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.

136 Comments

  • Marsim

    Hello,
    I have find a job in Turkey and my employer wants me to start on May 2nd. My working permit is not ready – the company will apply for me today. Do you think I will receive my working permit for May 2nd? Also, I really want to start to work for them, are there any other possibilities that I can start without a working permit? for example with internship contract?
    Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      It is not very likely that your work permit would be issued in such a short period of time as evaluation lasts approximately 30 working days. It is not legal to start working in a company before work permit will be issued.

      Kind Regards,

  • EMMANUEL ATOBRAH

    PLEASE HOW MANY DAYS WILL IT TAKE TO GET THE WORKING PERMIT AFTER YOU HAVE GOON FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There is no appointment for work permit. Whole application procedure takes approximately 30 working days.

      Best Regards,

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  • Ziad

    Dear Sir,

    i have and job offer from one of the Turkish employer, they advised me to contact their dedicated travel agency :” Contact Person: Recep Ayvaz
    Phone: +90 531 355 35 69
    support@expatconet.com
    http://www.expatconet.com

    the travel agency are demanding to pay the work permit fee ,residence permit , release document, fee, entry clearance fee.
    basically i am confused and doubtful that why they are asking me to pay fee to them so that they wil get the approval from ministry of migration which i think must be ministry of labor and security , similarly , why not i deposit the fee at the consulate or embassy in my country, also the onus travels does not have any branch office in Jordan.
    Please guide me and help whether this procedure is OK or fake??

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, we do not have any informations about this job offer. We strongly recommend you to be careful and not to make any payments in advance as this offer most probably is a scam.

      Kind Regards,

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    • Gaith

      Dear,
      I received a job offer from a company in Istanbul and asked me to contact the same travel agency (Expat Conet) that you mentioned.
      this travel agency requested me to pay $1800 in advance to proceed with work permit application.

      Kindly advise if you already dealed with them ? paid required amount?

      thank you for your reply

      Regards

  • AHMED

    Dear Sir,
    this is Ahmed from pakistan
    i have and job offer from one of the turkish employer, they advised me to contact their dedicated travel agency :” Berkey Onur travels”. berky travels are demanding to pay the work permit fee ,residence permit , release document, fee, entry clearance fee.
    basically i am confused and doubtful that why they are asking me to pay fee to them so that they wil get the approval from ministry of migration which i think must be ministry of labour and security , similarly , why not i deposit the fee at the consulate or embassy in my country, also the onur travels does not have any branch office in pakistan.
    Please guide me and help whether this procedure is ok or fake??

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      We have received informations about mentioned agency and most probably it is a scam. Please, be careful and do not pay any fees in advance unless you are sure that the job offer is real.

      Kind Regards,

    • Gaith

      Dear,
      I received a job offer from a company in Istanbul and asked me to contact a travel agency (Expat Conet) to make required arrangements for re-location.
      this travel agency requested me to pay $1800 in advance to proceed with work permit application.

      Kindly advise if you already dealed with them ? paid required amount?

      thank you for your reply

      Regards

      • ExpatGuideTurkey

        Hello,
        Thank you for your comment.

        We do not have any informations about this agency. We strongly recommend you to be careful and not to make any payments in advance as this offer most probably is a scam.

        Kind Regards,

  • Jannetje

    Hello,
    My employee filled the application for a workpermit last month. How long will take before they get my workpermit? And is there any possiblity to check what the status is? I don’t have a registrationnumber only my Turkish number that’s is on my ikamet.
    Thank you.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Application procedures usually last around 1-1,5 month. Status of your application can be checked on http://www.izinsorgula.csgb.gov.tr by writing your Turkish ID number and application number, which should be provided by your employer.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Allah Ditta

    Sir i need work in dear Turkey. I can hard work in electricity welding and driving and any job.because I have 6 child and home please help me

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, we can not help you to find a job in Turkey. You can search for one on websites like kariyer.net and after you find a job in Turkey, your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country. Work permit application can not be submitted basing on visa.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Loic

    Hello there.
    I just found my self a job in turkey,my current residence permit has a 10 months validity.
    The employer applied for my work permit on the 28th of february but my residence permit expires on the 4th of march is it an issue?
    Furthermore they gave me the application number and i tried to check it online but i couldnt find my application on çalişma izni sorgula,i have never had a work permit before and this is my first application.could you please enlighten me on this topic?
    Thanks in advance

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As long as your work permit application is lodged, you can stay in Turkey even after your residence permit expires. If you use valid application number and your Turkish ID number, the system should provide you with details of application.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Mehboob Zafar

    Hi, I am from Pakistan and intend to do job in Turkey, please guide me and also provide link to apply for a job in Turkey.

    Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, we can not help you to find a job in Turkey. You can search for one on websites like, for example, http://www.kariyer.net and after you find one, your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country. Work permit application can not be submitted basing on visa.

      Kind Regards,

  • Faizan

    Hi,
    Just got job in Turkey, employer sent me an offer letter and ask me to sent required documents to process work permit, just want to know that should I wait until I got work permit from employer or I can start processing My work Visa immediately with Job offer letter from employer and don’t need to wait for work permit.

    Kind regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Your work visa application procedures will be started after you hand required documents to Turkish Consulate in your home country, however the visa can be issued once your work permit application would be approved.

      Kind Regards,

  • Nimra

    Hello,

    I would like to know what is the process to apply for residence permit and what are the requirements? If we have residence permit, will they allow us to apply for proper jobs? Do they hire Foreigners for proper jobs I mean not odd jobs here?

    Will be waiting for your prompt reply

    Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can apply for residence permit as long as your visa is valid and you are already in Turkey. In order to start the application, you must have address in Turkey and valid health insurance purchased within the country. After you will become residence permit holder, you can apply for job in Turkey and after you find one, your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can be employed in various fields and positions in Turkey, depending on your qualifications.

      Kind regards,

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  • Haroon gill

    I have work permit visa but im in Pakistan how can check visa its original i take visa for agent so im waiting for response thanky.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      When your work permit application is approved by Ministry of Labor in Turkey, you are supposed to receive work visa from Turkish Consulate and after arrival to Turkey, work permit card will be given to you.

      Kind Regards,

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  • omer fahad

    hi dear i am from Pakistan me and my wife want to come turkey on visit visa which is valid for 3 months than we will find the job there once we got the job there than the employer will convert our visas into work permit is this possible or no please help me regarding this thanks.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      In order to obtain work permit, first you need to find a job in Turkey and your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country. Work permit application can not be submitted basing on visa.

      Best Regards,

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