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Documents required for work permit

For non-Turkish citizens, who want to work in Turkey, supporting documents for the work permit application changes according to the sectors that they want to be employed. Employers should also provide appropriate documents relevant to their business sectors.

1. INTERNAL APPLICATIONS

Documents required from the foreign personnel are;

  • Employment Contract (signed by foreigner and employer)
  • Passport Copy (Translated to Turkish by sworn translator)
  • Diploma Copy (Translated to Turkish by sworn translator)
  • If applicable a letter of recommendation (Translated to Turkish by sworn translator)
  • Copy of Valid Residence permit for at least 6 months
  • The original of the existing work permit (effective in work permit extension applications)Documents required from the employer are;
    • · A work permit application petition addressing Ministry of Labor and Social Security,
    • · A work permit application form addressed to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security,
    • · Balance sheet and statement of profit and loss related to last year of the institution (approved by tax administration or chartered accountant),
    • · The Turkish Trade Registry Gazette indicating the most recent capital and shareholding structure of the organization,
    • · Commercial Activity Certificate,
    • · A notarized power of attorney for the authorized person to use Online application system
    • · Documents showing the employer company has no unpaid tax debt (effective in work permit extension applications)

    It should be noted that the list above is not exhaustive. Ministry of Labor and Social Security has discretion to demand other documents during the evaluation period. The supporting documents may also change in accordance with the business sector of the employer and/or with the nature of the work.

    2. ABROAD APPLICATIONS

    Common Documents required from foreign personnel;

    • · Passport
    • Work visa application Form
    • Employment Contract or formal job offer
    • One PhotoUnder the discretion of the foreign representatives of Turkey or in accordance with bilateral agreements, some other supporting documents might be demanded for work visa applications.Common Documents required from the employer are;
      • · A work permit application petition addressing Ministry of Labor and Social Security,
      • · A work permit application form addressed to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security,
      • · Employment Contract (signed by foreigner and employer)
      • · Passport Copy of Foreigner (Translated to Turkish by sworn translator),
      • · Diploma Copy of Foreigner (Translated to Turkish by sworn translator)
      • · If applicable a letter of recommendation of Foreigner (Translated to Turkish by sworn translator)
      • · Balance sheet and statement of profit and loss related to last year of the institution (approved by tax administration or chartered accountant),
      • · The Turkish Trade Registry Gazette indicating the most recent capital and shareholding structure of the organization,
      • · Commercial Activity Certificate,
      • · A notarized power of attorney for the authorized person to use online application system.

       

     

27 Comments

  • Arnold

    Please i applied for a Turkish residence permit but my application was refused without any reasons given. Now a school has contacted me that they would love to work with me. Is it possible for them to get me a work permit, despite me not having residence permit ?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      In order to obtain work permit, you will need to go back to your home country and the procedures will be done through Turkish Consulate there. After the application would be approved, you will receive work visa in order to reenter Turkey and start working.

      Best Regards,

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  • Hassan

    Iam very intersting the way you post useful Info about Work permit, so my question is: where i can get it work permit vissa while iam staying to somalia?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      In order to obtain work permit, first you need to find a job in Turkey and your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Egi

    Hello! I have an offer to work in Turkey, I do trust the employee. It is a seasonal job in tourism. The employer asks me to send a scanned copy of my passport and diploma so he can proceed with work visa? Is it like this? I dont have to be present in Turkey? And then can I enter Turkey as a tourist from Europe? Many thanks!

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Documents mentioned by you are required for work permit application. After your employer starts application procedures in Turkey, you will need to make work visa application in Turkish Consulate in your home country. After the work permit application would be approved, you will receive work visa in order to enter Turkey.

      Best Regards,

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      • Egi

        Thank you for a quick answer. Do you know if I really need to apply for a visa if the job is in tourism? I found information that tour operator representatives are exempted from obtaining a visa for a duty up to 8 months. The company organises excursions for tourists.

  • Hi!
    Do you have any information about the procedures on transferring the work permit to another employer?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      It is only possible to transfer work permit if both of your employers- current and future, agree for the procedure and if you have been working in current workplace for at least 6 months. Our company can guide and assist your employers throughout the transfer procedures.

      Best Regards,

  • MEHBOOB Alam

    Dear Sir

    Good evening!

    I am Mehboob Alam Pakistani National, from Gujranwala Punjab. I receive an offer letter from Summa Construction company Turkey as Store incharge which I send back after signing. Now HR ask me about other requirements such as Mentioned below # 4 they Need 2000 USD security by Western union or money Grame (Sender should be any of my relatives and receiver should be my Named full as mentioned in attached File Bank statement is not acceptable . I want to confirm it is the way to issue work entry permit to Turkish for Pakistani or it is any fraud. Advice please.

    and find all documents offer letter and requirements Paper send by HR summa Construction company and Consultant to me.

    Check-list of Requirements to be submitted;

    1. Immediate Mobile telephone number (For DHL Delivery of your Visa Materials)
    2. Full Mailing address (For DHL Delivery of your Visa Materials)
    3. Completed Turkish Work Permit Visa Application Form (Attached in this e-mail)
    4. Basic Travel Allowance deposit receipt (Read Attached Carefully)
    5. Your current photo passport
    6. International Passport
    7. Medical Report

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      We do not have any detailed informations about this application, however, deposit is not required in order to obtain work permit and it is highly possible that this offer is a scam. We highly recommend you to be careful and not to pay anyone in advance until you make sure that the job offer is real.

      Kind Regards,

  • Adeniyi wasiu

    I need to start my masters. I studied History and Diplomatic Studies in First degree and I equally need a job to corroborate my academic. Thanks.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, we can not help you to find a job. As a master degree student you are allowed to work in Turkey and before you start a job, your future employer must apply for your work permit. After you find an employer, our company would be glad to provide them with assistance regarding work permit application.

      Kind Regards,

  • viennie

    Hello Expat Guide Turkey,

    Im on a business trip to Turkey with a short stay business. Can i enrol into a Masters program and have my visa changed or i will have to return to my country before apllying for a sudy permit?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can not apply for student residence permit basing on business visa. After you enroll into school in Turkey you must obtain student visa to be able to apply for residence permit.

      Kind Regards,

  • Shahab Ul Haq

    Sir i am M.B.A in Marketing and have 17 years sales experience
    Can i apply for work permit viza….

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      You can not apply for work permit by yourself, only if you find job in Turkey your employer can submit the application for you.

      Kind Regards

  • Richard CONRAD

    Hello,

    I have a one month internship offer in Turkey that I accepted. I was told that I would just have to give the name of the company to the consulate and then the consulate would contact the company (it is a big firm). I have a few doubts about this. Could you share you opinion about this info?

    Thank you

  • Jasmine

    Hello , I have already a work permit with a company with some job position , but i want change the company and work in different job . my question is : my new company will apply new one but should i give same document such a diploma and other (start from 0 ) or my diploma are already registration in the ministry and they will only issue for me a new one for new company ?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hi Jasemine,

      Thank you for your comment.

      In every new application you have to complete the required documents, the documents you gave in the previous application are registered in the company you are working in, and you will have to send the required documents again as you will be transferred to the new company.

      Kind Regards

  • Moji

    Ive a question if you pls can reply me.
    I dont have high school diploma , but i have beauty diploma, in this case , can i get work permit for a job like , spa manager in turky?
    Than you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      A Beauty Diploma might be enough for some kind of aplications. While a Diploma is strongly advised for Work Permit application it is not mandatory for some jobs.

      We strongly advise to first consult and check before making the application.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

    • Moji

      Hi dear
      Is business& knowledge diploma accepted, instead high school diploma for turkish work permit?
      Is this kind of diploma equal to high school diploma in turkey?
      Thank you , appriciated.

      • ExpatGuideTurkey

        Dear Sir/Madam,

        We do not know the exact equivalence for every diploma. The only thing we can say is that as long as you had an education and a diploma after secondary school it should be valid.

        Best Regards,
        ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Gabriel Gabrillo

    Hello Expat Guide Turkey!

    Thank you for your extensive and informative information regarding work permit and other pertinent applications for foreign people residing in Turkey.

    I would say that your website along with your competent personnel are very much helpful.

    KUDOS to the Job well done!

    I will be in touch for further inquiries and consulting advise needs.

    CHEERS!

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Thank You Mr Gabriel,

      We are trying our best to give the best service and information aailable.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • AFSAR ALI KHAN

    I want residence permit.
    JOB WANTED: CNC ROUTER OPERATOR
    I am from Pakistan
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