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.

51 Comments

  • Lauretta Makhubele

    hello,i want to go to turkey to work as a nanny im from south africa and to get a tourist visa(E-visa) to turkey is very simple so can i apply for tourist visa(E-visa) and when i get to turkey it is possible to apply for work permit ?thanks

  • Sahaam

    Hello sir
    I am saham, i wanna know after completion of my master program if i didn’t get any job can i apply residence permit? , if yes what are prerequsites that i must fulfull to get residence permit..

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Saham,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After graduation you can transfer your student residence permit into another type of permit, according to your purpose of stay. İf you want, our company would be glad to help you throughout the application process. The cost of our services is 900 TL plus health insurance costs.

  • Raza

    Need your kind advice.

    I got admited for masters in Istanbul, Turkey.
    Can I do part time work. And after my masters completion can I get job search visa.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Amna faisal

    Sir we want to go turkey for tourists visa, me me my husband and daughter,how we can get permanent visa

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf you arrive to Turkey on tourist visa, you can apply for residence permit or if you find job in Turkey, your employer can apply for a work permit for you. To apply for residence permit you will need to buy or rent an appartment in Tourkey and proof that you have at least 500$ per each month of your stay. Our company provides services including residence permit and work permit application. The cost of our services is 900 TL plus health insurance costs.

      Kind regards

  • Karina

    Good Afternoon!

    I have a valid Residence Permit until the end of May. My Working Permit has just arrived, but I want to change my job and probably my WP will be cancelled. That means that I would have to extend my original Residence Permit until May, right? Also, since the apartment was in the name of the company, I would have to change my address before asking for extension, correct? Do you guys help with the Residence Permit?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      When you receive work permit, your residence permit is not valid anymore, which means you can not stay in Turkey basing on it or extend it. Also, it is not possible to make transfer of work pemit to another company for first 6 months. İf your work permit gets cancelled now, you must leave Turkey within 10 days and can not re-enter the country until the period of time defined for visa (dependent on your nationality) passes.

      Kind Regards

  • Gabriel Ribeiro

    Hi,

    Since the Work Permit also works as Residence Permit, If the WP gets cancelled, do I need to leave the country ?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf you had work permit for more than one year, you can apply for residence permit after cancellation. Otherwise you need to leave Turkey within 10 days after your work permit is cancelled.

      Kind Regards

  • inma

    Hello
    We wanted to apply for a work permit for our nanny.
    We are the foraingers people with work permit. How can we do it? What we need?
    Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Even as a foreigners you can apply for work permit for nanny following standard procedures. Our company can help you with application process and preparing all of required documents. For details contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com or visit one of our offices.

      Kind Regards

    • Ashiful

      Hello I am ashiful.i want a work permit .I am from Bangladesh . can you process my application

      • ExpatGuideTurkey

        Hello,

        You can not apply for work permit by yourself. İf you find a job in Turkey, your employer needs to apply for your permit and our company can assist them through the whole application process so it will be much easier.

        Kind Regards

  • jam

    Hello sir/madam
    i want to ask you regarding turkey,s work permit and that is
    i,m Pakistani and working now in Saudi Arabia in logistics company nd have +8 years of experience.
    so f i get application from one of a company in turkey so for that do i need to go pakistan and apply for turkey visa by turkey embassy in pakistan or i can direct apply here in Saudi Arabia also for it?
    regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf you find job in Turkey, your employer can apply for your work permit before you arrive here. After your work permit application will be approved, you can apply for Turkish visa basing on it. As we do not have informations if it is necessary or you to go to Pakistan for it, you should ask Turkish Consulate in Saudi Arabia is it is possible to obtain required visa from there.

      Best Regards

  • Rehman Aziz

    hey dear if i come to turkey on tourist visa and find a job then can i convert my tourist visa into work visa or a company which hired me can convert my visa ?? without come back to my country??

  • Marilyn

    Can you please help me how can i renew my working permit..am a nanny,i need to know the documents and how is the process..thank you and more power

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Marilyn,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf your work permit has expired, your employer needs to make new application for you. Only employer can apply for work permit for an employee so you can not renew the document by yourself.

      Kind Regards

  • Mikhail Santos

    Hi,

    If I come to work in Turkey(Istanbul) with a salary of around 3.300 TL (AROUND 700€); can I bring my wife and two small kids (4years and 2 years old)? and what about my Mother?

    Thank you so much

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After you stay in Turkey for one year, you can apply for family residence permit as according to the regulations, your salary would be enough to submit the application as a sponsor for the other family members. For details you can read our article about family residence permit: https://www.atakurumsal.com/aile-ikamet-izni/#english

      Best Regards

  • Mohsin Ali

    Good morning can i apply for Germany or Italy from Istanbul turkey i have come from Pakistan at tourist visa and it will be expire on 20/02/2019 if yes how can apply please give me a complete information and which documents are needed for this purpose

  • Mohsin Ali

    Sir / madam good morning now i am in Istanbul and i have a resident permit will expire after 11 month I want to work here but i have not any job offer and employer you can solve my this problem

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, we are not job agency so we can not help you find a job. You can search for it on websites like, for example, http://www.kariyer.net and when you find a job, your employer can apply for your work permit in Turkey.

      Kind Regards

  • Sir I am Aqil ahmad
    from swabi kpk pakistan
    I am working gadoon power plant
    I love turkey people and country
    I am applying for any work ib turkey

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      In order to apply for work permit, firstly you should find a job in Turkey. The employer will be responsible for applying work permit for you.

      Have a good day,
      ExpatGuideTurkey team.

  • Narges

    What documents are needed for extension of work permit? I had a normal short term residency card (ikamet) before I got my work permit last year. Do I need to renew my ikamet before I apply for the work permit again?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      Once the work permit is approved, your tourist RP will be automatically invalid. The extension application of work permit should be started prior 60 days of work permit expiry date till the last day.

      Thank you,

  • 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

  • Elisabeth

    Dear Sir, Madam,
    I would appreciate your advice on the following: I have been legally working in a private school (with a work permit) for 6 years now but whenever I ask to see my contract I am told that my work permit IS my contract. There are NO terms and conditions (as there are available for Turkish citizens) for me (which I find hard to believe).
    I have spoken to 170 (the ministry of Labor) and they inform me that it is impossible to ONLY have a work permit and NO contract.
    I have no idea what my rights are NOR do I know the date of my official connection with the school, which means that IF I choose to not renew my ‘contract’ I cannot be certain when to give notice.
    What are your thoughts on this?

  • 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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