Should students changing university renew their Residence Permit?
According to the Law on Foreigners and International Protection No. 6458, residence permit refers to the permit issued to foreign nationals to stay in Turkey. This permit issued by the competent authorities gives the foreigner the right to live in our country for a certain period of time and in a certain place.
Student residence permit is regulated in Articles 38 to 41 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection No. 6458.
In our country, "student residence permit" is issued to foreigners who will receive education at the levels of associate degree, bachelor's degree, master's degree, doctorate, specialization in medicine, specialization in dentistry in a higher education institution.
However, in some cases, it is possible for a student who has obtained a residence permit to change their university, faculty or branch of study. In these cases, it is a matter of curiosity what will happen to the student residence permit. Will the residence permit of higher education students be canceled when they change their university, faculty or department, and what are the procedures to be followed? The answer to this question depends on whether the student changes to an educational institution in the same province or another province.
Accordingly, the current residence permit remains valid, provided that the student is not interrupted by a change of faculty or department at the same educational institution and that a timely notification is made. If the residence permit is shorter than the period of study, it is extended by the duration of the study as of the end of the permit.
Likewise, in case of transfer to another educational institution within the borders of the same province, the current residence permit remains valid, provided that the student is not interrupted and that he/she gives notice on time.
On the other hand, in case of continuing education in a different province, the current residence permit must be terminated by the governorship of the province where the education will continue and a new residence permit must be issued for the duration of the new education period.
Please contact our company for more information and to obtain or renew student residence.
Bünyamin Esen, Founding Partner and Senior Migration Advisor