Work Permit Applications

Applications for work permit are made through e-Government portal of Turkey (www.turkiye.gov.tr). 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.

1.   FOREIGNERS RESIDING OUTSIDE OF TURKEY

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.

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2.   FOREIGNERS RESIDING INSIDE TURKEY

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.

3.   WORK PERMIT EXTENSION APPLICATIONS

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.

16 Comments

  • Syed

    Hi
    I am in istanbul on visit visa how i can resident permit card

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      To apply for a residence permit you should buy or rent an apartment. In addition, you will need health insurance and bank statement (500$ for every month of your stay).If you want, we will be happy to assist you in process of applying for a residence permit. The cost of our services is 900 Turkish lira.

      Kind Regards

  • Ayaz mumtaz

    Hello sir! I need work permit for turkey,i visit already in turkey last January,so now i want to going to work visa,how can i apply…..?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hi,

      Thank you for your comment.

      According to Turkish law, you can not apply for a work permit yourself. You must first find a job. If you find a job, your employer will provide you with relevant documents to get you a work permit.

      Kind Regards

  • Ali

    I am also a Pakistani and I work here in Istanbul, but now I have to pay a Turkish visa, then head platform should be told how to get it. Please inform me about the policies. You will be pleased.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hi,

      Thank you for your comment.

      We understand your problem inaccurately. However, if you mean permission to work in Turkey then according to Turkish law, you can not apply for a work permit yourself. You must first find a job. If you find a job, your employer will provide you with relevant documents to get you a work permit.

      Kind Regards

  • Fakhar

    Hello. I am a hotelier and been working in hotel industry since 8 years in which I worked in England and now in Pakistan. I have Pakistani passport. Please advise is it possible to have work permit of Turkey for Pakistan’s? What is the procedure?

  • Jeff

    Hi,
    I have submitted a work visa application at the Consulate of Turkey in Paris. The problem is that my company did not submit the application in Turkey on time (following the 10 days after my application).

    That’s why my company asked the Ministry of labour to cancel my first application: No it is cancelled from the side of the Ministry of Labour in Turkey.

    But the Consulate or Turkey in Paris still see my application in “Waiting” status : which means that I can’t submit a new application.

    Now I am blocked because the Consulate can’t do anything and the Ministry of Labour mentions that they already cancelled my application in Turkey.

    Could you help me on this issue please?
    Thank you.
    Best regards,
    Jeff.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      In this case you will have to go to the Consulate to tell the situation and get a new reference number. If you do not contact the consulate, you will have to wait one month to apply again.

      Kind Regards

      • Jeff

        Hi,
        Thank you.
        I call the consulate and they said they can’t generate a new reference number because my previous request is still in waiting status.
        I can make another appointment to go to the consulate but I’m afrai they can’t do anything as the person said by phone (I already contact them several time and I got the same answer).

        Jeff.

  • shadab

    I am Pakistani and i have two questions
    1. i want to work in Turkey, how can i do it?
    2. how to get a residence permit?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr. Shadab,

      In order to apply for a residence permit in Turkey, you must first have a valid Turkish visa. It is a necessary condition to be able to apply for a residence permit.
      To get a work permit you must first find a job. For fınd a job you can use such a websites like http://www.kariyer.net. Having a job is a prerequisite to be able to apply for a work permit.

      Kind Regards

  • gayashan nemal

    Im gayashan nemal from srilanka.i got my 30 day visa 2 days ago.it issues 2017 11 27.it expires on 12 27.today 14 11 but im still in srilanka.in 2 weeks time my visa expires.how can i extend my visa

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr. Gayashan,

      Thank you for your comment.
      After the visa expires you will have to make a new visa to enter Turkey.
      However, if you manage to enter Turkey before your visa expires, you should obtain a residence permit in Turkey to extend the legality of your stay.

      Kind Regards

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