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.
Here’s a handy guide to help you choose the correct office to attend for your residence permit or address registration appointments and submit your documents, depending on where you live in Istanbul.
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 (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
With a new circular issued in late March, the Turkish government announced an update to its address registration practices in Istanbul.
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
- Başakşehir: İkitelli Organize Sanayi Bölgesi (OSB) Mahallesi, Ziya Gökalp Mahallesi
- Beşiktaş: Yıldız Mahallesi
- Beylikdüzü: Beylikdüzü OSB Mahallesi
- Beyoğlu: Bülbül Mahallesi, Çukur Mahallesi, Kamer Hatun Mahallesi, Kocatepe 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
- Sarıyer: Maslak Mahallesi
- Şile: Meşrutiyet Mahallesi
- Şişli: Ergenekon Mahallesi, İnönü Mahallesi, Mecidiyeköy Mahallesi
- Ümraniye: Dudullu OSB Mahallesi
- Tuzla: Aydınlı-KOSB Mahallesi
- Zeytinburnu: Maltepe Mahallesi
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).
*Those who buy houses from these areas will not be able to register or change their addresses in these neighborhoods and districts either.
If you wish to learn more about other Turkish neighborhoods that have been closed to foreign settlements, click here.