Work Permit for Foreign Students
According to the New Law No. 6735 on the İnternational Labor Force, foreign students who are enrolled in formal education programs in a higher education institution in Turkey are able to work and apply for work permit.
However, foreign students who are enrolled in associate degree or undergraduate programs can apply for work permit after they complete the first year of their education and they can only work part-time in accordance with the Labour Act dated 22.05.2003 and No 4857. These restrictions shall not apply to the students enrolled in formal graduate programs as Master’s or Ph.D program.
Work permits granted to the foreign students do not terminate the valid student residence permit and the rights granted by this residence permit. Procedures and principles regarding the employment of foreign students are determined by the Ministry by taking the opinions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and by taking into consideration the principles determined by the Immigration Policies Committee.
In the event that the foreigners who completed their higher education in Turkey apply for a work permit within one year as of their graduation date, the application shall be evaluated in accordance with the principles determined by the International Labour Policy Advisory Board.
Important: Please be informed that foreign students who granted state scholarship in Turkey during the Bachelor degree are not able to get work permit after the graduation even if their type of residence permit has been changed to the short term residence permit.