Student Work Permit

Work Permit for Foreign Students

According to the New Law on the İnternational Labor Force, foreign students who are enrolled in formal graduate programs as Master’s or Ph.D program  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 not apply for work permit.

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.

 

53 Comments

  • Nida

    What is the limit to work in Turkey for masters student?

    I mean that How many hours can work in a day for masters student?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There is no specific regulations regarding minimum and maximum working hours per day for foreign students.

      Best Regards,

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  • Nida

    Dear team,

    I am from pakistan and i will study in MBA program. I paid 20 % program fee and got the student visa for 90 days which validity from 15 Sep 2018 to 14 March 2019 and I arrived on 28 September 2018.

    When I reached at university, they required remaining balance of the program within a week and I will enrolled after paid remaining balance. But if I will failed to paid that remaining balance then they told me that just go back to your country then get the new visa and come back for next term registration . Next term registration will started in the end of Jan 2019.

    I do not want to go back to my country neither repeat the same process.

    Please suggest me that can I apply residence permit without enrolled in the university if I will be failed to pay the remaining balance of program. If any legally way to me then I will paid remaining balance in Jan 2019 registration and I will enrolled in next term.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As a student visa holder you are only supposed to apply for student residence permit. But as long as you can not provide immigration office with documents stating that you are studying in Turkey, your student residence permit application would not be accpeted. In your current situation you can only follow one of two suggestions given by the university.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Neelam

    hello Team

    hope you are doing good and also appreciate for your feed back.
    Well my question is i have done my bachelors in Nursing and want to get admission in master programme, and also want to work. i am married and i wish to immigrate with my husband,so any clue, surely let me guide.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf your husband decides to accompany you, for the first year he has to apply for residence permit independently and you can not be a supporter as a student. İf you obtain work permit, after one year of your work in Turkey your husband can apply for family residence permit.

      Kind Regards,

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  • J

    Hi,
    I am PhD student, my question is is there any limit for work hours per week for a PhD student?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There is no limit of working hours for PhD students in Turkey.

      Kind Regards

  • K

    Hi,
    My situation is following. I have been working in Turkey for a year and during this year also started studying as a Yüksek Lisans student. Now my work permit has expired and we failed to get an extended permit. I tried to apply for student residence permit, but they said that as my permit has already expired 2months ago, and I’m here illegally, they can not give me the permit until I go out of the country, pay the fee for overstaying and return with a fresh entry date.
    So my concern is about re-entering the country. I’m an EU citizen. Would the 90/180 tourist entry rule apply to me in this case? Or what do you suggest to do now if I want to continue studying and eventually also working in Turkey?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You should go abroad, obtain a new visa and you can come back to Turkey even next day. You need to pay the fine for overstaying to avoid being banned to re-enter Turkey. Regarding the 90/180 days rule, if you come back earlier than after 90 days, you will sign the document at the airport, stating that you will apply for residence permit within 10 days. But as you intend to apply for residence permit and you will have new visa, it would be probably the best solution. Otherwise your employer can apply for your work permit while you will be abroad and you can come back to Turkey with work visa but this procedure can last around one month until you would be able to come back.

      Best Regards,

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  • Hello sir I want to apply for study Visa . I want to do master in toursium and hospitality so kindly guide me in this regard.f

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You should search for universities and study programs which would be convinient for you. After you would be accepted by university in Turkey, you can apply for study visa basing on acceptance letter which you will receive. After arrival to Turkey, you must apply for student residence permit.

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  • husna

    Selam, is it also acceptable for dental sector?
    I will graduate soon from bachelor of dentistry from one of turkey public university and I also thinking for continuing my study here.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf you were not receiving state scholarship during your Bachelor’s Degree, you are allowed to work while studying graduate program. But unfortunately you can not work in your sector, as dentistry is one of professions forbidden for foreigners in Turkey.

      Kind Regards

  • Irfan Manzoor

    Hi,

    Its mention that international students on a state scholarship during their Bechelors or an Associate degree program are not allowed to work.

    Is this same for international students for Master program (scholarship and non-scholarship)?

    Note:
    I am a prospective student from Pakistan and received an offer letter for MBA from Sehir University Istanbul on a 50% scholarship.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      Students of Master Degree are allowed to work in Turkey and employer must obtain a work permit for them.

      Best Regards

  • abdurab

    I applied study visa of turkey for bachelor classes can I work part time inform me

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      According to the law changes, bachelor degree students can not apply for work permit in Turkey, no matter if they want to work part time or full time job.

      Kind Regards

  • Muhamad

    Dear Sir/madam,

    I am an international student in Netherlands. I am holding Indonesia passport. I am an awardee of a scholarship.
    I am accepted By an NGO and would like to do internship in Turkey started this coming month on April. I tried to apply for student internship visa, but It takes at least a month.
    So, can we make a work permit in Turkey after when we arrive there? What is you suggestion?

    Regards,
    Muhamad

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Muhamad,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You will need internship student visa so you can apply for residence permit in Turkey for the same purposes. As an internship student you will not be able to apply for work permit. So the best solution would be trying to speed up visa application process basing on your internship documents or, if possible, postpone the internship until you will get a visa so you avoid complications if you apply for residence permit later.

      Best Regards

  • ahmed saleh

    hi
    iam yemania doctor i want to study Turkish language in istanbol so how much is the fees for residence
    thank you so much

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      We may assist you to giude and provide with the up-to-date information regarding the Residence Permit procedure. Moreover, we assist customers within whole application process including filling application form, getting residence permit appointment date, and track every step towards the RP. In collecting all required documents, we may provide all necessary guidance for the application file.
      Our fee for this service for initial residence permit procedure costs 900 TL + VAT (1062 TL) per person.
      Besides, there will be health insurance policy and residence permit expenses.

      Kind Regards

  • Hacene

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    Firstly I would like to express my thanks for your services toward foreigners around Turkey.
    In your website a discussion was built about foreign students work permit here
    Could you please provide me with the official source link of the law where this is clearly stated? because I am currently a master student in my last year and applied for job in which I was not accepted with the reason that I cannot work as student.
    I would like to find the official source to go through the legal procedures to apply for work again.
    Best Regards,

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      İnternational labour force law (law no. 6735)

      ARTICLE 20 – (1) Foreign students who are enrolled in formal education programs in a higher education institution in Turkey are able to work provided that they have a work permit.

      (2) 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.

      (3) Work permits granted to the foreign students do not terminate the valid student residence permit and the rights granted by this residence permit.

      (4) 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.

      (5) 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.

      https://www.expatguideturkey.com/international-labour-law/

  • MIlimo

    Greetings,

    I am currently a third-year student and after I graduate I plan to find a formal job here, if I succeed in finding a company willing to hire, how do i go about applying for a work permit? or can I work using my residence permit?

    BEST REFARDS

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Good evening,

      Let me inform you that Bachelour students cannot work in Turkey legally during their studying. Once you finish your study, we will recommend you firstly to change your student residence permit to touristic residency and after that apply for work permit. Please be informed that work permit application could be done only by your employer.
      If you need an assistance with the work permit application procedure, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

      Thank you.

  • Adam

    Hello , Im marrocan and i i want to study in turkish (Graduate) , and i have two questions
    1: Can i legally work in my free time
    2: if yes , a part work salary (waiter.barman…) will it be enough for to pay all the bills (Rent,Food,electricity,internet,light shopping)

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      Firstly, let me inform you that in order to work in Turkey legally, foreigner should have a work permit, which could be gotten by employer.Moreover, Graduate students are allowed to apply for a work permit during their study and work here legally.
      Regarding part time job salary and whether it is sufficient to cover your accommodation and other expenses, it depends on the city and location of your rental apartment, but at least it will cover part of your expenses.

      Thank you,

  • fares

    I am a foreign PHD student in the first year in Turkey , I want to work for a foreign company but according to the working laws in turkey they told me that they need to hiring five Turkish citizens employees to be able to get a work permit but they have only three , what’s your advice in this case?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Fares,

      Unfortunately according to the Turkish law every company which will employ Foreign Citizens need to employ at least 5 Turkish employee.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • nadia

    Hello, i am moroccan and im willing to do my phd in turkey but i cant stay 4 years without a job i want to know if i can get a work permit even if im a scholarship holder

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Nadia,

      Since you will be a PhD student you will be allowed to apply for a Work Permit without a Problem. The scholarship won’t be a problem for the Work Permit.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Tony Scheert

    Dear ExpactGuide Team,

    In the following semester I will do an semester abroad in turkey. Besides my master studies, I work as an working student in Germany, for a German company which only is active in the German market.

    Do I need an extra permission to work for this company during my stay in turkey ?

    I’m looking forward to hear from soon.
    Best,

    Tony

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Tony,

      If your work include working in Turkey this stay and your employer is a Turkish company you will have to be registered in the Turkish Social Securtiy. It this case you will be required to get a Work Permit.

      However if you employer is abroad you will not be declared in the Turkish system so you will not need a Work Permit.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Haissam

    Dear concerned,

    I am in last stage of masters studies and i want to know the needed documents and the needed fees from obtaining work permit ..thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Haissam,

      Since you are in your last year of Master Degree you are allowed to apply for a Work Permit. To be allowed to apply for the Work Permit you should first find an employer in Turkey. Our company can provide you with all the required Consultancy Service for the Work Permit application.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

      • Haissam

        Thanks for your cordial reply. I just got residence permit renewal today but its till feb 21 2018. My concern is now its nick of the time of 6 months validity to apply for work permit even if i get job. But i will change the permit to short term residence permit in jan 2018. My question or concern is on 2 issues:

        1 . There are many tyoes of short term residence permit application, for me it can be application as completing higher education in turkey, but for this type it will not be renewed after 1 year. So will i apply for 1 yr touristic short term residence which can be renewed after its expiry?

        2. Can i then apply for work permit based on that touristic 1 yr short term residence permit ?

        3. Will then later on in citizenship application it will be considered as continous staying in turkey? ( as i am student permit holder since 2013)

        Thanks again

        • ExpatGuideTurkey

          Dear Mr Haissam,

          You can find the answers to your questions bellow :
          1. Yes you can apply for a Touristic Residency Permit once your current Student Residency Prmit get expired.
          2. Yes you can apply for a Work Permit with a valid Residency Permit.
          3. If you keep the Touristic Residency Permit for more than 6 month you will not be considered to have stayed continuously.

          Best Regards,
          ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Nausherwan Aziz

    Hi I’m an undergraduate Student in my second year in Turkey and i want to register a company with my Turkish friends for our business idea.. this is solely for the purpose of having credibility when we approach investors because the idea is in prototype stage and we won’t be earning anything for a while…what I wanted to know is can I start a business on a student permit and if not then what’s the procedure for a Turkish work permit.. Also one final question can I continue my education with a work permit or not thank you 🙂

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Nausherwan,

      You can establish a company in Turkey with you Student Residency Permit. However you will not be allowed to get a Work Permit based on your company. Only Student of Master Degree in their last year are allowed to apply for a work permit.

      If you to establish a company in Turkey our company can provide you with all the needed assitance. For further information about company establishment please contact us by mail.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • shadi ashi

    I have two question

    One is relating to New TCC Turkish Commercial Code 359. is the foreigner member of broad for a company has to get work permit or not?

    For master degree student with student visa has the right to work like part time or has to apply for work permit ?

    Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Shadi,

      Member of board of companies must have a Valid Work Permit in order to exerce their functions.

      Students of Master Degree who are in their last year of study can work in a full time job, however they are required to have a work Permit. Even if the law state that University student can work as part time, the regulation and the application of the hasn’t come into force yet.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

      • shadi ashi

        Hello Sir/ Madam.

        You mentioned me before about the low stated that the university students have the right to work as part time. could please tell me the article number in the labor low which state that

        Thank you
        Shadi Ashi

        • ExpatGuideTurkey

          Dear Mr Shadi,

          You can check the law No 6735 concerning the Foreign Citizens employee inTurkey and the Law No 6458 about Immigration in turkey.

          Best Regards,
          ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Dusa

    Thank you for granting us all this info.

    My employer is willing to file for a work permit for me. However as a last year MA student my current residency permit expires September 30th.
    Shall I go ahead and apply for renewal? Or wait and have the Renewal and the Work permit application filed together?

    Best Thanks,

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      In order to apply for a Work Permit you are required to have a valid Residency Permit. We strongly advise you to have at least 2 month of valid Residency before applying for a Work Permit. If your employer is willing to employ you now we can make the Work Permit application.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • guru hayer

    Hi there,
    My full name is Gurkirat singh and i am indian. i completed my studies from new zealand. I want information about work and student visa.

    Thanx
    Regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Gurkirat,

      In Turkey Work Permit can only be delivered to Foreign Citizens if they have already found an employer. The application for the Work can be both made from abroad or from inside of Turkey. You should note that the domestic application have different requirement. For further information please check our web page concerning the Work Permits : https://www.expatguideturkey.com/work-permit/

      Also Foreign Citizens owning a Student Residency Permit cannot apply for a Work Permit untill they are in their last year of Master. For further information concerning the Student Work Permit please check our web page concerning this topic : https://www.expatguideturkey.com/student-work-permit/

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Ebrahim Mayet

    Hi
    İ have just graduated and found a firm willing to employ me. Can İ apply for a work permit with my current student residence permit (which expires on september 24th) or will i need a short term residence permit. Furthermor,is it possible for me to begin employment with the firm (part or full time) as soon as i finish the applications, or must i wait for the work permit to arrive.

    thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Ebrahim,

      According to the Turkish Work Legislation, only Student of Masters in their last year can apply for a Work Permit. In your case you can re-apply for a new type of Residency Permit without waiting for the expiration of you current Residency Permit.

      Also you can only start to work legally once your Work Permit application has been validated.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Majeed

    I have recently graduated from a Turkish University. Can I apply for a work permit without any Employer’s support?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Majeed,

      According to the Turkish Law a foreign Citizen cannot apply for a work personnaly.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • ExpatGuideTurkey

    Aleykum Salam,
    Dear Mr Mohamad,

    Our company can make all the required application and consultancy for the company wishing to employ you. However in order to process further we will need your employer to call us for us to check if they fulfill the criterias.

    The company can contact us by phone at the number : 444 7 284

    Best Regards,
    ExpatguideTurkey Team

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