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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.

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  • Catherine

    Hello,
    How can I get a work permit? I live in Liberia.
    Can you send me website that have jobs in the legal field?

    • 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.

      Kind Regards,

  • Imran Rafique

    Sir, i m a pakistani working in KSA. Can you plz guide me how can i get a job in turkey.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can either search for a job online or visit Turkey on touristic visa to attend job interviews within the country. 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.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Jihane

    Hello.
    My company applied for my work permit 3 months ago and we still didn’t receive any answer. (They applied one month before my residence permit was done. Is this a problem?)
    Now I want to know if I want to cancel and go back to my country. Do I have to pay any fees? will I have a problem with police at airport?
    They applied for my colleague after me and he got his work permit.
    Thanks and best regards.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Work permit applications are being evaluated in approximately 30 working days. Your employer should contact the Ministry of Labor to check the status of your application. If your residence permit has expired in the meantime, you will need to pay a fine while leaving Turkey.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Yahyays

    Hello, I want to apply for a work permit bit I want to know how money is deducted from my salary. I have a residence permit. I tried to talk to my boss and he was worried about paying insurance for me. I told him I have my insurance.
    I want to know if the insurance I used for residence is the same I can use for work permit.
    Secondly, I want to know how money will be deducted from my salary every month. Let’s assume am being paid 2000tl.
    Lastly, I want to know if everytime I want to renew my work permit I will need a residence permit as a supporting document. Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There will be no amount deducted from your salary. If you agree for a net salary with your employer, all of the other expenses should be covered by the company. However, be informed that the minimum gross wage for foreigners for 2019 is 3.837,60 TL, which is approximately 2750 TL of net salary. Insurance used for residence permit can not be used for work permit, employer must register you in Social Security. You will not need residence permit to extend work permit.

      Best Regards,

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      • Hello,
        Hope you are doing good . My question is , is it possible for an expat( non turkish national) to get a hostel/hotel building on rental basis in istanbul for 1 or 2 years . For business purpose
        Is there is any restriction by the government in case of this type buisiness.

        It is necessary to hire minimum 5 turkish national before registering a company for hostel business.

        Thanks with regards,

        • ExpatGuideTurkey

          Hello,
          Thank you for your comment.

          Foreigners are allowed to do this kind of business in Turkey after registering a company here. Hiring 5 Turkish is not obligatory for registering the company, however it is required in order to obtain work permit for a foreign company owner.

          Best Regards,

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  • Tamer Mohammed Elshenity

    hi.
    I am engineer tamer from Egypt.
    I received a signed contract and offer from a Turkish company in Istanbul and the instructed me to contact expat cont office for a work permit and resident visa procedures and that i need to pay the fees to this office to apply and receive the required permits and visa ( family contract ).
    Once i contact the mentioned office through email and their website, they reply to me with some documents i need to fill and fees of approx. 2500$ ( family ).
    I need assistance to make sure that is not a scam or fake issue to do the requested.
    Can you help and inlight me, please.
    thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

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

      Kind Regards,

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