Applications for work permit are made through e-Government portal of Turkey (www.turkiye.gov.tr). The automated work permit application system enables the users to fill the online work permit application form and upload necessary documents into the system. Once online application is made through the e-government portal, the employer is required to make direct application to the Ministry by mail or in person. Duly applications are finalized by the Ministry at most thirty days and once the decision is made, the ministry informs the applicant through e-mail.
Foreigners residing outside the Turkey can make their work permit applications through the Turkish representative offices in their home countries. In the existence of residence permit valid for at least 6 months, foreigners residing in Turkey can make their applications directly to Ministry of Labor and Social Security.
1. FOREIGNERS RESIDING OUTSIDE OF TURKEY
Foreigners residing outside the Turkey are subject to apply for work permit from the representative offices of Turkey in their own countries. Pursuance to work permit application of foreigner, within 10 working days the employer should process both online and direct applications to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security in Turkey. Once the approval from the Ministry is granted, foreigners are required to apply for work visa to the Turkish representative office within 90 days. Upon their arrival to Turkey with work visa, foreigners are required to apply for Work Registered Residence Permit to the Alien’s Branch of the Local Police Department within 30 days. Work permit will only takes effect in the existence of valid residence permit.
2. FOREIGNERS RESIDING INSIDE TURKEY
Foreigners with residence permit valid for at least 6 months (expect residence permits for the purposes of education) may make their applications to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security internally. Internal applications are made by the employer directly to the Ministry. Once the online application is submitted, the employer is required to make direct application to the Ministry within 6 working days. Upon obtaining the work permit, foreigner is required to apply for Work Registered Residence Permit to the Alien’s Branch of the Local Police Department within 30 days.
3. WORK PERMIT EXTENSION APPLICATIONS
Extension application of the work permit period is made to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. As Internal applications, after submitting online applications, direct application to ministry should be made within 6 working days. The application for extension should be filed within 2 months before or 15 days after the expiry date of the work permit. After 15 days period, the applicant no longer may request for extension and the application is regarded as initial application.