Applications for work permit are made through e-Government portal of Turkey ( The automated work permit application system enables the users to fill the online work permit application form and upload necessary documents into the system. Once online application is made through the e-government portal, the employer is required to make direct application to the Ministry by mail or in person.  Duly applications are finalized by the Ministry at most thirty days and once the decision is made, the ministry informs the applicant through e-mail. Foreigners residing outside the Turkey can make their work permit applications through the Turkish representative offices in their home countries. In the existence of residence permit valid for at least 6 months, foreigners residing in Turkey can make their applications directly to Ministry of Labor and Social Security.


Foreigners residing outside the Turkey are subject to apply for work permit from the representative offices of Turkey in their own countries. Pursuance to work permit application of foreigner, within 10 working days the employer should process both online and direct applications to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security in Turkey. Once the approval from the Ministry is granted, foreigners are required to apply for work visa to the Turkish representative office within 90 days.
As per new rules on residence permits, valid working permissions will be now used as residence permits as well. Thus work permit validity requirement of residence permit application within 30 days upon obtaining the work permit (for consulate applications 30 days was starting upon arrival of work permit holders) will be outlawed.  On the other hand the same as work permits, “Work Permit Exemption Certificates” will also be used as residence permits.



Foreigners with residence permit valid for at least 6 months may make their applications to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security internally. Internal applications are made by the employer directly to the Ministry. Once the online application is submitted, the employer is required to make direct application to the Ministry within 6 working days.


Extension application of the work permit period is made to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. As Internal applications, after submitting online applications, direct application to ministry should be made within 6 working days. The application for extension should be filed within 2 months before or 15 days after the expiry date of the work permit.  After 15 days period, the applicant no longer may request for extension and the application is regarded as initial application.

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22 Responses

  1. Hello,

    I am in turkey on business visa (one month single entry), any possibility to get visa extension in Istanbul ?
    Also a word of advise on short term work permit will be great.


    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Kamal,

      Please note that you cannot apply for a touristic short term residency permit on the basis of a business Visa.
      Also if you can find an employer in Turkey wishing to employ you we can apply directly for this position from your home country. You cannot apply for a work permit with only a Visa.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  2. I am Tayef. I am from Bangladesh. How i can workpermit visa.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Tayef,

      In order to apply for a Work Permit you first need to find an employer in Turkey. The Work Permit application can only be made if an employer is wishing to employ you in Turkey.
      If an employer is wishing to employ you, our company can make all the required application in order to get you a valid Work Permit.

      Also please note that our company does not provide Human Ressource Management Services, our company do not provide work.

      Best Regards,

  3. Hello,
    I have entered Turkey by a work visa, and the school I work for has informed the ministry of labor and social security about my arrival. In fact, the school has started to pay for my insurance. The question is if I should apply for a residence permit at a foreigner branch of a police station to get a work/residence permit card or the work permit woks both ways.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Kevin,

      The Turkish Work Permit is also considered as a residency permit. In other word you don’t have to re-apply for a residency permit if you already have a work permit.

      Best Regars,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  4. Hi, I am Azerbaijan citizen, curently living in Baku and i would like to apply work permit in Turkey.
    By the way, there is a company in Turkey that is reqruiting me. So i need a help from where to start ?



    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      Our company can provide you with all the required consultancy service concerning your work permit application. In order to give you more accurte answer we will need you to contact us by mail. Also we will need some documents of the company in order to make the application. It would be also preferable for the company willing to recruit you to contact us.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatguideTurkey Team.

  5. Hi,im umar from pakistan i need work visa .how im apply work visa .am driver please help me.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Umar,

      Our company doesn’t give Human Ressource Management Services. However if a company in Turkey is wishing to employ you we can process your application for a work permit.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  6. Hi, i am a foreigner currently working out my document to be in turkey in 60 days time. Please, how do you link me up with a company to work for & to also assist me in getting my work permit, i have an experience in general electrical goods, and can also work in a hotel. Frank from Nigeria. Thanks.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Frank,

      Our services doesn’t include human Resource Management, such as research of vacancy.

      In case you are able to agree with an employer in Turkey we can help you in the process of obtaining a Work Permit. You also note that you will need a residency permit if you apply for a work permit from inside of turkey.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team.

  7. Hello
    I am in Turkey working with a company and Work permit is completing this 22 Jan 17. Company has already applied for renew work permit. I want go to my county 10 days before
    1) can get permit 10 days before ( 0n 12 01 2017) ??
    2) Can I go my country without Work permit card ?

    please reply

    • Dear Mr. Rakesh,

      You can leave the country while your work permit card is valid. Once it will be expired you should stay within Turkey as in case if you decide to leave the country after the expiration of your work permit, your staying here would be considered as overstaying, That is why I suggest you to wait untill your work permit extension application will be approved at the Ministry of Labour. Only after that you can leave the country and come back without any problems.


  8. I was working but have just stopped. How can I now apply for a residence permit? What should I do? (I’m British.)

    • Good day Ms. Kristina,

      Thank you very much for your message.
      You have a right to apply for residence permit within 10 days once the work permit has been cancelled. Our company may asist you with the residence permit applicaiton. For further information, please contact us by phone 444 7 284 or send us an email on

      Thank you and best wishes,

      ExpatGuideTurkey team

  9. Hello, I’ve received a job offer from a hospital in Turkey, they told me the work/residence visa will be processed by a travel agency. My question is: is this how it be processed? Not through a governmental office?
    Thank you

    • Dear Ms. Natalie,

      Thank you for your message.

      In order to work in Turkey legally, foreign employee should have a work permit. The work permit application should be done by the employer, not employee Our company may assist your employer to make a work permit application at the Ministry of Labour on behalf of the company’s name. Kindly ask them to contact us for further information.

      Kind regards,

      ExpatGuideTurkey team

  10. hi.i want to ask information regarding on how will my employer rebew my working permit..should she apply it 15 days before the expiry date or still can be apply 15 days after the expiry

    • Dear Sir,

      According to theNew Law on International Labour Force, the employer should apply for an extension prior 2 months and in any case before the expiration of the work permit. Extension applications submitted after the expiration date shall be rejected.

      Best regards,

  11. Hi, I’m a foreigner currently living in Turkey. I currently have a work permit but I want to change jobs. If the gap between my current work permit being cancelled and my new employer applying for a new work permit for me is only a day or two do I still need to get a residence permit first before they can apply? Thanks in advance for your answer.

  12. I am a Electrician.I want go to abroad.

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