Student Work Permit

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.

 

33 Comments

  • 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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