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Residence & Work permit in Turkey for citizens of Pakistan

To obtain a visa you need to decide the purpose of your visit to Turkey (depending on it: there  will be different form of invitation and the procedure for its completion). There are the following main types of visas and travel purposes:

  • Tourist Visa – tourism
  • Business Visa – conferences, business meetings;
  • Work Visa – work in a Turkish company.

Pakistani citizens who are willing to visit Turkey could get a touristic visa in 2 ways. One of them by getting e-visa online, another option is to apply documents to the Turkish Consulate in case if 1st option could not be applicable to this category of people.

İn order to get an e-visa online, the applicant should meet the requirements below as

  • To have a valid passport, which will cover the period that will be staying in Turkey.
  • Have valid Supporting Document (Valid visa OR valid residence permit from one of the Schengen Countries, USA, UK or Ireland

İn case if the applicant can’t meet the criterias for evisa application, he should apply for touristic visa via Turkish Consulate in Pakistan. Please follow the list of requirement documents which should be submitted to the Turkish Consulate in Pakistan as

  1. İnvitation letter / İncome status
  2. Biometric photo
  3. Flight itinerary reservation
  4. Hotel booking
  5. Bank statement

Once the foreigner get a touristic visa, he can come to Turkey and stay here legally for the certain period of time. İf Pakistani citizen would like to extend its visa, he has a right to apply for short term residence permit. The application should be done while visa is still valid. Once the visa will be expired, foreigner cannot apply for residence permit in Turkey. The short term residence permit allow foreigner to stay in Turkey legally, but it doesnt give any right to work in Turkey legally.

The residence permit could be transferred to work permit later in case if the foreigner have a job offer from the employer. Please note that foreign employee cannot apply and get a work permit by himself. The one and only who can get a work permit for employee is employer. Employer should apply for a work permit to the Ministry of Labour. Generally the application process and evaluation takes 30 working days. The initial work permit is granted for 1 year and subsequently  is renewable further.

The work permit application and procedure could be found in our website https://www.expatguideturkey.com/work-permit-applications/

211 Comments

  • Jamil ahmad

    hello sir,
    I am from Bangladesh but now i am in Northern Cyprus. If i get 10 days Turkish tourism visa, can i apply for residence permit.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After entering Turkey, you will be eligible for submission of residence permit application before expiration of your visa.

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  • Hamza Arif

    What is the minimum age required for a solo (alone) traveler to visit turkey and then later apply for a temporary residence permit?
    secondly, can we also renew the temporary residence permit?
    as I’m 20, am I able to travel and visit turkey alone?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As you are above 18, you are allowed to apply for residence permit in Turkey on your own behalf. Temporary residence pemit can be extended if you apply for extension before its expiration.

      Kind Regards,

  • Fawad

    I’m SAP Consultant & want to move Turkey. I would appreciate if you can guide finding jobs there.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, we can not help you to find a job in Turkey. Please, remember that after you find one, 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.

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  • AOA,
    what are the immediate benefits for family or individuals if they get short term residency visa and start living in rental house / apartment.Secondly, how many years are required to get permanent residency or citizenship of turkey. Thirdly, what are the chances and requirements for getting a professional job ? Finally , what benefits can I have after getting citizenship of turkey.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Residence permit in Turkey allows you to stay in the country longer than validity of your visa and to open a bank account within the country. In order to obtain permanent residence permit, you must stay within Turkey for 8 years uninterruptedly. If you stay in the country for 5 years uninterruptedly basing on work permit, you can be eligible for Turkish citizenship. Chances of finding job in Turkey depends on your field and qualifications. If you would acquire Turkish citizenship, you would have the same rights as Turkish citizens by birth.

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  • Apply for residential and work permit visa application

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After entering Turkey, foreigners can apply for residence permit before expiration of their visa. In order to make an application, foreigners must have address in Turkey and health insurance obtained within the country, which is covering the whole requested period of stay. Moreover, foreigner must prove having financial resources to stay in Turkey (at least 500 USD per each month of requested stay). Funds can be proved by bank statements from foreigner’s bank account in their home country.

      In order to obtain work permit, first you need to find a job in Turkey and your future employer must apply on your behalf. 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.

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  • Sajid

    I want to start a new business in Turkey. What’s the procedure. I am residing in Pakistan and a Pakistani citizen. Which Visa should i obtain and how? What is cost of such visa and which business is good in Turkey. I have 30,000 USD capital.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Foreigners may set up a business with the minimum of 10.000 TL in Turkey. However, in order to get a work permit for foreigners, the company’s pre paid capital should be 100.000 TL and more and there must be 5 Turkish Citizens employed per each foreigner in the company, including yourself. Company can be established within one week. Entering Turkey with touristic visa is enough to start your business.

      You can read more about this topic in our article below:

      Company Establishment in Turkey

      Best Regards,

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  • Ahsan Hameed

    Hello Sir

    I am from Pakistan, and want to come to Turkey for employment purposes in accounts field, Can i come as an tourist visa and obtain a job offer letter? and obtain work permit ?

    • 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 on your behalf. 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. Work permit application can not be submitted basing on visa.

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  • Ali Syed

    I am doctor from Pakistan and want to do job in Turkey. What are the possible ways that I can do job as General Practitioner physician in Turkey anywhere.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After you find a job in Turkey, 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. Work permit application can not be submitted basing on visa.

      Kind Regards,

  • Tooba

    Can a student work during study to meet expenses? Off campus and on campus? And can you please tell are there language barriers in turkey?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Only students of graduate programs are allowed to obtain work permit in Turkey under condition that they were not receiving state scholarship during undergraduate studies in Turkey.

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  • I am a web developer professional based in Pakistan, how i can migrate to Turkey with my family?

    Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      In order to move to Turkey permanently, you should either find a job here and your future employer must apply for your work permit or invest in a property to be eligible for residence permit that can be extended multiple times. After staying in Turkey on this basis for five years uninterruptedly, you can be eligible for Turkish Citizenship application.

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  • Rimsha

    Hello i m Rimsha . I m from Karachi. i m a student.I want to ask u that how do i want a Turkish TRP so please guide me what are some easiest ways for getting it.does it require some skills? and if yes then what kind of skills are more appreciable? and please also tell me that what is more easy ,student visa then TRP or Tour visa Then TRP? please tell me total as low as much cost please

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you would be enrolled into education program in Turkey, you are supposed to apply for student visa in order to enter the country and later apply for student residence permit. Otherwise, if you enter Turkey with touristic visa, you will be eligible for touristic residence permit. Costs of obtaining both kinds of residence permit are the same, you can find the details in our article below:

      Work and Residence permit fees

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  • SAJJAD HUSSAIN

    I’m doing my post graduation in UK what are my options to move to turkey

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Depending on your purpose of stay in Turkey, you can apply for residence permiy after you enter the country or if you find a job in Turkey, your future employer can apply for your work permit, which would allow you to stay in the country for as long as you will be employed here.

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  • Osama

    Hi, I’m planning to study in Turkey, can I work on a student visa to cover my expenses

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Only students of Master Degree and PhD are allowed to obtain work permit under condition that they were not receiving state scholarship during Bachelor’s degree in Turkey.

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  • ramla

    I want to study in turkey and want permanent residence as well what are my options sir

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After you enroll into study programme in Turkey, you will be eligible for student residence permit, which can be extended for as long as you will continue education within Turkey. If you will be residence permit holder for 8 years uninterruptedly, you will have a right to apply for permanent residence permit.

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  • Shaikh Umair

    Hi, I am a marketier by profession, residing in Pakistan. I am exploring options in order to move to Europe. Are they any possibilities for me to get Turkish citizenship via any skilled worker immigration programme?

    Best Regards
    Shaikh Umair

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Soon the Turquoise Card will be released in order to help skilled foreign workers in immigration process to Turkey. Turquoise Card holders can be later entitled for Turkish Citizenship application. Currently the card has not been issued yet and the exact criteria are not known by now, however you can find general informations about this topic in our article below:
      Turquoise Card

      Kind Regards,

  • sara

    Im from Iran and my husband from Pakistan , if i buy a property in turkey how can we reach the turkish citizen ship – (not with 250000 usd) ..we r also going to run a small hostel in turkey , can u guide us in both , woulld it be easy for my husband if i get residency permit to turkey?

    regarding buying an apartment:
    – how much budget is needed
    -how long it would take to reach permanent residency
    – how long i should stay in turkey and is it possible to go and back , I mean if it is 6 months , could it be divided ?
    -is it possible for my husband to b with me eaily
    -how muc would be the taxes each year for property

    regarding renting a hostel and run it:
    -would it help to reach permanent residency
    -how much busget would be needed to run a 10 rooms hostel
    -how much would be the taxes
    -can we (my husband and /I ) work there

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you purchase a property in Turkey, you and your husband can easily obtain residence permit for property owners, which is usually granted for one year at first and can be extended multiple times, up to three years each time. There is no minimum value of property required for residence permit application purposes. If you stay in Turkey for 8 years uninterruptedly basing on this kind of residence permit, you will be eligible for permanent residence permit. If you stay in Turkey for 5 years on basis of residence permit for property owners, you would be eligible for Turkish Citizenship application under condition that you would not spend more than one year abroad within those 5 years. Amount of property tax depends on kind of property and location also, mostly it is 0,2% of the value of property.
      As a foreigners, you can establish a company with minimum capital of 10.000 TL, however to do business activity and work in your hostel, you would need to obtain work permits. For this purpose, criteria of Ministry of Labour are as below:
      – company’s paid capital of at least 100.000 TL
      – 5 Turkish Citizens employed per each foreigner in the company

      If you would stay in Turkey for 5 years uninterruptedly on basis of work permit, you would be also eligible for Turkish Citizenship application.
      Income tax is 20% in Turkey.

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  • Tanweer Alam

    After Real Estate investment of Us$ 250000 shall I be allowed to work in Turkey

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After acquisition of Turkish Citizenship on basis of investment, you have the same rights as Turkish Citizens by birth and can work within Turkey with no need to obtain work permit.

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  • hilal khan

    Hello sir ..this is hilal khan from swabi ..sir i had apply before 15 days for work permet and i jave friend thwre he send me all permet paper then i submited in gerrys office .ofter 10days they called me and give me back my pasport and refused paper ..i dont know why they refused my visa ..tell me sir reason and again when i will apply for visa

  • Haroon

    Hello;
    Your posts are very informative, I am a Pakistani national living in Middle-East and interested to open a Bank Deposit Account in Turkey because of the fact that very good Rate of return being offered in Turkish banks nowadays, I am not interested in residency etc. at this moment but would take it if comes in the process because I have a stable job here in middle-east for now. What is the best possible option available for me? How can i open a Term-Deposit or Savings Account in Turkey, will I be eligible for Turkish Residence, but I would not be able to stay in Turkey longer to keep my residency valid. Regards;

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Mostly residence permit is required to open a bank account in Turkey. Otherwise bank account can be opened for investment purposes only.

      Kind Regards,

  • Syed Tahir Raza

    There is an investment scheme for getting the citizenship of turkey. It needs US$ 250,000/-. Please let me know, if some of my relative having nationality of UK is investing in turkey and he want me to get the nationality of Turkey and take care of his investments on his behalf. He dont need the nationality of Turk because he is UK national.
    Please guide me whether it is possible and if possible then what document should I need.

    Kind Regards,

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Only investor, their spouse and children under 18 years old can benefit from the programme. No other relatives of investor would be eligible for Turkish Citizenship on basis of investment. If you are interested in Turkish Citizenship by Investment programme, you can contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com

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