With address registration now mandatory for all foreigners, the Turkish government has divvied up its migration offices between many districts to prevent overcrowdedness and enable faster processing.
The following is a helpful guide that will assist you in selecting the appropriate office to attend when registering your address and where to submit your documents based on where in Istanbul you currently reside.
The Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Migration Management
(İstanbul İl Göç İdaresi Müdürlüğü) in Fatih neighborhood will be accepting address registrations from foreign nationals for the following districts:
The Esenyurt District Working Group Directorate
(Esenyurt İlçe Çalışma Grup Başkanlığı) will be accepting address registrations from the following districts:
The Kumkapı Provincial Administration Directorate for European Migration Coordination
(Avrupa Yakası Kumkapı Koordinasyon Merkezi) will be accepting address registrations from the following districts:
The Ümraniye District Working Group Directorate (Closed > go Pendik)
(Ümraniye İlçe Çalışma Grup Başkanlığı) will be accepting address registrations from the following districts:
The Pendik District Working Group Directorate
(Pendik İlçe Çalışma Grup Başkanlığı) will be accepting address registrations from the following districts:
The Sultanbeyli Provincial Administration Directorate for Anatolian/Asian Migration Coordination
(Anadolu Yakası Sultanbeyli Koordinasyon Bürosu) will be accepting address registrations from the following districts:
*Those under temporary protection status can visit the migration coordination center in Kumkapı or the district working group directorates in Sultanbeyli or Esenyurt.
Address Registration in Turkey: New Update to Foreigner-Restricted Districts in Istanbul
The Turkish government announced new procedures for registering Istanbul residents' addresses in a circular published at the beginning of 2022.
Here’s what has changed and whom it concerns:
As of February 4, 2022, the following districts in Istanbul will not be accepting address registration requests from those applying for residence permits for the first time, those changing their type of permit, or those wanting to change their addresses to those districts. This will apply to all applicants, regardless of the type of residence permit they hold or intend to apply to.
- Avcılar: Denizköşkler Mahallesi, Merkez, Mahallesi, Gumuşpala Mahallesi
- Bahçelievler: Şirinevler Mahallesi
- Başakşehir: İkitelli Organize Sanayi Bölgesi (OSB) Mahallesi, Ziya Gökalp Mahallesi
- Beşiktaş: Yıldız Mahallesi
- Beylikdüzü: Beylikdüzü OSB Mahallesi ş
- Beyoğlu: Asmali Mescit Mahallesi, Bostan Mahallesi, Bülbül Mahallesi, Çukur Mahallesi, Kamer Hatun Mahallesi, Kocatepe Mahallesi, Kalyoncu Lullugu Mahallesi, Yenişehir Mahallesi, Katipmustafa Çelelebi Mahallesi, Şehit Muhtar Mahallesi
- Esenyurt: Alevler Mahallesi, Gökevler Mahallesi, Koza Mahallesi, Piri Reis Mahallesi, Yeşilkent Mahallesi, Zafer Mahallesi
- Fatih: Mesihpaşa Mahallesi, Mimar Hayrettin Mahallesi, Mimar Kemalettin Mahallesi, Molla Gürani Mahallesi, İskenderpaşa Mahallesi. Katip Kasım Mahallesi, Kemalpaşa Mahallesi, Muhsine Hatun Mahallesi, Nişanca Mahallesi, Saraç Ishak Mahallesi, Balabanağa Mahallesi
- Küçükçekmece: Beşyol Mahallesi, Kuçukçekmece Ikitelli (OSB) Mahallesi, Mehmet Akif Mahallesi
- Sarıyer: Maslak Mahallesi
- Şile: Meşrutiyet Mahallesi
- Şişli: Ergenekon Mahallesi, İnönü Mahallesi, Mecidiyeköy Mahallesi, Cumhuriyet Mahallesi
- Ümraniye: Dudullu OSB Mahallesi
- Tuzla: Aydınlı-KOSB Mahallesi
- Zeytinburnu: Maltepe Mahallesi, Yenidogan Mahallesi, Nuripaşa Mahallesi, Yeşiltepe Mahallesi
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu announced Friday that Avcılar, Bahçelievler, Bağcılar, Başakşehir, Esenler, Esenyurt, Fatih, Küçükçekmece, Sultangazi and Zeytinburnu will no longer give residency permits to non-citizens for new sign-ups.
Those Exempt from This New Regulation Are:
- Foreigners with active residence permits, the family members of foreigners with active residence permits (their spouse, non-dependent children, and dependent adult aged children), and their foreign children born in Turkey,
- The family members of Turkish citizens (spouse, non-dependent children, and dependent adult aged children).
- Students who both attend and live in the same university district. For instance, if your university's current address is in Fatih, you will be eligible for registration.
To read about additional Turkish communities across the country that have been off-limits to foreigners, visit this link.