan to arrive several minutes early.

Students must bring the following items to their appointment.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport ID page, and of any pages with entry stamps.
  • Printout of the confirmation page on colored paper.  Students without this can tell the police clerk their confirmation number, but will have to pay an additional fee and visit an additional office.
  • Letter from BAU confirming enrollment
  • Health insurance ***
  • 4 passport-sized photographs
  • 60 TL for application fees

At the end of the appointment students will be given a receipt.  If there are any problems at this appointment, contact the BAU International Student Office.

3) Pick up your residence permit card from BAU International office

**How to Get to the Foreign Affairs Police Department:

İstanbul İl Emniyet Müdürlüğü Yabancılar Şube Müdürlüğü
Fatih, Vatan Caddesi Metro Emniyet-Fatih Durağı.
Tel : 0212 635 00 00

From Taksim or Beşiktaş: Take buses 32T or 89T. These buses leave from the bus stop which is located at the Beşiktaş Ferry Port.

From Kabataş: Take the Kabataş-Zeytinburnu tram. Get off at Yusufpaşa and walk to the police headquarters.

From Kadikoy: Take the ferry to Eminonu or Karakoy.  Get on the Kabataş-Zeytinburnu tram towards Zeytinburnu at either station.  Get off at Yusufpaşa and walk to the police headquarters.

*** Health İnsurance:

Due to the new İmmigration regulations of the Foreign Affairs Department, health insurance is mandatory in order to apply for residence permit in Turkey. BAU will assist you in acquiring heath İnsurance at a special discounted price from GÜNEŞ SİGORTA. The prices for 12 months health insurance are as following:

Age Price TL Price USD
0-18 475 TL 180 USD
19-25 500  TL 190 USD
26-35 625  TL 240 USD
36-40 700  TL 270 USD
41-45 900  TL 345 USD
46-50 1000  TL 380 USD
51-55 1200  TL 460 USD
56-60 1500  TL 570 USD
61-64 2250  TL 855 USD

Note: the prices may change without notice and the exchange rate is estimative and might vary at the time of application.

Documents needed in order to apply for health insurance:

  1. Passport
  2. Tax number*
  3. The address in Turkey
  4. The fee

A tax number can be obtained at the Tax Office of Beşiktaş (Beşiktaş Vergi Dairesi ) located at the following address:

Mevlüt Pehlivan Cad. Şenol Sok. No: 50,

Gayrettepe, Beşiktaş, İstanbul

+90 (212) 212 46 91