This article is about the Residence Permit Registration Form, which you download after applying for a residence permit online. To learn about the Residence Permit Application Document, which an immigration specialist gives you after your appointment, see: Residence Permit Application Document.
After you've completed your online application for a residence permit, the online system will give you a link to download your completed application, so you can print it and take it, with other required documents, to your residence permit interview. Your completed application is called an İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form).
What is a Residence Permit Registration Form?
The Residence Permit Registration Form is a document you download and print at the end of your online residence permit application. It contains your photo, your personal information, and the time, date, and location of your residence permit appointment (if the system gave you an appointment). It also contains the fees you must pay before or when you go to your appointment.
The Residence Permit Registration Form keeps you legal in Turkey until your appointment. So if your current residence permit or visa has expired or you've exceeded the number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey, you must keep the first page of this document, and your passport, with you at all times.
Residence permits are issued by the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office). Applications for Residence Permits are made online at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/.
Residence Permit Applications in Istanbul
If you're applying in Istanbul, the online system may not give you an appointment date and time. Instead, the immigration office will send you this information by e-mail or SMS, according to the communications preference you've selected. It may take one or more weeks for them to send it to you.
Traveling Outside of Turkey Before Your Appointment
The Residence Permit Registration Form isn't a travel document. If you leave Turkey, you may only return with your current visa or residence permit, if they are still valid.
If your residence permit or visa is no longer valid, call the immigration office's helpline at 157. You can call this number free from any telephone in Turkey. Have your application number when you call. They can give you an e-mail address you can use to request a a Residence Permit Application Document (sometimes erroneously called a "travel letter") which will be sent to you by e-mail. You can normally have one sent to you in a week or less.
Learn more about the Residence Permit Application Document.
If you don't get the Residence Permit Application Document, you'll have to re-enter Turkey with a new e-visa (unless you have one which hasn't yet reached its expiration date). If you've exceeded the number of days you're allowed to be in Turkey with a visa, you'll likely have to sign a Şartlı Giriş Bilgi Formu (Conditional Entry Information Form) on which you state that you'll apply for a residence permit within ten days (even if you already have).
Learn more about leaving Turkey before your residence permit application appointment.
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