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.

 

65 Comments

  • Bushra

    Hey Merhaba! Currently i’m studying in the Kadir Has University Cibali campus Istanbul. I want to ask a Question related to Student working is legal in Istanbul or not. and If it is legal then how we can apply for it. your guidance on this matter will be highly appreciated and I will be thankful for you.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Bushra,
      Thank you for your comment.

      It is legal for you to work as long as your future employer will apply for your work permit before you start a job. Work permit can be obtained only if you are studying Master Degree or PhD and if you have not received state scholarship during Bachelor’s degree in Turkey.

      Best Regards,

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  • Amna

    I am selected for an EU funded project which is a work contract, I will be joining as an early stage researcher but under the scope of project I will be enrolled in a PhD program. Should I apply for work visa or student Visa.
    If I apply for a student Visa, Would I be able to apply for a work permit on arriving turkey instead of residence permit? Because I ll be needing a work permit to get paid by EU.
    I am trying to avoid the work visa because of the long time it takes for processing.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      In order to apply for work visa, your future employer must start your work permit application procedures while you are still in your home country. After the application would be approved, work visa would be granted by the local Turkish Consulate/Embassy. If you decide to arrive to Turkey basing on student visa, you will need to apply for student residence permit first and after the document would be granted, your future employer can start work permit application. Work permit application can not be done within Turkey if you are not a residence permit holder.

      Kind regards,

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  • g

    good day
    i am a foreign student doing my masters degree in turkey. can i work a part time without a work permit. for example working only three days a week.
    looking forward towards your response. thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You must have work permit in order to work in Turkey even if it would be part time job.

      Kind Regards,

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  • s

    Hello
    I’m just here for enquiry
    so what if i was a Turkish citizen but didn’t know the language well. lets say i’m applying for undergraduate level at a university. can i still get a work permit? and how many hours per week will i be allocated?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Work permit is not required from Turkish citizens in order to be able to work in Turkey.

      Kind regards,

      • s

        lets say i want to work at a store like, lets say Sephora. i have multiple questions:
        1) you said i wouldn’t need a work permit if i was a Turkish citizen, so would i have to just apply for the job?
        2) as an undergraduate student, would i have to work a specific amount of hours, or anything is fine?
        3) since Sephora is an international-ish store, would i need proficiency in the Turkish language in order to get hired?
        4) how many hours of work per day do you recommend for a undergrad student and from what time to what time (just to give me an idea)
        I’m sorry its a lot of questions but i really need help.
        thanks

        • ExpatGuideTurkey

          Hello,
          We provide services regarding work permit for foreigners in Turkey, this questions are not in a scope of our field.

          Kind Regards,

  • Muhammad Farhan Asim

    hi i have a query is someone is going to EMU for PHD or MASTERs and have vise from TRNC does he need separate visa for turkey or is this good enough to move around and work

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      In order to move to Turkey, foreigner should apply for separate visa to Turkey and after arrival to Turkey, for residence permit. Foreigners who want to work in Turkey must first find a job and their employer must apply for their work permit. Working in Turkey without obtaining work permit is illegal.

      Kind Regards,

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