How to renew your Ikamet in new system: step-by-step

ikamet renewal

ikamet renewal

Detailed guidance about using new online system to renew your existing Residence permit (ikamet): 

 

1. Go to the official website of  Migration administration of Turkey (Göç İdare müdürlüğü)  and scroll down untill you see the button E-ikamet:

e-ikamet

e-ikamet

 

2. Choose   Uzatma ( Application for Extension). 

The system will show you small application form you need to fill in :

– first 3 letters of your name

– пfirst 3 letters of your lastname

– nationality

– your ID number  ( this is your TC geçici kimlik numarası, its written on your existinf ikamet plastic car, or you can find it out here:  Learn my TC kimlik no. )

3. If your info is correct, system will make you pass to the next application form. Оnly fields marked with dark-red color are must to be filled in. Other ones are optional.  

If you are applying for Family ikamet renewal, you will be asked to fill in also information about your spouse at the part:  Destekleyici (Supporter). Or if you are applying for your child you will finn in there your info.

Your insurance info: 

for Private insurance – choose the expire date of it

for SGK insurance – choose the date 2 years later from your Ikamet expire date.

your photo should be biometric

made during last 6 months, with open face and white background (Photo studios know that rules though) You will tell them to make “Biometrik foto (resim)” for you. Ask a copy of this photo in electronic way as JPEG, you will need to upload it while your online application. So, take also memory stick

biometric photo example

biometric photo example

4. Your application form is filled in. You are redirected to the final page with your application number, fee amounts, address for sending your documents package by post PTT and list of documents. 

Make sure you saved your application form (İkamet başvuru belgesi и İkamet müracaat belgesi) from that page by clicking on link (it will be downloaded in PDF format).If you dont save,  you will not be able to find your application online later and you will have to fill in all from beginning. So the best way is to use desktop or laptop for application. 

You need to print your application form out in color! 

5. Make your 2 fees payment

 You will be asked to pay 2 type of fees and get 2 separate payment slips – dont forget to ask while payment  about double copy of each slip. You can pay at any district Vergi dairesi (Tax office) or Ziraat bankasi started also to accept payments. You should have your personal application number (shown at the last page while online application, mix of numbers and letters) , your previous ikamet and passport. 

Ask double copy of your payment slips

6. Send your A4 size envelope with your documents according to the list, 1 each of payment slips and application form  by post PTT.  There is NO RANDEVU for renewal. 

Package you gonna send should include: all required documents (according to the list) + colored application form + 2 fee payment slips.  . Envelope must be A4 size, and sent by PTT courier or other cargo courier (taahhütlü mektup). 

 You must send your envelode during 5 business days after you filled in your application form online.

Your application counts as finished when Migration office got your documents and started proccess. If all is fine, During 90 days after that date you will get your Ikamet card by post (PTT) .

Additional info: 

-you can use this renewal option for : short-term (for ex. touristic, or real estate owners), family type and student Residence permits (ikamet).

– you can start your online application for renewal during last 60 days of your existing ikamet and till the last day of it.

terms for ikamet renewal

terms for ikamet renewal

– dont send your passport! Only copy! 

 – After your online application, fee payment and sending documents by post you have right: 

stay in Turkey – even if your existing ikamet expired untill the new ikamet arrived

while existing ikamet not expired yet – freely travel out of Turkey and come back

travel out of Turkey with expired ikamet allowed for 15 days. For that put a stamp and sign at your Migration office on the paper you printed out before – Ikamet application form and attach your second copy of 2 payment slips. 

 

– Migration office has right to ask from you extra documents or knowledge.

– system will calculate your fee rates by itself. It will depend on your country of citizenship, previous ikamet expire date, ikamet type, term of new required ikamet, if you are married with Turkish citizen or not and other points.

 

– if some of the documents are absent, you can send it during 30 days

– Migration office may contact to you via SMS or email, so make sure your phone number and email you are writing down at your online application are working good.

Be aware that all emails from Migration office will have only  “…….@goc.gov.tr” address type – if you will get any other emails, be aware of internet fraud.

if you have randevu taken before may 18, 2015, you will be asked to write down its time and date during your online application.

 

This system is new so there is a chance of some bugs and errors. Please be patient and try again and again later untill you will get your application completed. Migration administration is working on its solving. 

 


Comments:

253 thoughts on “How to renew your Ikamet in new system: step-by-step

  1. hajir

    hello
    thanks for your walkthrough and information 🙂
    I have a question
    my student visa was expired and I had to leave the country without renewing it.
    Now I’m back with tourist visa and want to renew it, but when I go to the first page to fill my basic information, it says the input data are wrong.
    Is there anything else I have to do?
    Thanks in advance 🙂

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    • stayturkish Post author

      as your pevious student ikamet was expired, you should choose not renewal or extension, but New application. Then it should work out. Be aware that system sometimes may show errors, so just try again later.

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      • Hajir

        Thanks for your reply
        I’m studying the same course, only my thesis left but I’ve planned to keep it for 1 more year. so it kind of extension but with delay :/
        I tried to open a new application but I can’t input some of data like date of beginning of university and etc…
        Should I approach to the immigration service myself and talk with them? Cuz my visit visa will run out soon too.
        Thanks again for your reply

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        • stayturkish Post author

          the situation now is kind of weird, because there are lots of people with similar issues with you, as new online system often shows some errors. I guess if it will not work again nearest time, you better try to talk to immigration office, I hope they can solve the issue in that way

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          • hajir

            I tried to open a new application. after filling the data, when I wanted to pick an appointment date, there was nothing I could select. All dates were taken till the end of August …
            there must be something wrong with the system I guess …

          • stayturkish Post author

            Unfortunatelly this is normal situation for Istanbul when there is no avaliable dates for randevu. There are 2 ways to solve it: you can try again and again, they usually open new avaliable dates in the morning like 8am. Or second variant is: there is an office near migration office at Vatan street, that office for some fee can help to take randevu. I know some people go there when they could not take randevu by themselves.

  2. Marina

    Hi, I’m dealing with an extension application.
    When clicking on the link to download the “Residence Permit Application Document” at the end of the process, it doesn’t work!! It gives an error window, so now WHAT? I don’t have the application form to print!

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    • stayturkish Post author

      unfortunatelly Ive read about those kind of problems from other foreigners, and I guess this is the system error or bug. Please, save your application number, just in case. And also as a way, try to apply again, I hope it will work. Unfortunatelly there is no page at official website which allows to print out application form later by application code. May be they will upgrade it, I hope so.
      As other way, there is an office near Migration administration at Vatan, and they help people with randevu printings, may be you can ask there as well, or directly at Vatan office, there are officers who answer questions about those type of problems.

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    • Hajir

      Hi
      I could finally finish this long process 🙂
      As the system is new and many people can’t apply online, they will answer you if you just show up. Of course they’ll give priority to the people who have appointment time, but still I could do the extension procedure in only 1 day.
      So just go there and make sure you have all the documents ready with you. Else you’ll have to go there again.
      Address is Hosdere, No.144
      Good luck 😉

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  3. Marina

    Hi, thanks everyone for your help. We called them to let them know what happened and they told us they were having problems with the online system and to go in person so we’ll go on Monday to see them and will let you know the process so we can help others with this same problem.

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  4. Deniz

    I am writing to ask some questions. I already got the student visa from Turkish Embassy in my country for learning Turkish language at private(aligned) language center in the Univ.. In this case what kind of option should I apply for among 4 options(short-term/long-term/family/student)? I heard before May 18th, students who just learning Turkish in private language center could apply for student IKAMET, now it looks like there is no option for them and should enter student ID…to move on to the next page(of course Many of students who studying at the language center do not have student ID). It looks complicated. Pease leave any advice or tips for solving the problem. Thank you in advance and looking for hearing your answer soon. This is great site where we can get info. to get IKAMET. (I have not found any other sites yet. This is only one site we can depend on regarding this issue) Thanks for your all effors again.

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    • stayturkish Post author

      hello! According to the Law on Foreigners and international protection, foreigners who wish to study Turkish language at any kind of Turkish language course or school, can apply for short term ikamet with the purpose of studying Turkish. Unfortunatelly no more student type ikamet. Student ikamet only for bachelor, masters Phd students or regular school pupils . Here is info for you: http://stayturkish.com/en/blog/residence-permit-ikamet-for-study-at-turkish-language-course/

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      • Deniz

        Thank you so much for your kind answer!!

        I read the link you shared. According to the link, it looks like I have to prepare many many documents to get the IKAMET. Anyway are the required documents you mentioned still valid? because that blog was uploaded on April 20th, before May 18th. And is the bank statement from foreign banks such as CITIBANK valid or should I open an account in any Turkish bank even without IKAMET?(OMG)

        I am very happy to know this website! Have a great day!

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        • stayturkish Post author

          Hello 🙂 They didnt change requirements for documents, they just changed the way how foreigners now have to apply and addresses. While your application you will get the list of docs you will need to send. So you can just double check with the blog article for details. As for bank statements – as I know still need only turkish banks, but i will double check with that tomorrow, as right now is night in Turkey.
          Thank you for reading us 🙂

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    • stayturkish Post author

      Im not sure if it can be a problem or not, because some of the issues has human factor, and it depends which worker will assost you with your application. At least you should have the printed provement of your previous application to provide at the randevu. oR you can just try to renew again if previous time system had errors.

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  5. Elise

    I was an erasmus student this year and I’m planning to do a Master in turkey but the application are in July. My Ikament will be over 30th of June, I had to leave the country yesterday, not coming back before 2nd of July. I have several question:

    -Is it possible for me to enter back in turkey and have my 3months of tourist without visa like I use to have(im form Switzerland)? If not what would be happening?
    -Is it possible for me to renew it now while being out of turkey and ask somebody in turkey to send the document for me?
    Thanks in advance

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    • stayturkish Post author

      If your country has non-visa agreement – you can come back as tourist and apply for student ikamet based on your masters – i guess it should be new application – not renewal – as you start new study term and your previous ikamet will be finished at the date of application. It is not possible to renewa while you are out of Turkey, as you gonna show them also your stamp in passport about last entry. And you can not renew it as your erasmus finished – you have no reason for extension and your masters application will be in july as you said – they ask info from univ. about your enrollement. There is part on this website in menu Ikamet – about student ikamets.

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  6. Jihye Park

    Hello, This is Jihye from South Korea.
    Acutually I have some problems with my ikamet
    My original ikamet will be expired 6/30. so I should extend it
    I was exchange student(like erasmus) in the Univerty of Turky so I could receive my ikamet without visa
    but now, my semester was finished and I am taking turkish language course in Tomer.
    so in order to extend my ikamet period, is the Visa necessary?

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  7. chloe

    Hi!
    First of all thank you very much for taking the time to post all of this, it’s been very helpful to me and I’m sure to many others!
    I have a couple questions which I hope you know the answer to…
    The list of documents required is not as specific as it was before, for example it says you have to declare having sufficient funds to support yourself while in Turkey, and that additional proof might be required, but it doesn’t openly ask for a bank statement with 500 dollars for each month in it… do we still have to do that? (hoping not…)
    Similarly they ask for information on where you will be staying, but before you had to show a notary signed letter of the person you were staying with, in case you didn’t have a lease contract on your name… Do you know if that is still valid as well? Really wish they would be a bit more specific on the application form!

    Thanks a lot in advance!
    Chloe

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    • stayturkish Post author

      Hello, im glad my page was useful for you 🙂 As for your questions, yes new system looks like a bit blurry and not exact info, but still requirements are same, I dont know why they wrote it in that not clear way. Still need money provement and address provement.

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  8. Diego Villavicencio

    Hi. Thanks for your post!
    I am writing because I sent my paper on the mail as required and I checked PTT website and the envelope arrived on 6/15 but I haven’t reeceived any mails nor messages from the MIgration Office. What should I do? My ikamet expired on 4/22 but I got an appointment with the old system before that date.
    Thanks for your help!

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    • stayturkish Post author

      hello! If you registered your old appointment in new system and sent by PTT with all listed docs. and 2 payments slips, your paperwork seems to be fine, but I guess because the migration offices nowadays are kind of busy most probably they will not send any sms or emails to you. Usually renewals take around 2 – 4 weeks and you are getting ikamet by post. So if they didnt contact to you, may be you are just fine and no need any extra docs. You should wait and if you will not get any news within 2 – 4 weeks then you can go to migration office and ask to check your paperwork process.

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      • Diego Villavicencio

        it sounds great. Just one more question : do you know the migration office address?
        I will wait but I want it just in case I need it later
        Thank you very much for your help!!!

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  9. wolfgang

    i received a phone call 4 weeks ago that some papers were missing… i organized them the next day and sent them with courier the next day… till then no more reaction? would ptt give me a notice if they tried to deliver and i wasnt at home? anyone else who waited 4 weeks and more?

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    • stayturkish Post author

      If they didnt call you again, it means they got all documents they needed. When your ikamet is on the way by PTT usually they send sms with tracking no. for your envelope. But ikamet issue paperwork and procedures sometimes take 1 month and more so most probably it is not ready yet. Personally, Ive got mine 5 weeks later ive applied for renewal.

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      • wolfgang

        ok thank you. i will wait… just know from some peple that they received it after two weeks… so i am getting impatient…

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          • wolfgang

            ok tomorrow will be two month since they called me and asked me to send them my old appointment letter, which was beofre may 18th… after 2 month is there any chance to find out the current status of the application via mail, email, phone, sms, etc?

          • stayturkish Post author

            for now system doesnt have option to check application status. You can try to ask personally at Goc idaresi but brobably they will just tell you to wait. Officially term is 90 days since application though and some people really have to wait quite long

          • wolfgang

            ok…. so now i had a job interview… which was really good actually… but they want to see my ikamet of course… which i still not have… how can i get this “ikamet izni muracaat belgesi” paper? this would be enough for now i guess…

          • stayturkish Post author

            This paper is the one you printed out while online application – it includes your photo and main info + 2 payment slips. But to be able to apply for work permit ikamet you will need to have plastic card – ikamet, not a temporary paper. Greetings with new job!

          • wolfgang

            great news. ptt didt give me a notice… my ikamet was send back and i picked it up today… for working permit i hope employer will help me out with that… and thank you again! great blog/forum

          • stayturkish Post author

            ooo!! Good news!! 🙂 As for work permit, employer suppose to know that, sometimes they use some offices to help them with documents and applications.

  10. Tanya

    Hello everyone! Can anyone answer my question? I need to renew my student ikamet in 2 months. When I got it 2 years ago no insurance was needed. Now as I understand it changes and I need to hold it. Should I apply for SGK? Will it work? And what is the cost of it? Thank you!

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    • stayturkish Post author

      Student ikamet can obtain only students of universities, not students of language cources as tomer or dilmer. If you are a full time student at univ. – your univ. provides students with SGK, you should ask there first and its suppose to be free for students. If they will tell you have to pay, it costs around 300 TL per month so it will be cheaper for you to buy private insurance if the main point is price

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  11. Hal

    Hi
    I’m a student at Istanbul University. My “Ikamet” expired on June 8th ( last month). For some passport renewal related problems I couldn’t renew my Ikamet before it expired. I applied for Ikamet renewal on June 22nd and that’s two weeks after the expiry date of my Ikamet.
    will I face any problems since I applied 2 weeks after the expiry date? What should I do now? Is there a fine I have to pay in order to get my Ikamet renewed? It’s kind of an emergency as I need my new Ikamet ASAP! I really appreciate any info u can help me with!
    Many thanks!!

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    • stayturkish Post author

      hello! As you applied online at official website and system accepted your extension – and you didnt get a notification that your ikamet is expired and you can not apply – I guess you are all good, and system suppose to calculate 2 separate payment rates for you. When you are sending your docs if there will be something absent, migration office suppose to contact to you and notify about it. Be aware that you must send documents for extension within 5 business days after you applied online. If you have any doubts you can just personally ask at migration office if it is all ok with your application or not.

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  12. Tanya

    Dear friends, please help me again.
    My ikamet expires 16.09 so I basically can apply for extension on 16 of July. I decided to start me e-appointment today, to see which docs I will need to bring. They requested my foreign ID number. After I wrote it the system said I should go to local municipally since my residence permit has expired…Im surprised, how can it be possible? My ikemet clearly says expiration date is 16 of September…
    Thanks in advance whoever can help me

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  13. Tanya

    Dear friends! Me again
    Can I somehow find out which exactly docs do I need before applying online e-ikamet for student extension in order to be sure I can collect all docs within 5 days
    Thank you in advance!!

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  14. Tünde

    Hi Everyone! I’d like to ask some questions, since I can’t find the answer anywhere 🙂 So I’ve already been here for 1,5 years, so I had ikamets before, but I had to change my passport this year and as the e-ikamet system said, I used the new application option during the renewal process. I’m in Bodrum and I have to go to an appointment to Mugla (2nd of September!), but it says that the documents have to be sent in 30 days. So where do I send them? 🙂 I didn’t find any info on this. And the system said that I need to show accomodation proof only upon request. So will they send me sth? Or call me? I’m a bit confused, so thanks for your help in advance!

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    • stayturkish Post author

      you should attend your randevu at mugla and provide the docs. which listed . 30 days term means that if while your randevu you didnt have enough docs. and officer will need some extra – they give you 30 days to bring it. As for accomodation – you suppose to have that at the day of randevu – rental agreement, or affidavit of support from someone you live with.

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  15. Lucy

    If you are a foreigner RENEWING your Ikamet (mine does not expire until September 15), must you mail in your current Ikamet card along with your application and documents? I am hesitant to do this as I will be travelling and while waiting for the new Ikamet to come in. It says that “Submission of the previous residence permit” is a requirement, but do you know if a photocopy is acceptable? Mine is still valid and I would like to use it to travel.

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    • stayturkish Post author

      A clear photocopy or your passport and ikamet is enough, no need originals. In a case if they will want to see original- which is very low possibility – they will contact to you later about it.

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      • Zora

        While I have found the information on this thread to be reliable, and don’t wish to contradict, the instructions do say clearly that they need the original of the ikamet and a photocopy of the passport. When I applied for my own renewal (in-person at a randevu) last year—just after the switch from the Yabanci Bürosu system to the Goç İdaresi system—they took away my old ikamet (the kind in the little blue book) in order to give me my new card. As a result, even though these two situations aren’t exactly the same, I’m inclined to believe they indeed want the original card back before issuing a new one—same as when you renew your passport (at least in my home country).

        StayTurkish sounds pretty sure about his or her information, but I would guess that you should submit just the photocopy of the ikamet at your own risk.

        Here is the verbatim language from the website (on the page that tells you you’ve successfully completed your online application):

        TR: “Pasaport veya yerine geçen belgenin fotokopisi (kimlik bilgileri ve fotoğrafın bulunduğu sayfa ile işlem gören sayfalar)” and “İkamet/çalışma izni belgesinin, mülteci veya ikincil koruma statü sahibi kimlik belgesenin aslının ibrazı (T.C. vatandaşı değil ise)”

        EN: “Photocopy of passport or passport substitute (the pages which are processed with the pages over which there are identity information and photo)” and “Submission of the original documents of residence/work permit, refugee or secondary protection status holder identity (for non-Turkish citizens)”

        In better English: “Photocopy of passport or passport substitute (identification and photo page(s) only)” and “Original ikamet (residence permit/work permit, refugee or secondary protection status holder identification (for non-Turkish citizens)”

        However, the second of those two PDFs you download immediately after completing your online application is supposed to be your stand-in document until the new card comes. The İkamet İzni Başvuru Belgesi (3 pages) needs to be printed in colour, signed, and sent in. The İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (1 page) should be printed in colour and carried around with you, alongside with a receipt of application fee payment (which is why they advise you to get a double receipt when you pay—one to send in and one to keep). This combination of documents is valid for the whole period of your next ikamet, until the actual plastic ikamet arrives in the mail. The document also specifies that it’s issued by the Göç İdaresi Müdürlüğü and that it is valid for travel outside the country for up to 15 days.

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        • stayturkish Post author

          Hello, Zora, Yes you are right about what you wrote here. As for ikamet photocopy – my imformation based not only on official website, but also on information from people, who just had that renewals and few people who work as a representatives for that ikamet application proccesses (they help foreigners to make ready docs for application). Thats why I noted that photocopy is enough. Especially lots of people wanna apply for renewals 60 days before expire dates which means they have valid ikamet for 60 days more. Another issue is each ikamet card now has expire date on it so in every situation noone will be able to use it after expiration. In every situation, my webpage was created with informational purposes – not as a official legal source so it include advices from people from their own experience, not only from official web site. For all official info everyone can go to http://www.goc.gov.tr and everyone has choice to do what they think is correct.

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          • Zora

            Yes, I totally understand that you are giving information just for helpfulness and not as a legal advice substitute, and I really appreciate this service. I’ve gotten a lot of information here.

            By the way I have a question of my own: You mentioned we could pay at either a vergi dairesi or a Ziraat Bank. In my case the bank is much closer. I went to my local branch last week and asked to make the payment but the teller didn’t seem to know what I was talking about (I think he was new, I haven’t seen him before) and asked me to come back later when the manager was in. I’m going to go back tomorrow. Can you maybe give advice on how to describe what I want in Turkish, just in case?

          • stayturkish Post author

            Unfortunatelly not all bank branches know that procedure details, I have no idea why is happening like that. So there is a chance that even manager will look at you with round eyes and say that they dont do that. There is no special explanation, you just tell that you need to pay for ikamet application, if they dont know that, I would advice to go to vergi dairesi to be on the safe side. Also lots of people tell that they just paid at vergi dairesi of district where Vatan caddesi is – then for sure they know what you need to pay for. For my personal ikamet I made payment at Kadikoy vergi dairesi, its right near Bostanci metro station.

          • Zora

            Just to update, I paid at Vatan Caddesi today and the staff person flat out refused to give me the double receipt (çift makbuz). Yes, I got separate receipts for each payment but although the directions we get at the end of the application specify we have to send one set of receipts in and keep the other set with the interim ikamet (İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi) for travel, the guy told me “We make two copies and keep one for ourselves (at the vergi dairesi, not the visa office) and you get one. So if you want a second one just make a photocopy.”

            I mention this because the person who started this comment thread was worried about travelling while waiting for the new ikamet if she submitted her original ikamet rather than a photocopy. If she has a similar issue to what I had today with photocopied receipts, she may indeed need to be worried about trying to travel with the interim documents, and may find it worthwhile to take the risk of sending just a photocopy of her ikamet instead of the original and wait to see if they ask for it specifically.

          • stayturkish Post author

            Thank you for your update ınfo ! 🙂 It is very useful
            as for travel out of TUrkey – to be able to use that Muracaat belgesi + payments slips for travelling abroad – you must put a stamp and sign at Goc idaresi on it – so photocopy of payment receipts is enough for them to see that you paid and they put a stamp – then travel – while entering Turkey by that document passport control officer will see the original stamp and sign.

            As for ikamet copies – people who already applied and some of them asked my advice – sent copies and as I know there was no problem. But if you feel not comfortable with that – you can make ikamet photocopy notaly stamped as a prove of original. Or just send an original ikamet – if you feel so.

    • Jay

      Dear I have short term residency that will expired on April 2016. I own properties in Mersin I so far traveled 120 days outside Turkey and I have now urgent matter to go for two more week before my residency expire I’m afraid that they will not renew my residency after coming back to Turkey I hold Canadian passport
      Can you please advice what to do?

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      • stayturkish Post author

        you should find out about days at immigration office, but in a case if you will not be able to apply for renewal cuz of absence in turkey, you can just apply as a new application, I guess in Mersin there is no long waiting term for randevu like in Istanbul.

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  16. Tanya

    Dear friends! Thanks for help and the link! Let me ask one more question:
    – Kalacağı sürede yeterli ve düzenli maddi imkâna sahip olduğuna dair beyan (Başvuru Formunda
    beyan edilir. İdare destekleyici belge isteyebilir. Belirtilen program süresince yabancının
    masrafları kamu kurumunca karşılanıyorsa bu durum başvuruda idareye bildirilir.)
    This is what they want as one of the docs. If I bring the letter from Notar that a Turkısh person covers all me expenses and living, will it work? Because it did last time when I just applied

    Thank you!

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    • stayturkish Post author

      Ive heart some people did exactly the same as you described – some of them were fine and docs. were exepted, some of them not – and they had to show prove of income. You can try though – in a case if they will say it is not enough – you ll have some time to send them what they need .

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  17. Lucy

    Thank you so much for the quick response. It’s a huge help! I was also curious whether you’re still required to send a notarized copy of your lease/rental agreement or whether that’s not required for renewal applications.

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    • stayturkish Post author

      in fact, nowadays information varies from office to office in dofferent provinces. I would advice you to make it notarized and also register yourself at nufus dairesi of your district at your address if you didnt do before, or just take a doc. from them about your registration (its free)

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  18. josh

    I book appointment to renew my resident but there’s no date on the application form and my resident permit just expire a week ago what should I do

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    • stayturkish Post author

      I guess you didnt read article addually where you are making comment now. For renewals there is no date.

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      • how

        Thanks to you have Read article Now but since it has Expired now does it mean I can still pay the fees and send my Document

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        • stayturkish Post author

          officially system says that foreigner can apply for extention through online registration and mailing docs. after then only if existing ikamet is not expired yet. But, you can try to apply – if system will let you go in and finish application – you will be provided with paymnets you have to do, most probably it will include your penalty as well. But if system will not let you finish the online application – you can go to migration office and ask your solution there, as this kind of decisions depend on them.

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    • stayturkish Post author

      1. Report to police about ikamet lost. Take a paper from them about your report.
      2. Go to migration office to notice them about ikamet lost.
      3. Most probably they will tell you to take new randevu for application, but you better make sure there as every office may have some different requirements

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  19. Alev

    My roommate just confessed that when he renew his residence permit, he took last year’s health insurance and policy and pencilled in a new date (to make it look like it will last one year from now instead of expiring). I am so angry! What was he thinking? I am worried now that he will get kicked out of the country as he already mail all his documents. This is very stupid because I am certain the insurance companies file the policy papers WITH the government. I don’t know what to do or how he can fix this situation. Is he going to be arrested? If anyone has advice it would be a big help. 🙁

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    • stayturkish Post author

      hm… this is really unusual situation, I have no idea what to say… if they will not take it as a crime, may be they will just theyy him to bring new insurance policy, but I can not promise that they will like the situation if they will understand it, as this is officially crime. Good luck to him

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  20. alex

    Hi stayturkish,

    Great site you made. I still have one question though.
    I have a 3 year ikamet that needs to be renewed soon. I have been married to a Turkish girls for 3 years. but I don’t think my ikamet is specified as a family ikamet. when on the site I select application for extension i automatically get taken to the site for sort term ikamet. but in the drop down menu next to purpose for stay none of the options really apply to me.
    what do you think I should do?
    maybe i could go for the tourist ikamet.
    since I have been married for 3 years I can start the application for citizenship, which I want to do, but I need an Ikamet that is valid for the duration of that proces.
    Thanks for your help

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    • stayturkish Post author

      Hello, Alex,
      Its written on your ikamet – which type is that – Kisa donem (short term) or Aile (family one). And I guess you still have a blue book so it is also specified in it that Married with TC citizen. If you say system puts you onto the short term application form – there can be some system bug if your ikamet is correct type. If your ikamet is not a family one, so you will need to apply as a first application, because while citizenship process they will ask your ikamet as well and it should be Family type.

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  21. Tanya

    Dear friends! Im writing again for your help!
    I did my application for the renewal of student ikamet. In the list of docs you sent before there was no mentioning that I need to receive any visa from my country again. I already got my ikamet according to visa 2 years ago and want to prolong it again. Im from Belarus btw. It was a bit complicated to finish application but in the end I succeeded. And finally in the list ıf my docs it says: visa but no mentioning I need to send my current ikamet. But: in my Basvuru form it clearly says: application for renewal. İs there a chance they made a mistake? What should I do now? Help me please who knows or I will get crazy now…

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    • stayturkish Post author

      you dont need visa as your country has non-visa agreement with Turkey. This requirement is only for countries who has no such an agreement.

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  22. Lucy

    Hey so I’m definitely going to be two weeks late to send in my paperwork because of a number of reasons. I’m assuming it’s fine. This site says you have 5 days to mail it in but I did t see it written on any documents. Am I fine?

    Reply
        • stayturkish Post author

          you may go to your local migration office to find out about your application process, most probably they will not give that info by phone

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          • Lucy

            If I am more than two weeks late in sending the application after filling out the online form, should I reapply online or just send all the documents I have?

          • stayturkish Post author

            According to official website documents should be sent within 5 business days after the date of online application. So, most probably the most logical variant is just reapply online and send the package.

        • Claudio Cecchetti

          Hi Lucy I see that you had the problem that I have now. How did you solve it? Have you been able to reapply for renewal without any problem?
          Thank you for the help!

          -Claudio-

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  23. Mesut Kaplan

    Hi stayturkish,
    I graduated this year from Gediz University, Izmir. I got accepted from METU for master degree. The registration will start 14th of september but my ikamet expires on 03rd. What can I do in this situation?

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    • stayturkish Post author

      you can try to take a randevu as a new application, not extension, and I guess randevu date will be later than sept. 14 so you will have time to register at univ. and get an enrollment paper. If you can take an anrollment paper even before registration, you can try to apply as an extension of ikamet, where there will no randevu and you send all by post. But I guess first variant is more comfortable for you. Also you may ask at your new univ. there should be a person who work with that kind of papers for international students

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  24. Tanya

    Hello everyone! Help me please with the question. I sent all my docs for renewal. Do they normally send you any approval note or smth? I mean I only checked from PTT that my mail was delivered. Its bee almost 3 weeks. Im curios how long is the process? How fast they release ikamet if everything is ok? Or when can they contact? Who of you guys had any experience when the authorities contacted you? Thank you!!

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  25. Jules

    Hey, thanks for this. I had to apply for my first ikamet through this new system, and it was quite the debacle!

    I have a couple of questions as my ikamet expires at the end of this year.

    -How soon can I apply for renewal?

    -If I travel Turkey out of Turkey with a valid ikamet after having applied for renewal, but my ikamet expires while I’m away, can I come back in on a tourist visa?

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    • stayturkish Post author

      hello,
      1. you can apply for renewal within 60 days before expire date.
      2. After you filled in online application, you need to send docs within 5 business days to goc idaresi together with payment slips. To be able to travel out of Turkey even ikamet was expired you will need to take a stamp on your basvuru belgesi + attach to it copy of payment slips – it gives right to travel out of Turkey for up to 15 days while waiting to new ikamet

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        • stayturkish Post author

          hello! As Ive heard from other foreigners they were longer than 15 days out of Turkey and there were no problems. But of course if you are not gonna stay few months out.

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  26. LK

    Hello – does anyone know if a color photocopy of notarized lease/rental agreement is OK or if I must mail the original notarized paper.

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    • stayturkish Post author

      you can send copy and take an offıcıal paper about your regıstratıon on that address from nufus dairesi

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  27. Tanya

    Dear friends, hello! Tell me please, how do they send the tracking code for ptt and inform me when the ikamet is ready? I had to move, the house will be demolished. Its bee more than 1 month since I applied but no info(( I dont know if the docs are alright, no one ever tried to contact me.
    Thank you all in advance

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    • stayturkish Post author

      the standart procedure is – you will get a tracking number for PTT as an sms on your number which you wrote down in your application. Then you are responsible by yourself to visit your district ptt and take your envelope by showing your ID (passport is fine). As building will be collapsed even if PTT courier will bring your letter he will just bring it back to PTT office. You can not find out about application process online and by the law it takes up to 90 days legaly to get your ikamet by post. If you have any doubts or worries you may personally visit migration office and try to ask your question about tracking your ikamet. But there is no garantee they will answer, at least you can try to ask if your application is fine or there is any absent docoument. Good luck 🙂

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  28. Igor

    Hi, Hopefully you can help me to clear some things with the residence…

    I had a short stay – one year residence permit which is ending in October 15th 2015. I got married to turkish citizen in August. Can i just renew my Ikamet online and somehow get a Family permit or am i obliged to make first application and get new appointment for Family permit?. (The problem is there is no free dates until december??) Can i stay in Turkey after the expiration of my Ikamet?

    Thank you,

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    • stayturkish Post author

      hello! As you can find english veriant of application ofrm – before starting you will see some official text notifying if what situation you need to use Extension or First application. You can not just extend it. You need to use First application. And somehow someway catch the avaliable date, even it is so hard. It is illegal to stay in country after ikamet expired and you didnt apply for a new one – so it is totally under your responsibility.

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  29. LONE Poulsen

    I have a question.
    I made my application for renewal and have collected all documents. I have also paid the 55 tl fer, but on my application there was no amount for what my price was for the ikamet.
    I tried to go to the Vergi Dairesi, but they said I can not pay. I am a danish citizen.
    What am I missing.
    Do I just need the amount? Or are there certain papers? I brought the number from.my application, my ikamet and pasport, but that did not help.
    Best regards
    LONE

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    • stayturkish Post author

      if you didnt have the second amount to pay – it can be because of your citizenship, im not sure about it. But if system gave you notice to pay only 55 tl – you are all fine now – take a copy of that payment slip for yourself, and send original one with your docs. Goc idaresi will understand what is the payment for.

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  30. Dirga

    hello!
    right now i’m doing my renewal, but after i continue filling the application form, it keeps on loading
    how long does it takes the loading usually?

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    • stayturkish Post author

      i guess it can be some error on website or may be u had slow internet connection, i guess you should try again.

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  31. Dirga

    hello i want to ask
    it says it is required to send the visa for purpose of stay, but my visa already finish in 2012, i just use my ikamet as my visa
    so do i need to send the photocopy of the visa too?

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  32. thanchanok

    Hi stayturkish,

    I have a question about extending a residence permit (family type). I have been granted 2 year permit to stay in Turkey which will be expired on 1 Dec 2015. As I just learned about the new system and read some post above, I am not sure which one (First application or ikamet renewal) I must select. Yesterday I tried entering ikamet renewal but it shows my permit has already been expired. It is not true because mine will last until 1 Dec. I tried many times and the system kept showing the same thing. Is it possible that I cannot access the system right now since my permit is still valid??

    Looking forward to your kind reply. Thank you so much.

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    • thanchanok

      The system shows that

      You must apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management in your province since the period of your residence permit is expired.[103]

      Do I misinterprete the sentence? It does not mean my permit is not expired?

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    • stayturkish Post author

      you need to use extensıonç You can not use system untıll you have 60 days prıor ıkamet expıre date. Now is more than 60days

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  33. thanchanok

    Hi stayturkish,

    I would like to ask you two more questions.

    1. I am going to extend my residence permit (family category). I learned that you can be granted 2 years permit, but the problem is my passport validity is enough for 1 year permit. Would it be possible if I could get just 1 year permit this time?

    2. Last time I renewed my ikamet in Bodrum, but I moved to Istanbul a couple months ago. I have not changed the addess on my ikamet yet because I do not have any idea where to go, but I already changed it at Nufus office. Will there be any problems with my permit extension?

    Thank you again. Looking forward to your reply.

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    • stayturkish Post author

      hello!
      1. Yes there is no problem about passport term, they will just issue ikamet with the term 60 less that your passport’s expire date
      2. As you ve done registration at nufus dairesi – you did great ! Now you will just apply for extencion with your new istanbul address in online application form and include paper from nufus dairesi about your registration together with your spouse at same address + copy of your rental contract (or tapu if you r the owner)

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  34. Dawid

    Hello,

    I’m erasmus studentin Istanbul for one semester (10.9.2015 – 31.12.2015). However, I would like to stay in Turkey for another month as a tourist (until 3.2.2016).

    I wanted to apply for the Ikamet for the whole period, but they wanted to issue it only until the end of the semester (31.12.2015). What should I do to legalize the touristic stay between 31.12.2016 and 3.2.2016?

    All the best!

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    • stayturkish Post author

      you can just go out of country and come back by regural visa (or non -visa if you dont need for your citizenship). Or you can just apply 60 days prior your existing ikamet expire date for new type of ikamet as a tourist and they can give it for you even for 1 year if you want so and if you will provide all nesseccary docs

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  35. thanchanok

    Hello,

    I am wondering about SGK insurance. You mentioned that “choose the date 2 years later from ikamet expire date”. My ikamet will expire on 1 Dec 2015, so I have to enter 1 Dec 2017 even though I will apply for 1 year permit. Am I right about this?

    Thanks in advance.

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    • stayturkish Post author

      2 year term I advice for family type ikamet as it can be issued for max 2 years at a time. For your situation, just put the date 1 year later, as you will apply for 1 year ikamet

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  36. Dilara

    İ have a question.
    My ikamet has expired on 19 of september.
    And i filled an online extension form on 2 nd of september. And sent all documents on 18the
    So they received everything on 28 th of september due to the holidays.
    Will i have problemsiz since i didnt sent the hardcopy documents within 5 business days

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    • stayturkish Post author

      If to follow their official website – you made it wrong, not according to their rules so I can not say if you will have any problems or not. The best way is to visit their office and ask if they got the package and if all is ok with your extension

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  37. Yoona

    Hi,
    I want to ask about the penalty fees if you apply 2 months late for ikamet extension? My ikamet expired 1 Aug and I just made my appointment today 3/10. How much do I need to pay? I couldn’t do the extension process because of my passport and school problems. Thx

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      most probably they will not even let you extend it, I would advice to talk personally with officer at migration office

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  38. Thanchanok

    Hello,

    Today I completed the online application for extending my ikamet. The problem is that I’ve not been informed of which office or the bank I can go to pay the fee. Please advise me where I have to go for payment.

    Thank you.

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  39. Jørgen Christensen-Ernst

    A question. Before receiving my new ikamet, I have to leave Turkey for 2 weeks. I do not understand your text on this issue.
    Exactly what must I do not to have problems at my re-entry after the two weeks?
    Sincerely
    JCE

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      You suppose to have Muracaat belgesi page printed out from official website while you were filling in your extension application. This is a A4 page with your name, surname, passport number etc + photo etc. – you should go to migration office to ask them to stamp and sign this paper + you should have your payment slip copy together with this document. So it gives you right to go out of Turkey for up to 15 days and you enter the country with this page + copy of payment slip. As you will get sign and stamp at migraton office – so you can ask them personally again same wuestion to be sure that you are all set.

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      • Charlotte

        Hello, I also have the same problem, still waiting for my residence extension and want to leave for 9 days for Christmas. However, I already left the country for 4 days because I had to go to a funeral. So do these days 9+4 add together to make 15 or am I not allowed to leave again? The man at the goc idaresi said it will be fine, but I’m not so sure!

        Thanks

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        • stayturkish Post author

          I dont think it may be any problem to leave for 9 days, as you have all needed docs for passport control. They mostly care about it if someone gonna leave for really long time period. Also you got a comment from official officer so their answer is the legal one

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  40. hamaid

    I need to change address on my ikamet. How can I do that? Do I have to take appointment from the internet or can I visit directly to Emniyet for it. Also, can local Emniyet help me out in changing address. I am from India.

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    • stayturkish Post author

      1. You should register at your district nufus dairesi at your new address so they will give you a page with your new registration info.
      2. This page + passport copy + ikamet copy + few photo (sometimes they ask ) + original passport and ikamet – you go to your Goc idaresi – no need randevu – at infodesk they will tell you which office you should go to. Emniyet is not doing this.

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  41. Linda

    Wow, you are so awesome for sharing this info. Im another one who has my ref no. but no docs on PDF due to error in the system. Do you know if there is a hotline I should call for help?

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    • stayturkish Post author

      thanks 🙂 In general it is not possible to find online your docs by ref. number, I have no idea why they didnt make that option though. There is a phone number on official website, but Im not sure if they can help in your situation or not.

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  42. wolf

    Hello! I tried to make an extension of my ikamet, but in the section “Information on Address in Turkey and Contact” at Adres Sec i can not insert any values. Fields are disabled. What’s the reason? Thanks for answer!

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  43. Claudio Cecchetti

    Hi everybody!

    I need to ask you something!
    What if I take my reference number but I let the five days pass?
    Can I take another reference number on internet?

    My residence permit is finishing in 3 weeks and I am in a hurry!
    Thank you for the help!

    -Claudio Cecchetti-

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    • stayturkish Post author

      hello! Yes you can just fill in totally new application for extension and you will get new 5 business days to send the docs. Be aware that you should definetelly save or print out files by provided link at the end of your application as you will not be able to find that doc later by only refferance number

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  44. Zora

    Hi all.

    I’ve been waiting for nearly 3 months and haven’t received any messages saying either that there was a problem with my paperwork OR that my ikamet is going to be delivered. I thought I would call to try to find out more before going to the office but the number I found (0 212 453 61 32) doesn’t seem to work. I haven’t found any other phone numbers. Does anyone else have another number? I realise from reading other comments that calling probably won’t do a lot of good anyway but I thought I should at least try—I kind of assume that if the office wants to do everything via internet and mail that they don’t love the idea of visitors randomly coming in.

    Next question, though, is that if it does come to that is the address I go to the same place I posted my application to (Eski İl Özel İdaresi Binası Vatan Caddesi No:64 Fatih)? Is there any more information anybody can give me about what to expect on such a trip, either in terms of directions or which room to go to or who to ask for? I find the whole Vatan Caddesi complex quite daunting. Too many buildings, I always get lost …

    I want to get this solved as soon as possible because in another week or so I’ll be leaving the country for 3 weeks.

    Thanks a lot in advance and thanks a lot for this website. Very valuable information always.

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    • stayturkish Post author

      I dont think either that they will give you this info by phone – I heart lots of times when people called them but by phone usually they just give basic info about application process, not searching for ikamet. There is another number Alo 157 – if you want you can try, as I know they speak english as well, but I dont have much hope that they can provide you with answers.
      If you will go to migration office, there is a new building – the address is: HIRKA-İ ŞERİF MAHALLESİ VATAN CADDESİ NO:64/ 34091 FATİH / İSTANBUL – I guess this is same address as you posted here. As they have new building and system inside – you will just need to go to Information desk and tell your issue so worker will tell you which room you should go. You should have beside you your passport, ikamet application form you had while applying and copies of your payments (just in case) + ikamet if you have one which you suppose to extend. I hope it will help you

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      • Zora

        Hi, a new question has come up for me after my visit to the office this week.

        Before I get to the question, I’ll report back some information that could be helpful for others: When I went to the office to find out my status after 3 months of waiting my application was there (i.e., it hadn’t been lost) but the officer who looked at it to determine whether all the appropriate supporting documents were there was looking at it for the first time. When I asked why my application hadn’t been processed before now even though 3 months had passed and they promised these things would be done ‘within 3 months’ (I also heard her say this to another applicant while I was there) she simply said that they were busy, and pointed to the long queue of people waiting outside. It’s true it was really busy but I would encourage anyone who is feeling unsure about the status of their application to stop in, since had I not gone there my application packet would still have been waiting in a filing cabinet for someone to eventually get to it.

        Now the question: As I mentioned in my previous comment I have a trip booked this month that is longer than 15 days (i.e., longer than the temporary ikamet allows me to stay out of the country). The officer on Vatan Cd. said my 2 options were to wait until my new ikamet arrives and then go, or to shorten my trip. It’s not really an option for me, both because of the expense of changing my ticket last minute (I’m going far away, not within Europe) and because I have important events scheduled at both the beginning and end of my trip. If I stay outside of the country for the full 20 days of my trip what will happen to me? Will it affect my ikamet application or something like that? Or is the worst case scenario that I’ll have to pay for a tourist visa on my way back into the country since I was gone longer than 15 days?

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        • stayturkish Post author

          Firstly thank you so much for sharing your experience at Vatan office! It may be important for other readers with similar problems.

          As for your travel issues: 1. One of my friends applied for extension and got new ikamet in around 3 weeks – so may be you still have a chance to get your card finally in time before travel. Another issue is yes officially they say 15 days but Ive read some people’s comments before that someone stayed even a bit longer and there were no issues at passport control while coming back. You may as at our Facebook group if you want, may be someone had similar issues and will share their experience: https://www.facebook.com/groups/stayTURKISH.in.English/
          It should not effect on your ikamet application

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  45. thanchanok

    Hi,

    I applied for my ikamet and sent all documents 2 weeks ago, but I just found that my husband gave wrong info on my phone number. Anyway, he has provided his own phone number and email address in the supporter section. Would that make any problem to my application? I am not sure I will be contacted via phone or email. Please advise if I will have to visit the visa office to correct the info.

    Thank you so much and waiting for your reply.

    Bew

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    • stayturkish Post author

      dont worry it is not important to whom number belongs, just important is to be able to get info and answer the phone. You are all fine 🙂

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  46. Thanchanok

    Hi all,

    I applied for aile ikamet and posted all documents 2 weeks ago. The problem is that I just found my spouse made an error of my phone number (wrong one) on the application form. However, he has provided his own number and email address in the supporter section. I am not sure I will be contacted via phone or email. Would this make any problem to my ikamet application? Please advise what I will have to do or if I must visit the visa office to fix it.

    Thank you so much and waiting for your reply.

    Bew

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    • stayturkish Post author

      aa i understood you wrong, they will use your main number to send the tracking code for your ikamet when it will be sent by PTT, so I guess its better to go and fix it if still possible. I was thinking in that info just your husband put his number, sorry I read wrong, so you better fix that to be able to get the tracking code later. Hovewer PTT will send it anyway even if you will not get the code.

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  47. Aline

    Hello!
    I am about to renew my ikamet (Turist short term). Until now instead of taking out a Turkish insurance, they accepted a receipt by my German health insurance confirming that I am medically insured and thanks to a collaboration of GSK and the German insurance, the GSK confirmed to take care for my insurance during my stay in Turkey. This is a bileteral social security agreement (The so called Türk-Alman Sosyal Güvenlik Sözlesmesi T/A 11). Do they still accept this receipt or do I need to take out a Turkish insurance?
    My second question: I heared that I need to open a new bank account which shows a certain amount of money. Is it not possible anymore to show a receipt from a exchange office?
    Thanks so much for your help!

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    • stayturkish Post author

      Hello,
      as far as I know this agreement between GSK and Germany (same as with other countries) still valid and working. Just I guess you will need to renew the document from GSK which states that bilateral agreement.
      As for bank account – yes before they were accepting just currency exchange slips but now they ask to have a bank statement from turkish bank, or if you have a stable income from your country (for example, retirement payment) you can provide with info about it. It is not hard to open a bank account as you already have ikamet, so it will not be a big problem for you.

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      • Aline

        thanks for the reply! I have a stable income (wage from my homecountry) but how do I need to prove it? Showing a receipt from my German bank is surely not enough as it is in German and how would they know if I really get the money regularly also in the future… What kind of document do they want to see?
        Thanks a lot!

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        • stayturkish Post author

          You may show your bank statement for last 1 year for example, of half year which will reflect your stable income every month + translate it into turkish. And if you have any official employment info – you can show that as well (translated to turkish). Other variant is just to put 6000$ on turkish account for randevu and then you can take money from account after you make statement (for example, borrow from friend or relative and then give it back) – they will not check your bank account, they consider only statement

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  48. Jules M

    Thanks for all this! I have one question:

    -I got private insurance earlier this year for my first ikamet application, and now I have to apply for renewal of my ikamet. My current private insurance plan expires halfway through 2016. Does the insurance need to cover me for all of 2016, or is halfway through okay?

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    • stayturkish Post author

      you can agree with your insurance company to renew your contract as well or you will need new one as ikamet term depends on insurance term

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      • Jules M

        Thank you. It seems I will have to apply for an extension. For the bank account requirement, what’s the amount per month in US dollars that is necessary to meet the requirement?

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  49. Ali

    Thanks for your blog, I need your help
    I have ikamet with type (kısa dönem ) and I need to renew it.
    While doing my application I couldn’t find (Turizm amaçlı kısa dönem İkamet izni) type, I only found this one (Turizm amaçlı kalacaklar) and (Aile ikamet izninden kısa dönem ikamet iznine geçenler)
    I am not married to Turkish girl.
    so which one I should choose? Please help

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    • stayturkish Post author

      Hello, you need to choose Turizm amacli kalacaklar – if you want they have same application but in english – may be it will be easier for you

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      • Ali

        Thank you, I have another question if you can help me:
        On the question if I have residence permit in country different than my own country, I wrote yes and I gave the number of my turkish residence permit and the expiry date of it, is it wrong? should I do my application again and write I don’t have

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        • stayturkish Post author

          this question means if you have any other residence permit in other country – not your citizenship country and not Turkey, for example, if yyou have american greencard. But I dont think even you put there turkish residence number it will effect on your application

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          • Ali

            Sorry again for my many questions but i just realized another thing: i don’t have any official work here in turkey and I cannot prove my income, so at the INCOME STATUS I choose: no income and at the SOURCE OF INCOME I wrote: bank account ( I thought they want to know how can I cover my staying fees). So what do you think is it wrong. Sorry again for my many question as I read all the comments and no one mentioned this one. My LAST question: if I go to an office near VATAN and try to do my application again, does it affect my situation?

          • stayturkish Post author

            for most of your questions there are answers on this website as well but not in comments – in articles.
            You should show income monthly minimum 500$ – you can not show No income – and then source of income you say Bank account – this 500$ monthly income = 6000$ for 1 year as your statement will show
            Any offices near vatan or whatever they are not official offices from migration office, they are just private businesses – so they do exactly same things as you do online by yourself

  50. Kevin

    So here’s an interesting scenario for you.
    My wife’s current ikamet expires in early January. Her passport expires in April. With current passport due to expire in April, we know she can only get her ikamet renewed for about a month; since they don’t approve ikamets with an ending date that falls within 60 days of the passport exp. date.
    We certainly want to get her a one-year ikamet, so what’s the best way to deal with this?
    Thanks so much for your help.

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    • stayturkish Post author

      hello, the only way for your wife to get 1 year ikamet is to renew her passport – most of countries’ consulates do that service or she can do directly in her country. Unfortunatelly there is no other way to get ikamet . And I guess she can start passport renewal procedure already (it depends on her country laws though, she can find out on consulate website for instance)

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      • Kevin

        Hi, thanks so much for your quick reply.
        Yes, my wife is here in IST & can easily get new US passport. If she gets new passport, can she still renew her current ikamet, and just change the passport # on her online application?
        Or does she need to do a new ikamet process, which is more difficult.
        Also, our bank acct here is just in my name, and she doesn’t even have a tax # here. Do we really need to open a separate acct for her to show income of $6,000?
        How should we proceed? Thanks again for your help.

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        • stayturkish Post author

          As I know ıts just enough to make extensıonö no need new randevu, but to be sure you may call ALO 157 – this is new official service for foreigners, they answer questions about application forms as well.
          As for bank account, you can just show your account statement, as she is your wife it is fine, no need to open a separate account for her. And she has tax no. – its automatically happening after she got ikamet at first time, just usually noone use this no. since there is yabanci kimlik no.

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  51. Silvia

    Hi. My 90 days visa expires in 5 days. I can’t get an appointment due to the system shows full everyday for about one month now.I called 157 they all give different information. Should I leave the country and come back in few days? Can I do that? According to the law no. But they say if I take a consular visa maybe I can come back soon. I don’t know that to do. And why I have to spend money on traveling if their system it’s full? 🙁 I have no time anymore. I went to Fatih office they said it’s impossible to help everything should be online. But how?

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    • stayturkish Post author

      Sorry to hear that . . . I may advice you to try some offices near vatan migration building, they do help for randevu dates as I know, but Im not sure if they are able to get randevu every time or not, as a chance you may try. They are private offices, not related with migration office. Also there are some copmanies who do paperwork for foreigners as well . If you are still trying to get randevu by yourself, you may try late night or early morning, may be there can be some avaliable times and dates.

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  52. ahmad

    Hi , I have a question :
    I have already sent my Documents for renewing short term residence since one month by Ptt.
    How can I know that there is no problem and my documents are ok and under progress????
    nobody sent me any email or message about that .
    if anyone knows about this please reply.
    thanks

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      They dont send anything to you if all is ok, you will only get sms with PTT tracking code when ikamet is issued. If you worry about your application, you may go and personally ask at migration office about your case status, they dont give info by phone or via emails

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  53. Irina

    Good evening. My ikamet will be finished about 1 month later. Today i tryed to make application for its extention. But it is written error!! Where can be a problem? Thx for answer!!

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      Hello, I guess if you filled in all info correct so problem can be in their system, not from your side. I would advice you to try again soon, sometimes people notify about site errors

      Reply
  54. Lolalita

    Hello i have a question my short term Ikamet expired the 29 of February and i am not planing to reniew it… Can i come back with a tourist visa after this date for three month? Thanks a lot .

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      After ikamet expiration you may enter the country by visa, but term of visa depends on your citizenship , for more details you may ask at migration office , Im not expert in visa questions

      Reply
  55. DARTH VADER

    HELLO , i have this little problem , i am an Aiesec intern , i filled for an ikamet and all was good , i just wasn’t able to receive it on my house i was traveling , when i checked the mail trafficking it said that it was sent back to Ankara , what can i do to take it, should i go to Ankara ?

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      Im not sure what is the way to do, there is an official phone line which can answer your question, number is 157. They speak few languages, English is one of them

      Reply
      • Aline

        I had the same problem and even if they write “Ankara” they don’t send it there, they simply send it to the emniyet müdürlügü where you applied for the ikamet. I recommend to go there 🙂

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  56. Claudio Cecchetti

    Hi Stayturkish!
    My question is the following:
    I have asked for the renewal of my ikamet but it still did not come.
    I need to spend some days out of Turkey but I do not have any slips of payment of my ikament renewal. I just got one and I sent it with my documentation.
    I also have to stamp my application form. I live in Tophane, do you know to which office should I go ?
    Thank you very much!

    -Claudio-

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  57. Tanya

    Dear all!
    Please help me with my question
    In old ikamet book they showed the address. Now we have a new one, just one plastic list which doesnt show the address of my legal residence. When I need to provide this information, what shall I show?

    Thank you

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  58. Denise

    Hello,

    i have a question, but first thanks for this best blog 🙂

    – I want to renew my ikamet (kiza dönem) because i am caring the childs of my brother and helping his family (his wife is a turkish citizen). So i renew a kisa aile dönet, right ?
    – I have all documents, do i need again bank statement about 500 $ per month, 6k /year?
    – We moved for more than 3 Month, i didnt changed my adress until now (because of illnes), should i change it before i renew the ikamet or just give in the form my new adress details ? There are penalties on that ?

    Thanks very much for ur answer!

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    • stayturkish Post author

      Hello,
      As I understood you already have kisa donem ikamet – which is short term one. So you will apply for extension as kisa donem ikamet – turistik amacli. And yes, you will need to show again bank statement for 1 year as 6k $, all docs are same as before accually. As for address – you will need to get a taahutname from your brother -this document shows that he officially provides you place for living for all ikamet term, at that doc you will put your new address, and then register yourself at nufus dairesi by new address, they will give you a paper which you will enclose with all other docs for your application. Im not sure about penalties, I dont think it will be an issue, but decision about it is by migration officer – not me 🙂 And in online application form you will put your new address.

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  59. Aline

    I applied for the ikamet extension and wanted to do the payment today. The woman in the Ziraat Bankasi told me, she can’t make the payments for ikamet anymore because the dollar-lira exchange rates vary (Ziraat Bankasi has other exchange rates than the göc idaresi). When I went to a vergi dairesi, they told me I need to go to the vergi dairesi in Fatih (Yeditepe or Eminönü vergi dairesi).
    I am not sure now weather I just had bad luck and others do the payment, or do I really need to go to Fatih? Did anybody went through problems like that? Maybe it just was beacause I wanted to pay in lira instead of dollar..?

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      Some people also tell that vergi dairesi send them to fatih office, but some people say they could be able to pay without any problem. If you are on asian side, you can use vergi dairesi at bostanci as well. Most of people do payments at fatih

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  60. Kenny

    Good afternoon,

    I applied for my family residence extension on october 5th, My residence permit expired in 30th of october, But i have sent all my documents since 10th of october, However the lady at the PTT office didn’t give me a barcode number, even though i asked her for it.

    Now it seems my package has been lost and PTT has no record of it, they told me it was kayitsiz, I don’t know the posting system and i didn’t ask her to send it that way, all i did was gave her an address and asked her to post the package. As they have instructed on the website.

    Now the office in fatih, Are telling me they didn’t recieve any package and its already 90 days.

    What the next thing i am supposed to do, I went to the office but nobody pays attention to such problem.

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      hello,
      sorry about your problem …. Unfortunatelly stayTURKISH has no relation to migration offices so whatever info was given to you at fatih office is the official one. You may try to talk to different officer there or their manager (mudur), or call official line 157 . Post package suppose to be sent by courier for security purposes though and you could write the address on envelope by yourself. Anyway it will be not easy to find it I guess so you should try to solve an issue through fatih office somehow, most probably they will ask you to pay penalty and probably go out of country and come back later (this is an option but you should ask at fatih office for official advice)

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  61. Sakhr Baha

    Dear StayTurkish thanks too much for you efforts
    after i fill my application i want to print it
    but unfortunately i didnt found this step ( its appear directly after finish my application but
    my printer wasnt ready so i closed it and i try now to print but i dont know how

    best regards …

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      hello, unfortunatelly there is no option of print out later than application time if you didnt save file as PDF. You will have to fill in new application

      Reply
  62. Alpha

    Hello,

    I have to old (blue book type) residence permit. It is expiring on 30 Oct 2016. I want to go to Sweden, and the Swedish embassy says I should have the new (card type) residence permit. I want to apply for Renewal of my residence permit. But when I apply for renewal, it gives this error:

    You must apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management in your province since the period of your residence permit is expired.[103]

    Anyone knows a solution ?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      hello, the blue book is still valid if it says oct 30 2016, but if you want to make a plastic one you should go personally to migration office for that, as system is designed for renewals of expiring ikamets and as yours is not expiring yet it shows that msg .

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  63. plgodfrey

    I’ve had an ikamet for 4 years but have renewed my passport since my I got my last ikamet. I have heard that I therefore have to apply for a new ikamet as if it is my first application. Is this true?

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      As long as I know from other foreigners experience, if you didnt change any info in passport and just made new one cuz of expired old one – you can apply as extension but print in new passport number and expiration dates. But, there is a human factor at every goc idaresi as well, so I would advice also contact with them by phone or visit and to confirm this info.

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  64. Martin

    Hello Stayturkish Team, first thanks for your work here, very good !

    i renewed for my ikhamet at 27th december and until now i heard nothing, but PTT barcode i can see its delivered at Fatih in the Yabanci Göz Office. My Ikhamet is expiring at 9th of February, what is standard time period for renewals of tourism visa ? If i dont hearing from then 5th February i need to go there, i guess.

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      Hello, Martin,
      sometimes delivery personel just say they could not find you at home etc so they send the package back to migration office. If it says by tracking code that ikamet is at fatih, you just need to go there with your passport and ask your package. I would advice to go there asap, as they will not deliver it to your home and sometimes they may send it back to ankara if noone claims it.

      Reply
  65. Fresh

    My residents has expired since last year July and now I want to go home but can’t pay the fine would they still let me go to my country

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      Yes they will let you go but they will put deport stamp for you so you will not be able to come to turkey within some time period

      Reply
  66. Martin

    Hi Thanks, but i think you misunderstand me. I have no PTT Barcode now, i just give my documents at PTT and send it to the Office for renewal and heard nothing from than. May what is ur experience what the procedere takes time ? now i am waiting 1 Month and heard nothing.

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      I would advice you to ask at migration office about your process – because sometimes it happens that they need some extra documents and folder is still in office, they dont send to ankara. So you may just ask if they got the package from you and if everithing is ok with docs.

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  67. Jules M

    I’ve just returned to Istanbul to find, much to my dismay, that my application packet was sent back to my apartment on 2 Jan. 2016 with an X through the address for the migration office. I’d sent my application on 18 Dec. 2015.

    On the back of the envelope, an official wrote “Adı postanın barkod numarası olmadıgından tarafımızca teslim alınamamıştır,” which roughly means that because of a lack of postal code or a barcode, my mail couldn’t be delivered.

    I came back in on a tourist visa, and I’m past the renewal window because my ikamet expired 31 Dec. 2015.

    What do I do? What are my options?

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      you can apply as a New application, so far you have already most of the docs you made ready from before. You will have to catch an appointment time (randevu)

      Reply
      • Jules M

        A big concern is that I’ll have to pay the fees all over again. I have the receipts. Do you know if I have to pay again, or will my payment for the renewal suffice?

        Reply
        • stayturkish Post author

          in fact your receipts prove that u already paid. But I can not promise what migration officer may say or not say, stayTURKISH is not cooperating with official office

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  68. Martin

    Hello, i think you misunderstood me.
    I havent received a PTT Barcode, i sent my documents and now 1 month i didnt heard anything.
    May you know how long i have to wait until they will send me a notice ?

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      officially it can be up to 3 months but as I wrote before you may go there and ask if they have all necessary docs from you

      Reply
  69. jesper

    Hello,

    I want to extend my 1 year tourist residence permit, I have to show 6000 Dollar therefore. I do have a turkish bank account but I don’t have 6000 Dollar on it. Do you think showing like 3500 Dollar from my turkish account and 2500 from my german account ( with translation) would do it. Because transferring money back and forth between German and Turkey would make me loose money.

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      As long as I know they want statement from turkish banks – doesnt matter in dollars or liras. You may try that variant, but I can not say if they will accept it or not. You may try to call Alo157 or visit migration office to find out for sure.

      Reply
  70. Peter

    I need to renew my family residence permit but the system doesn’t recognize my Id or Serial No … only 3 weeks keft, what to do?

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      try again later, may be there was a system error. If still shows same problem, you better visit migration office before expire date of ikamet

      Reply
  71. Irene

    Hello!

    I have a short term ikamet which will expire in the end of March.
    I want to make a renewal, but I first need to take a new passport (my passport is expiring beginning of July, and in order to take a new ikamet, your passport have to be valid longer).
    I will receive my new passport probably in the last week of February, but I am not sure which validity dates will be used on my passport. In order to fill in the form for ikamet renewal, you need to enter these dates. Do I have to wait untill I receive my passport and then make the online application? Or are those dates not that important..?

    Also, I am living in Istanbul, can I only make an appointment in Istanbul, or also for exmaple in Izmir? (Im afraid it might be hard to get an appointment in time in Istanbul).

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      you should wait till new passport arrives and then apply for renewals
      You can not go to migration office in other city – only that city where your official address is – which you use for ikamet application

      Reply
  72. DARTH VADER

    Hi , i received my Ikamet , but there is a little problem , they mistaken my first name and my family name , i also changed my address (from izmit to tuzla istanbul) , what should i do now please , will i face problem the day when i will want to go back home to my country??

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  73. hamaid

    hi

    I am trying to renew my Ikamet and obviously I am doing it correctly but everytime I enter a detail, I get this information

    “There is no residence permit registration which matches with your information and which can be extended. Please check your information and try again.”

    I checked it sometime ago even then this error was there but I didn’t bother for my Ikamet had enough time before expiry. Now only two weeks left and I am getting the same error. What should I do

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      You can call 157 or visit migration office to find out what was the problem if same error will continue

      Reply
  74. Ammar

    I have a problem in my immigration system application, I was recorded in the application system and I get application number 2016-39-0068XXX before three days , but I canceled the application because I have error in my information, after that I cannot make any new application or renewal application, the system say I already have one , while I am not
    I hope for your help to solving this problem

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      I have no access to application system in the way to be able to change anything there. If system still doesnt let you to apply again, I would advice to visit Goc idaresi

      Reply
  75. Ali

    Thanks for your information and help, finally I got my ikamat after waiting almost 2 months, I have a question related to the expiration of the tourist short term ikamat: does my ikamat expires if I stayed out of Turkey for more than 3 months? because I have to be out for work and I am afraid of this

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      good news thaty ou got ikamet! As for days out of Turkey, by laws it is up to 120 days our of TUrkey is allowed.

      Reply
  76. David

    Hello together,

    i am waiting nearly 2 month for my ikamet (renew), now they called me and told me that i have almost more than 120 days left the country, but i count it and didnt. You have any issues regarding this ? They told me they will check it again and call me asap.
    You know the rule for this 120 days ? My Ikamet is from Februar 2015 – Februar 2016, in this year i took 110 days in my origin country, but in January i stayed 4 weeks, but this was before i apply for my ikamet, they will count January for all 120 days ? I didnt find any details on “120 days a year”!

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      I bet they count that 120 days within ikamet term – not calendar year, thats why they contacted with you about it.

      Reply
  77. Fatma

    Hi. I didn’t make any Turkish bank account by now but try to make it from last week for renewing my ikamet. However i couldn’t make it by now. Garanti bank saids it is not allowed if foreigner doesn’t have working visa. Is bank said they can’t make it because expire date of my ikamet is April and it doesnt match expire date of the document which i received from vergi dairesi when i got tax number for the first ikamet. Can i make statement at the exchange office and send it instead of bank statement?

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      they dont accept exchange office papers most of the times. You should keep trying to ask different bank locations

      Reply
  78. Lotsofquestions

    Hello,

    My short term residence permit is valid untill 15th of May 2016. For a renewal do you have to schedule an appointment? I am hearing all different answers. I have to go back home beginning of June and I have heard that the appointments are being made 3-4 months later in Istanbul, which means i’ll be in trouble…

    As well do you need to get your rental agreement notarized even if you are officially registrated on this adress? I made a change in adress as I moved to Istanbul from izmir.

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      if you dont change anything in your existing ikamet nad will need only extension, you will use online system for that and then send required docs via PTT courier. And agreement should be notarized

      Reply
  79. Steve

    Hello,

    i have a question:

    I am married with a turkish citizen and we have 2 children, we live here since 2 years. My Ikamet is valid totaly for 3 years, so it will expiry in 1 year, does anyone know what i will receive after that ? They will issue again 2 years ? And one other question for family resident the rule of 120 days to be outside turkey is not valid, right ?

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      yes while ikamet extension you will get the new one for 1 year if your insurance is private, and for 2 years – if SGK . As for 120 days rule, it is appliable to you as well.

      Reply
  80. dennis shamo

    I am a canadian citizen with a turkish residence permit that will expire march 28 2016…i am returning to turkey on march 16th . I bought an e-visa online and thought that i could use both …this before i found your website and now i realize i can get an extension while i am in turkey and before my permit expires…first what should i do with my e-visa ? bring it along but only use my residence permit? I am living in Side where is the visa office that is close to as they keep moving them around or should i try and do an on-line application and try the new system? i hope you can help. it seems very overwhelming. thanks

    dennis shamo

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      if your ikamet was not canceled because of your absence in Turkey, you may apply for extension through new online system and follow steps they say

      Reply
  81. Nana

    Thanks for sharing and replying! It has been really helpful! My current ikamet expires in June, but I plan to stay until August. Is it possinle to renew the ikamet for only 2months? Or shall I leave the country before my ikamet expires and enter again with tourist visa?

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  82. Thanchanok

    Hi there,

    Ive been living in Turkey on a family residence permit which will be valid until 1 Dec this year. Anyway, I need to renew my passport before the valid date of my permit. I have learned that I am required to notify the migration office before I will extend my ikamet. Could you please advise me on how to notify them? Do I have to meet them in person or just inform them via the phone? And should I inform them before or after I obtain my new passport?

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      after you got new passport you go personally to migration office for notifying them

      Reply
  83. Can

    Hello, I’m trying to get a renewal application but when I put my details this is what I get:

    “There is no residence permit registration which matches with your information and which can be extended. Please check your information and try again.”

    I called the 157 and they said to make it like a first application, but I absolutely don’t want to do a first application because the appointment will be in june and and I will be forced to stay in Turkey until june (or go out only for 2 weeks).

    What can I do?

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      I am not creating miracles if system works in that way – you should follow it. Sorry

      Reply
  84. Markus

    Good Day!

    I have an old blue book with Work Permit valid until 03.06.2016.
    My old passport expiry date. Passport has been renewed.
    Work Permit is valid until 28.08.2016, however Blue Book not.
    We will apply for the new work permit once possible in 28.06.2016.

    Now a tricky question, for which both ministries are giving a responsibility:
    Goc Idaresi states as i have a work permit, i should request a WP Card from ministry of Labour,
    Ministry of Labour states as i have an Ikamet Blue Book, their system states it has been given until 28.08.2016, they will only consider giving a card after new extension for the work permit is processed and approved.

    Emniyet states to visit at nearest police station (Beyoglu) for the temporary paper until 28.08., who in term advice to visit Goc Idaresi, who in term states i may try to do the extension, but with new passport i should do the new application. And then we were told by a lawyer, no need for renewal just to carry the original WP Papers at all time.

    Tricky, but if any advice to be given, i would appreciate.

    Reply
    • stayturkish Post author

      Your email address states that you work for euro-center. This is your job and not mine to determine that issues. Good luck 🙂

      Reply

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